▪ President Trump this week blamed Democratic “obstructionists” for the many unfilled jobs in his administration. But as of June 1, Trump had not nominated anyone for 441—79_percent—of the 559 executive-branch positions requiring Senate confirmation. He’s only nominated 11 of the nearly 190 ambassadorships.
▪ June_26 will mark the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book’s publication. The books have sold 450_million copies worldwide, 167_million of them in the U.S. The film adaptations have made $7.7 billion in global box-office receipts.
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▪ Sixth-grader Ananya Vinay, from Fresno, Calif., won this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word “marocain,” which refers to a dress fabric of ribbed crepe. Over 21 championship rounds, Vinay and her 14-yearold rival, Rohan Rajeev, correctly spelled “heiligenschein,” “durchkomponiert,” and “sceloporus,” among other words.
▪ An additional 14_billionaires have joined the 154 from all over the world who’ve signed a pledge to give the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. New members of the Giving Pledge, set up by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, include Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou of Cyprus, founder of EasyJet airline, and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer of the U.S.