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George W. and Laura Bush, the former president and first lady, at the funeral of his father in 2018.
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Former President George W. Bush spoke out Tuesday for the first time about the police violence and demonstrations that have convulsed a country already reeling in the midst of a pandemic.

Former President George W. and Laura Bush recite the pledge of allegiance with new U.S. citizens including Felix Odeh (top right) of Nigeria, during a naturalization ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas on Monday.
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Former President George W. Bush welcomed new U.S. citizens Monday during a naturalization ceremony in Dallas, saying that "amid all the complications of policy, may we never forget that immigration is a blessing and a strength."

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Laura Bush, the former first lady of the U.S. and of Texas, called the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy of separating immigrant children from their parents "cruel" in an op-ed published in the Washington Post Sunday evening. 

"It breaks my heart," she wrote. 

It looks like an almost-full complement of ex-presidents will be watching from the inaugural stand when Donald Trump takes the oath of office Jan. 20 — along with the candidate Trump defeated in the bitter 2016 campaign.

Aides to Hillary and Bill Clinton tell NPR's Tamara Keith that the 2016 Democratic nominee and former president will attend the ceremony in Washington, D.C., later this month.

President George W. Bush's office announced earlier that he and former first lady Laura will also attend. Jimmy Carter had previously announced his intention to be on hand.

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From Texas StandardAs enormous as the state of Texas is, 95 percent of its land is privately held. So if you're serious about conservation, any efforts on publicly held land are just a start. The next step is convincing private landowners to embrace best practices, too.

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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.

Video: Watch George W. Bush Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 20, 2014
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Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.