GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush made an uncomfortable joke about child abuse at a New Hampshire rally after insisting his mama, former First Lady Barbara Bush, isn't "as great as everybody thinks."
"I jokingly say that when we were growing up in Midland, in Houston, that mom was fortunate not to have a child-abuse hotline available," he told the crowd in Derry Thursday, according to Politico.
The audience laughed at the corporal punishment crack as the Republican hopeful elaborated on his mom's parenting style.
"She was the one that taught us right and wrong, I can promise you that. And it's worked out pretty good," the former Florida governor said. "All the mistakes that I've made are my own doing, I can tell you that."
The Bush family is throwing its weight behind Jeb Bush in the race for the White House -- and former President George W. Bush is the latest family member to join the ranks. In a new television ad for Right to Rise USA, a super PAC backing Bush's presidential campaign, the eldest Bush brother discusses the "first job of the president" and how Jeb is best equipped to protect America. "Our next President must be prepared to lead," the former president says in the 30-second spot. "I know Jeb," he continues, as patriotic images of an American flag, the White House and uniformed military men play across the screen. "I know his good heart and his strong backbone. Jeb will unite our country. He knows how to bring the world together against terror, and he knows when tough measures must be taken." The elder Bush concluded the ad with a pitch to his brother's "experience and judgment." "Jeb Bush is a leader who will keep our country safe," he said. read more
After more than a decade of fighting to keep them out of public view, the Pentagon released 198 photographs on Friday, mostly showing close-ups of tiny cuts, bruises, and scars on a series of anonymous men. But the real story is what the Obama administration decided to keep hidden. Friday's photos are an innocuous fraction of a much larger cache of 2,000 images, detailing the abuse of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Some of the most graphic images are said to show American troops posing with corpses. Others depict U.S. forces holding guns to people's heads or simulating forced sodomization. In one, a large man rides an elderly woman as if she were an animal and whips her with a stick. The mistreatment of corpses and prisoners are widely considered to be violations of the international rules of war.
Jeb Bush can't seem to catch a break. The former Florida governor, who has languished in national polls and finished a distant sixth in the Iowa caucus, resorted to asking a group of unmoved voters in New Hampshire to applaud his stump speech, according to a Wednesday New York Times report. Bush was met with complete silence after giving what the Times described as a "fiery" speech at the Hanover Inn, where he vowed to prioritize national security as President. 36 "I won't be out here blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up," he said, as quoted by the Times. "Please clap," he pleaded as the audience remained quiet. read more
High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires' disease potentially linked to Flint's water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show.
When he disclosed the spike in Legionnaires' cases on Jan. 13, Snyder said he had learned about it just a couple of days earlier. But emails obtained by the liberal group Progress Michigan through public-records requests and shared with The Associated Press show Snyder's own office was aware of the outbreak since last March. At the time, others in the administration were scrambling to respond to suggestions that bacteria in the city's new water source, the Flint River, could be the culprit.
The outbreak was also well known within state agencies, according to emails obtained separately by the AP and other news organizations.