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George P. Bush. Photo: David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images

George P. Bush on Wednesday launched his 2022 campaign for Texas attorney general by criticizing the beleaguered incumbent Ken Paxton, who is under investigation by the FBI and is facing securities fraud charges.

Why it matters: The land commissioner is the last of the Bush family still in office. He's also the first in his family to publicly support former President Trump, who's previously mocked his father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, uncle and former President George W. Bush and grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush.

  • He said Wednesday he has asked Trump to endorse him, the Texas Tribune reports.

What he's saying: Bush addressed Paxton directly at his campaign launch in Austin, saying he had "brought way too much scandal and too little integrity to this office" and "as a career politician for 20 years, it's time for you to go."

The other side: Before Bush's address, Paxton's office highlighted a court brief denying any wrongdoing in the FBI investigation into allegations that he used his office to benefit a wealthy donor, saying the claims are part of an "unsubstantiated smear campaign," per AP.

  • He has pleaded not guilty in the securities fraud case, which dates back to 2015 has stalled in the courts following legal challenges.

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Sarasota teacher recalls spending 9/11 with Bush in her classroom

Then President George W. Bush makes a call from Emma Booker Elementary School in Sarasota on Sept. 11, 2001. Photo: Eric Draper/White House/Getty Images

As the nation looks back on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many will remember where they were when they heard the news.

  • For Kay Daniels and her students, that moment is particularly vivid.

What happened: A 10-year teaching veteran at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Daniels and her second-graders were excited to meet then-President George W. Bush as an extra special treat for improved test scores.

  • The day was instead marked by horror, as the classroom watched the president and his staff react to news of the attacks.

Former Giuliani associate pleads guilty in campaign finance case

Igor Fruman at a federal court in New York City in October 2019. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

A former associate of Rudy Giuliani pleaded guilty to soliciting campaign contributions from a foreign national on Friday, almost two years after being charged with campaign finance violations, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Igor Fruman's plea may put pressure on Giuliani, who is the subject of an ongoing federal criminal investigation into his dealing in Ukraine, which Furman assisted with.

Mayors feel powerless to reduce homelessness

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Recreated from 2021 Menino Survey of Mayors; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

America's mayors know their constituents hold them accountable for homelessness, but many don't feel they have the tools or power to fix things, a brand new survey says.

Why it matters: While homelessness has become more acute during the pandemic, city leaders say they lack the money, staff or political support needed to make a meaningful difference.