Dallas (CNN) - As former President George W. Bush unveils his paintings for the first time publicly, he said he expects some of the world leaders who were his artistic subjects to be surprised at the quality.
"I think they're going to be (like), 'Wow, George Bush is a painter,"' Bush told NBC's "Today" show in an interview set to air Friday. "I'm sure when they heard I was painting, (they said), 'Wow, I look forward to seeing a stick figure he painted of me.'"
Among those he painted were former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama.
(CNN) – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush spoke about foreign policy and the economic importance of immigration reform to a group of some of the most prominent Republican fund-raisers Thursday evening in Las Vegas, several attendees told CNN. Bush addressed a private, VIP dinner of major supporters of the Republican Jewish Coalition kicking off the group's spring meeting.
"He was passionate on the economic importance of immigration reform," an attendee told CNN. Bush has repeatedly pushed for action on immigration in the last couple of years.
Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration will give more time to people who try to apply for health insurance coverage through the federal marketplace by Monday but encounter difficulty, administration officials said Tuesday evening.
Monday is the deadline for people to enroll in order to have coverage for this year or face penalties under the Affordable Care Act.
"Open enrollment ends March 31. We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment - either online or over the phone," said Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Washington (CNN) – As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush considers whether to enter the Republican presidential sweepstakes, he is lending his powerful name to an increasingly busy schedule of fundraisers and events for candidates seeking re-election.
Bush, who raised money for the Republican National Committee last month, will appear with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam at a business leaders’ forum on education reform Wednesday and then headlines a fundraiser for Sen. Lamar Alexander that evening in Nashville. Both Haslam and Alexander are running for re-election.
Washington (CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominees Bob Dole and John McCain are pushing back against Sen. Ted Cruz for comments he made Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
As Cruz was talking about how the Republican Party had not been successful in recent campaigns and what it needed to do to win, he said if “you want to lose elections, stand for nothing.”
Washington (CNN) - The family and friends of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson will sponsor a major three-day civil rights summit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act he signed – and hope this can help them broaden the image many have of the 36th president.
Some allies of Johnson feel the Vietnam War is the only prism through which the public now sees Johnson and his presidency and are working to make sure some of his major domestic achievements receive more recognition.
Washington (CNN) – Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, recovering from a 2011 gunshot wound to the head, and her husband Mark Kelly will write a book to be issued later this year on gun rights and gun violence, their publisher, Scribner, announced Tuesday.
The book, "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence," is set to be published in June.
Washington (CNN) – The major super PAC that supported President Obama's re-election now will begin raising money to help elect Hillary Clinton to the White House if she chooses to run, the group confirmed to CNN.
Priorities USA Action is reaching out to major Democratic donors as it starts to build support for her potential run and plans to raise tens of millions of dollars to begin to lay the groundwork for a potential candidacy.
Washington (CNN) – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is expected to soon announce he will seek the Republican nomination for the Senate seat in Virginia currently held by Democrat Mark Warner, who is running for re-election next year, a Republican familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.
He has informed some party leaders he will mount the campaign after testing the waters and could announce his candidacy as early as next week the source said.
Washington (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush, a leader of one of the nation's most prominent Republican families, was honored Tuesday for his years of public service and leadership for civil rights - by a foundation named for his Texan predecessor and also one of the nation's most noted Democratic presidents.
Bush was given the LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award by the LBJ Foundation.