August 6th, 2013
03:32 PM ET

George W. Bush gets heart stent

Former President George W. Bush, 67, underwent a procedure Tuesday morning to have a stent placed in his heart one day after a blockage was discovered in an artery, according to a statement from his office.

In the statement released by Bush's spokesman, the procedure was "performed successfully," without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

"President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday. He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him," the statement read.

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Investigation opened into hacked Bush family e-mails
February 8th, 2013
09:37 AM ET

Investigation opened into hacked Bush family e-mails

Someone hacked into and published private e-mails between members of the Bush family, and it's caught the attention of the U.S. Secret Service.

The Secret Service is investigating the hacking of the e-mails, which include those of former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. They were published on a gossip site late Thursday.

Check out the full story here.

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Gotta Watch: Performing presidents
President Obama is one of several commanders-in-chief who's proven he's got musical talent.
February 22nd, 2012
12:30 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Performing presidents

We now know President Obama can sing. President Clinton's a sax man. President George W. Bush? Well, we may not go as far as to call him a drummer, but we've seen him drum (He dances, too!).

Are we on the verge of seeing a presidential supergroup? Probably not. But after Obama took the mic at last night's celebration of blues music at the White House, we're turning the amps to 11 for this Gotta Watch featuring performing presidents.

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President Obama sings the blues

President Obama joins B.B. King, Mick Jagger and other blues and rock legends at a performance in the White House.

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2007: Bush shows off his moves

President George W. Bush dances and beats a drum at an Africa Malaria Day gathering at the White House on April 25, 2007.

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1993: Clinton plays the saxophone

With Clarence Clemons, President Clinton performs the classic, "Night Train," on the saxophone at his inaugural ball.

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Gotta Watch: Revenge of the turkeys
A wild turkey chases a KXTV producer.
November 23rd, 2011
08:33 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Revenge of the turkeys

Thanksgiving may just be the most perilous day to be a turkey— after all, we call it Turkey Day. When the birds are under all that stress, who can blame them for wanting to take a little revenge? From chasing after mail trucks to pecking at presidents, you’ve Gotta Watch these turkeys unleash their wrath.

Wild turkey chase—A turkey might not seem like a very menacing animal — until it’s chasing you. One Sacramento TV producer went to check out reports of a turkey named “Terrible Tom” terrorizing a neighborhood. She got a lot more than she bargained for. See her hilarious reaction to this wild turkey.

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September 5th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

Bush: no sense of jubilation at bin Laden's death

Former President George W. Bush says he experienced no pleasure when he heard about the death of Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader responsible for orchestrating the deadly terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

"He was sitting in a restaurant in Dallas when the Secret Service told him that President (Barack) Obama wanted to speak to him. He then learned about the assassination," documentarian Peter Schnall told CNN in an interview set to air Monday.

Bush "said to us certainly there was no sense of jubilation (and) certainly no sense of happiness," Schnall stressed. "If anything, he felt that finally there was a sense of closure."

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Gotta Watch: Dissecting bin Laden's effect
A bouquet marks the remembrance of the September 11 attacks and notes "We finally got him."
May 4th, 2011
11:19 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Dissecting bin Laden's effect

As the world seeks more information about the operation that brought down the globe's top terrorist, President Obama prepares to make his first visit Thursday to the World Trade Center site since the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death.

Obama extended an invitation to former President George W. Bush to join him at the site of bin Laden's most infamous attack. But Bush, who began the hunt for bin Laden, declined, saying he'd rather stay out of the spotlight. In today's Gotta Watch, we chronicle the aftermath of bin Laden's attacks and death.
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Gotta Watch: Behind the scenes of bin Laden's killing
Top U.S. leaders receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden.
May 3rd, 2011
11:14 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Behind the scenes of bin Laden's killing

The hunt for Osama bin Laden that went on for almost a decade led to a final mission that was completed in a matter of minutes. But how? The mission utilized specialized troops, heavy government coordination and extreme precision. Go behind the scenes of this tactical operation in today's Gotta Watch.

Night of the killing- What really happened the night the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden?  Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence takes a close look at the operation that took down one of the world's most elusive and feared terrorist leaders.

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Gotta Watch: Hunt for Osama bin Laden
U.S. navy seals killed al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani firefight.
May 2nd, 2011
06:14 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Hunt for Osama bin Laden

Nearly a decade after the September 11 terrorist attacks, in a mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was killed. In today's Gotta Watch, we track the hunt for bin Laden.
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What about Clinton's birth certificate? Bush's? Ford's? Kennedy's?
President Barack Obama released his birth certificate Wednesday to defuse claims he was born on foreign soil.
April 28th, 2011
01:46 PM ET

What about Clinton's birth certificate? Bush's? Ford's? Kennedy's?

The controversy over President Barack Obama’s citizenship sharply divided America before the White House decided to release his long-form birth certificate Wednesday.

Some remain unconvinced he's a U.S. citizen. To many, the issue had already been settled. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll last month indicated that three out of four Americans believe Obama was probably or definitely born in the USA. More than 40 percent of Republicans held opposite sentiments.

Often accompanied by accusations of racism, a common cry among those defending Obama is, “Did past presidents make their birth certificates public?”

An interesting question, for sure, so I decided to have a look back over the past 50 years. The short answer is yes, some indeed did. The long answer? Birth certificates for past presidents are squirrelly things and not the easiest to find.

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Gotta Watch: Sleepy politicians
During a California budget hearing in 2009, a lawmaker gets some shut-eye.
April 14th, 2011
11:17 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Sleepy politicians

In light of Vice President Joe Biden's recent napping episode caught on cam here, we thought we'd dig up some of our best naptime videos featuring your favorite sleepy politicians.

Napping greatest hits – Our very own Jeanne Moos highlights political napping that goes back to the Reagan administration, when the president nodded off in front of Pope John Paul II, and Dick Cheney taking a snooze at a briefing.

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Gotta Watch: Presidential first pitches; remembering Selena
It's opening day for Major League Baseball so we're looking at a history of presidential pitches.
March 31st, 2011
11:29 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Presidential first pitches; remembering Selena

It's a throwback kind of day in more ways than one. Baseball season starts today, making it the perfect time to reflect on a century's worth of presidential pitches. Also in today's Gotta Watch, we mark the 16th anniversary of singer Selena Quintanilla-PĂ©rez's death.

Perfecting the presidential pitch – For once, this is a presidential pitch devoid of any politics. Check out how the presidents measure up when it's time to throw out the first pitch. From 20th century presidents to more modern day leaders like Ronald Reagan pitching 1984, see who threw it best.

We have video of George H. W. Bush winding it up in 1991 and 1992. We also threw in Bill Clinton's 1992 pitch, George W. Bush's 2001, 2005 and 2009 pitches. And of course, there's president Barack Obama from 2009 and 2010.

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Website lets taxpayers redirect breaks
December 30th, 2010
02:50 PM ET

Website lets taxpayers redirect breaks

A group of academics has created a website where users can calculate how much the recently renewed federal tax cuts are worth to them and donate that amount to charity.

GiveItBackForJobs.org "is intended both to make it easy for those with extra moolah to donate and to send a political message that they are doing so," according to the ABA Journal.

Three Ivy League professors, a law student and a designer created the site out of opposition to the extension of tax benefits for the wealthy, the founders write on the site.

"GiveItBackforJobs enables joint action, by all visitors to this site, to redirect our Bush tax cuts to the wise and just programs that our government would promote if it had not been hijacked," they write.

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Obama tells Republicans he should have worked more with them
November 30th, 2010
01:30 PM ET

Obama tells Republicans he should have worked more with them

A political summit between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders Tuesday yielded further talks on whether to extend Bush-era tax breaks scheduled to expire at the end of the year, as well as an acknowledgement from Obama that he needs to reach out more to Republicans.

The meeting, dubbed by some the "Slurpee summit" in reference to a campaign dig by Obama at congressional Republicans, involved the president and leaders of both parties from the House and Senate.

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November 14th, 2010
08:48 PM ET

Bush says some NATO allies let U.S. down in Afghanistan

Former President George W. Bush defended his administration's handling of the war in Afghanistan on Sunday, telling CNN that some NATO allies who  contributed troops to the conflict "turned out not to be willing to fight."

In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, Bush strongly refuted criticism  that his administration took its "eye off the ball" in Afghanistan when he ordered troops to invade Iraq. He said he ordered American forces to overthrow Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the assumption that allied forces would help make up the difference in Afghanistan.

"What  happened in Afghanistan was that our NATO allies, some of them, turned out not to be willing to fight," Bush said. "Therefore, our assumption
that we had ample troops U.S. and NATO troops turned out to be a 
not-true assumption. So we adjusted."

The  former president didn't name any countries specifically from NATO, which includes 28 nations in Europe and North America. Some 785 military personnel from NATO countries besides the United States have been killed in Afghanistan since hostilities began in October 2001, with the  United Kingdom, Canada and France incurring the most fatalities.

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November 9th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

George Bush's busy book tour

Former President George W. Bush continues to work the media circuit, promoting his 500-page memoir "Decision Points," which hits stores today.

The hourlong interview with NBC's Matt Lauer aired Monday, and Bush will join the network's "Today" show on Wednesday. Fox's Sean Hannity spent time at Bush's Crawford, Texas, for an interview that airs this week.

Oprah's pre-taped interview with Bush airs today. A preview clip shows Bush saying, "You're asking me to wade back into the swamp."

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November 9th, 2010
08:14 AM ET

On the Radar: Bush memoir, oil spill, Myanmar, Olbermann

President George W. Bush's 481-page memoir comes out Tuesday.

Bush memoir release

After staying largely mum on the political scene since leaving office almost two years ago, President George W. Bush will reveal his thoughts on the most historic - and controversial - parts of his presidency with the release of his memoir Tuesday.

In the 481-page book, Decision Points, Bush shares his thoughts on the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and what he calls the "worst moment" of his presidency.

The 43rd president also takes responsibility for giving the go-ahead for waterboarding terror suspects, which has touched off a new round of criticism of Bush and calls for his prosecution. He says that he decided not to use two more extreme interrogation methods, but he does not disclose what those were.

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November 8th, 2010
10:54 AM ET

Gotta Watch: The presidential boogie

Every so often a president stumbles upon a moment that's destined for awkwardness. You can bet that moment usually comes in the form of dancing.

Over the weekend, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were both motioned onto the dance floor during their visit to India. The dance was a part of the Hindu celebration of Diwali.

We couldn't help but take a look back at another great moment in presidential dancing when President George W. Bush showed off his moves during a Malaria Awareness event back in 2007.

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October 28th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

WebPulse: Scary politics, meatheads, Rocky's 'tranny'

We're five days out from midterm elections and three days away from Halloween. Let's get this fear wagon moving, shall we?

'Daily Show,' the morning after - President Obama's congenial yet somewhat tense conversation with Jon Stewart is one of the most viewed 30 minutes online today. Obama is trying to avoid what would be a scary scenario to the Dems if the Republicans sweep the polls. Heck, it could be a virtual GOP wave on Tuesday, writes CNN contributor John P. Avlon.

Obama's appearance was just part of his campaign to inspire voters, particularly the younger ones who helped put him in office (and apparently a lot of guys who watch the Daily Show). It also comes in the days before the Washington rallies "A Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" that Stewart and comedian foil Stephen Colbert are hosting this weekend.

The rallies don't seem to have spooked Republicans so much as some of their own candidates. The search term "Karl Rove" was at the top of Google Trends, leading to stories about President Bush's former senior adviser saying Sarah Palin lacks "gravitas."

Does Rove not get how frightening a pit bull can be?

Oooh ... WebPulse is in transition heaven right now ... Let's talk about meatheads.

Vegetarians beware - We're not sure if this meathead recipe is trending, but it should be. So gross, so creative, so stinky. Pinch your nose like the many critics of last night's "Glee." "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" never sounded so lame as it did on the show, Gawker says. The Huffington Post said the show neutered "Rocky" by replacing the word "transsexual" with "tranny." Changing the lyrics to a classic musical? A scary statement on today's generation if you ask us. Next thing you know those kids will pose half-naked in a national men's magazine.

(Mega-fancy) House on the Hill - If $5 is all you can spare for a magazine, you'll be pretty well freaked out by this home built by Asia's richest man. It's in Mumbai, overlooking the city's slums. It has 27 floors for his family of six, three helipads, a 168-space parking lot, a pool, health club and an ice room with man-made flurries. Jeez, and we thought our rent was too damn high.

October 22nd, 2010
09:46 AM ET

On the Radar: Typhoon Megi, Haiti's Cholera outbreak


Typhoon hits Taiwan Typhoon Megi advanced Friday in Asia, triggering rock slides that trapped more than 400 people in automobiles in Taiwan, officials said.

A tour bus was stuck on a cliff, with the driver and a passenger suspected still trapped inside, according to the Coast Guard Administration of Taiwan. It was not immediately clear whether they were injured or dead. Another tour bus, with 19 people aboard, was missing.

Soldiers were deployed to rescue those trapped, including about 200 visitors from China, said Cai Min, a spokesman for Taiwan's National Disaster Prevention and Protection Commission. More than two dozen travelers had been rescued by Friday afternoon, officials said.

Megi, which killed at least 11 people in the Philippines, is expected to reach southern China early Saturday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

Cholera outbreak in Haiti A fast-moving cholera outbreak north of the Haitian capital has killed at least 138 people, a U.N. official said Friday.

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