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Bushes Mourn Miss Beazley

Prez posts photo of pooch who died of cancer

(Newser) - It's not every beloved pet whose death is accompanied by a presidential statement, but George W. Bush's remaining Scottish terrier from his White House days got one. Miss Beazley died yesterday at age 9 after a fight with lymphoma, reports Politico . "She was a source of joy... More »

George W. Bush Is a Grandpa

Jenna Bush Hager, husband welcome daughter Mila

(Newser) - Jenna Bush Hager and husband Henry Hager welcomed a daughter over the weekend, making former President Bush a grandpa with the newest addition to the Bush dynasty. Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager was named for Hager Bush's grandmothers, CNN reports. "Jenna and Mila are healthy. And our family... More »

75 GOP Bigwigs Sign Brief Backing Gay Marriage

Top Republicans show support before key Supreme Court case

(Newser) - Scores of prominent Republicans have made an unprecedented show of support for gay marriage. The GOPers, including Jon Huntsman, former George W. Bush administration officials, and four former governors, have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have the constitutional right to marry, the New York Times reports. The... More »

Laura Bush: Take Me Out of Pro-Gay Marriage Ad

Doesn't want Larry King interview used in ad

(Newser) - Laura Bush has publicly backed gay marriage in the past, but that apparently doesn't mean she wants her views used to actually promote gay marriage. The Respect for Marriage Coalition released an ad yesterday that includes clips of Bush and fellow Republicans Colin Powell and Dick Cheney discussing their... More »

Jenna Bush Is Pregnant

George W. Bush is 'fired up' about being a grandpa

(Newser) - Get ready for the next member of the Bush dynasty. Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of George W. Bush, has announced that she is pregnant with her first child and due in the spring, reports CNN . She made the announcement with husband Henry Hager on the Today show, where she is... More »

Taliban Knows the Power of Girls' Education; Do We?

Nicholas Kristof and Laura Bush sound off on the shooting of Malala Yousufzai

(Newser) - On Tuesday, the Taliban shot 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai in the head for no other crime than loving school and speaking out about it. "Let this be a lesson," her attackers said. And indeed, there is a lesson here. "The Taliban clearly understands the transformative power of girls'... More »

Laura Bush: We Wanted Jeb to Run

Plus: Advice on post-presidential life

(Newser) - Add Laura and George W. Bush to the list of people disappointed that Jeb Bush isn't on the stump. The two "wish he would" eventually run for president, and they "wanted him to this time," the former first lady told a Florida crowd yesterday in response... More »

Obamas, Bushes Pay Respects at Ground Zero

Moment of silence at 8:46, moment first plane hit

(Newser) - President Obama opened a sun-splashed day of solemn remembrance today by honoring the 9/11 dead with a visit to ground zero, bowing his head at the cascading pools of the North Memorial Pond created in the footprint of the demolished north tower of the World Trade Center. Obama, hand in... More »

Bush Daughter Backs Gay Marriage

Barbara Bush records ad for gay rights group

(Newser) - One of George Bush's twin daughters has added her voice to calls to legalize gay marriage in New York, Politico reports. "I’m Barbara Bush and I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality,” says the former first daughter, 29, in an ad for a gay rights advocacy... More »

Texan Busted After Driving Car Onto Bush's Lawn

He didn't intend to harm former First Couple, officials say

(Newser) - Secret Service agents have busted a man for driving his muscle car erratically onto the lawn of former president George W. Bush. He and wife Laura were home at the time but were never in any danger, officials said. The driver made no threats against the Bushes and apparently did... More »

Laura, Michelle to Attend 9/11 Event Together

First ladies to honor United Flight 93 Victims

(Newser) - Michelle Obama will join former first lady Laura Bush in ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of the United Flight 93 crash in Pennsylvania during the Sept. 11 attacks. Bush had previously confirmed her participation, saying we "must never forget the brave sacrifice of these extraordinary men and women." More »

Jenna Bush's Home Robbed

Former first daughter, husband not home during bike theft

(Newser) - Jenna Bush Hager's home was burglarized Friday, but the crime has nothing to do with her political connections, Baltimore police say—she and her husband just had nice bikes. Two Trek mountain bikes were purloined from the garage behind the former first daughter's home while she and her husband, Henry... More »

Laura on Dubya: We Depend on Each Other

Former first lady dishes on Kindles and political criticism

(Newser) - Laura Bush continues the publicity blitz for new memoir Spoken From the Heart with a sit-down with Ladies Home Journal . Highlights:
  • Texas meets DC: "All his Midland friends would come to the Oval Office and say, 'I can't believe I'm here.' And then they looked at him: [They]
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Kagan Testimony 'a Big Deal'

Would-be justice dominates Sunday shows

(Newser) - On the seventh day, Elena Kagan did not rest: The pint-size solicitor general dominated the Sunday shows today, with key Republican Jeff Sessions saying , "She has so little other record" that her coming testimony "is going to be a big deal." Newt Gingrich was disgusted with Kagan's... More »

Laura Bush: I'm Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Marriage

But she never fights with George about either issue

(Newser) - Laura Bush may be married to one George W., but that doesn’t mean she agrees with him on everything—including thorny issues like abortion and gay marriage. “When couples are committed to each other and love each other, they ought to have the same sort of rights that... More »

Laura Bush 'Stood Straighter' After Leaving White House

First lady felt weight of the world lifted upon return to Texas

(Newser) - Laura Bush felt a weight lift when she returned to Texas after 8 years in Washington, free of the rigors of protecting America in the post-9/11 era, the former first lady tells Politico . “I didn’t really realize how stressed we were and how vigilant we were—that hypervigilance—... More »

Laura Bush Memoir Bares First Family 'Poisoning'

She also reveals struggle after deadly car crash

(Newser) - The New York Times has snagged a copy of Laura Bush's new memoir, which isn't officially due out until next month. Some highlights from Spoken From the Heart:
  • She suggests that she, her husband, and members of their entourage were poisoned during a G8 summit when they all mysteriously fell
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At Least Michelle's Still Popular

First lady's approval rating soars over her husband's

(Newser) - President Obama’s approval ratings are sinking, but Michelle Obama’s remain sky-high, with 71% of the country holding a favorable opinion of her. Only 16% of respondents in a new Pew Research survey held a negative view of the first lady. That puts her well above Hillary Clinton and... More »

Bizarre Collection Headed to Bush Library

From cowboy hats to swords to classified files

(Newser) - George W. Bush’s $300 million presidential library will be filled with documents, including many classified files. In all, it’ll boast roughly 68 million pages of documents, 175 million e-mails, 3,845,912 photos, and more videos than any previous president's library. But it’ll also have a wide... More »

Michelle Could Be Dems' Secret Weapon

First lady may well return to campaigning for midterm elections

(Newser) - Though Michelle Obama has taken on junk food rather than Republicans during her first year in the White House, the first lady is popular—so much so that tongues are already wagging at the Hill about how useful a weapon she'll be in the Democrats' 2010 arsenal. Obama is “... More »

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