NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

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The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.


True Or False? Elected Officials Interpret The Health Law

Jul 3, 2012

How well do you remember what's actually in the Affordable Care Act?

Last week's Supreme Court decision upholding President Obama's signature domestic achievement has thrust the measure back into the spotlight, where it's likely to remain through the presidential election.

But judging from the comments on this week's Sunday talk shows, it seems some of Washington's elected officials still aren't so clear on exactly how the law does — and doesn't work.

So here's a little true-false test.

Here's House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi describing what the law provides for consumers when she appeared on NBC's Meet the Press:

"Pelosi: If you're a person who has a child with diabetes, no longer will they be discriminated against because of a preexisting condition. If you're a woman, no longer will you have to pay more; no longer will being a woman be a pre-existing medical condition. If you're a senior, you pay less for your prescription drugs and nothing for a preventative check - wellness checkups."

Is this true or false?

If you said true, give yourself an apple. These are mostly benefits that have already taken effect, other than not charging women more because of their gender. That one doesn't start until the year 2014.

Next, here's a comment from Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who also appeared on Meet the Press.

"Jindal: Every governor's got two critical decisions to make. One is do we set up these exchanges. And, secondly, do we expand Medicaid. And no, in Louisiana, we're not doing either one of those things. I don't think it makes sense to do those. I think it makes more sense to do everything we can to elect Mitt Romney to repeal Obamacare."

This one is a little bit trickier. In fact, it's also true — although it wasn't before last week's Supreme Court decision.

Let's take them one at a time. Health exchanges are the online marketplaces where individuals and small businesses will go to shop for health insurance — and, for many individuals, get subsidies from the federal government. States can set up their own exchange, or, if they choose not to, the federal government will run one for them.

Medicaid is a little different. The law calls for a major expansion of the joint health program for people with low incomes — adding everyone with income under about 15 thousand dollars a year to the rolls. Until last week, that WAS in effect a requirement for states. But the court ruled it has to be optional. With the federal government picking up the vast majority of the cost, though, most states are expected to take the money. So far about a half dozen Republican governors, including Jindal, say they won't.

Now here's an exchange between House Speaker John Boehner, and CBS's Norah O'Donnell on Face the Nation:

"Boehner: It's clear that Obamacare is increasing the cost of health insurance for all Americans and making it virtually impossible for small employers to hire new workers.

O'Donnell: How does it make it hard for small employers to hire more workers?

Boehner: Because they're being required to either provide health insurance or pay a fine. Well, I'm sorry, a tax. It's now a tax since the court said it was a tax."

Actually, not so much.

The court did say the penalty some people will pay for not having insurance starting in 2014 is a tax. That's what Chief Justice John Roberts said makes it constitutionally permissible.

But small employers aren't actually subject to that requirement. That's why it's called the INDIVIDUAL mandate. Most small employers — those with fewer than 50 workers — don't have to do anything under the law, and could actually save money by being able to purchase insurance through the new health exchanges. Really small employers; those with fewer than 25 workers, don't have to do anything but if they do offer insurance they're eligible for a tax credit.

And once more on the tax question, again, from Gov. Jindal and Meet the Press host David Gregory, about what happened in Massachusetts, which imposed a similar insurance requirement in 2006:

"Gregory: In Massachusetts there were very few people who actually had to pay. Most people got health insurance. That's a fact, isn't it?

Jindal: That's the whole point. This is not about collecting revenue. It's about changing behavior. So, for example, the first lady is --

Gregory: So you say it's a big new tax increase. Very few people actually had to pay a tax

Jindal: It's the threat of a new tax increase to change behavior."

Now we're getting somewhere. For Republicans, it's not about how many people might pay the tax. It's the concept of using the tax code to force people to do things they might otherwise prefer not to.

And by the way, the Urban Institute estimates that only about 7 million Americans will even be subject to the possibility of having to purchase insurance or pay the fine, tax, or whatever you want to call it.

Expect to hear a lot more of this in the coming weeks and months.

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