Robert Weiner, 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.
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SHARE Friday, July 16, 2021
Inappropriate Music Culture Presaged Matt Gaetz Allegations "Well she was just seventeen, you know what I mean." The opening line to the Beatles' song "I Saw Her Standing There" is now infamous. Such songs created the climate for Matt Gaetz and others. A twenty-or thirty-something making sexual remarks about an underage girl was a norm for decades that is no longer acceptable.
SHARE Friday, July 16, 2021
Prosecution of Military Sex Assaults Needs to Change; Delay, Delay, Delay Must Stop The time for legislation for accountability and punishment has more than come, as in the Vanessa Guillen Military Justice Improvement Act, with bipartisan support. Pelosi and Schumer have promised votes soon.
SHARE Thursday, July 15, 2021
A Biden-Putin World Ransomware Summit--In Both Countries' and World's Interest When it comes to ransomware, presidents Biden and Putin are blindly shooting around each other instead of taking aim and making change because neither can admit just how involved they are. .
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Nelson's NASA Challenge: China, with its Moon & Mars Rovers, Space Station, & Russia Alliance With China's recent success in landing a rover on both the moon and Mars, launching a space station with a shuttle and making an alliance with Russia on space technology, a new space race has begun, this time between China and the United States. It's the most serious challenge since Russia launched in 1957, and John F. Kennedy committed the U.S. to landing on the moon.
SHARE Saturday, June 19, 2021
As Biden pulls out of Afghanistan, what's his plan for Pakistan? It harbors terrorists, too There should be no more free lunch for Pakistan. Funding should be contingent on an end to safe harbor for terrorists and an end to a worldwide drug distribution to fund those terrorists. While Pakistan claims to be a friend to the United States, it is an ally in name only.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 17, 2021
Ellison Points to Mistakes that Could be Corrected in Future Cases Where Black Americans were Killed by Police Under the radar screen but highly significant for future case strategies, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison laid out where prosecutors went wrong in past cases that involved the death of black Americans at the hands of police and what they should do in the future to be victorious in such cases.
SHARE Tuesday, June 15, 2021
COVID focus threatens Olympic performance-drug enforcement With $1.4 billion in advertising, virtually all athletes vaccinated, and COVID on the wane, the Olympics could spend significantly more both on rigorous pre-Games out-of-competition drug testing and testing at the Games themselves to preserve the equality and honor of the Games and their records. Let's assure that the world's media are covering a legacy that endures.
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Red Alert: Progressives, Democrats Must Confront Republican "Trigger Words" or Lose Seats and Both Houses in 2022 From Bernie Sanders to the "Squad," Democratic progressives need to say they are simply pointing out that Democrats know that opportunity brings success. This is not old-world socialism-- in 2021 and 2022, they're programs for people, libraries, food, jobs, infrastructure, community policing, families, and monetary success in a capitalist world and country.
SHARE Sunday, May 9, 2021
Covid is Time for VA and US Colleges to Use Endowments as the "Rainy-Day Funds" They're Intended to Be Endowments must be used to help colleges and universities balance dangerous, stressful, and trying times. For students, these are indeed the "rainy days." Even as the pandemic ends, colleges still owe students the money for what they did not receive. Give a break to the students who will soon lead us into the economic future.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, April 16, 2021
Mitch McConnell's Pro-Russian Connections Are Real; Investigations Are Needed Sen. McConnell has revived his apparent loyalties to Trump, as the former President teases his return to politics - saying he would "Absolutely" support Trump if he were the party nominee - to regain his strong-arm over the GOP to remain a credible Republican leader.
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Chavin Trial Should be Slam Dunk Against Police Floyd Murder, But ... The Derek Chauvin trial should be a slam dunk against the George Floyd murder, but is not, if just one juror maintains an unstated racial or police-can-do-no-wrong bias.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 12, 2021
New IDs Required to Get on Planes Invite Major Privacy Dangers; Should be Delayed or Scuttled as Post-Covid Travel Soon As people are preparing for post-Covid travel, "REAL-ID" is still set for October as mandatory to show TSA before getting on a plane to anywhere. It's a grave danger to privacy. It opens the door to foreign and domestic hacking with DMV in all states' employees accessing multiple personal files.
SHARE Friday, October 30, 2020
Trump Deficit not Reversible--no Comey-Hillary-Like Announcement but Guarantee New President by Voting Trump's poll deficit before the 2020 Presidential vote is not reversible as Hillary's lead was in 2016, because there is not a Comey-like announcement in 2020 anyone will heed.
SHARE Friday, September 18, 2020
Hogan No Hero on Voting -- as National Governors Chair, He Could Have Set National Precedent with Mail Ballots The best solution for Democrats in Maryland would be to target the procrastinators and encourage them to mail their ballot weeks early. We must reach out to neglected, impoverished, and college communities and guide them through the steps to register for early voting. Or, as Michelle Obama stressed in her Democratic National Convention speech, tell voters to "Bring your lunch" to wait out the long voting lines.
SHARE Friday, August 28, 2020
Using Colorado's Mail-voting System as Model Would Save Country from Disaster this November It seems that mail voting must have slipped our president's mind--despite his cynical and nonconstructive lambasting of the system, he happens to be a mail voter himself, and has been urging his staff and supporters to do the same. Surely this couldn't be a hackneyed political ploy to manipulate and discredit an election? Alas, one is irrevocably drawn to the conclusion.
SHARE Thursday, August 27, 2020
Nation Needs "DAY AFTER TRUMP" package to stop Presidential DOJ abuse in future The erosion of The Department of Justice's independence continues. Representative Eric Swalwell (D), at the National Press Club this summer, told us that "the day after Trump" there will be a leadership-endorsed package to stop Presidential DOJ abuse.
SHARE Friday, August 14, 2020
The DNC Platform Still Matters But Joe Biden Must Actually Go to Wisconsin Often During the Campaign It is important that Biden return to Wisconsin many times before the election to show the importance that he places on the state. However, the convention still matters. In Congress, one of the enormous and regularly missed media opportunities is all the committees' annual reports that lay out their agendas. Stories on those would be scoops on the bills to come.
(30 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Will Generation Z Vote or Have They Lost Faith from Inaction and Opposition on Police, Climate, Health, Guns, Women According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2018 election saw a 79% increase in voter turnout among people ages 18 to 29 years old compared to the 2014 congressional elections. This is a major improvement over the traditional non-participation by young voters. We're constantly questioning why younger generations are lacking enthusiasm when it comes to voting.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 17, 2020
Chicago, Other Cities Doubling Drug Overdose Deaths during COVID-19 Crisis Point to Urgent Need for More Treatment According to new data from the American Medical Association, Chicago has seen a marked increase in drug overdose deaths during the COVID-19 epidemic, stemming from the stress, economic anxiety, and loneliness involved in the crisis. The increase points to the need for more treatment.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Democrats Chances of Taking Senate and Replacing Trump Could Hinge on Biden Leaving His House More Often Trump will use every trick in his book as Election Day nears. Trump, Barr, Durham, and Senate trump ally (and regular golfing buddy, including this week) Lindsay Graham, Judiciary Chair, will try to replay the Comey playbook of a last-minute investigation like they did against Hillary Clinton-- "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" as Shakespeare famously wrote.