December 20, 2013 |
This was the year that George W. Bush, five years after his calamitous presidency, came in from the wilderness and went on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" to say, "I think I'm a painter. " He presented his host with a grinning portrait, and the audience clapped. The statement was not uttered with the surety of "I'm the decider, and I decide what's best," the much-mocked 2006 message delivered to reporters as a vote of confidence for Donald Rumsfeld, embattled secretary of Defense.
December 8, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Four American presidents, along with more than 60 other world leaders, will travel to South Africa this week to honor former President Nelson Mandela. One man who won't be there is the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama has been denied visas during previous efforts to travel to South Africa, reflecting the sensitivities of China, one of South Africa's most important trading partners. A spokesman for the Buddhist leader, Tenzin Taklha, said the Dalai Lama had no plans to attend, according to South Africa's head of public diplomacy, Clayson Monyela.
August 6, 2013 |
Former President George W. Bush underwent a heart procedure in Dallas and is expected to be released from the hospital in time to resume his normal schedule on Thursday, officials said Tuesday. Bush, 67, had a stent inserted after doctors discovered a blockage in his heart during his annual physical examination on Monday, according to his office. The nation's 43rd president is expected to be released from care on Wednesday. "At the recommendation of his doctors, President Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage," spokesman Freddy Ford said.
July 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When House Republicans file into the Capitol on Monday to start thrashing out a response to the Senate's landmark immigration bill, former President George W. Bush will be presiding over a ceremony for new U.S. citizens at his newly minted library in Dallas. In a keynote address to mark the center's first major policy event, Bush will argue that overhauling the nation's immigration laws will be good for the country. A panel discussion titled "What Immigrants Contribute" will follow.
May 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Twenty years ago, James B. Comey was a young federal prosecutor in New York trying to put two Gambino brothers away for life. They were charged with murder, selling drugs, money laundering, racketeering - "the whole kitchen sink," recalled Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Comey's partner on the case. Fitzgerald was a young prosecutor back then too, and, like Comey, he also would make a name for himself in the years ahead as a crusading attorney in the Justice Department. But in 1993 they were just a pair of rather green prosecutors taking on two top "capos" in one of the nation's most notorious Mafia families.
May 25, 2013 |
WACO, Texas - On a recent afternoon, as McLennan County Republicans polished off their barbecue, the head of the local GOP worked his way through the group's luncheon agenda. A plaque was presented. A local judge spotlighted. The fertilizer plant explosion in nearby West, Texas, was discussed. Only then, after 30 minutes or so, did the featured speaker take his brief turn at the microphone. If it seemed a comedown after a lifetime spent near the pinnacle of politics, bunking at the White House and growing up a prince amid Republican royalty, George P. Bush never let on. He is the fourth generation to enter the family business: Great-grandpa was a U.S. senator, grandpa and an uncle were presidents, dad was a governor.