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Fireworks burst in the sky as a part of the celebration during the lighting of Freedom Hall at the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas.
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The presidential libraries in Texas of George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush are being impacted during the U.S. government's partial shutdown.

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It’s time to restore the billons that were cut from the state’s education budget more than half a decade ago because the state depends on it, Tom Luce said Thursday at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Luce, the former assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, targeted his message to his audience: North Texas business leaders.

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The George W. Bush Presidential Center is celebrating its fifth birthday with a star-studded leadership forum that ends Friday night with a keynote speech from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Bush Center president and CEO Ken Hersh says bringing Bezos to Dallas at a time when President Trump's been criticizing him on Twitter — and Dallas is on the shortlist for Amazon's second headquarters — was a coincidence.

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The George W. Bush Presidential Center hosted a black tie dinner Thursday night with prominent guests as the backdrop for the presentation of the inaugural "Medal for Distinguished Leadership."

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It was a first. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton shared the stage with a different kind of leader: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who’s also on TV’s Shark Tank.

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An oddball bit of presidential history gets made tonight in Dallas. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will share a stage at the Bush Presidential institute with billionaire Shark Tank panelist and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

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Ten years ago, the first private, not-for-profit university opened in Afghanistan. On Wednesday night, the first lady of that country, Rula Ghani, stopped by the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas to thank former first lady Laura Bush for helping create it.

Texas May Lose Its Waiver To No Child Left Behind

Jan 28, 2015
Christina Ulsh

The state got a waiver to some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind in 2013. That lets it keep federal money without meeting all the law’s requirements. Forty other states have waivers, too. Texas’ waiver expires at the end of this school year, and the Texas Education Agency wants an extension.

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Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are launching a new scholars program at four presidential libraries, aiming to help academics and business leaders learn more about presidential leadership.

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Dallas hosted a seminar on the Federal Reserve and monetary policy. Now, those words usually don’t exactly get the blood racing, but headliner and former Fed chief Ben Bernanke teamed with his host, George W. Bush, for an unusually candid – and even entertaining – series of chats.

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The George W. Bush Presidential Center celebrated its first birthday on Thursday. The center – whose library hosted a bigger-than-expected 450,000 visitors in the first year – also includes an institute that focuses on six key policy areas. Margaret Spellings, the Bush Center’s president and a former U.S. Education Secretary, sits down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for this week’s Friday Conversation.

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Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that his institute will be "relentless" in helping military veterans return to civilian life.

He appeared at a summit at the George W. Bush Institute at the Bush Center. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, also spoke at the event, which focused on ways to help military veterans and their families.

“Over the next five years, more than a million Americans will complete their military experience,” Bush said at the event, called Empowering Our Nations' Warriors. “And like those before them, they’ll face challenges as they readjust to civilian life. At the Bush Center, we believe after everything they’ve done for us we have a duty to help make their transition as successful as possible.”

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Update, 12:09 p.m.: A suspicious package found on some grass at the George W. Bush Presidential Center has been examined and determined not to be a threat.
Emergency officials did not immediately say what was in the package discovered around 8 a.m. Tuesday at the complex at Southern Methodist University. The package was found when the presidential museum and library were not yet open for the day.

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Former President George W. Bush welcomed 20 immigrants from 12 countries as U.S. citizens this morning, hailing the historic contributions of newcomers and calling for a "benevolent spirit" in the debate over immigration reform.

For the first time since 2005, when George W. Bush was in the Oval Office, the public's opinion of the former president is "more positive than negative," the pollsters at Gallup say.

Gallup says its latest polling shows:

-- 49 percent of those surveyed have a favorable opinion of the former president.

-- 46 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Bush.

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A steady crowd is expected as the doors of the new George W. Bush Presidential Center swing open to the public at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.    Officials there are urging visitors to do a little planning so they aren't inconvenienced.  


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It was a unique moment in history today as our five living presidents came together at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. They were there for the dedication of George W. Bush’s Presidential Center. The ceremony marked by mutual respect and a couple of presidential one-liners.

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On the sidewalk across Central Expressway from the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication, some 200 protesters rallied.

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Final update, 11:40 a.m.: The dedication ceremony for the Bush Presidential Center at SMU wrapped up without any major incidents. The four other presidents who spoke praised George W. Bush for his service, citing examples such as his work in Africa and his response after 9-11.

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The live stream of the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication has ended. We'll post archival video as soon as it is available.

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“Inside the Bush Center” is a half-hour preview of Thursday's George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication. Hosted by Shelley Kofler, guests include Bush Library and Museum Director Alan Lowe and former Undersecretary of State and Bush adviser Karen Hughes. 

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Two of the biggest names in the 2016 presidential derby are in Dallas today: Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and brother of the ex-president, talked with the Dallas World Affairs Council. And Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and first lady, will speak to a closed meeting of housing executives tonight.

You think you're so smart. You think it's easy being the president of the United States. OK, pal — here's your chance.

One of the attractions of the new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas — scheduled to be dedicated on Thursday — is Decision Points Theater, an interactive experience. The venue allows visitors to participate in a simplified simulation of the presidential decision-making process.

Lauren Silverman

Almost three years after groundbreaking, and a few hundred million dollars later, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is finally complete. It’s full of artifacts – such as gifts from foreign leaders, Bush’s cowboy boots and baseball collection -- but the main attractions are interactive and high-tech.

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Two potential presidential candidates are in Dallas today. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will talk about immigration to one organization. Then in the evening, past Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address a group of apartment executives.  


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This is an installment in the KERA News series "Inside the Bush Center."

After Thursday, Southern Methodist University will never be the same.  That’s because George W. Bush will dedicate his presidential library and museum built at the edge of the campus. To get an idea of how the Bush Center may affect North Texas in years to come, we visited Little Rock, Ark., where President Bill Clinton’s library opened nine years ago.

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Security for Thursday's George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremonies at SMU, and appearances by the five living presidents, will see street closures around campus, in downtown Dallas, and North Oak Cliff. 

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This is the third installment in the KERA News series "Inside the Bush Center."

The new George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas has thousands of artifacts on display. But it also has the largest collection of electronic records of any presidential library. That means hours and hours of video, 4 million photographs and 200 million emails. 

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The Dallas police chief says security is at its highest for Thursday’s ceremonies at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.  That includes activation of the city’s emergency operations center as a precaution, and keeping at eye on protesters.

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This is the second installment in the KERA News series "Inside the Bush Center."

It’s one of the most mysterious rooms in the White House: The Situation Room. And the public has almost never seen it, save for a couple of snapshots from the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. Now, that iconic room has been rebuilt in Dallas -- inside the new George W. Bush Presidential Center, which will be dedicated Thursday.