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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(56 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 28, 2012
Why Do Conservatives Vote Against Their Own Interest? Robert Weiner, a former Clinton White House spokesman, and Jaime Ravenet, Senior Analyst at Robert Weiner Associates, respond to Michigan Congressman/Congressional Black Caucus Dean John Conyers' "compelling question to us in a conversation, "Why do conservatives vote against their own interests?' "If we can answer this," Weiner and Ravenet say, "we might reach the common ground to solve the country's economic, debt and grow.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, April 17, 2015
Jeb Bush's Elephant in the Room: Role in Bush v. Gore Recount Jeb Bush's role in slow-walking the Bush v. Gore recount is the "elephant in the room" for 2016. Presidential campaign media has ignored questions on Bush's role, to which he says, "I have no clue" but is documented in phone logs, emails, and suppressing votes earlier until the election was stopped by the Supreme Court.
(15 comments) SHARE Monday, January 29, 2018
Mueller's End Game: Maybe As Soon As Trump Wants, But Not How He'd Like It's important to note Mueller's history as an institutionalist. To protect the institution of the Presidency, he may call Trump an "unindicted" co-conspirator for obstruction, paralleling the special prosecutor's charges against Richard Nixon in Watergate. He may do the same with violation of federal campaign law and money laundering.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 11, 2012
Food Stamp Myth Busting Dr. Carol Olander, former Director of SNAP Research and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service and former White House spokesman Robert Weiner were moved to action after recent attacks on the SNAP program by House Budget Chair Paul Ryan and presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich,. The piece, published in the Michigan Chronicle today, named "best black paper in the country."
SHARE Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Iran: Nuclear Weapons or Peaceful Energy? With the ratification of START, a new nuclear alliance is shaping - one dedicated to the effort to prevent rogue nations from developing nuclear weapons.
SHARE Sunday, October 7, 2018
Bad money vs. bad money -- how Denver ballot measure could be blueprint for getting money out of politics Driven by a bizarre confluence of Colorado and federal law, the money rushing into Colorado's election has taken on a particularly unhealthy role this season. Coloradans are faced with a choice between the Anadarko-backed posterboy and a candidate that buys political offices like tech stocks.
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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.
(56 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 9, 2015
Why not free 4-year college? President Obama's 2-year community college plan would have more impact if it was extended to a free 4-years at any university. Students should be empowered to attend at all levels of college and get the highest degree possible. The objects are opportunity to all and American worldwide economic leadership.
SHARE Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Vegas Could Shine Image by Fighting Human Trafficking, Epidemic Made Worse by Covid-19 Las Vegas could shine its image and lead the nation in fighting human trafficking, a situation made even worse with Coronavirus (Covid-19).. Hotel chains have shown that a wink and a nod are just fine with them, enabling of the destruction of young girls' lives.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 6, 2018
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.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, July 19, 2019
Hey President Trump--Invite Cong Omar to White House for discussion as Obama did with Gates Hey President Trump--If you want to reduce the flames, as Ivanka suggested you do, why not invite Cong. Ilhan Omar to the White House Lawn for lunch-drinks and discussion about mutual respect and lower rhetoric on both sides as Obama did with Henry Gates after a brouhaha on race relations, and as you did with Cong. Cummings on prescription prices.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2015
Fighting Police Brutality Since the 60's Must Succeed Now The history of African Americans' awareness of police brutality, while the rest of America resisted that reality for the most part, should serve as a reminder that there is no excuse for inaction any longer.There are steps we can take to speed up changing the culture of criminalization in police departments: body and van cameras, education, and re-inventing the idea of what it means to be a police officer.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 27, 2010
All Athletes Should Face the Same Tough Drug Testing Former White House Drug Policy Spokesman Robert Weiner and Yusuf Hassan, a Senior Policy Analyst at Robert Weiner Associates, have called for professional golf superstar Tiger Woods to be tested for drugs in an op-ed in the Charlotte Observer.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 21, 2017
You Can Oppose the NRA and Win, Time to Defuse the Myth if We Want to End Mass Killings Mass shootings occur so frequently in the US that they only make headlines when the death toll is high enough. It is well past time for rational gun owners to either take the NRA back or start a new organization. It's also time for Congress to stop laying in fear of the NRA when they can in fact be opposed successfully. If that doesn't happen, the US will continually be marking these anniversaries into eternity.
SHARE Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Chicago Model Shines Against Catholic Clergy Still Doing the Least Possible to Avoid Blame and Damages In Chicago, citizens have experienced shares of clergy abuse, tarnishing decades of the city's past. However, offices within the Archdiocese of Chicago like the Office of Assistance Ministry, OPCY, the Prayer and Penance Program, and the Safe Environment Office make it their mission to protect the overall well-being of children.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 10, 2020
10,000 Scientists in Seattle Want Data, Not Politics, to Drive Research And Policy Only this year has the White House finally agreed to allow federally funded Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms studies on gun violence and deaths. It's a start. Heads in the sand is not a policy. "Knowledge itself is power," Francis Bacon said back in 1597 in "Meditations." To "envision tomorrow's earth," having more data-driven, rather than just observational, science would help society make progress in all areas.
SHARE Wednesday, September 25, 2019
"You Can't Handle the Truth" -- Trump's Intelligence Actions Threaten US Leadership "You can't handle the truth," Jack Nicholson shouted in "A Few Good Men." President Trump is silencing the intelligence community and shifting it into an apparatus full of "yes men" that will ignore the Russian threat and global climate change, manufacture a crisis at the border, and lie about the realities of Iran, North Korea, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) thereby creating more global insecurity.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 13, 2015
Why No Good Neighbor Policy for Venezuela? The United States and Venezuela right now don't like each other. We are engaged in a name calling battle. In the "Yo Mama" style that characterizes relations, Venezuela revoked visas for former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney due to earlier visa restrictions of Venezuelan leaders by the U.S. It's time to stop the grade school mudslinging. If we can do it for Cuba, why not Venezuela?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 2, 2016
A plague on both our houses on torture The nation is divided as it continues to debate torture of terror detainees. Yet as much as torture is condemned by many, even the President, there really is "a plague on both our houses", since Trump wants "worse" but Democrats have prosecuted no one who created the program or CIA officials (and their administration high ups) who condone and contract it out to foreign countries.
SHARE Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Romney's Olympic Secrets Belie Management Skills Mr. Romney needs to look at his own Salt Lake City Games he chaired before his kettle calls the other pot black. It's not even a matter of archived records that are now missing. There were issues under the radar but with public records that were no model for London 2012 and future Games. Romney's Salt Lake City Olympic "success" omits a cover-up of athletes' drugs usage and blood doping, and a bid scandal cover-up.
SHARE Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The Coronavirus Big Pharma Money Scam The pharma-lobby spent over $460 million in DC last year--so as coronavirus fears spike, drug companies prepare to line their pockets, as they regularly do.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 19, 2018
Abe Fortas Precedent May Hold for House Investigation of Kavanaugh Proceedings in New Congress In 1969, under pressure of ongoing investigations, Abe Fortas became the first Supreme Court Justice to resign. The Abe Fortas precedent of what may occur is strong. The Abe Fortas precedent of what may occur is strong when it comes to Brett Kavanaugh.
(14 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 6, 2015
Supreme Court's 5-4 decisions can be reversed with even one new Justice All it takes is one vote. We are not forever stuck with a Supreme Court that has ruled some of the worst decisions by 5-4 votes. Here's the kicker: It's not just the liberals who are old or potentially sick, but the conservatives. Few know that Bush-nominated conservative Chief Justice John Roberts has had two reported seizures since 1993, even though it was in the media when he was first appointed.
(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.
SHARE Monday, September 23, 2019
It's Not the Debates, It's the Coalition of Voters in Caucuses and Primaries That Will Decide the Winner In November 2020, Democrats need everyone to show up. No group will make the difference and every group will make the difference. To defeat the president, Democrats will need overwhelming votes from every community. In other words, Democrats can't count on their "coalition." They have to work at it.
SHARE Saturday, April 25, 2015
Contractors Belie Myth of Leaving Iraq and Afghanistan The four Blackwater security contractors responsible for the infamous 2007 killing of 17 civilian Iraqis in Baghdad with sniper fire, machine guns and grenade launchers were finally sentenced April 13, one to life, the others to 30 years. The sentences are a reminder the U.S. army leaving Iraq and Afghanistan is a myth. Thousands of private military contractors and the gray areas in which they operate remain.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 13, 2009
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE STIFFENING HEALTH CARE OPPOSITION: FOLLOW THE MONEY "The opposition to health reform is a web of vested interests with major financial stakes in the status quo,"- say former Chief of Staff to the House Aging Committee/former White House Drug Policy spokesman Bob Weiner and Analyst Jordan Osserman in a column in today's South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "30 key lawmakers involved in health legislation total $11 million personal investments in the healthcare sector."
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Prosecute The Prosecutors: A Way To Justice In Staten Island, Ferguson, Cleveland Thousands are protesting across the nation to seek justice in the Staten Island, Ferguson, and Cleveland cases. Leaders from President Obama to members of Congress to state and local officials are joining an outraged public in calling for conversations about how and why unarmed young black men and children have been killed by police in recent weeks.
SHARE Friday, August 23, 2019
Dems Repeating Hillary's Fatal Mistake on West Virginia Coal? Although the decline of coal is sharp in West Virginia, they can still become a leader in greener practices. Democrats can win West Virginia when they help alter the business model to work for the environment with wind and solar energy, not against it when jobs they urge are permanent, funded, and with a timeline.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Americans Ask Britain: Why a Snap Election and Not a 2nd Referendum? Americans wonder from across the pond, why will your Parliament issue a snap election and not a second referendum? A second referendum vote would better reflect what the public wants from its leaders. Much like our 2016 Presidential race, voting for the Prime Minister comes at a highly precarious cost.
(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.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 15, 2019
ACA Repeal Would Devastate Jobs and Economy If Trump kills or diminishes the ACA, as he's trying to do, he'll lose his best talking point, national jobs growth. Despite ACA opponents' claims of "job killing" by the bill, the facts show that the 30 million new recipients and expanded benefits for 100+ million have generated exactly the opposite, big jobs increases -- and that's just common sense.
SHARE Friday, September 8, 2017
Don't Call My Dad the "A" Word: Language matters for people seeking help in the battle against addiction I heard many people call my dad the "A" word--an addict. In reality, he was a brilliant man and the father of two girls. When words are used inappropriately to describe individuals with a substance-use disorder, it not only negatively skews cultural perceptions of their disease, but also feeds into the stigma that can stop people from seeking help.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Canceled US-Taliban Plan & Meeting Ignored World-Leading Opium Production Funding Terror; Now Must Get it Right With the Taliban's strength growing, especially if we make a deal, our national security is at stake. Stopping the spread of deadly narcotics' dirty money stops not just the drugs but the terrorism that accompanies them.
SHARE Thursday, June 6, 2019
SATIRE: If women mandated against abortions, Missourian men need vasectomies The policy would set forth the jurisdiction of the Missouri government over all male children born into Missouri territory, mandating the vasectomy procedure soon after birth, similar to the severing of the umbilical cord or circumcision. Parents may also reserve the right to defer surgery, allowing the male child the decision upon when they receive the procedure, until the age of 13 years old or the commencement of puberty.
SHARE Friday, September 13, 2019
Bipartisan History Training for Congress Could End Current Gridlock After recent mass shootings, there couldn't be a better time to embrace the bipartisan legacy left by leaders like Pepper, O'Neill, Dole and Grassley. The House Administration and Senate Rules committees should immediately instruct the clerk of the House and secretary of the Senate to have the Congressional Research Service incorporate these lessons into congressional orientation and include current members and staffs too.
SHARE Monday, November 18, 2019
Russia should be banned from 2020 Tokyo Olympics The Russian Federation wants to play by its own rules in the 2020 Olympic Games. However, Russia has had a long and shameful history of doping its Olympic athletes and has been banned since 2016.
SHARE Monday, October 28, 2019
John Conyers, Progressive Giant John Conyers was the most consistent, rational voice for practical progressivism in America. With his low-key and steady tone, he always tried to move the bar of logic and accomplishment as far as he could and still win. Here is a vignette of some memories.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Judging the Judges Needed-- The Lesson of the Impeachment of Porteous For those who believe federal corruption is only among congressmen with Bahamian villas, voracious sexual appetites, or trips to airport bathrooms, guess again" it occurs all over our courtrooms, where we think we receive justice. It is also the most difficult branch to correct, because federal judges are appointed for life. What we need is a way to judge the judges.
SHARE Sunday, July 16, 2017
Scams Against Elderly are Multi-Billion Dollar Industry Nearly 20 percent of Florida's population is 65 years or older, the highest in the nation. As the Baby Boomers move into retirement, internet scams against the elderly are increasing. Bottom line: With the dramatic increases in scams against the elderly, Congress, state Houses, and the private sector have a lot more work to do.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 18, 2016
America's scandalous way of paying women You would almost think that something as basic as gender equality would long be established in our society. Far from it. Especially when it comes to getting paid the same amount of money for the same work, the inequality between men and women is dramatic. As long as we do not accept that women are worth just as much as men, the gap will never close, and we will forever be stuck in the archaic age of inequality.
SHARE Friday, October 4, 2019
Saving Small Town Newspapers The newspaper industry has two paths it can pursue. One is the continued, status quo of spiraling downward and cutting costs. The other is pursuing innovation in video, re-invigorating investigative work the editorial style article, and other innovations each paper can uniquely create. It's an essential decision that is up to America's newspaper publishers to decide the fate of such an important industry.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 14, 2017
Richie Neal now in leadership, new challenge: keep Social Security safe If we've learned anything about Trump, it's that not only doesn't he shy away from fights, he embraces them. One of the first fights he has as president will be with his own party over Social Security. Whoever wins the fight will determine whether or not the elderly, now and in decades to come, live in poverty.
SHARE Friday, August 25, 2017
Intervals Slow Down Aging Process, New Studies Show High Intensity Interval Training workouts, also known as HIIT, are cardio sessions paired with short bursts of interval training designed to drive out the maximum strength of the person who is exercising. Recent scientific studies are showing that HIIT workouts are better than any other form of exercise to reduce degeneration of the aging process.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 6, 2011
WE SHOULD KNOW WHOM WE OWE: Disclose Saudi Loans to US The White House just held meetings with China's Hu Jintao where U.S. debt to them (now $896 billion) and our economic relationship were top issues. The Treasury Department discloses what we owe China, Japan ($877 billion), Britain ($512 billion), Brazil ($184 billion), and most countries but refuses to disclose how much we owe Saudi Arabia and other oil nations.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, June 10, 2019
Election 2020 Forgotten Issue: Poverty Repeatedly in presidential campaigns the American poor are forgotten and undervalued. According to the U.S Census Bureau report in 2017, 12.3% of the population lived in poverty, a total of 40 million people. These individuals are voters almost as heavily as wealthier voters.
SHARE Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Domestic-Violence Laws Ignore Mental Abuse For far too long, types of abuse have been isolated from one another or downplayed. However, as New York moves forward to make coercive-control legislation a reality, the other 49 states need to make it a top priority too. Mental well-being and safety are just as important as the physical.
SHARE Friday, January 3, 2020
Mississippi Bills Could Let State Escape Decades of Nation's Worst Poverty, and Show Country Way Out Mississippi could be a model of the best kind instead of being routinely cited for income failure. Instead of the chronic listing of Old Miss as the nation's poorest state, it could be showing the nation the way up.
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Prison Drug Treatment Would Reverse Overcrowding and Reduce Crime, Recidivism, Budget PRISON DRUG TREATMENT WOULD REDUCE OVERCROWDING, CRIME, BUDGETS SAY ROBERT WEINER, EX-WHITE HOUSE DRUG SPOKESMAN & CHICAGO EXPERT DAPHNE BAILLE; Deficit Commission Should Heed Savings; Chicago Sun-Times Op-ed (Washington, DC and Chicago, IL) -" Prison drug treatment would reduce overcrowding, crime, and budgets, say Robert Weiner, ex-White House Drug Spokesman, and Chicago expert Daphne Baille
SHARE Saturday, November 17, 2018
Flint Water, Immigrant Child Cages: Prosecute Abusive Public Officials People occupying the highest positions in government should be treated the same under the law as our most egregious private sector criminals. The Flint water crisis and the recent imprisoning of immigrant children in cages, away from their parents, are cases in point.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Republicans and Democrats Should Work Together on Health Bill Why not do what the Senate is famous for and deal with the issues that are problematic in healthcare that Democrats have admitted for some time? Just because there are problems with the bill is not a reason to blow it up. You don't buy a new car because the air conditioning doesn't work. Instead of calling it "repeal and replace," say "repair," and we can actually get something positive done.
SHARE Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Social Security Threatened Once More--We Need Pepper's Courage Now Allowing Trump to cut Social Security would do a grave disservice to all Americans who rely on the program. The time has come to stand up for Social Security. The time is now to show clarity and courage in the spirit of Claude Pepper to make Trump's White House aware of the importance of this program and keeping it solvent for future generations without scaremongering about myths for the need for cuts.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Russian Election 2016 and 2018 Trolling Suppressed African Americans At the National Press Club on May 6, National Urban League President Marc Morial reported that Russian election "trolling" by the millions of hits was far worse than reported in suppressing African-American voting in 2016 and since. Roles played by the supreme court and state legislatures in voter suppression have been a known entity for years, but Russian interference has flown "under the radar."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Roberts Should Appeal to His Own Supreme Court on his Kavanaugh Complaints In response to a circuit court's dismissal of the 83 complaints against the new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Chief Justice Roberts should appeal to his own Supreme Court to act on the serious allegations he forwarded.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 24, 2020
Andrew Yang's Automation Truth Andrew Yang's solutions and talking points about job-loss from automation shouldn't be unique and idiosyncratic--but among the 2020 Democratic field, they are. Whomever the Democratic nominee is, they must pick up where Yang leaves off. If not, the Party risks another Trump victory.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 26, 2013
Hillary Clinton's Lessons From 2008 Put Her in the Driver's Seat Hillary Clinton is in the driver's seat for the 2016 Presidential race and in position to make history as America's first woman president if she learns the lessons and corrects the mistakes of her 2008 run, including her Iraq War vote explanation and her failure to capitalize in caucuses on primary victories in those states, assert ex-Clinton White House aide Robert Weiner and policy analyst Nakia Gladden.
SHARE Sunday, October 29, 2017
Trump's New World Order is More Than Bullying Nations At the National Press Club in Washington, former Indiana Senator and foreign policy icon, former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Richard Lugar, in an interview last week, conveyed some thoughts on Trump's UN speech and overall foreign policy: "The tone is something to pursue. When you are looking at the faces of world leaders, you should consider the impact."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 30, 2010
Expect Illegal Drugs at 2012 Olympics The 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the first Winter Games after formation of the World Anti-Doping Agency in 1999, was dramatically impacted by drug testing and the busts that occurred. To stop athletes from doping during the London Games in 2012, start the drug testing now. Testing the athletes before the Games, and not just on-site during the Games, is the lesson of the Salt Lake City Olympics.
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 24, 2017
Trump Right On China The First Time After deferring to China for Korea and seeing no results, President Trump's return to disciplining China over trade crimes is the right position. On Aug. 14, President Trump authorized a probe on China's trade practices, with a focus on intellectual property theft as well as theft of American technologies. Trump has now come back around to the correct view.
SHARE Monday, October 7, 2019
Still Dawdling on Guns--How Can Nation Declare Vaping 'Crisis' but not Guns & Mass Shootings? The Trump administration recently has declared a public health "crisis" of the 17 deaths from vaping. How can a president do that and not say there is a real crisis which requires stepping in to stop mass shootings?
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 8, 2015
Will Lynch Carry on Holder's Legacy? As Attorney General Designee Loretta Lynch prepares to move from final Senate approval to serving as the Nation's Attorney General, the question is whether Congress will allow her, the country's first African American woman Attorney General, to continue Holder's enormous legacy.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Virginia Gun Bill Shootdowns Shows Little Learned From Virginia Tech In a state that witnessed one of the largest massacres in the country only eight years ago, Virginia Republicans in the legislature are now blocking all gun control regulation -- and instead are passing legislation that may actually weaken defenses against massacres.
SHARE Monday, July 8, 2019
USA World Soccer Victory Making Case for ERA: Re-launch the campaign This is where the Equal Rights Amendment comes in. It's time to re-launch the campaign for the full ERA. On the first night of the Democratic presidential debates, Julian Castro supported ERA passage and got cheers. After the 19th Amendment was passed by Congress in 1919 and ratified in 1920, the ERA was first introduced to Congress in 1923. However, Congress did not pass the ERA until 1972 -- nearly 50 years later.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 15, 2018
"Evidence" and "Science" Not Dirty Words Despite Administration's Ban, Austin Meeting of National Scientists to Show Ten thousand of the nation's leading scientists are gathering in Austin, Texas this week to discuss the state of science in the country. High on the list of concerns is the Trump administration's antagonism to language used widely in the scientific community: "Science based" and "evidence based". These words are so anathema that the current administration banned CDC from using them on its websites and in agency directives.
SHARE Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Let's Finish the Job on Rough Rides Five officers are now being disciplined internally for Freddie Gray's handling, "rough ride" and death. But the work is nowhere near complete to end the disgraceful practice that captured the nation's attention in a justifiably negative way after Freddie Gray's death in 2015. There still needs to be an outright ban of so-called rough rides.
SHARE Thursday, April 2, 2020
$500 Billion to Corporations in Virus "Rescue", Crumbs for SNAP With most states' schools being closed and students not getting their daytime meal due to coronavirus precautions, the time is now for the White House and Congress to increase benefits to food stamps (SNAP) as well as eligibility for it. This would alleviate financial stresses placed on working-class and lower-working-class Americans already burdened by layoffs caused by the coronavirus impact on the economy.
SHARE Saturday, April 21, 2012
Federal Cancer Research Funding Crisis Threatens Detroit, Nation Forty years ago, the Nation Declared a War on Cancer. Now, "Funding is in crisis," Dr. Judy Garber, outgoing President of the American Association for Cancer Research, told the 18,000 scientists gathered at their national convention in Chicago last week. Jon Retzlaff, Director of Science Policy & Government Affairs, added that the "price index places the National Cancer Institute's budget 20% below its real dollars in 2003."
SHARE Monday, June 18, 2012
The Myth of the Postal Service's Finances The US Postal Service could avoid closings, firings, and cutbacks if the Chair of the House Government Reform Committee would stop blocking a bipartisan bill sponsored by 229 members that gives the Post Office the same 20-30 year pension pre-pay funding requirements as other federal agencies, instead of a Bush-signed bill that requires a 75 year prepayment leaving the Post Office with massive debt.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 21, 2017
The UN's Shame: Watered Down Legislation Continues UN Peacekeeper Rapes Now in the era where even sexual harassment is considered a national crime, what happens to the annual 100+ rapes by UN peacekeepers annually? The nations that perpetrate these rarely emphasized but documented atrocities go unpunished by the world body. If we're talking about resolutions of peace among nations, perhaps it's time to stop the funding for nations that allow rapes of helpless victims they are supposed to protect.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 10, 2018
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 3, 2015
Presidential Candidates Will Break Reagan-O'Neill Social Security Deal Even at Upcoming Reagan Library Debate As Republicans prepare for the second debate at the Ronald Reagan Library on September 16, their continued calls to 'reform' (meaning, cut) Social Security actually tarnishes Reagan's legacy. At stake is the well-being of the 45.9 million Americans, including over a half million Floridians, that depend on the program.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 26, 2018
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Our View: Cutting Medicare benefits will cost the nation CUTTING MEDICARE BENEFITS WILL COST NATION MORE IN FOOD STAMPS, WELFARE, OVERALL POVERTY, EMERGENCY HOSPITALIZATION, SAY BOB WEINER (FMR HOUSE AGING COM. CHIEF) AND JOHN HORTON; "MEDICARE IS NOT A FOR-PROFIT VENTURE--IS WHAT OUR NATION DOES TO PROVIDE HEALTH TO SENIORS"
SHARE Thursday, March 12, 2020
VA Secretary Wilkie Says VA'S Volume Drug Buying Could Work for Nation Now that the impeachment entanglement has settled, and with health care the No. 1 issue in the exit polls from the primaries, Democrats and Republicans can and should make it their duty to address this vital, salient issue of volume drug buying for all Americans.
SHARE Monday, April 20, 2015
Fracking's Joy Ride Will End The Obama administration announced new fracking regulations to kick in June 24, which require the disclosure of chemicals in the hydraulic fracturing process. In reality, the regulations only provide short-term prevention of serious damage. We will be dancing to the joy of cheap oil prices until the wells are drilled dry -- as soon as five years -- and could be facing earthquakes and polluted ground water until then and after.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 22, 2018
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.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2020
China Must Prove Covid-19 Didn't Start in Wuhan Lab or Shut It Down China as ground zero must protect both their own nation and the worldand be honest about it. The U.S. and all nations must join together to persuade China to mandate it.
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DeVos Push for Education "Choice" in Florida, Boca Raton, and Nation Helps Few, Hurts Most For most parents across America, access to quality education for their children is a top priority. School choice is great for the small percentage who have the financial means to afford a top-notch education. For everyone else, school choice poses more problems than it is worth.
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Budget: Titanic Conflict Coming The congressional leadership's budget, just released--in response to Obama's proposal in January--by House Budget Committee Chairman, Tom Price (R-GA), is just like Paul Ryan's (R-WI) "Path to Prosperity" last year. $4 trillion in tax dollars are at stake. As a result, we can expect a conflict of titanic proportions between congressional Republicans and the President's allies before and after the April 15 completion deadline.
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Vets shouldn't have to start with charities It's Veterans Day time and all the candidates talk about wanting to do more for veterans. From Trump's "They're our greatest people. They're being treated terribly." at his veterans event on the USS Iowa, to Hillary Rodham Clinton's veterans roundtable in Nevada, we hear campaign statements honoring our veterans. While talk is nice, the campaign bluster to help veterans should become action by Congress and the next president.
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Major League Baseball continues to balk on player drug use While the media is covering domestic abuse among NFL players nonstop, an equally big and more widespread sports scandal is ongoing drug use in Major League Baseball as the Playoffs and World Series take place.
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Massachusetts' Blueprint to Fight Legislature Extremism is Lesson for Nation For over thirty years, the tax-exempt American Legislative Exchange Council has stood in the shadows, pushing state legislatures across the country to move policies to the extreme right on voter suppression, women's reproductive health choices, and gerrymandering. Massachusetts' education blueprint is a must-follow in other states if citizens want to fight back and maintain an even keel. How to fight ALEC? Education.
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First Time In Years: A Real Chance to Save Healthcare The mandatory CBO report found that the Alexander-Murray healthcare bill would cover more people and still cut the deficit. Everybody in the US goes to the hospital, sees their doctors for checkups and needs medical attention. Other long term solutions are being discussed and have a great deal of merit--public option, single payer,Medicare for all, and more. But first, we have to protect what we have.
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Transgender America and Trump's Reign Identifying as part of the LGBT community-- more inclusively LGBTQ+-- seems to be costly in Trump's America. With tweeted promises in 2016 including, "Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs," Mr. Trump has done the exact opposite.
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Mr. President, where's that infrastructure plan? Missing in action amid the hoopla on the barely passed House health-care bill and the broadly supported government funding measure is the promised infrastructure package by President Trump. Infrastructure legislation can pave the way for increased economic productivity and public safety across all 50 states - if prudent legislation trumps partisan differences.
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Risking Small Boat Migration to Europe: Why Egyptian Teens Risk Their Lives Egypt needs the education and skills to better the lives of its young people, and make the dangerous decision to try and flee less appealing. The truth is, Middle Eastern nations need to spend some of their money from billions of dollars in military aid and use it instead for education and training of their young people.
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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.
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Osama bin Laden is dead -- Maybe CIA can get confirmation from 'SNL' Last week, al Qaeda issued its annual Christmas threat to the United States promising suicide bombings during the holidays. Here's a better idea for a Christmas present from al Qaeda: a video showing Osama bin Laden - or his grave.
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Message to Democrats: Quit Buying Fear of Impeachment Hearing--the Politics of Truth is Winning Formula Now that Mueller has said the Constitution requires the alternate method of congressional action to control Presidential abuses and crimes, and he added that if he could have cleared the President of crimes he would have, the choice of what course of action is clear.
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Hands off Social Security - Better Ways to Cut the National Debt The Social Security Trustees' Annual Report on the program's finances comes out Wednesday, delayed from March by the health bill. It will be turned into a marketing tool by advocates of cutting Social Security to reduce the national debt.
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Affirmative Action Under Trump--Where Can It Go? Affirmative action means reaching out to those disproportionately harmed and providing minorities with means to protect their legal rights and to secure their futures. Minorities can only begin to know whether they should increase their hopes once what President Trump says and does become in sync. In the courts, congress, and state and local actions, the battle will be fierce, but hopeful.
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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.
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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.
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Congress' Social Security 'reform' means cuts Social Security's invested cash surplus has been borrowed by the government to finance the deficit, pay for tax breaks for the rich, and fund other programs. Former Vice President Al Gore was right years ago: a "lockbox" is needed to separate Social Security funds from the Treasury to protect seniors' money.
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End Herbert Hoover-style "trickle-down economics' to pay off nation's debt Trickle-down economics has not worked since Herbert Hoover tried it. It is a myth that adding money to the wealthy through tax cuts stimulates jobs and grows the economy. End Herbert Hoover-style "trickle-down economics' to pay off nation's debt
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Andrew Gillum's lesson: Be a Democrat or a progressive, not a socialist When politicians call themselves socialists, their words take a back seat because they're automatically seen as fringe candidates. "Democrat" or "progressive" will do just fine.
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Reagan's legacy will be invoked repeatedly during Cleveland's Aug. 6 GOP debate -- but what does it really mean? With the first Republican Presidential debate set for August 6 in Cleveland, candidates wanting to claim the Party's nomination will again be invoking the many myths of Ronald Reagan. However, it is time for no more untrue Reagan myths, and for the reality of the Reagan presidency to be better understood.
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Missing Conyers Already U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has been named the new Democratic Leader ("Ranking Member") of the House Judiciary Committee. It was the powerful post held by Rep. John Conyers' (D-Detroit), who was pressured to resign from the position and then retire from Congress last month due to allegations of sexual harassment and disclosure of a state-no-guilt settlement. Nadler is a strong progressive, but has large shoes to fill.
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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.
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Securing Political Ads on Social Media from Hacks & Lies Has Chance to Not Be Dominated by Partisan Interests The content and purchasers of online advertisements are a mystery to the public because of outdated laws that have failed to keep up with big tech companies. It's confusing and hard to regulate-- privacy, honesty, and free speech don't mix easily.
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Youth At the Polls: Big Impact IF They Turn Out On November 6th 2018, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be up for re-election. Democrats might have a shot at flipping Congress--if they get youth to the polls. In a youth culture obsessed with celebrity and image, they need both a charismatic speech about issues they care about, and 140 characters and a filtered photograph. The future of democracy depends on it.
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Benghazi myths: what Hillary can say to Trump and Gowdy The Benghazi investigation has only confirmed that there is little new information. On October 22, 2015, after his eleven-hour Clinton grilling, Gowdy said, "I don't know that she testified that much differently today."
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Michigan, Nation Must Look At North Carolina's "Moral Mondays" The nation must look at North Carolina's "Moral Mondays" to fight right wing legislative surges that have overridden moderate constituencies in states, say Robert Weiner and Bridget Mora in an article in the Michigan Chronicle.
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Dem Convention Absence Shows John Edwards' Real Tragedy: Poverty on the Back Burner At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, one of North Carolina's famous sons, the 2004 Vice Presidential Nominee, was clearly absent, and with him, the issue for which he had become a national spokesman. In 2004, John Edwards cemented himself as a symbol for the fight against poverty. However, since then his personal failures have forced him and his favorite issue off the map.
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TPP is failing because we are learning what makes a bad-or good-trade deal What we do know about past trade deals is that with the secretiveness of the issue, voters cannot decide who is right or wrong and why. If America has "lost millions of jobs" as Trump contends because of them, perhaps that explains why we are no longer at full employment, meaning no longer with 3% unemployment as past decades but now consider 5% as a good "bar".
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The Prognosis for Health Reform Ex-House Aging Committee Chief of Staff Bob Weiner warns of insurance control over health bill outcome, praises House Version, “Disappointed” by Senate; Weiner and Policy Analyst Jordan Osserman offer bill’s “Prognosis”
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Congress Voting Rights Act Power Is In The Constitution; Ginsburg and Gingrich Agree In the oral debate over cutting down the power of the Voting Rights Act -- the law designed to assure enforcement of no discrimination against minorities' right to vote -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated last month, "This is not the kind of a question you can leave to Congress." He called the bill, "perpetuation of racial entitlement." He added, "It is very difficult to get out."
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Obama Can Come Back After First Debate Debacle President Obama's inexplicable silence in the first debate has led to a large bump for Mitt Romney -- now slightly ahead according to the Pew poll -- and the game-changer Democrats were convinced would not happen. The Saturday Night Live parodies were predictable--Obama mute against Romney's assertions, Obama becoming the Eastwood empty chair. For all my love of the President, it was bad, really bad.
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Private Prisons -- Justice for Corporate Bottom Line The Department of Justice has found that private prisons "had more frequent incidents of contraband finds, assaults, uses of force, lockdowns, guilty findings on inmate-discipline charges, and selected categories of grievances." In other words, private prisons are more unsafe, more unjust and less effective than government-run prisons. So why would any state use them?
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WARNING: Michigan, Nation's Poor Face Loss of Health Insurance by White House Texas Case Assault Trump's executive harm done to the ACA already shouldn't take place just because a party different than Trump's party made the law. The ACA should be expanded and strengthened for generations to come. Texas v. United States shows that healthcare can't be trusted to radical, poorly-reasoned politically motivated opponents. Republicans as well as Democrats get sick and can go bankrupt as a result it's a nonpartisan fact of life.
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Crime Bill Dilemma -- Legislation Needed During Crack and Murder Epidemic, but Better and Fairer Strategies Required Now The issue is complicated. Opponents of the law must acknowledge the positives of the 1994 Crime Bill--like Biden's Violence Against Women Act--and re-implement its federal assault weapons ban, to stop the weapons that Clinton banned, but now are used in 95% of mass shootings killing ten or more. But we also need to further expand drug treatment rather than imprisonment.
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"Stealth Privatization" Increases Risk for Torture The U.S. often holds itself as an example for the rest of the world. We speak up when human rights abuses take place. It is time to get back to being an example on how we treat prisoners of war. The proposal to privatize war-making was rightly nipped in the bud. But there is not yet a nail in the coffin of privatization or private contractor torture.
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The U.N.'s Shame--Stop UN Peacekeeper Rapes of African Victims Rapes by U.N. peacekeepers in Central Africa, in the hundreds, are repeated year after year. The victims are the very people the peacekeepers are supposed to protect. The United Nations has announced over 100 new cases of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic this year. Now, Human Rights Watch reports that the U.N.'s Congolese peacekeepers were responsible for at last 12 deaths. This is the U.N.'s shame.
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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.
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Gerrymandering: A Plague on Both Our Parties The politicized redistricting process known as "gerrymandering" is "a plague on both our parties," is "a byproduct of a failed democracy," and must be reined in before partisan state legislatures fully disenfranchise voters.
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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."
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Trump should keep college debt pledge During the election, candidate Donald Trump expressed that he planned to tax wealthy universities that did not use a sizable portion of their endowment to support low-income students.The new administration's budget proposal has no such plan for higher education. When the federal budget and Congress prioritize making higher education affordable, more students will be able to attend college.
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Parity was supposed to mean treatment -- until insurance companies got in the way Despite the ongoing opioid crisis, insurance companies are skirting the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Both the Affordable Care Act and the MHPAEA require insurance companies to provide parity for mental health and substance use disorders, but the insurance companies are coming up with every possible excuse not to do it.
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Why the US should follow Switzerland's lead on environmental policy Switzerland can take justifiable pride as a world role model for environmental business. The nation is providing a lesson that can be an inspiration for American and world change and that can help the planet survive environmentally and thrive economically.
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Health Risk from Proposed Liquid Gas Plant Blowouts and Emissions Near Washington for Foreign Exports, With Pruitt Ties Back in March, about 150 Prince George's and Charles county residents attended a Maryland Department of the Environment hearing to provide and hear testimony on the department's potential override of a Charles County zoning disapproval of a liquefied natural gas compressor station. Sixty area residents spoke against the plant; four spoke in support.
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Youth vote helped elect Obama; Will it be as important in 2012? According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, 24 million people ages 18 to 24 voted in the 2008 presidential election, 51 percent of the group. More than 16 million (68 percent) of the 24 million voted for Obama, which made the difference in many close states.
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TAX CUT DEBATE MYTHS AND FACTS A lot of rhetoric is flying in the November election but perhaps the most substantive debate is over whether to continue tax breaks for the rich. President Obama and most congressional Democrats want to extend the Bush tax cuts for 98% of Americans, everyone making under $250,000. Republicans want to extend the tax cuts for everybody despite Bush's tax bill enacted in June 2001 to suspend the tax cuts at the end of 2010.
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Vote November 4: Defeat Suppression of Minorities, Youth, Workers Two riveting developments October 8 strike at the heart of Americans' right to vote and minorities' abilities to have fair power.
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A Call to End Youth Prisons Unfortunately, the justice system is founded on long-term punishment and isolation. That may persuade adults but for youth, it does more harm than good. "Incarcerating youth isn't safe, isn't fair, and doesn't work," said expert witness and CEO of Youth First Initiative, Liz Ryan, "It isn't fair as it disproportionately impacts young people of color" and, "greatly increases the likelihood that youth will re-offend."
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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.
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Trump Stops Money to Hungary Free Press Either Because of Pro-Russian Leader, or He Wants Authoritarians to Have Control Even as the European Parliament voted for disciplinary against Hungary for imposing a risk to the values of the European Union, President Donald Trump is nurturing the newly developed relationship between Viktor Orban's illiberal democracy and the U.S. by deferring a $700 thousand grant to promote free speech in Hungary's media.
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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.
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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.
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The Federal Reserve's missed mandate: jobs The Fed seems to forget the "maximum employment" piece of its mandate, instead deciding to focus all of its energy on interest rates to assure big business profits. The unemployment rate is down but the bar is set at complacency. If the Fed remembers its mandate of maximum employment, it can help the country see unemployment rates it hasn't seen since the 1960s.
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Immigration Needs Humanity, Not Just Legality With the news that a sixth child has died in U.S. captivity in the past eight months, Sen. Lindsay Graham's eased deportation legislation but with reports of thousands of immigrants in solitary confinement for no legal reason, and President Donald Trump's new immigration "reform" executive order, it's now clear that immigration policy must address humanity, not just legality.
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Conyers Continues at 90 Long-time progressive Congressman Conyers at 90th says don't impeach Trump but keep investigating, most proud of King Birthday bill, happy about reparations progress, hopeful for single payer, keep fighting voter suppression, all-in for Biden
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Make Meth Ingredients Prescription-only Former White House Drug Policy Spokesman Robert Weiner and Jonathan Battaglia, a Policy Analyst at Robert Weiner Associates, say that Congress and state legislatures should make methamphetamine's main ingredient, pseudoephedrine, prescription-only. In an op-ed in The State (Columbia, SC) Weiner and Battaglia say Oregon has taken the step and in three years since 2006 enactment, cut the crisis in half.
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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.
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Sen. Leyva's bill would protect child victims of sex abuse The Justice for Victims Act, which has gained traction by passing the state Senate before the summer recess and is ready to be voted on by the Assembly, gives California the chance to take a strong stance against the Catholic Church's ongoing cover-up of child sexual abuse. Why must the true victims -- the victims of sexual assault -- be haunted by their abuse while the Church sweeps its wrongdoings under the rug?
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Hate Crimes on the Rise with Trump Rhetoric We need to remember that being American is not exclusionary. Being American is diverse. Being American is accepting. Being American is allowing the freedom of religion. Hate is not American.
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If Trump Means What He Says About No Unneeded Wars, Change President's First Briefing Each Day from Just Military Issues If President-elect Donald Trump means what he says about no unneeded wars, he should change the President's first briefing each day -- "The Daily Briefing" each morning -- from just military issues. This would be one way to assure that public policy in the United States of America is made for its people and not for the military.
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Ban of Russian team is justified On Dec. 5, the International Olympic Committee announced that Russia would be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea due to the nation's "systemic manipulation" of anti-doping rules, which were first exposed during the drug busts of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. However, Russian athletes who manage to prove themselves clean have been invited to compete in Pyeonchang as "neutral" athletes.
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With FIFA Corruption Outed, Are Olympics Next? The FIFA criminal corruption indictments were huge developments with worldwide repercussions. However, FIFA could not be alone for bribes from countries for the privilege to host a world championship.With FIFA outed, are the Olympics next? Could Chicago and the U.S. have lost the Olympics for the same reason the U.S. lost hosting the World Cup?
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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.
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Ban Russian Track Team from 2016 Rio Summer Olympics The Olympics in Rio could turn out to be the dirtiest Olympics ever. A documentary March 6 on German TV station ARD showed that Russian coaches who have been banned for doping still have their jobs, and claimed that Russian officials are tipping off athletes prior to what are supposed to be random drug tests. USA Track and Field (USATF) is an important member of IAAF. The world organizations and we should vote to keep the ban.
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Social Security's Future at Risk With New Tax Deal Under the radar screen, the new tax deal is threatening the livelihood of America's present and future seniors - to line the pockets of millionaires.
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Study of Humanities A Key to U.S. Economic Success Clinton White House spokesman Robert Weiner and senior policy analyst Jaime Ravenet call on President Obama to include humanities, such as English, history, government and philosophy, in the administration's teacher expansion plan that currently expands math and science teachers. They assert, "It's not just math and science; we need humanities teachers too."
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Fighting ISIS: Arabs Need More Involvement to Keep U.S. Support Many believe that the main reason why we entered Iraq was to arrange access to Iraq's oil, which is not happening. The Middle East has the ammunition and ample resources to take charge. Now they need to direct them at ISIS. If they see they have no other choice, and they act, then we can support them. In fighting ISIS, U.S. efforts and dollars should match Arab self-interest in leading.
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War and peace: Congress must exercise its Constitutional role As Congress now considers the pros and cons of new military action against ISIS in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, both the House and Senate are reluctant to pass any war authorization despite the Constitution's requirement to do so. Not adhering to this process set forth by the Constitution can result in colossal failure. History does repeat itself.
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"ANY PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE DONE" THE SAME AS OBAMA? Not Quite, Mr. Romney--ask Bush about Tora Bora Robert Weiner, a former Clinton White House spokesman and former Chief of Staff of the House Aging Committee and Health Subcommittee under Chairman Claude Pepper (D-FL), and Senior Analyst at Robert Weiner Associates Richard Mann take presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to task for saying "any president" would have given the order that would have launched the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year.
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Westminster Dog Show: big business, why one subjective judge? Next month (February 15-16), labs and lap dogs will rule the land at Madison Square Garden. For most who watch on television, the Westminster Dog Show is a time to tune in to see a version of the cuddly dog lying next to them. However, with Americans spending $330 million annually to compete in dog shows, why does only one judge make a completely subjective decision on who gets crowned Best in Show?
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The New Politics and the Speech That Will Save America The only way to reclaim political language is to elect people who will not abuse language. This means electing politicians who answer the tough questions in good faith, and not merely politicians who tell us what we want to hear.
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Democrats, Trump and Congress: surprising common ground Although Democrats in Congress don't agree with most of Donald Trump's policies, there are some surprising areas of common ground in infrastructure spending and even concerning the Affordable Care Act. Congressional Democrats can either whine, curl up with a good book and their dogs as Hillary says she was tempted to do, or get to work.
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People to people approach is the best solution for Syria The war in Syria is tremendously complicated and its overlapping layers require a multi-layer solution. The USA's best relations with Latin American and African nations have been when the Alliance for Progress, Vista, and Peace Corps were at top usage. Syria could be a similar success story with a people to people approach.
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Vote November 4th: Defeat Suppression of Minorities, Youth and Workers A report by the U.S. Government Accounting Office requested by five senators (Sanders, Leahy, Durbin, Schumer, Nelson) found that minority turnout was reduced 2-3% in states with ID laws--despite no ID fraud--because of the cost of procuring the ID's. Close elections were clearly at risk. GAO found that "the falloff was greatest among African Americans, young people, and newly registered voters."
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Ryan's new Congress agenda is wrong, safety net has not failed Speaker Ryan's new agenda will be titled, "A better way." In fact, Ryan's premise of "failure" is wrong. He'd at least partially privatize Social Security, which has reduced seniors' poverty from the 44% it would be to just 9%, according to the Center for American Progress. It is the most successful social program in American history.
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New York Observer: The Epidemic Continues Confronting the ongoing AIDS pandemic for his upcoming first national HIV/AIDS Strategy is President Obama's newest dilemma, say former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, former White House Drug Policy spokesman Robert Weiner, and Dartmouth College Coalition for Progress president Jordan Osserman in a guest column in today's New York Observer entitled "The Epidemic Continues."
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New Pope has opportunity to end Church coverup of child abuse Church in US and worldwide still does all it can to get away with doing only what it has to, kicking priests and bishops upstairs even to Vatican instead of defrocking them, refusing to establish policy of referring priests and bishops to legal authorities for prosecution, and abusing "bankruptcy" as legal tool to avoid payments -- while just talking about how bad it is as their "action".
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Rand Paul's Mythology Of Republican Minority Votes At nearly every outing, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, one of the top Republican presidential hopefuls, is pushing for African American votes for the Republican Party in 2016. He asked Howard University students, "How did the Party of the Great Emancipator (Lincoln) lose that vote?" He believes that his party can win over black voters because he says Democratic policies "haven't worked."
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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.
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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.
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An Agenda for America's Elderly The White House Conference on Aging must respond to half of Americans over 50 with under $25,000 in retirement savings and investments. Cutting Social Security is not the answer.
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Brown, Portman, Ryan--Key Defenders Against McConnell's Entitlement Cuts and Private Pension Crashing If Congress does not make the necessary investment in Social Security and private pension corrections, Americans will wind up paying for all of the living expenses instead of making the corrections.
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Health law's big numbers of jobs and insured should quiet opponents Unchallenged at the latest Republican debate, all candidates said they would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Not asked by the moderators were any questions about new studies that confirm the ACA has significantly increased the number of Americans with insurance coverage, created jobs, and reduced the deficit.
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Obamacare Haters Still Hurting Public The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted for the 55th time to defund or repeal the Affordable Care Act. The repeals would reverse coverage of pre-existing conditions, family plans that include children up to age 26, lifetime benefits, preventive care (including colonoscopies and mammograms,) and a requirement that insurance companies spend at least 80 percent of premiums on benefits, with a rebate to consumers if less.
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Time to ban "rough rides" The federal, state, and local reports on police abuse reform present a host of actions needed, including training, body cameras and improved vetting of officers. But thus far, no one has called for an outright ban on "rough rides." Apparently, innocent until proven guilty does not apply to the back of a prison van; there is no innocence to be found inside its metal interior, which has bruised and broken many a prisoner.
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'Lack of political will' strains space program Mission to Mars? When? Neil Armstrong declared that his landing was, "One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind." That joy of science and exploration is a great hope. However, since those first steps, the U.S. has barely crawled toward anywhere else. Every major power in the world has some form of interest in Mars. With so many countries showing so much enthusiasm towards the "Red Planet, the new space race is on.
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"Ageism" Wrong Against Old or Young in Politics and Workplace, from Clyburn to Ocasio-Cortez "Ageism" against old or young, from Jim Clyburn to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is wrong in politics and the workplace. The popular misconception is that old (or young) politicians can't fix today's problems. From the youngest to the oldest, we should elect, re-elect or defeat politicians because of what they bring to the table, not their age.
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China, U.S. and Climate Change: "Amazing model for negotiating meaningful action" The U.S.-China climate-change agreement experienced a long, tough process until the two countries led the 195 nations who agreed on December 12, 2015, in Paris. If these two countries, who were so far apart on any climate-change agreement not too long ago, can come to this historic agreement, it is not only a model for other treaties throughout the world, but international cooperation of any kind.
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Amid The Chaos, Hope from Washington: Election Reform First Up in House Amidst the chaos of the longest-ever shutdown finally ended, the Russia investigations, and general gridlock, there is hope in Washington. Under the radar of the media reports of the big presidential controversies, the first hearing in the new Congress, in the House Judiciary Committee was on a terrific bill this week -- the "For the People Act".
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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.
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Democrats' National Silence Was Deafening the national Democratic party's silence was deafening on recent accomplishments. They could have talked about: consistent job growth for five straight years, unemployment almost halved, the deficit halved, stock market tripled, health uninsured cut by half in states that fully implement the Affordable Care Act, gas prices falling because of record US energy production, Osama bin Laden dead...
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Hillary Clinton's Middle East Peace Save The difficulty of President Obama's options in Syria would be far greater if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had not taken major steps toward Middle East peace before she left office.
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PRISON DRUG TREATMENT WOULD REVERSE OVERCROWDING AND REDUCE CRIME, RECIDIVISM, BUDGETS PRISON DRUG TREATMENT WOULD REDUCE OVERCROWDING, CRIME, BUDGETS SAY ROBERT WEINER, EX-WHITE HOUSE DRUG SPOKESMAN & CHICAGO EXPERT DAPHNE BAILLE; Deficit Commission Should Heed Savings; Chicago Sun-Times Op-ed (Washington, DC and Chicago, IL) -" Prison drug treatment would reduce overcrowding, crime, and budgets, say Robert Weiner, ex-White House Drug Spokesman, and Chicago expert Daphne Baille.
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Obama's Second Term Agenda--Letting America Know (Washington, DC) -- National issues strategist Robert Weiner, a former White House spokesman and senior staff for three House Committee Chairmen, and policy and research analyst Shona Paige are asserting that "it would be wise if President Obama held a White House news conference in the near future laying out his second term agenda.
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Put Drug Treatment Into National Conversation 23 million addicts "need but do not receive treatment," according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
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Despite 'Clearing the Barn', Boehner Leaves Legacy of Loose Ends for Ryan Before turning over the Speakership, outgoing speaker John Boehner said he was "clearing the barn." However, infrastructure continues to be funded by a series of temporary stopgap measures. Progress on immigration reform also screeched to a halt under this Congress. Ryan has proposed "bold" changes in entitlements--a foreboding action that Democrats will properly oppose if they are an alias for cuts.
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Obama Needs New Health Plea for Young People: Guilt and Blame are Poor Motivators President Obama should improve his plea for youth to sign up for health care before the March 31 deadline under the affordable Care Act, say former White House spokesman Robert Weiner and policy analyst Emily Kopp. Kids will sign up for health insurance if they know they will help themselves — not because it depresses insurance prices or raises the overall ACA numbers. Personal responsibility? Try "self help," Mr. President.
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Bush v. Gore has lessons for us; Read Health Decision The biggest mistake Al Gore made was caving on the election in Florida when he didn't have to. The Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore on Dec. 12, 2000 didn't say "abort," it said, "remanded for further proceedings" back to Florida to establish a consistent statewide recount.
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No Free Rein For Misinforming And Confusing Jurors After the Post-Dispatch and a few other papers last month covered a Ferguson grand juror's initiating a lawsuit against the prosecutor, all media have been stone silent since then on the suit. On January 25, the National Press Club held a forum, "Coverage of Race in America," regarding media, race and justice, from Ferguson to Staten Island.
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Conyers' Legacy Continues With Push For Jobs By Congress Congressman John Conyers has a storied legacy that was threatened by the campaign staff's signature problems. He has now overcome that problem (a federal judge has ruled to put him back on the ballot). What is important is to recognize that his legacy is not just in the past. He is the congressional champion of pushing for jobs, attempting to reverse the congressional block against the President's and his jobs legislation.
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'Failure' is Wrong Diagnosis in War Against Cancer Weiner and Berg, in an oped in Monday's Washington Times, "Failure is the Wrong Diagnosis," contend that "progress [in cancer research] is incontrovertible. The researchers who inhabit the benches of our laboratories seeking causes, cures, inhibitors, and diagnostic tools have in fact made enormous strides against the nation's second leading killer."
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BUDGET CUTS THREATEN CANCER BREAKTHROUGHS As the government keeps funding two wars and ongoing tax breaks, curing diseases like cancer is being threatened in the budget debates underway. In both the State of the Union and Budget Message, President Obama promised investment in biomedical research. However, House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) just announced the draft House budget has a $1 Billion cut in NIH funding.
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Ed Koch Was Candid, Funny, Studious; Conversations With Bella Abzug Legendary It is with the utmost sadness that I comment on the passing of Ed Koch, and I wish "All the best"--Ed's noted phrase--to his family, devoted staff, and friends. The only answer now to his legendary "How'm I doing?" question he asked almost everyone on the street he met him is, "Ed, you did great."
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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.
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Debt Ceiling Games--Court Could End Leverage In the debate over whether the President should simply pay bills owed by the United States, missing is the key aspect of whether the Courts would back him up. The bill passed in the House Wednesday, set for passage in the Senate, delays the debt ceiling for four months but ties the action to House and Senate salaries.
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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.
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Drive to Win Trumps Good Governance Drive to Win Trumps Good Governance By Robert Weiner, Jonathan Battaglia and Noah Merksamer Special to Roll Call In today's politics, bipartisanship seems like a distant memory. Instead of getting a sizable chunk of opposition votes in both chambers on major legislation, the party in power has to rely on cloture in the Senate and essentially only its own votes in the House. It was not always like this.
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US Must Learn From New Zealand, Act Fast Against Assault Weapons to Avoid Biggest Mass Shootings The lightning speed of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the parliament has taught a lesson about how to get something meaningful done to make real change. America should learn the lesson - and ban assault weapons designed for war.
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Jobs: Boehner-McConnell Hypocricy Blocks Action House Republicans' pivot towards job creation is hollow political pandering at best and blatant hypocrisy at worst given their obstruction of the American Jobs Act in 2011, which would have slashed the unemployment rate by a full percentage point.
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Enthusiasm for Federal Service and Politics Despite Cynics Amid the cynicism and criticisms of the media and the politicians who use the federal government and the political system as a scapegoat lie the five million federal employees who chose to join the government workforce. Politics and government are incredibly gratifying when you can work on issues that help the American people. That should be our response the next time someone disparages your local elected official.
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Spiking health care costs under ACA is a myth One of the biggest issues in the presidential election is a recurring Republican critique of the Affordable Care Act: the supposedly massive healthcare price spikes. A smart consumer can both achieve health care coverage and save money, without succumbing to the naysayers who either have not done their homework comparing plans or, for political purposes, do not want to credit the President for a major achievement.
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Six-Point Plan to Restore Respect to Congress From Dismal 12-23% Approval, Lower Than Bush Six-Point Plan to Restore Respect to Congress From Dismal 12-23% Approval, Lower Than Bush (as printed in Roll Call)
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Fund Cancer Research to Keep Breakthroughs Coming Thousands of cancer scientists -- not your usual political activists -- congregated on Captiol Hill Thursday to "Rally for Medical Research" to bring attention to dwindling federal support.
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China to build Moonbase To Mars within decade, US Lagging Space exploration offers unknown opportunities to not only improve the quality of life on Earth, but the quality of our species. Knowledge is power, and right now China is usurping American power. The new developments from Beijing should spark a fire in the White House, because returning to the Moon in 2024 isn't progress it's a lack of political will. Trump needs to commit to the Mars expedition and beat China.
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A History of Bowing to Energy Companies The District of Columbia promises to keep consumer prices low but caves to oil and power companies for dubious reasons and pie-in-the-sky promises. Instead of setting a national model for consumer protection, the Nation's Capital is showing how to bow to powerful interests.
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Democratic Messages to Avoid Wave Election: A Ten-point Plan Most pundits believe Democrats will lose their majority in the Senate and suffer losses in the House in a "wave election." We've taken the liberty of developing a message to help Democrats with their own persuasive Ten Point Plan in 2014 to stem such a tide.
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Boehner's Constitution Read Should Only Be A Beginning On January 9 at 9 a.m., Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) began to read the United States Constitution aloud, a tradition Boehner started in response to Tea Party requests in 2011 at the opening of the 112th Congress. This month, for the third time, House members took turns reciting the document and concluded the reading 75 minutes later, at 10:15am.
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Iowa case shows age discrimination persists, despite law People 50 and older will be 35 percent of the workforce by 2019, according to the Urban Institute. With more cases coming in, there is pressure for Congress to act against discrimination and for the Department of Justice to put in place protections for seniors' job security. Seniors vote in the highest percentages of any age, so this not only makes good sense, but good politics.
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Reforms Against Partisan Gridlock Would Protect Incumbents Too For nearly the last two decades, public disdain of Congress has been building, punctuated about every four years, such as in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018, by wave elections that sweep the majority from power. No matter which party holds the Speaker's gavel or the size of their majority, the public views Congress as paralyzed by obstructionists and mired in indecision.
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STILL WANTING TO "MAKE OBAMA A BETTER PRESIDENT" PROGRESSIVES WANT TO "MAKE OBAMA BETTER," NOT REPLACE HIM, SAY BOB WEINER AND JOHN HORTON;
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Fix court's trashing of anti-age discrimination act The late Congressman Claude Pepper, a Miami Democrat who chaired the House Aging Committee, said: ''Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.'' He led the passage of the anti-mandatory retirement acts of 1978 and 1986. However, the increasingly pro-big business U.S. Supreme Court is taking away seniors' power against employment discrimination and giving it to business.
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Resist Push To Repeal Or Cripple Affordable Care Act: Claude Pepper's National Health-Repeal Lesson This was the headline across cable TV news shows on July 23: "Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, threatens a government shutdown over Obamacare." Opposition to the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") -- with 39 House-passed repeals but none in the Senate -- and the administration agreeing to delays and funding cuts are reminiscent of opposition to the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, originally written by the great Claude Pepper.
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Neal's Hard Health Choices and the Medicare Pay-For Myth Workers and unions have always understood that they will be the ones paying for healthcare for families if the government does not. Right now it's a mess where the USA pays twice the cost of other civilized countries. Health costs are the #1 reason for private bankruptcies.
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How Conyers Pulled Off Another Landslide Full employment message and hundreds of volunteers lead to a 74-26 rout of opponent.
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Flags lowered, but guns still raised: Orlando proves mass shootings still happen Friday, June 17 marks the one-year anniversary of the shootings and murders of nine victims at Emanuel AME Church. While the Confederate flag has been taken down throughout South Carolina, mass shootings haven't stopped, as the June 12 horrific mass killing of 49 in Orlando shows once again. Guns and assault weapons aren't any harder to buy. The flags are lowered, but guns are still raised.
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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.
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Politicians need to find way to reach millennials In 1972, with the Vietnam War raging, voter turnout reached a still unmatched height of 55 percent for 18- to 24-year-olds, and 68 percent for all under age 30However, by 2012, 45 percent of 18-29-year-olds voted, down from 51 percent in 2008. The problem was even worse in the 2014 midterm, with only 20 percent of 18-29-year-olds voting nationwide -- the lowest ever in a federal election.
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Escape from Clinton Correctional Facility exposes the need for reforms New York spent a million dollars a day in the three-week manhunt for convicts Richard W. Matt and David Sweat. The escapees' fiasco exposes a national prison corruption crisis that requires immediate action in all of America's prisons, not just Clinton, to vet and stop the corruption and prison gangs that support it.
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Rep. Cummings: Obama's defender in chief Baltimore's Elijah Cummings is the voice of reason on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the chief restraint on chairman Darrell Issa.
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Benghazi, IRS, Leaks -- WHAT ABOUT JOBS?? The nation's media are transfixed with obsessive coverage of Hillary Clinton's role (there was none) in the talking points on the Benghazi deaths, IRS oversight of Tea Party groups' tax deductions (the same way they asked liberal groups including the NAACP), the Justice Department's demand for AP's phone records concerning leaks. WHAT ABOUT JOBS? That's the real problem that will define our future success as a country.
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Waive Entrance Fees At National Parks From the grasslands of Petrified Forest to the stratified depths of the Grand Canyon, our national parks are blessed with some of the most beautiful stretches of land in the world. However, attendance has been on the decline. In 1995, over 68 million people visited the parks. By 2009, the number was down to 63 million -- a 9 percent decrease amid a 26 percent increase in U.S. population.
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NATIONWIDE TUITION FREEZE COULD RESTORE U.S. TO #1 "We were number one in 1992. Now the United States ranks fourth in the world for college completion, with only 39 percent of Americans holding degrees, and a shocking 11th in the world for recent graduates 25-34,"- say former Clinton White House and congressional senior staff member Bob Weiner and Policy Analyst Zoe Pagonis. "Other nations are rapidly passing us by because our students can't afford college."-
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Think Political Conventions Don't Matter? Think Again With an incumbent guaranteed renomination, will the Charlotte convention this summer matter? Despite what many think, national political conventions craft a message and can have significant impact on elections and policy. Who can forget John McCain's introduction of Sarah Palin in St. Paul on Sept. 3, 2008? It was, at first, in that bright moment, the game changer that Republicans were hoping for.
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On Pelosi Power: Public Option Still Viable House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's record of passing all the bills she has brought forward – despite opponents' caricature of her as inept—mean that the health public option remains viable in the House and the House-Senate conference, say ex-White House staffer and former House Aging Committee and Health Subcommittee Chief of Staff Robert Weiner and Rebecca Vander Linde.
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BANKING: STOP FLOW OF FUNDS THAT UNDERWRITE TERRORISM President Obama's promised Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy to be delivered to the April 3-4 NATO summit should track the dirty money, both from drug production and from neighboring countries, say former White House drug policy spokesman Robert Weiner and former CIA intelligence analyst Paulette Garthoff. They urge, "Follow the Money."
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Boehner, Hero? If He Deals on the Sequester and the Fiscal Cliff With the Conventions over, we now prepare for the real rumble to follow. The United States economy is floundering, but Democrats and Republicans in Congress have dug in. We could see our national credit rating drop again as it did during the debt ceiling crisis a year ago. This time, the country could actually fall off the so-called fiscal cliff.
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Grappling on the Fiscal Cliff: Putting County Over Politics Despite outward statements of widespread support from his caucus after his re-election Thursday, Rep. John A. Boehner's speakership was hanging by a thread, within three votes of mandating a second ballot, largely because he allowed the "fiscal cliff" deal to go through the House. Mr. Boehner should receive a Profile in Courage award for saving the nation and his party from humiliation and fiscal chaos.
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Afghanistan's troubles far from over Former White House Drug Policy Spokesman Robert Weiner and Jonathan Battaglia, Policy Analyst at Robert Weiner Associates, assert that drug production in Afghanistan, ignored by both the U.S. and Afghan governments, is funding al Qaeda. They say that we "have forgotten the elephant in the room." In an oped in Tuesday's Washington Times, they call on the US military to step up opium and heroin eradication efforts in Afghanistan
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HOW FREE IS BURMA'S SUU KYI? How free is Suu Kyi? Is she free to run for office in non-rigged elections and assume the prime minister role she was denied? Free to call for a civilian government, a legal product-based economy, and a halt to the drug trade funding the junta and killing thousands in Burma and around the globe?
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TNSOLS in Tinseltown Show Need to Help Homeless TNSOLS IN TINSELTOWN--HOLLYWOOD MUST STEP UP FOR HOMELESS SAY EX-WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN BOB WEINER AND ANALYST JONATHAN BATTAGLIA (Washington, D.C.) --" A former White House and U.S. House Government Operations Committee spokesman, Robert Weiner, and policy analyst Jonathan Battaglia have called for Hollywood stars to end Los Angeles' reputation as the nation's "meanest" toward their homeless.
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RELOCATE OLYMPIC GAMES, DON'T BOYCOTT RELOCATE OLYMPIC GAMES, DON'T BOYCOTT-- MESSAGE TO CHINA THAT TIBET MURDERS UNACCEPTABLE, BUT WORLD'S ATHLETES MUST NOT PAY By Robert Weiner and John Larmett
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Keep Federal Dollars Coming for Cancer Research As the government continues to fund two wars and ongoing tax breaks, curing diseases such as cancer is threatened. In the State of the Union speech, President Obama promised investment in biomedical research. However, House Appropriations chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) just announced the committee draft budget has a $1 billion cut in National Institutes of Health funding.
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REDUCED FUNDS FOR CANCER IS COST OF IRAQ REDUCED FUNDS FOR CANCER IS COST OF IRAQ, SAY EX WHITE HOUSE AIDE, CANCER RESEARCHERS An ex-White House aide, Robert Weiner, and Dr. Patricia Berg, director of a GWU Medical Center breast cancer lab, are reporting that many scientists believe that "the cost of the Iraq war is largely responsible for a drop in real dollars for cancer research, and private organizations, though critical, are a pale substitute for the power of
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RENTERS ACROSS AMERICA NEED MORE HELP FROM CONGRESS While the new federal anti-foreclosure bill signed by President Obama helps homeowners affected by the economic crisis, the bill and its $13.6 billion housing recovery money ignore the one-third of American households who rent, say former Mayor of New York and Congressman Ed Koch and ex-White House spokesman Bob Weiner, former Chief of Staff of the House Aging Committee and Koch's former legislative aide in the NY Daily News.
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McCAIN MAVERICK NO MORE End Widespread Myth, including by McCain, that Social Security is Faltering, But Fix Medicare Urges Ex-Hill Committee on Aging Chief/National Democratic Strategist Robert Weiner and Former Senior Hill Aide John Larmett in Palm Beach Post Op-Ed
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Christie's Illusion of Bipartisanship The media have fixated on painting Christie as a bipartisan politician. While he has been rightly bipartisan concerning Sandy relief and recovery -- which could help him in a presidential race -- his overall record is staunchly conservative.
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NASA's Weak Dream As the July 20 40th anniversary of man's first moon landing approaches, former White House Spokesman Bob Weiner and Policy Analyst Zoe Pagonis urge NASA, "Focus on the dream of traveling to other planets and reverse NASA's satisfaction with the mundane." In an op-ed in today's Orlando Sentinel, Weiner and Pagonis assert, "The news for NASA now is a pale comparison to 1969, when two Americans first stepped on the moon."