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WIN A TRIP to the Clinton Foundation's 2017 Gala
At the Clinton Foundation, we’re focused on creating programs that make it easier for people to build better lives for themselves and their families. Day in and day out, whether it’s helping farmers negotiate better prices for their crops, teaching parents the best ways to engage their children’s minds, or making lifesaving medications more affordable for people who need them, we believe that when we come together to help each other, it really is possible for individuals to write better life stories.

And while we are always looking for new ways to help even more people, next month we are setting aside one night to reflect on the impact of this work, the people whose lives our programs have touched — and the supporters who’ve made our progress possible.

Today, I would like to invite you and a guest to join me, Hillary and Chelsea at the Foundation’s upcoming Gala. Donate right now and you’ll be automatically entered to win your spot at the Gala in New York City.

When you donate to the Clinton Foundation today, you not only are you automatically entered to win an unforgettable trip for you and a friend to be our guests, you are also being part of a community of people who are making a difference around the world.

As part of this trip, you and your guest will be flown to New York City and treated to a tour of my office. You’ll also be a VIP guest at the Gala to celebrate the good work the Clinton Foundation has done over the last 16 years and raise money to tackle some of the most important challenges we’re facing.
Thanks to supporters across the globe who believe we can do more together rather than going it alone, the Clinton Foundation has already enabled 11.5 million people to gain access to HIV/AIDS drugs, facilitated 20 million schoolchildren to eat healthier lunches and get more exercise, and helped more than 150,000 farmers increase their incomes.

But now is not the time to rest. There’s still more that needs to be done. I hope you will help.

Will you be the one to join us on Wednesday, November 8th in New York City?

Your tax-deductible donation today will automatically enter you to win a trip to NYC, hotel accommodations, and VIP Gala tickets for you and a guest to spend an incredible evening with us. Please donate today. We’d love to have you with us.

My sincerest thanks,

Bill Clinton

P.S. Donations are essential to our work, as are your support and enthusiasm. I hope you’ll take advantage of this unique opportunity and will enter to win to join us in New York. I look forward to it!

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From the Clinton Foundation.

FORMER PRESIDENTS OBAMA, BUSH 43, CLINTON, BUSH 41 AND CARTER TO HEADLINE OCT 21ST CONCERT BENEFITING HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS

“Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” to Feature Country Icons ALABAMA;  Texas Legends The Gatlin Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen; Plus Special Guests

COLLEGE STATION, TX — The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation today announced a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena the evening of October 21st featuring former Presidents Obama, Bush 43, Clinton, Bush 41 and Carter joined by top music performers. All ticket sales and other proceeds from the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” concert will go to the special hurricane recovery effort launched last month by the five living former U.S. presidents.

Together with all five living former presidents, the show at Reed Arena will feature Grammy winners and producers of 43 #1 hits, ALABAMA, joined by Texas legends The Gatlin Brothers, four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen; legendary Grammy-award winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ‘Soul Man’ Sam Moore; gospel legend Yolanda Adams; season three winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” Cassadee Pope; and rising country artist Stephanie Quayle, who Rolling Stone Country called one of the “Ten New Country Music Artists You Need to Know.” Country music star Lee Greenwood will emcee the event.

Tickets for the “Deep From the Heart” concert are now on sale at https://bush41.org/deep-from-the-heart.

“The 43rd President and I, and our distinguished colleagues in this ‘One America Appeal,’ are very grateful to these wonderful performers — some of them old friends, some of them new — for giving their time and talent to help the urgent cause of hurricane recovery in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean,” said President Bush 41. “It’s important that those affected by these devastating storms know that, even if the path to recovery feels like a road that goes on forever, we’re with them for the long haul.”

The One America Appeal was launched September 7th when all five living former presidents aired a joint PSA on the NFL’s regular season opening broadcast and launched a website accepting tax-deductible donations at OneAmericaAppeal.org.

Originally, the former presidents were inspired to come together in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which unleashed devastating flooding that threatened hundreds of thousands of Texans — and spurred thousands of first responders and neighbors into action. The effort has since expanded twice to include recovery efforts in Florida from Hurricane Irma, and in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from Hurricane Maria.

A special restricted account has been established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and distribute donations to every dollar given goes to assist hurricane victims. Donations will be distributed to:

  • Houston Harvey Relief Fund, focusing on the greater Houston region
  • Rebuild Texas Fund, assisting hurricane-ravaged communities across the state
  • Florida Disaster Fund
  • Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico, launched by First Lady Beatriz Rossello and a private sector coalition
  • The Fund for the Virgin Islands

“Thanks to our very generous underwriters, we can once again state that every dollar we raise through ticket sales for our ‘Deep From the Heart’ show will go to our designated hurricane recovery funds,” said David Jones, CEO of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. “So grab your friends and join us at Reed Arena on October 21st for what promises to be a truly unforgettable night – that also helps a lot of Americans.”

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Statement by President Bill Clinton on the Passing of Senator Pete Domenici

I am saddened by the passing of Senator Pete Domenici, who served the people of New Mexico honorably for 36 years. Though we often disagreed politically, I always respected him for his deep convictions and his belief that compromise is essential for a functioning democracy. He was one of the Senate’s great mental health advocates, and I’ll always be proud to have signed the Mental Health Parity Act into law, which required the same coverage limits in health insurance policies for mental and physical illness, and for which he fought so passionately. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and his entire family.

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Echo from a time when bipartisan agreement was unremarkable; it wasn’t that long ago. Rest in peace, Senator.

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From the Clinton Foundation.

FORMER U.S. PRESIDENTS’ “ONE AMERICA APPEAL” OFFICIALLY EXPANDS TO INCLUDE IRMA RECOVERY

Initial plan to raise funds for organizations helping Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas and Houston now will also direct monies raised to the Florida Disaster Fund

The “One America Appeal” launched last week by all five living former presidents to raise private money for hurricane victims today announced that their efforts will also aid Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma through the Florida Disaster Fund, following its activation by Governor Rick Scott.

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist the state’s communities as they respond to and recover from destructive storms. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.

One hundred percent of funds donated to the Florida Disaster Fund will go toward disaster-related response and recovery because the fund has no overhead costs.

This weekend, One America Appeal is also launching a second public service announcement, “One America Appeal,” which will air during the NFL’s telecasts all day Sunday and Monday night. The PSA alerts viewers that online, tax-deductible donations may continue to be made at OneAmericaAppeal.org.

A special restricted account has been established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and quickly distribute donations to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar goes to assist hurricane victims. In addition to the Florida Disaster Recovery Fund, donations will also be shared with the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region, and the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state.

The PSA “One America Appeal” can now be seen online at OneAmericaAppeal.org.

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FORMER U.S. PRESIDENTS LAUNCH “ONE AMERICA APPEAL” TO HELP HURRICANE VICTIMS

Appeal initially planned to raise funds for organizations helping Hurricane Harvey victims;
will be expanded to also help those affected by Hurricane Irma

All five living former American presidents have joined together to issue the “One America Appeal” to ask their fellow citizens and friends around the world to support the staggering recovery needs from Hurricane Harvey. As the nation carefully watches the advance of Hurricane Irma, the presidents stand ready to expand their appeal to help those affected by that storm.

The appeal will launch with the PSA “Our Friends in Texas,” which airs tonight on the NFL’s regular season opening game on NBC, and will continue with additional support and promotion from the NFL. A second PSA that addresses both hurricanes will launch over the weekend. A website for online donations is now live at OneAmericaAppeal.org.

The former presidents were inspired to come together to lend their support to the people and communities affected and to the first responders, organizations, volunteers and neighbors who have been providing assistance to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Harvey has already displaced more than one million people and caused an estimated $180 billion in damages over its 300-mile path of destruction.

A special restricted account has been established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and quickly distribute donations to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar goes to assist hurricane victims. Donations are tax deductible. Funds designated to help victims of Hurricane Harvey will be distributed to the Houston Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region, and the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state.

Now, as Hurricane Irma batters other communities and is predicted to hit many more, efforts are underway to evaluate how this appeal can help those affected by that storm.

The PSA “Our Friends in Texas” can now be seen online at OneAmericaAppeal.org. Other video materials, including the second PSA, will be added in the coming days.

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If you received that email from Hillary, earlier this month, asking you to sign Bill Clinton’s birthday card, maybe you did notice her name at the bottom. There has been some suspense about what would happen to the foundation, to which all the Clintons are very dedicated, both in the run up to and in the wake of the 2016 campaign.

Now that the dust has settled, blueprints for the future of the foundation and the roles the Clintons will play in it are being drafted and realized as our friend Ruby Cramer outlines here.


The Clintons at the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in 2014. Jemal Countess / Getty Images

She hasn’t returned to the Clinton Foundation in a formal capacity. But nine months after an election that left the charity smaller in size, scope, and funding, Hillary Clinton is stepping into a new supporting role — to raise money on behalf of the organization.

The fundraising plans, confirmed by foundation spokesman Craig Minassian, bring the former candidate back into a nonprofit still adjusting to new and uncertain terrain, with Bill Clinton, 71, serving in a new role of chair, and Chelsea Clinton, 37, as vice chair.

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We all knew that Hillary would always have a home at and role in the foundation. Her initiatives with Too Small to Fail, No Ceilings, and Clean Cookstoves were tremendously successful and continue to change lives for the better.

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Steve Bannon may be gone from the Oval Office, but Breitbart, where he landed on his feet, loomed large in defeating our Hillary Clinton online offensive in 2016. Those of us on the social media campaign bus tried our best to get Hillary Clinton’s message out. When you look at the first few graphics in this report, you may be stunned, as I was, at how little media attention her issues received.

The study illuminates the degree to which opposing sides used social media differently – and postulates as to why. It also shows which major media sources played important roles and how we, the electorate, used them. That Breitbart even figured in as “major” came as a surprise to me.

I am neither a data analyst nor a campaign strategist. I am not sure what we could have done differently based on the results of this study. What I do see is that we failed to battle the Breitbart offensive effectively. It was astoundingly successful. Click on the upper right link on the page to download the full pdf text.

Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Title: Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
Author: Benkler, Yochai; Roberts, Hal; Faris, Robert M.; Etling, Bruce; Zuckerman, Ethan; Bourassa, NikkiNote: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.
Citation: Faris, Robert M., Hal Roberts, Bruce Etling, Nikki Bourassa, Ethan Zuckerman, and Yochai Benkler. 2017. Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Research Paper.
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Abstract: In this study, we analyze both mainstream and social media coverage of the 2016 United States presidential election. We document that the majority of mainstream media coverage was negative for both candidates, but largely followed Donald Trump’s agenda: when reporting on Hillary Clinton, coverage primarily focused on the various scandals related to the Clinton Foundation and emails. When focused on Trump, major substantive issues, primarily immigration, were prominent. Indeed, immigration emerged as a central issue in the campaign and served as a defining issue for the Trump campaign.

We find that the structure and composition of media on the right and left are quite different. The leading media on the right and left are rooted in different traditions and journalistic practices. On the conservative side, more attention was paid to pro-Trump, highly partisan media outlets. On the liberal side, by contrast, the center of gravity was made up largely of long-standing media organizations steeped in the traditions and practices of objective journalism.

Our data supports lines of research on polarization in American politics that focus on the asymmetric patterns between the left and the right, rather than studies that see polarization as a general historical phenomenon, driven by technology or other mechanisms that apply across the partisan divide.

The analysis includes the evaluation and mapping of the media landscape from several perspectives and is based on large-scale data collection of media stories published on the web and shared on Twitter.

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There were stories here that I never encountered, e.g. the one about immigrants with “blistering STDs.”

There are lessons here. Maybe our team did not spend enough time in the slime of the opposition websites to battle their disgusting lies. We thought the opposition, like us, actually accessed traditional sources, which, as the study shows, did not give Hillary’s issues any kind of fair hearing because, you know, her emails!

I must thank Jen Michigander for sharing this study with me. She is the intrepid one who has spent a lot of time moving among the shadows at the opposition pages.

 

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