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Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with a state funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The service is set to feature multiple members of the Bush family, including a eulogy from former President George W. Bush, the late president's eldest child, and readings from three of the 41st president's granddaughters.

Here's a look at the sprawling Bush family.

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Former President George H.W. Bush Dies At 94

Dec 1, 2018

Updated at 7:05 a.m. ET

George Herbert Walker Bush died Friday at the age of 94.

Former President George W. Bush released a statement, saying for himself and his siblings, "Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died."

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The longtime head of one of Florida's most visible civil rights organizations is retiring.

Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU Florida, says he is stepping down from his job at the end of the month.

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State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, an ardent supporter of Jeb Bush's run for the presidency, said he was profoundly disappointed that the former Florida governor ended his bid after a poor showing in Saturday's primary in South Carolina.

Jeb Bush is ending his campaign for president after a disappointing showing in the South Carolina primary.

"The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision," the former Florida governor told his supporters gathered in Columbia on Saturday night. "So tonight, I am suspending my campaign."

"I congratulate my competitors, that are remaining on the island, on their success in a race that has been hard-fought, just as the contest for the presidency should be because it is a tough job," he continued.

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The campaign trail turned rough Wednesday for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as he reached for a strong showing in South Carolina's GOP primary Saturday.

First, news leaked that Gov. Nikki Haley will endorse rival Marco Rubio, a development that Bush said left him "disappointed."

Then, at his own town hall event at a Charleston-area club, he got more unsolicited advice — mostly about how to handle front runner Donald Trump — than policy questions.

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Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio are locked in a high-stakes political chess match in South Carolina, strategically moving money and other campaign resources around in a bid to pull ahead in the Republican primary race — or at least keep their campaigns afloat.

Many Republicans may have sided with Donald Trump's controversial proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., but his rival Jeb Bush predicts that the GOP faithful will eventually oppose the plan and see it his way.

"Trump clearly banning all Muslims would actually be so counterproductive in our efforts to destroy ISIS that it's foolhardy," the former Florida governor told NPR's Steve Inskeep in an interview Wednesday in Boston. "I mean, it's beyond ridiculous; it's quite dangerous."

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Jeb Bush finally delivered a powerful debate performance. But it may not matter.

The former Florida governor repeatedly took the fight to front-runner Donald Trump in Las Vegas Tuesday night as the Republican Party's 2016 class met on the debate stage for the last time this year.

Bush called the billionaire businessman "the chaos candidate," insisted Trump couldn't "insult his way to the presidency," and dismissed Trump's proposal to block all Muslims from entering the country as dangerous and "not serious."

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Jeb Bush stared across the Londonderry Senior Center in disbelief.

A voter at this New Hampshire town hall had just told him she'd read the candidate's 3,000-word tax plan. "The fact that you read it makes me feel so pleased — even if you didn't like it," Bush said, unsuccessfully holding back a grin.

It was the sort of moment Bush surely dreamed about when he announced his 2016 bid six months ago. Soon, the two were deep in the weeds of his proposals for capital gains taxes on estates, when Bush paused. "We're having a real wonk-a-thon right now," he said gleefully.

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The Republican front-runner for the presidential nomination, Donald Trump, is not prepared to be the nation's commander in chief, because he's "uninformed" on major issues facing the U.S, especially defense and foreign affairs, rival Jeb Bush said on Sunday.

"I have great doubts about Donald Trump's ability to be commander in chief," Bush said on CBS' "Face the Nation." ''If you listen to him talk, it's kind of scary to be honest with you, because he's not a serious candidate."

Florida Poll: Trump Getting Stronger, Bush Weaker

Nov 19, 2015

Nationally, GOP leaders have been predicting Trump’s demise for months. It hasn’t happened. “Despite conjecture that Donald Trump has plateaued, his support in Florida remains very strong and could be growing,” FAU’s associate political science professor Kevin Wagner said in a news release. Aside from Trump, U.S. Sen. Rubio has consistently started to eclipse Bush, his former mentor, at home.

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday called for the U.S. to send more troops to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State.

"This is the war of our time," the former Florida governor said at the Citadel five days after Islamic State militants attacked Paris and killed 129 people.

"Radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on the western world. Their aim is our total destruction. We can't withdraw from this threat, or negotiate with it. We have but once choice: to defeat it."

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Orlando was the center of the Republican political universe over the weekend, as all the major candidates for president spoke at the GOP's Sunshine Summit. WUSF's Steve Newborn was there, and caught up with University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus.

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Orlando was the center of the Republican political universe over the weekend, as every major presidential hopeful spoke at the GOP's Sunshine Summit to several thousand of the state's Republican voters.

The New York Times is profiling a new wave of attacks from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on his one-time protege, Sen. Marco Rubio.

Inside Jeb Bush's Campaign Reboot

Nov 9, 2015

At his fifth event of a marathon day in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Bush spoke for 90 minutes to an intensely attentive audience at a World War II museum in Wolfeboro. People were listening so closely that when Bush paused for dramatic effect at times, the silence in the room was deafening. With a backdrop of old tanks and fighter planes surrounding him, Bush delivered an impassioned pitch for why he wants to be president, displaying a newfound energy that's getting an increasing amount of attention from the media. "I feel like getting on top of a tank and charging somewhere," Bush said playfully after getting winning applause for his stump speech. "Where's Gen. Patton?"

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Republican Jeb Bush's campaign revival tour is getting louder and more colorful as he charges across early voting states with a can-do slogan, a tour bus and critiques of rivals who have become threats to his claim as the GOP mainstream favorite.

"We're Americans, dammit!" he shouted Wednesday at a pharmacy in Hollis, N.H., as he complained that the U.S. was not leading in key foreign policy disputes.

He saved special words for Donald Trump, the former reality show star who remains a leader in the unpredictable GOP nomination fight.

Jeb Bush sought to revive a sagging campaign for president in New Hampshire on Tuesday, committing anew to a state with deep ties to his family. He'll start from a position of weakness that some family loyalists say is of his own making.

Eager to distinguish himself from his family legacy at the outset of his 2016 bid, Bush failed to tap the support of many longtime friends in the state. Many in the old Bush network now say they've picked another candidate to support or are staying out of the primary process altogether.

The latest SurveyUSA poll, conducted for Bay News 9/News 13, shows former Gov. Jeb Bush receiving a lowest-ever 7 percent of the Republican presidential vote, trailing fourth-place Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (10 percent), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (16 percent) and Dr. Ben Carson (17 percent). Businessman Donald Trump surged to 37 percent. This is Bush’s worst showing yet in any Florida survey, and it highlights just how far the former front-runner has fallen. A University of North Florida poll last month showed Bush in fourth place with 9 percent in the Republican race. Bush’s campaign team has been in damage control for weeks and suggests the candidate is ready to rise.

Jeb Bush is trying to jump-start his campaign this week, with a new focus and a new slogan: "Jeb Can Fix It."

That's meant to highlight his two terms as governor of Florida, but it might also apply to his lackluster campaign.

Bush's hopes to dominate the race as front-runner are a distant memory, with outsider candidates like Donald Trump and Ben Carson leading the field since the summer.

But lately, Bush has been fighting more fiercely with a man he once mentored, Marco Rubio. When Bush was governor, Rubio served as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

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This hasn't been the best of times for Jeb Bush - he's been getting pushback after last week's presidential debate to drop out of the race. But during a speech Monday at the Tampa Garden Club,  Bush said he's sticking to his long-term plan to win the White House.

Bush Family Gathers to Rescue Jeb

Oct 26, 2015

“The patient is either in intensive care and in need of some good doctors who can save him or being put into hospice and we’re going to see a slow death," said one K Street lobbyist supporting Bush. Indeed, the man who, it was expected, would be leading the Republican field by a mile, who raised astounding sums in his first months as a candidate, is now on life support, according to people inside the two-day meeting. With the campaign gasping for air, slashing costs and narrowing a national strategy to a New Hampshire approach, investor confidence is cracking.

Trump Jabs Bush During Florida Visit

Oct 25, 2015
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mocked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in his own state on Saturday, saying recent campaign cuts show he's not ready to be president.

According to an internal memo, Mr. Bush plans to reduce payroll costs by 40 percent this week, cut salaries for all but the most entry level staff members, cut travel costs by 20 percent and significantly reduce headquarters staff. A quarter will remain in Miami, a quarter have already been dispatched to early-voting states, and most of the rest are being offered positions in early states or as part of ballot access efforts, but with pay cuts, the memo said. “We will be working with staff today and going through each person’s situation, but expect sizable changes,” Danny Diaz, Mr. Bush’s campaign manager, said by email on Friday.

So far, Jeb Bush's presidential campaign has had some interesting — if not downright awkward — moments, multiple instances in which Bush was close to something exciting, or funny, or powerful, but then it just didn't work.

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After initially struggling with questions about the Iraq War and his brother's tenure as the nation's leader, Jeb Bush has tossed aside any hesitations about embracing former President George W. Bush's legacy and is searching for new ways to incorporate him into his White House campaign.

It's a shift due in no small part to the jabs of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who isn't backing down from his assertions that Bush's brother bears some responsibility for 9/11.

Trump-Bush Feud Fires Up Over 9/11

Oct 19, 2015

In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Bush said Trump doesn't seriously address how he would handle foreign policy as president. "Across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things as though he's still on 'The Apprentice,'" the former Florida governor said of his rival for the Republican presidential nomination. "My brother responded to a crisis, and he did it as you would hope a president would do. He united the country, he organized our country and he kept us safe," Jeb Bush said. "And there's no denying that. The great majority of Americans believe that."

For years former Gov. Jeb Bush has traveled the country urging states to adopt a group of education policies he says improved Florida schools.

The policies focus on reading by the third grade, using test scores to measure school and teacher performance and giving students more choices about where they can go to school.

Education researchers met in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to dissect Bush’s claims.

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Hundreds of donors to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign will gather later this month in Houston. They'll shake hands with a pair of former presidents, and high-profile lieutenants of the former Florida governor will push them to write generous checks.

This weekend in Las Vegas, dozens of donors met up with Marco Rubio. They ate fast-food hamburgers, shook hands with a celebrity pawn-shop owner and played flag football with the Florida senator.

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