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Former President George H.W. Bush released from Houston hospital: spokesman

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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 90, was released from a Houston hospital on Tuesday after a weeklong stay brought on by breathing difficulties, his spokesman said.

“President Bush was released from the Houston Methodist Hospital today,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. “He is now resting at home, grateful to the doctors and nurses for their superb care.”

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Bush was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital the night of Dec. 23 and admitted for observation after experiencing shortness of breath, McGrath said.

Bush, who served one term as the 41st president from 1989 to 1993, was admitted to the same hospital in November 2012 for bronchitis and related ailments. He was so ill at one point that he was believed to be near death but recovered and was allowed to go home after seven weeks.

His eldest son, former President George W. Bush, published a best-selling book this year about his father, titled “41 – A Portrait of My Father.”

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Trump attacks ousted Ukraine ambassador for purportedly refusing to hang his picture in her office

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President Donald Trump unleashed yet another attack on ousted American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch because she supposedly refused to hang his picture on the wall of her office.

During an appearance on "Fox & Friends," the president angrily questioned why Republicans didn't do more to attack Yovanovitch's personal character, and he speculated that the let her off easy because of her gender.

"The ambassador -- the woman -- I said, ‘Why are you being so kind?'" Trump fumed. "Well sir, she’s a woman, you have to be nice."

The president then went on to list one of Yovanovitch's purported misdeeds and accused her of refusing to hang his portrait up in the American embassy in Ukraine.

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Trump hilariously botches his defense during Fox & Friends interview: ‘I do want corruption’

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During an interview on "Fox & Friends" on Friday, President Donald Trump tried to paint himself as a noble fighter of corruption in government -- except he horribly botched it.

While insisting that he's sincerely working to fight corruption at home and abroad, Trump said, "I do want, always, corruption -- I say that to anybody!"

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— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) November 22, 2019

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US ‘concerned’ China is seeking to sway Taiwan polls

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The de facto US ambassador to Taiwan on Friday expressed concern that Beijing was attempting to influence the island's coming elections, days after China sent its first domestically built aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait.

Beijing confirmed earlier this week that the carrier traversed the strait separating China from self-ruled Taiwan, saying it was "routine" training.

"We of course regard any of these threatening actions with concern," said Brent Christensen, the director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), when asked to comment on the sail-by.

AIT serves as the de facto American embassy in Taiwan.

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