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Another Bush in the White House? Ex-ambassador says Jeb could be a contender

WASHINGTON - As Jeb Bush weighs a run for the White House, his prospective candidacy is being praised by a well-known Republican who helped organize his brother's successful campaigns in 2000 and 2004. David Wilkins, the former ambassador to Canada who co-chaired and then chaired George W. Bush's two campaigns in the key Republican primary state of South Carolina, says the younger sibling has the skills to go the distance.

President-turned-artist Bush tells of 'tense' Putin relations

Former US president George W. Bush said relations with Vladimir Putin became "increasingly tense" during his White House years, as he unveiled his portraits of world leaders, including the Russian head of state. Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former British prime minister Tony Blair, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Dalai Lama are among the two dozen leaders featured in an exhibition of the paintings which opens in Texas on Saturday.

Former President George W. Bush's brush portrays world leaders

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday revealed a series of portraits of world leaders he painted in a new pursuit that he said has "opened my mind," even though it left him exposed to joking criticism from his mother. An exhibit titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" opens on Saturday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas and was shown to reporters on Friday.

President-turned-artist Bush tells of 'tense' Putin relations

Former US president George W. Bush said relations with Vladimir Putin grew "increasingly tense" during his White House years, as he unveiled his portraits of world leaders, including the Russian head of state. Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former British prime minister Tony Blair, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Dalai Lama are among the two dozen leaders featured in an exhibition of the paintings which opens in Texas on Saturday.

Former president Bush produces portraits of world leaders, including Harper

DALLAS - Former President George W. Bush is displaying his portraits of world leaders in the first exhibit of his work as an artist. The portraits include everyone from Prime Minister Stephen Harper to a grim-looking Russian President Vladimir Putin to a smiling likeness of the late Czech playwright and President Vaclav Havel. A spokesman for Harper said the prime minister was always on friendly terms with Bush.

Ex-US president Bush takes up portraiture of world leaders

Former US president George W. Bush is hoping world leaders will warm to the portraits he's painted of them, which go on exhibition in Texas this weekend. The two dozen canvases are a key part of "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," which explores the relationships Bush forged with world leaders during his presidency. "I think their reaction is going to be, 'Whoa, George Bush is a painter'," quipped Bush in an interview with his journalist daughter Jenna Bush Hager to air on NBC television's "Today" program Friday.

Rubio to decide on 2016 White House run 'around this time next year'

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, said on Tuesday he would make a decision about his political future around this time next year.

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton say higher education can promote democracy, change lives

IRVING, Texas - Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, potential foes in the 2016 presidential contest, said Monday that higher education has the power to transform lives and be a force for democracy around the globe.

Longtime Washington power broker Robert Strauss dies at 95

By Peter Cooney WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Robert Strauss, who once headed the Democratic National Committee, served as U.S. trade representative and ambassador to Moscow, and advised presidents from both parties, died in Washington on Wednesday at age 95. "We can confirm that Robert Strauss passed away peacefully on March 19," the law firm he helped found, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, said in a statement. Strauss died of natural causes at his home in Washington, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Another Bush run for the White House? Jeb may be up for it

By Gabriel Debenedetti and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - By all appearances, former Florida governor Jeb Bush is a man on a mission. His itinerary for the next several weeks includes stops in Tennessee, New Mexico and Nevada to appear with Republican candidates in this fall's elections or help them raise money for their campaigns.
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