If you haven’t already heard, former President George W. Bush is about to become a grandfather for the second time.
His daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, announced last week on NBC’s Today show that she and husband Henry Hager are expecting their second child due in August.
She has said her 2-year-old daughter, Mila, is already excited about gaining a sibling. Apparently she’s already calling the baby “Sissy.”
An early challenge
Just four months into a new term, one of the most powerful Republicans in the Texas House — state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth — has already drawn an opponent for 2016.
Bo French, who grew up in Fort Worth, sent out a press release last week outlining his candidacy for House District 99, saying that “it’s time for the next generation of conservative leaders to step up and bring innovation, passion and vision to our state.”
French most recently made headlines when he and Steven Young, who were partners with the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, were sued by Kyle’s wife, Taya, on claims they tried to steal the tactical training company Craft International. French and Young claimed they made Taya an offer, which she refused, and that her lawsuit was “character assassination,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
Geren, a chief lieutenant of House Speaker Joe Straus, heads the House Administration Committee, which oversees the inner workings of the lower chamber. He has served in the House since 2001.
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, wasn’t in town for the Easter break.
Instead, he joined a congressional delegation heading overseas.
According to his office, the delegation started in Germany and Romania, meeting with members of Parliament, high-ranking government officials and U.S. military officials.
They saw the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, before moving on to Saudi Arabia where the delegation met with the minister of defense and other government leaders, talking about the Saudi’s recent intervention in Yemen trying to slow down or stop the growth of the Islamic State group.
They also stopped in Ethiopia and then Tanzania, where there was, in addition to meetings, a sightseeing bonanza, a half-day trip to Lodoare Gate, Serengeti National Park, one of the world’s greatest wildlife conservation sites. The final stop was Burundi.
Barton spokesman Sean Brown said “members paid for this portion of the trip with their own money.”
Said Barton: “Economically Africa is beginning to emerge with a developed and integrated economy, but they still have a long, long way to go.”
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