A high school student giving a graduation speech in the US state of Kentucky offered a lesson in politics over the weekend with a well-timed bait-and-switch. Ben Bowling, valedictorian of his class at Bell County High School in Pineville — a tiny outpost in Kentucky’s coal country – mentioned an inspirational quote during graduation ceremonies Saturday. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table’ — Donald J. Trump,” Bowling declared.
Germany on Monday said it had asked the new US ambassador in Berlin, outspoken Trump loyalist Richard Grenell, to clarify his reported comments on far-right website Breitbart that he wants to “empower” European conservatives. A German foreign ministry spokesman said Berlin had “asked the US side for clarification” and that state secretary Andreas Michaelis would re-visit the issue at a pre-arranged meeting with Grenell later this week. Grenell, who took up his Berlin post less than a month ago, was quoted by Breitbart London on Sunday expressing his excitement at a “European groundswell of conservative policies” that had come about because of “the failed policies of the left”.
Fourteen Democrats on the House Committee on Natural Resources have asked committee chair Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, for a “timely” hearing into the central claim of a Harvard study that 4,645 people died last year in Puerto Rico as a result of the hurricane.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A girl critically wounded in a suburban Indianapolis middle school shooting faces a lengthy recovery after being shot seven times, including in her face, neck and upper chest, her family said Monday.