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President George W. Bush is warning Americans not to fall for scams trying to raise money off the disaster in Haiti.

“I need to put a pitch in for the clintonbushhaitifund.org,” Bush told NBC’s David Gregory. “One of my concerns around any crisis is that shysters show up and take advantage of people’s good will and generosity. So for people who want to help, one avenue besides the established NGO’s would be to tap on that website and we’ll help make sure your money is spent in a transparent accountable way,” he said.

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Celebrity foundations, credit card companies and Twitter hoaxes have drawn attention away from the efforts of reliable groups like Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health, the Dalembert Foundation or Doctors Without Borders whose cargo plane was not allowed to land in Port-au-Prince around the same time  Bush was being interviewed this morning.

Ansel Herz, an American journalist on the ground in Haiti says that in the hours and days immediately following Tuesday’s tragic earthquake, Haitians could only count on themselves. He writes:

“In the absence of any visible relief effort in the city, the help came from small groups of Haitians working together. Citizens turned into aid workers and rescuers. Lone doctors roamed the streets, offering assistance.”

While the criticism that The Red Cross spends too much money on overhead is nothing new, reports about musician Wyclef Jean’s popular Yele Haiti Foundation have been startling. The Smoking Gun reports the organization has “repeatedly had its corporate status dissolved for failing to file required state disclosure reports” and in August 2009 the group “filed overdue tax returns for 2005, 2006, and 2007, documents showing that Jean paid himself at least $410,000 for services provided to the foundation.”

The New York Times reported Friday that the nation’s largest credit card companies — Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover — announced that they would waive fees for some Haiti contributions, after being criticized for siphoning off up to 3 percent of charitable donations for transaction fees.

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Twitter hoaxes spread news of free flights to Haiti provided by American Airlines and free packages shipped to Haiti by UPS. CNN debunked both Thursday.

Meanwhile, the IMF has typical neo-liberal conditions attached to its $100 million dollar loan, and TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson told Democracy Now! that Bush himself was responsible for “destroying Haitian democracy” when he backed the violent coup to overthrow President Aristide in 2004.

This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Jan. 17, 2010.

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Bush warns: Watch out for ‘shysters’

President George W. Bush is warning Americans not to fall for scams trying to raise money off the disaster in Haiti.

“I need to put a pitch in for the clintonbushhaitifund.org,” Bush told NBC’s David Gregory. “One of my concerns is shysters show up and take advantage of people’s good will and generosity. So people want to help, one avenue besides the established NGO’s would be to tap on that website and we’ll help make sure your money is spent in a transparent accountable way,” he said.

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This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Jan. 17, 2010.



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‘Reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty’: House issues scathing report on Trump migrant family separation policy

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"The Trump administration's family separation policy lasted far longer than is commonly known and was marked by reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty."—House Judiciary Committee reportThe House Judiciary Committee spent 21 months investigating the planning and execution of the administration's policy, which resulted in the seizure of more than 2,500 migrant children—including some with physical and mental disabilities—from their parents. Its report (pdf) is the "first complete narrative of the inhumane family separation policy in the administration's own words."

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‘Dangerously out of touch’: Ex-White House adviser slams Trump and Larry Kudlow for bragging about the economy

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President Donald Trump's top economic and trade adviser Larry Kudlow is "out of touch," according to former White House economist Austan Goolsbee.

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"You score five runs in one inning, that is a good inning, but if you let up ten runs in the inning before that you're still way down," Goolsbee explained. "I think the numbers look very much like what happened in the job market over the summer. Where we started with a 21 million job loss, and we made back a little over half of that. And then we kind of stalled out. We're still adding jobs, but you also saw this morning another epically bad new unemployment claims number. You still have well over 700,000 people filing for unemployment insurance newly this week. Now we're seeing this on the GDP side. Certainly, this is a positive. You would not want a smaller number, but it has to be bigger and more sustained than what we saw today before we can say that we're back to normal."

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"It’s hot hot hot at Trump’s large rally. 87 [degrees] and 71% humidity. Have noticed EMTs provide assistance for at least two people in the crowd, one carried out on a stretcher. Staffers trying get water bottles to people but quickly running out and having to restock," said Emily Larsen of Washington Examiner.

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