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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.

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.”

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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.

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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John Oliver perfectly explains the Mueller report in a way all Americans can understand

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The overwhelming majority of Americans have not read the 400-plus-page report from special counsel Robert Mueller. As it stands, it's unclear how many elected officials have either. It's become a problem for Democrats, who would like to impeach the president but can't get the American people to pay attention long enough.

"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver has a solution. In his Sunday show, Oliver outlined a vital piece of the report that outlined just one of many obstructions of justice at the hand of President Donald Trump.

After he outlined what impeachment is, he showed Trump talking about the law that claims it's for "high crimes and misdemeanors." According to Trump, he has to be accused of both because it says "and." An annoyed Oliver corrected the president's incorrect assessment.

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John Oliver unleashes epic supercut of Fox News host who can’t stop bragging about learning German in high school

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Fox News host Brian Kilmeade took German as his foreign language in high school. If you didn't know that, then you likely don't watch Fox News, because the host has made a claim several dozen times.

HBO host John Oliver spent a few moments out of his Sunday episode of "Last Week Tonight" to mock Kilmeade for his desire to remind people of his three years of classes frequently.

Kilmeade has talked about it so many times that his co-hosts began preempting his comment every time the country of Germany is mentioned, or the German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears on the screen.

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Trump thinks he can create his own healthcare law that will take the issue off the table for Democrats

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One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.

According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."

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Bush warns: Watch out for ‘shysters’

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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 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.

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



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John Oliver perfectly explains the Mueller report in a way all Americans can understand

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The overwhelming majority of Americans have not read the 400-plus-page report from special counsel Robert Mueller. As it stands, it's unclear how many elected officials have either. It's become a problem for Democrats, who would like to impeach the president but can't get the American people to pay attention long enough.

"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver has a solution. In his Sunday show, Oliver outlined a vital piece of the report that outlined just one of many obstructions of justice at the hand of President Donald Trump.

After he outlined what impeachment is, he showed Trump talking about the law that claims it's for "high crimes and misdemeanors." According to Trump, he has to be accused of both because it says "and." An annoyed Oliver corrected the president's incorrect assessment.

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Trump thinks he can create his own healthcare law that will take the issue off the table for Democrats

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One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.

According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."

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An MSNBC panel speculated that one of the things President Donald Trump will do when he announces his reelection campaign this week is run a rerun of 2016. The reason, the panel explained, is he thinks it's the one thing that has worked for him.

Sunday, it was announced that Trump was so furious with his lousy poll numbers that he fired the team of pollsters. Trump apologists claimed that the anger had more to do with the leak of the poll numbers to the public.

Either way, Trump is in trouble, whether he's willing to admit it or not. But his solution is characteristically "Trump."

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