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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 really want to go there, no one asked President George H.W. Bush to shut down his foundation when his son ran for and then won (well … was conceded) the presidency in 2000.  Neither did anyone suggest both H.W.’s and W’s foundations shut down when Jeb was running.  Where was the hue and cry? We have eschewed macros and graphics during this cycle because they are slick and often the sourcing is questionable.  Think this appears trustworthy.

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Then, since Jeb is, in fact, not the person running, there is this.
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There have been many Trump moves during this campaign that cause Hillary supporters to ask, “What if Hillary had done that?”  There are reports that Trump profited off the campaign in a few ways.  First by renting office space in Trump Tower to the campaign as headquarters and then by jacking up the rent.   Then there is the matter of his diverting campaign donations to buy $55,000 worth of his own book, from which he collected royalties, to stuff gift bags for delegates at the convention.

Delegates to the DNC who received free copies of Hard Choices in your gift bags, please raise your hands!  OH!  Nobody!

As to Trump’s tax returns, yet to be released, his son thinks this is a “bad idea” for the most outrageous of reasons.

Eric Trump: Dad Would Be ‘Foolish’ to Release Taxes

According to Eric Trump, it would be “foolish” for his father Donald to release his income-tax returns amid the presidential race. “You would have a bunch of people who know nothing about taxes trying to look through and trying to come up with assumptions on things they know nothing about,” the 32-year-old spawn of the real-estate mogul said on CNBC Wednesday.

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So, wait a minute!  The thing all working and even many retired Americans are required to do once a year is going to confuse people?  Run that by us again?

To learn more about the Clinton Foundation go here >>>>

2014 Consolidated Expenditures

  • 87.2% Program Services
  • 8.6% Management and General
  • 3.7% Fundraising
  • 0.5% Provision for Uncollectible Pledges

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As for the talk about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “calendars” they can be found here, as published by the State Department,  for anyone who would like to go through the tedious process of checking out whom she met and when.

Why are the cable news folks not reporting Trump’s shenanigans?  What have we got to lose?  Her!

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The funeral for former First Lady Nancy Reagan was held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley CA. Rev. Stuart Kenworthy,  Vicar of the National Cathedral, officiated.  First Lady Michelle Obama, Former President George W. Bush, former First Ladies Laura Bush and Rosalynn Carter attended.  Ambassador Caroline Kennedy was there along with other former First Daughters Lynda Johnson Robb and Tricia Nixon Cox.  I am pretty sure I saw Susan Ford Bales.  Nancy Pelosi, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were there and also Former First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.

Former President George W. Bush, left, and Hillary Clinton arrive at the funeral service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Former President George W. Bush, left, and Hillary Clinton arrive at the funeral service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney, Former Secretary of State James Baker, Tom Brokaw, Patti Davis, and Ron Reagan gave stirring and humorous eulogies.  Ron, endearingly,  had a little bit of trouble controlling his emotion near the end of his tribute.

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The Ave Maria, Amazing Grace, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic were sung.
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SIMI VALLEY, CA - MARCH 11:  Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L), Caroline Kennedy and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) follow the casket during funeral and burial services for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, California. The first lady is being buried at the library next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004. Nancy Reagan died of heart failure at the age of 94. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SIMI VALLEY, CA – MARCH 11: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L), Caroline Kennedy and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) follow the casket during funeral and burial services for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, California. The first lady is being buried at the library next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004. Nancy Reagan died of heart failure at the age of 94. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Rosalynn Carter, left, Caroline Kennedy, center, and Hillary Clinton, right, leave the funeral service for former First Lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Friday, March 11, 2016, in Simi Valley, calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Rosalynn Carter, left, Caroline Kennedy, center, and Hillary Clinton, right, leave the funeral service for former First Lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Friday, March 11, 2016, in Simi Valley, calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L-R), Caroline Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton walk to the grave site after the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L-R), Caroline Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton walk to the grave site after the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L-R), Caroline Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton walk to the grave site after the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L-R), Caroline Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton walk to the grave site after the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

SIMI VALLEY, CA - MARCH 11:  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton follows the casket during funeral and burial services for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, California. The first lady is being buried at the library next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004. Nancy Reagan died of heart failure at the age of 94. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SIMI VALLEY, CA – MARCH 11: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton follows the casket during funeral and burial services for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, California. The first lady is being buried at the library next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004. Nancy Reagan died of heart failure at the age of 94. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The casket was led outside by a piper who also played Amazing Grace and Going Home.  A military band played Danny Boy, God Bless America, the Navy Hymn, and America the Beautiful.

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Former secretary of state James Baker (L) waits in a receiving line with former first lady Rosalynn Carter (C) and former first lady Hillary Clinton (R) as they pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Former secretary of state James Baker (L) waits in a receiving line with former first lady Rosalynn Carter (C) and former first lady Hillary Clinton (R) as they pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L) and former first lady Hillary Clinton wait in line to pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L) and former first lady Hillary Clinton wait in line to pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Patti Davis, left, greets Rosalynn Carter as Hillary Clinton touches the casket during the graveside service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Patti Davis, left, greets Rosalynn Carter as Hillary Clinton touches the casket during the graveside service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (C) greets Patti Davis as she and former first lady Hillary Clinton (R) pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (C) greets Patti Davis as she and former first lady Hillary Clinton (R) pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Patti Davis, left, greets Rosalynn Carter as Hillary Clinton looks at the casket during the graveside service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Patti Davis, left, greets Rosalynn Carter as Hillary Clinton looks at the casket during the graveside service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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The sky opened up and it poured. That is always a good sign and a blessing at a funeral.

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Patti and Ron did a great job.  The arrangements were beautiful. Condolences to the family and best compliments on a beautiful service and memorial to your mom.

Hillary sat down with Andrea Mitchell prior to the ceremonies.

 

 

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Jerseyites interviewed on News 4 New York tonight were less than enthralled with Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump. Surprisingly, the men who spoke were more dead set against this brotherhood than were the women.  A few of the women said they would probably consider voting for Trump as a result of Christie’s blessing, but the men were firmly entrenched against both and said they would not be voting for Trump no matter what.

If the bully boys eating up most of the air time on cable today got on your last nerve, this has to soothe.

Whitman scorches Christie over Trump, prefers Hillary | Moran

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Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat, LEFT, with former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman at the Monmouth County GOP Headquarters in Freehold, NJ (Jennifer Brown / Star-Ledger)

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on February 26, 2016 at 4:58 PM, updated February 26, 2016 at 6:08 PM

Gov. Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump is giving many people in New Jersey indigestion, but none more than former Gov. Christie Whitman, a Republican who has watched in horror as her party drifted rightward for the last decade.

I have a full column on Christie’s shameless stunt coming tomorrow, but I wanted to share Whitman’s quotes right away.

First, she says she’s planning to vote for Hillary Clinton if Trump gets the nod. She’s keeping her options open, in case we find out something new and horrible about Hillary. But that’s her plan now:

“You’ll see a lot of Republicans do that,” Whitman told me. “We don’t want to. But I know I won’t vote for Trump.”

The real juice came when I asked her about Christie’s move:

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There has been a bit of a love hate relationship between Whitman and Jerseyites.  Elected twice to the Governor’s mansion, she was seriously courted by some to run for president while many residents said “Go ahead!  Take her out of NJ!”  But when George W. Bush did remove her from NJ mid term, some of us felt remorse.

Bush drafted her to head the EPA, and Christie went to DC much the way Hillary went to the Senate – nose to the grindstone with the intention of fulfilling her obligations honorably and honestly.  When the administration kneecapped her placing obstacles before her efforts all along the way, she finally resigned.

It rankled.  She had given George W. Barney.  The adorable Scottish Terrier was the son of her own dog, Coors.  Barney was only a tiny puppy at the time and was too young to move into the White House for several weeks.  Like “First Kids,” presidential pets are non-partisan and generally well-liked.  We were proud of our little Jersey dog in DC.  It was disheartening that W. should take our governor away, accept her gift, and then treat her so badly.

In recent years, Christie has remarked about the state of the Republican Party and the turns it has taken.  In early 2005, she released a book entitled It’s My Party, Too: Taking Back the Republican Party… And Bringing the Country Together Again.  Today’s reaction does not come as much of a surprise to those of us in NJ who have heard or read of her dissatisfaction with the party, but for those unfamiliar with Christine Todd Whitman, even for those of us who are less than surprised, the comments put a rainbow on the end of a stormy day.

Tom Moran promises a follow-up tomorrow.  Meanwhile, as a Jersey girl, I am proud of my former governor!

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While Kate McKinnon and Darrell Hammond were at 30 Rock putting finishing touches on the cold open of SNL’s season finale,  Hillary Clinton and her tall, handsome escort were being ushered to their seats at the packed Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre several blocks away.

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Video :  http://www.whosay.com/status/sararamirez/1103963

Bill and Hillary Clinton took in a matinee on Saturday of the widely acclaimed Peter Morgan play, The Audience,  in which Helen Mirren DBE zigs and zags achronologically among weekly audiences held by Queen Elizabeth II with the 12 prime ministers who have served over her 60+ years on the throne.

One of the most touching and powerful moments comes at the end of act one.  Just after this conversation – one of many Elizabeth has with her younger self – she is anointed Queen and accepts the very weighty crown that will dominate the rest of her life.

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It is a scene with which Hillary certainly can identify.  Immediately after this, the curtain comes down for intermission during  which these two actors spend the entire time onstage as palace guard.  No doubt that particular role felt a wee bit more genuine yesterday.  As far as I could tell, the swords are authentic.
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Apparently. it was during intermission that the Clintons went backstage to greet the cast.

Helen Mirren pokes fun at the Clintons

Bill and Hillary Clinton made the cultural rounds over the weekend and were playfully teased by Helen Mirren at her Broadway play “The Audience.”

One theatergoer noted, “In one scene, Mirren, as the Queen, is speaking to one of her prime ministers and says, ‘Well, you are better off with me than with what they have over there.’”

Mirren turned and stared right at the Clintons, and then the whole audience was in an uproar.

The couple went backstage during intermission.

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Mirren moves seamlessly from her 40s to her 20s to her 70s and back to her 30s with most costume changes occurring, almost miraculously, within seconds right onstage.  It is a magnificent tour-de-force for Dame Helen who is nominated for a Tony and earns it easily, appearing onstage fearlessly both with children and animals (an ancient theatrical taboo).  The little corgis, Mimi and Marco,  who hit their marks running, are rescues who, six weeks prior to their debut, were awaiting adoption.

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Congrats are in order all around!  For all of these and for attracting the couple most sought after on the Great White Way!


Outer Critics Circle Awards!

Outstanding Actress in a Play: Helen Mirren

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play:  Richard McCabe

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: Stephen Daldry!

We thank Sara Ramirez, of Hillary’s favorite TV show Gray’s Anatomy, for her video. Poetic justice that her tickets for this excellent production happened to be for this particular day.  Hope she had a chance to meet Hillary in all of the excitement!

Meanwhile, back at 30 Rock,  Darrell Hammond, who took over as SNL announcer after the death of Don Pardo, reprised his role as Bill Clinton to Kate McKinnon’s Hillary in a musical production previewing a summer of campaigning.

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The Clintons were not the only political powerhouses to endure a satirical swipe.  In the Weekend Update  portion, Jeb Bush explained away allegations that his brother created ISIS by bestowing part of the credit on Dick Cheney as he should have done in reality in the first place.

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Is it fair to put a hypothetical question about the Iraq war to Jeb Bush (who is and isn’t running for POTUS depending on whether you are the media or the FEC)  knowing what we now  know and seemingly based on his last name?  To answer that, you have to remember what we knew then:  that his brother seemed determined to find a basis for resuming action against Saddam Hussein as a course correction of  his father’s abbreviated  campaign there.  It is a fair question given the blood ties, although the better  question probably would address the current situation and whether a President Jeb Bush would recommit boots on the ground against ISIL/ISIS/DAESH anywhere in the region.

Since this question has been raised, testier members of the media with a clear bias against Hillary Clinton,  like Jake Tapper, never tire of oversimplifying Hillary’s Senate vote to provide then President George W. Bush the power to act if actionable evidence arose.

It is a gross oversimplification to say that Hillary Clinton voted in favor of war in Iraq.  War was not what Senator Clinton voted for.  She voted for an extension of presidential power if it was warranted, and she provided strong parameters for that power along with warnings against abuse of that power.  She was very specific.

It was almost two years ago that I last posted these videos,  and once again I thank Sophie and Karen for finding and preserving them for us.  I would also like to lodge yet another complaint to the U.S. Senate for scrubbing all of her speeches as soon as she resigned and would remind them that the State Department archives video of past speeches.   (I say this knowing all about the issues surrounding space and storage on servers.  For those who really believe that all of those emails would have been archived on the DOS server, it is unlikely.  Server space is finite.  That is why automatic deletion occurs.  This is also why it is smart to create files for emails you want to retain.)

For the doubters and haters out there, rest assured.  Hillary Clinton will not shrink from responding to questions about emails, servers, or plans in the Middle East.

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