Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman is the president of Public Citizen.

 

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 1:45pm
So How Many VW Executives Are Going to Jail Exactly?
Note: Volkswagen has reportedly agreed to pay roughly $15 billion in compensation to car owners and civil penalties to settle its U.S. emissions scandal case. The terms of the settlement were announced Tuesday. In 2015, the automaker admitted that 11 million of its vehicles worldwide had software...
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Monday, April 11, 2016 - 8:45am
Americans Agree: It’s Corporate Power That’s In Our Way
There is widespread recognition among politicians and pundits that Americans are sharply divided by party on virtually all of the big questions facing our country. Everyone knows this is just the way things are, and it’s why we have gridlock in Congress. But here’s one thing: That story is not true...
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 2:00pm
The Anti-Democracy, Pro-Corporate Contortions of the US Senate
Following elaborate legislative contortions and gimmicks designed to hand multinational corporations their top priority, today the U.S. Senate paved the way for Fast Track legislation that aims to advance the corporate wish list known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as well other trade...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 2:30pm
End Big Money’s Chokehold on Democracy. Amend the Constitution.
The American political system is facing an existential crisis. Do we aim to be a democracy – meaning a system of rule by the people – or do Americans stand down and permit a very narrow elite class to operate a functioning oligarchy? Our Constitution begins with the powerful words “We the People”...
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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:30am
Big Business is Strong, But Americans Suffer from Chamber-Backed Policies
On Wednesday, Tom Donohue, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the lobby group for big business, gave his annual "State of American Business" address. Donohue has a lot to celebrate. Corporate profits have risen for 12 straight quarters . Corporate profits as a share of the economy are at a...
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 11:45am
President Obama: Veto That
It’s time for President Obama to ready his veto pen. Obama has only vetoed two bills during his tenure. By contrast , George W. Bush vetoed 12, Bill Clinton vetoed 37, George H.W. Bush vetoed 44 and Ronald Reagan vetoed 78. Harry S. Truman vetoed 250! Things will look different by the end of Obama’...
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Friday, November 21, 2014 - 2:45pm
The US-China Emissions Deal Likely Meaningless
Is the US-China climate change agreement a big deal? Yes and no. It is quite a significant and consequential political achievement. But it is not particularly important in its direct effect on greenhouse gas emissions. Whether the agreement ultimately matters to the fate of the world will depend on...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 3:15pm
Constitutional Amendment Would Help Save Our Planet
You've changed the light bulbs, switched the car for a bike. Across the country, people are ready to take it to the next level. In September, literally thousands of people will gather in New York to show the force that citizens are bringing to the climate fight. The science is clear and the power...
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Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. (Credit: flickr / cc / Fortune Live Media) Views
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
Goldman Sachs: Too Big To Rein In?
On June 11, Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $67m to settle a suit charging the firm and others with colluding to drive down the price of takeovers. For another firm, paying out tens of millions of dollars to resolve allegations of collusion might provoke an existential crisis. Not for Goldman. The firm...
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Wall Street needs a Financial Transaction Tax. (Credit: Ahmad Nawawi/Flickr) Views
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:45pm
The Common Sense Tax
It’s nothing new for Wall Street to work every possible angle so it can squeeze additional profits out of trades. It’s the job of lawmakers and regulators to make sure that Wall Street does not rip off investors or endanger the financial system’s stability. Perhaps you’ve heard about high-frequency...
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