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Bush Family's Personal Information Compromised by Computer Hacker

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The private lives of a very public family have been exposed, thanks to a hacker who managed to breach the email accounts of several family members of former President George H.W. Bush and his son, former President George W. Bush.

As reported by TheSmokingGun website on Thursday, whoever was responsible for this invasion of the Bush family’s privacy uploaded photos and emails to an online account specifically hacked for hosting the material.

Hacked emails from 2009 through 2012 included one that indicated that the health condition of George H. W. Bush was so grave in late December that the former president’s “funeral team is having an emergency meeting at 10 a.m. just to go through all the details."

In one email sent by George W. Bush, he wrote that he was “thinking about (a) eulogy.”  The elder Bush was hospitalized in Houston for more than month but was finally cleared to return home in January.

Meanwhile, the hacker also got a hold of home addresses and cellphone numbers of dozens of Bush family members, including both former presidents.  Email accounts breached included that of George H.W. Bush’s daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law; and family friend, CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz.

On Friday, a spokesman for George H.W. Bush confirmed to ABC News that there was a hacking attempt on the former president’s email and that authorities have begun an investigation into the incident.  The spokesman could not confirm the content of the emails that were hacked.

A spokesman for the Secret Service told ABC News the agency is investigating the matter.

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Will Paul Ryan Release His Tax Returns?

(NEW YORK) -- As a candidate for Congress, Paul Ryan has released financial disclosure forms for years, but he has never released his tax returns.

We know that Ryan turned over “several years” of tax returns to the Romney campaign during the vice presidential vetting process.  We have asked the Romney campaign if any of those returns will be made public.  No answer yet.

As a reminder:  Dick Cheney released 10 years of returns after he was named George W. Bush’s running mate in 2000.  Sarah Palin released two years when she was added to the John McCain ticket in 2008.

The level of disclosure for the vice presidential candidate is normally set by the presidential candidate. Cheney recently told ABC News that Romney has released enough tax returns. But he also explained why he released a decade of his own as a running mate.

“I did what [Bush] did.  In other words, you weren’t going to have the presidential candidate do 10 years and the vice-presidential candidate not do that,” he said.

An assessment of Ryan’s congressional financial disclosures by the Los Angeles Times pegs his wealth at between $2 million and $7.7 million with income from his congressional salary and an inherited trust in the name of his wife.

Democrats have criticized Mitt Romney for not releasing more than one year of tax returns. Romney has also released preliminary returns for 2011. He has promised to release the final return when it is completed.

The Obama campaign and other Democrats have argued that Romney should release more years of his returns, like President Obama did as a candidate. But Romney has said he will not; Democrats, he said, will never be satisfied with how many years he releases and just want to use the information to highlight Romney’s wealth.

“If he had two years out, they’d want four,” Cheney told me, defending Romney. “If he had four years out, they’d want six.  If he had six years out, they’d want 10.  He’s made his judgment.  I’m confident — I have great confidence in what he’s put out there.  He’s been a very successful man.  And there’s no evidence of any kind that he’s done anything improper or inappropriate.”

As a vice presidential candidate, then-Sen. Joe Biden released 10 years of tax returns in September 2008 following the Democratic National Convention. He has released his returns every year since.

Candidate Barack Obama released eight years of tax returns before the election: seven years’ worth in March 2008, and his ’07 return in April 2008. He has released his returns every year since.

Both Obama and Biden have posted their tax returns dating back to 2000 on the campaign’s website here.

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Is America Ready for Another George Bush?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- George Bush is going to the Republican National Convention this year. Not George W. Bush, not George H.W. Bush but George Prescott Bush, the eldest son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. He is challenging the Republican Party to once again be a "big tent" party, especially when it comes to reaching out to Hispanics.

As the grandson and nephew of the 41st and 43rd presidents of the United States respectively, George P. Bush is the heir to a long political heritage. His father Jeb -- the popular former Florida governor -- had until recently been considered a possible vice presidential pick for the Romney ticket this fall.

"In politics it's about timing, and there's also chemistry that's involved. This isn't his time and I think he's at peace with that," George P. Bush said of his father. "Of course on a personal level, I'm disappointed, but Governor Romney has some great folks that he can select from."

Jeb Bush has expressed concerns about the state of the Republican Party, stating that Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting the nomination from today's GOP.

"I would concur with his assessment, I think we have to be mindful of Reagan's ethos of the big tent theory," said George P. Bush. "The Republican Party in order to be successful has to include people from all backgrounds, namely the Hispanic community."

Mitt Romney took a tough line on immigration in the Republican primaries, but George P. Bush says to win over the Hispanic vote, the presumptive nominee needs to focus on the economy.

"I think he needs to focus on kitchen table issues. That's the economy, solving our unemployment issue and dealing with education reform," explained Bush whose mother, Columba Bush, is Mexican-American. "Immigration of course is an issue - it's an important issue to the community - but first and foremost it's about how do we get back on the right track economically."

As for his own political future, George P. says he has no specific plans. But he says he may eventually run for office.

"Right now I'm reviewing potential opportunities, and we'll - we'll see where it takes me," he said.

What advice do the Bush elders have for the up and comer?

"The advice is always to make a name in your own right. To be a success in your own capacity, to go out and, and figure out your own niche, your specific niche, before going into elective service," said George P., "I've taken that to heart, and I've followed it."

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Clint Eastwood as VP? George H.W. Bush Considered It

Indigo/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- George H.W. Bush, trailing Democrat Michael Dukakis in the heat of the 1988 presidential campaign, briefly but seriously considered Hollywood renaissance man Clint Eastwood to be his running mate, says a former Bush aide.

The revelation comes from more than 350 hours of audio interviews with 50 senior officials from the George H.W. Bush administration released Friday by the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and Bush Presidential Library Foundation.  The decade-long oral history project documents the life and times of the 41st presidency.

“When we were way behind. Honestly, [Eastwood] was suggested in not an altogether unserious -- well, he was a mayor. He was a Republican mayor,” recalls former Bush campaign chairman and Secretary of State James Baker.  Eastwood served one term as mayor of the conservative ocean side community Carmel, Calif., from 1986-1988.

“Anyway, it was shot down pretty quick. But we were looking at an 18-point deficit,” Baker said, suggesting the campaign was looking for a boost from its vice presidential choice. Bush, who also considered Sen. Dan Quayle, R-Ind.; Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan.; Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo.; and Rep. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y., ultimately settled on Quayle.

Quayle was “maybe not the most qualified, but he brings other attributes that are extraordinarily important,” Baker said of his initial reaction to Bush’s choice.

The interviews, conducted by a panel of university scholars between 1999 and 2011, paint an intimate and detailed portrait of Bush and his team as they navigated the 1988 election campaign and transition to the White House, legislative affairs, two Supreme Court appointments and later a series of foreign crises, including the first Gulf War.

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Bush on 9/11: 'I Didn't Have a Strategy'

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- At the very moment that George W. Bush was advised about attacks on the United States in Sept. 11, he was reading to a group of elementary school students in Florida. He famously continued reading the book, The Pet Goat, for several minutes afterward, because, he later said, he "didn't want to rattle the kids."

Members of the media who were present in the classroom were also getting the news of the attacks.

"And it was like watching a silent movie," the former president told the National Geographic Channel in an interview for the channel's special program on the 9/11 attacks. "In the back of the room, reporters were on their cell phones. They were getting the same message I got. Which meant that a lot of people would be watching my reactions to these crises."

George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview premieres Sunday, August 28 on the National Geographic Channel.

Even though his first reaction was "anger, who the hell...would do that to America?" the 43rd president said he "made the decision not to jump up immediately...I didn't want to rattle the kids. I wanted to project a sense of calm."

The interview focuses on Bush's experiences on that day. In it, he talks about the hard decisions he had to make, including giving the order to shoot down any commercial aircraft that failed to obey orders to land – and the difficulties of being a wartime president forced to make life and death decisions.

"I never campaigned on you know, 'Please elect me, I'll be a...the kind of wartime chief you'll be proud of.' The war came upon us unexpectedly...And I made the decisions as best I could in the fog of war," he said.

Bush also opens up about his fears for his own family's safety on that day, and the relief he felt when he learned his wife, Laura, and their two daughters were safe.

An estimated 3,000 people were killed on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. Another jet -- reportedly bound for the White House -- crashed onto a field in Shanksville, Pa., when passengers fought the terrorists for control of the craft.

"September the 11th affected my presidency, and it caused me to make many decisions. Some of which were extremely controversial. All of which were designed to protect the homeland. I didn't have a strategy. I was living day by day," he said.

After the attacks, he pledged to hunt down Osama bin Laden, the mastermind, but critics have said he failed to make that a top priority of his presidency.

Bush discussed his reaction to news that the 9/11 mastermind had been killed by U.S. special forces on May 1. He had been having dinner with his wife in a restaurant when he received word that President Barack Obama would be calling him.

"I decided to take the call at the house. And President Obama called me, told me that Osama bin Laden had been killed. And my response was, I congratulated him, and the special operators that conducted a very dangerous mission.

"And so I was grateful," he added. "I didn't...feel any great sense of happiness. Or jubilation. I felt a sense of closure. And I felt a sense of gratitude that justice had been done."

"Eventually September the 11th will be a date on the calendar, it'll be like Pearl Harbor day. For those of us who lived through it, it'll be a day that we'll never forget."

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