Two people have been indicted and one person has pled guilty in the George Washington Bridge lane closures case that prompted a 16-month federal investigation into New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration.
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced on April 30 that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. A self-described “Democratic socialist,” Sanders generally caucused with Democrats during his career in Congress, but sometimes took a stance on foreign policy and personal liberty issues that put him at odds with the party establishment. In making his announcement, Sanders said he would run as an “independent Democrat,” because of the difficulties in running as a third-party candidate.
Responding to widespread public concerns over a giant U.S. Special Forces exercise dubbed “Jade Helm 15,” which identifies Texas, Utah, and part of California as “hostile,” popular Lone Star State Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor the federal military drills. The Obama White House tried to downplay growing suspicions about the two-month drill following Gov. Abbott’s order, and various leftist journalists attacked the governor for responding to the concerns of his constituents. Still, while the Texas governor received broad public support for his response in Texas, more than a few citizens and analysts remain unsettled by the mysterious Jade Helm program.