(CNN) - Laura Bush writes about especially private moments from her life in her new book, “Spoken from the Heart.” In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the former first lady recalls many memories with candor.
One of the more harrowing episodes Mrs. Bush remembers is what happened on 9/11 – and whether or not she was afraid for herself or her family, including President Bush.
“Well, I think every first lady probably worries a little bit about her husband,” Mrs. Bush said. “I think that's just part of it. But not really. I'm not really a fearful person and neither is George. And, of course, we knew we were protected by the Secret Service.”
“Seldom was I really afraid for - for either him or for myself,” she added.
Regarding the first couple’s safety on the day terrorists attacked the nation, Mrs. Bush described to Blitzer, in detail, the White House bunker the couple stayed in for awhile – something she also writes about in her book.
“Well, it really is sort of like a bunker,” she said. “It's deep below the White House in a basement. I think it was maybe added - I don't know - during Truman or Roosevelt, during war. And it looks like it was added during Truman or Roosevelt. The furniture looks that old that's in it.
On Friday the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) announced it has created an iPhone application, the first from a national political committee.
In an email to supporters, the NRSC said the app "features news feeds from the NRSC website, Twitter account, Facebook and emails."
It also includes an election tracker which is 'geotargeted' to the user's location.
According to NRSC Digital Strategist Kate Harbath, "we built this app because we know that mobile is going to be an important tool for the 2010 elections."
Washington (CNN) - A Chinese delegation in Washington to discuss human rights was treated to a field trip Friday designed to illustrate the importance the United States places on the rule of law.
The nine-member team, in town for the U.S.-China human rights dialogue, was hosted at the Supreme Court by former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to discuss rule of law and the role of lawyers in society, the State Department said.
They then met Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick at Catholic Charities Anchor Mental Health Center to talk about the link between religious communities and government in social services and humanitarian issues.
(CNN) – Speaking to a largely conservative audience, a Republican lawmaker said Friday that the country has been experiencing a moral crisis in addition to the economic crisis that began on Wall Street in late 2008.
Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana gave an impassioned address to the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pence, who frequently describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican – in that order," said the GOP has been down on its luck in the wake of President Obama's historic election.
But Pence claimed that, in the last year, his party had experienced a reawakening. As evidence, he cited conservative protests against the president's policies and recent Republican victories in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
Pence said that his party lost its way on the issue of fiscal discipline during the Bush administration. But told the gun rights supporters, "My party – Republicans in Congress – we're back in the fight and we're back in the fight on the right."
Pence also said that fixing the country's financial problems and retaking the reins of power in Washington would not be enough to fix, what he sees, as the nation's ills.
"…A vision for a better America will also recognize that our present crisis is not merely economic and political but moral in nature.
"At the root of these times, should be a realization that people in positions of authority have walked away from the timeless truths of honesty and integrity, an honest day's work for an honest day's pay, and the simple idea that a person ought to treat the other person the way they want to be treated," Pence said.
And as he claimed that the country is headed in the wrong under the president, Pence talked about putting the country on a different track.
"We will not restore this nation with public policy alone. It will require public virtue and that emanates from our most cherished institutions: family and religion.
Washington (CNN) - A Republican lawmaker said Friday that senators should ask all judicial nominees about their views on the Second Amendment, which protects the right to keep and bear arms.
Speaking at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, singled out Elena Kagan for special scrutiny. President Obama nominated Kagan for the Supreme Court on Monday.
"One of the biggest threats that I think that we face going forward," Thune told the gathering of gun rights supporters, "is when it comes to appointments to the federal courts."
Thune told the activists that, in his opinion, confirming judges to the federal courts was "one of the most awesome responsibilities" that senators have.
"We need to make sure that as United States senators we take that responsibility very seriously. And we need to ask appointees, nominees to the federal courts – including Elena Kagan – what is her view on the Second Amendment? How is she going to make decisions?"
Washington (CNN) - Moveon.org on Friday announced that the group's members are backing Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania in the May 18 Democratic senate primary. That puts the liberal activist group at odds with Organizing for America, the grassroots group that's part of the Democratic National Committee and that largely supports President Obama and backs Sen. Arlen Specter in his quest to retain his seat.
In an email to Moveon.org members in Pennsylvania, the group said that 67 percent of its followers in the state back Sestak.
The message quotes one member saying that "Sestak not only has a better chance of winning in the fall, but he's a Democrat out of conviction, not desperation." The email quotes another Moveon.org member as saying, "Arlen Specter is an opportunist and cannot be trusted to side with the Democrats."
Specter switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party last year. Critics claim he did so to save his senate seat.
Washington (CNN) – Just days after taking office, Britain's new foreign secretary visited Washington on Friday, hailing the "unbreakable alliance" between the U.S. and Britain.
"The U.S. is without doubt the most important ally of the UK," William Hague said after lunch with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He welcomed President Barack Obama's description of the "extraordinary special relationship" between the two countries.
Hague was announced as Britain's foreign secretary this week after a coalition government was formed between Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats.
Washington (CNN)–Amid the tragedy unfolding in the Gulf Coast region, two U.S. congressmen have teamed up to prevent future devastating oil spills.
Republican congressmen Aaron Schock from Illinois and Adam Putnam from Florida introduced legislation Friday that would incorporate new safety and preventative measures that countries such as Norway and Brazil have already implemented.
Their bill, titled the Offshore Safety and Response Improvement Act, would require offshore oil rigs to have acoustic remote control emergency shut off devices.
"The recent calamity in the Gulf Coast has clearly illustrated we must improve our disaster planning and prevention as we mine for fossil fuels in the future," said Schock, who sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
"We must correct this situation, and we must correct it now," Putnam said. "Until we can develop new sources of energy, our nation will continue to depend on fossil fuels for many years to come. We must be able to access these resources in a way that is safe and environmentally sound."