Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, May 29:
- Edward Snowden tells NBC’s Brian Williams he considers himself a patriot in his first U.S. television interview.
- Former Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi wins Egypt’s elections despite poor voter turnout.
- Children get ready to sound it out as the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals begin.
- Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high. Reading Rainbow’s Kickstarter surpasses its goal of $1 million in just one day.
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