Today in One Paragraph
North Korea claims it tested a hydrogen bomb yesterday, but the White House isn’t so sure. Gary Johnson jumped into the presidential race. Former CIA Director David Petraeus appeared before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. And Dr. Ben Carson’s former campaign manager says it’s “getting harder and harder” to envision someone other than Trump as the Republican nominee.
White House on North Korea Claim: Ehhhh. White House spokesman Josh Earnest responded to North Korea’s announcement, telling reporters that the early data is “not consistent with North Korean claims of a successful hydrogen bomb test.” (Anna Fifield, The Washington Post)
Better Late Than Never? Gary Johnson announced he’s running for president. The libertarian former governor of New Mexico previously ran in 2012. (Ben Brody, Bloomberg)
Petraeus Testifies. Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi—in a session held behind closed doors. “We are just as anxious to wrap up our work as you are,” said Committee Chair Trey Gowdy. (Julian Hattem, The Hill)
Tick-Tock. Barry Bennett, formerly of Ben Carson’s campaign, appears to think time is running out for the other Republican presidential candidates: Bennett says he has “not seen a plan out there that is going to take down Donald Trump quite yet” and that it is “getting harder and harder to see how Donald Trump isn’t our nominee." (Nick Gass, Politico)