The Texas primary runoff between GOP candidates for lieutenant governor holds national interest, as the race between incumbent David Dewhurst and conservative challenger Dan Patrick is a bellwether for the strength of tea party–style insurrections during the GOP primary season. Dewhurst lost a 2012 race against Ted Cruz for a U.S. Senate seat.
Juvenile orthographers from around the country will descend on Washington, D.C., for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Last year’s champion, Arvind Mahankali of Bayside, N.Y., won after correctly spelling the word “knaidel.” Arvind’s victory marked the sixth-consecutive victory by an Indian-American contestant at the bee.
May is graduation season for high schools and universities across the country. At the nation’s oldest institution of higher learning, Harvard University, students graduate on May 29 after a ceremony that includes a commencement speech by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Leaders of Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States will meet in Brussels today for two days of talks about economic issues and geopolitics. A G8 meeting had been scheduled in Sochi, Russia, for the same day. But Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine precipitated Russian expulsion from the group.
President Barack Obama will travel to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that brought about the liberation of France and helped defeat Germany in World War II. Queen Elizabeth II will preside at an international commemoration that is to include 16 heads of state.