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NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND ISSUES STRATEGIST
Bob Weiner, a national issues and public affairs strategist, has been spokesman for and directed the public affairs offices of White House Drug Czar and Four Star General Barry McCaffrey, the House Government Operations Committee and Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and the House Narcotics Committee, and was Chief of Staff for the House Aging Committee and Chairman Claude Pepper (D-FL). He also was Legislative Assistant to Ed Koch of New York and a political aide to Ted Kennedy (D-MA) for his Presidential and Senate races. Bob worked at the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate as youth voter registration director in 1971-1972 when the constitution was amended to allow 18-year olds the vote.
Since he left the White House in 2001, Bob heads up a public affairs and issue strategies company, Robert Weiner Associates. He is a regular political analyst on Radio America and has appeared on Bill Maher, CNN Crossfire, Today, Good Morning America, and the CBS, NBC, and ABC evening news. He is widely published in columns he writes on national issues in major papers throughout the country including recently the Washington Post, Denver Post, Miami Herald, Christian Science Monitor, New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Atlanta Constitution, New York Post, Washington Times, Sacramento Bee, Palm Beach Post, Salt Lake Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Adweek. He is also regularly quoted in key media coast-to-coast, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, AP and Reuters, concerning the presidential campaign and national issues.
Inauguration Slush Fund: Where Did the Money Go? We Still Don't Know
There is no day that defines the institution of the Presidency more than the inauguration. From Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address to JFK's first, inauguration day is a celebration of peaceful transfer of power. Yet according to FEC filings and reporting by OpenSecrets, of the $106 million raised, more than double the amount by either of Obama's inaugurations, it is still almost entirely unclear how most was spent.
Working Families' Children Could Fall Off Food "Benefit Cliff"
Piles of evidence link consistently available food to academic performance among schoolchildren. Unfortunately, this research has been ignored by the House leadership, who have included a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill that would jeopardize free meals at school for many vulnerable children from working families.
Government Failures Still Hurting Puerto Rican Recovery
The wide media coverage of the President's throwing paper towels as a symbol of helping in a news conference, during his October trip to Puerto Rico, was only a half-told story. One person in the room told us, "We wanted to show we need more than paper towels. We actually wanted to throw them back."
Friday, July 6, 2018(3 comments)
Washington's Latest Budget Cruelty Hurts Detroit and Nation's Vulnerable
On June 19, House Republicans released a proposal that would balance the federal budget in nine years by cutting entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. Two days later, the House passed a farm bill that would stop more than a million people from receiving food stamps. Those struggling across the nation deserve a government that will help them and not the uber-wealthy.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Trump Policies Boost Oil Prices, Profits for Campaign Donors, and Russia
While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in 2016, Barack Obama took pride in low gas prices while he was president: "Gas is $2 a gallon." Since Donald Trump took office, gas prices haves spiked to over $3 a gallon nationwide. Trump must realize that there's more than hawkish rhetoric in these games of international oil brinkmanship -- consumer pricing and the American economy are at stake.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Nation-Leading OSU Cancer Researchers Worry: Will Biden's Moonshot Continue?
Cancer research received an uptick in funding of $2.5 billion dollars since 2016. However, the President, chastened by conservatives, said he would "never again" sign appropriations like this year's and has now proposed "rescissions"--cuts after the fact--to the recently passed bill by roughly $15 billion in domestic programs. The fight remains on.
Friday, June 22, 2018(4 comments)
Trump Kidnapped More Young Girls Than Boko Haram, and Put Them in Black Sites
In the last two months, under the Trump-Sessions initiative, the Administration has separated over 2,300 children from their parents. That is the shocking reality: Donald Trump has kidnapped more kids than Boko Haram. He has placed them in unknown locations -- essentially "black sites" around the country, as when the U.S, used to send torture victims abroad.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Trump-Blagojevic Pay-For-Play: Chicago Trump Tower Tax Breaks Bring Pardon
Why is Trump possibly about to pardon or commute the sentence of disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich? Consider the following: Trump built the Trump International Hotel Tower in Chicago from 2005-2009. Blagojevich was Governor from 2003-2009. Trump Tower Hotel in Chicago opened the day after Blagojevich's impeachment and removal from office for pay-to-play corruption convictions.
Monday, May 28, 2018(5 comments)
In These Midterms, "Comey Vote" Can't Help Republicans
The "Comey vote" will not be repeated in November's midterm elections. Those who were undecided or only slightly leaning and then changed in the last weeks of the 2016 election -- after FBI Director James Comey announced a renewed Hillary Clinton email investigation, but not the Trump-Russia investigation also underway -- will not go Republican this time.
Monday, May 14, 2018(1 comments)
Why Commerce Secretary Ross and his Russian ties may be next in Mueller's investigation
Is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr. in special counsel Robert Mueller's sights? Though mostly under the radar among the Trump chaos, Ross has found himself in the news recently, thanks to President Donald Trump's insistence on trade standoffs. That media footprint may now change. Ross's labyrinth of Russian bank ties may have paid off Trump's five bankruptcies when no U.S. bank would.
Quit Saying Restoring Assault Weapons Ban Would Mean Nothing
Gun advocates should quit saying that restoring the assault-weapons ban would mean nothing. All 15 mass killings of ten or more since Columbine (19 years ago April 20) would have been stopped or diminished under he ban that was in place for a decade but was sunsetted by the NRA in 2004.
Thursday, April 19, 2018(1 comments)
National Parks Under Siege
Working families look forward to hard earned vacations, but the often enjoyed national parks are under siege.
These parks just dodged a bullet. Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Trump's proposed 8% cuts with 4,000 fewer jobs for the national parks didn't happen in the Omnibus Funding Bill just passed and signed "reluctantly," the President said. One of his objections was "too much money". Congress refused the cut.
Saturday, April 7, 2018(1 comments)
Trump's Offer of Korea Talks Good Step to End Nuclear Threat, Despite White House Back-and-Forth
We can say this about President Trump and North Korean president Kim Jong-un's relationship: "Let's talk," is a lot better than, "fire and fury," "Little Rocket Man," "sick puppy," and "My button is bigger than your button;" and from the North Korean side, "deranged," "dotard," and a "gangster fond of playing with fire." As long as the two sides are talking and negotiating (politely), war will be avoided.
Monday, March 19, 2018(1 comments)
Down With Wall, Up With Increased Port Security
President Donald J. Trump visited California Tuesday to view prototypes for his long-touted border wall. However, Congressman Tim Ryan is right: Instead of building the wall, the president should enhance security to inspect and protect U.S. ports against illegal drug imports. About 90 percent of drugs in the U.S. arrive through the ports of entry.
Latest Infrastructure Plan Bleeds States, Cities, Needs Real Money
In last week's State of the Union speech, President Trump restated his opinion that infrastructure spending is a necessity. When looking ahead at President Trump's 2018 agenda, the easiest bill to pass is the one that it has always been: infrastructure. Yet here we are, one year into the Trump administration, and an infrastructure bill doesn't feel particularly close to passing or even being put up for a vote.