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.

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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.


Your Subsidy Is My Incentive

Jul 25, 2012
Originally published on July 26, 2012 10:30 am

We've taken a look at government spending in a few different ways lately, including the posts 50 Years Of Government Spending, In 1 Graph in May, and, more recently, Dissecting Federal Spending With An Eye On Cuts.

Now the folks over at Pew Charitable Trusts — a warren of data, analysis and insight — are giving a glimpse of the spending through another prism: subsidies.

Pew's Subsidyscope project says it "aims to raise public awareness about the role of federal subsidies in the economy." On Tuesday, it released data looking at the subsidies received by nine sectors of the economy: agriculture, education, energy, health, housing, national defense, natural resources and environment, science and technology (including space), and transportation.

The total? Some $823 billion in grants, $460 billion in tax breaks, and $113 billion in no-competition contracts — for one year, according to Tuesday's report.

The latest numbers show, for example, that in fiscal 2009 the federal government spent $504 per household on "direct expenditures" for housing — housing assistance grants, government housing contracts, etc.

But the government spent $1,581 per household, or $185 billion in 2009, on 13 distinct "tax expenditures" — aka tax breaks — including the mortgage-interest deduction ($79.4 billion) and a capital-gains break for those selling their homes ($23.5 billion).

"Subsidy" is a powerful word, of course. Technically, it just means the government is picking up part of the cost for something (and by extension, not for other things).

But aside from economists and journalists, it's often used with a bit of a sneer. After all, one person's incentive is another person's subsidy.

The mortgage interest deduction — one of the biggest and most popular on the federal books — is an incentive for homeownership and encourages people to put down roots in their communities.

Or maybe it's a subsidy for people who buy their homes, as well as the banking and housing industry — a subsidy that renters don't get.

Same with health care, at $4,728 per household in direct expenditures (think Medicare and Medicaid) and $1,598 in tax expenditures — most of which came from not taxing the premiums employers pay for workplace health insurance.

If you listen to our show regularly and this is all beginning to sound familiar, it should: One of the big reasons our No-Brainer Economic Platform panel came out swinging against tax breaks (including the mortgage-interest deduction and tax breaks for health insurance) is that they quickly become entrenched, and gum up the tax code with all kinds of conflicting and costly incentives and subsidies.

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