National Press Club

CDC Director Tom Frieden: Zika crisis demands urgent action

May 26, 2016 | By Julia Haskins | juliaannehaskins@gmail.com

Halting the spread of the Zika virus worldwide requires urgent action by governments and public health officials, CDC Director Tom Frieden said at a National Press Club luncheon May 26.

Speaking at his fourth Press Club luncheon, Frieden admitted the lack of knowledge about the behavior of the Zika virus, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, makes an efficient response challenging.

“This is not only unexpected, it’s completely unprecedented,” Frieden said, explaining that never before has a mosquito bite been found to cause an infection resulting in birth defects.

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Congressmen urge Muslim community to build political influence, voting power

May 25, 2016 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi | yasmine.elsabawi@gmail.com

Muslim-Americans are not regarded as an influential voting bloc in the U.S., and the community must step up its engagement efforts to be better represented in the political process, two Muslim Congressmen told a National Press Club Newsmaker crowd on May 24.

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., said Muslims must be the ones to stand up to anti-Muslim legislation proposed in state legislatures and city councils, which requires Muslims to establish a political presence.

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W. Va. AG Patrick Morrisey: EPA oversteps on coal, clean energy

May 24, 2016 | By Noel St. John

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined energy industry representatives at a May 23 Newsmaker to rally against against what Morrisey characterized as EPA overreach on clean energy.

Morrisey charged the Environmental Protection Agency with acting as a central planning authority by overstepping it boundaries and attempting to regulate beyond its scope. Morrisey also said the EPA attempts to double regulate coal-fired power plants under separate sections of the Clean Power Plan. The plan itself, Morrisey said, is unlawful.

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Author researches first ladies’ importance to White House

May 16, 2016 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

First ladies are an important asset to modern White House communications strategies, Lauren Wright told a National Press Club Book Rap May 12, as she promoted her new book, "Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today."

“There is no doubt that presidential spouses are media superstars,” Wright said, noting that Michelle Obama’s 2012 convention speech had more views than any of the speeches at the Republican National Convention.

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Rights advocates raise alarm at over voter suppression

May 16, 2016 | By Andrew Kreig | andrew.kreig@gmail.com

The nation faces an unprecedented threat to voter turnout in this fall’s elections, according to civil rights advocates speaking at a Newsmaker on Friday.

“This is the first presidential election cycle to be conducted without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” said Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “The heart of it is pre-clearance for voting rights changes in states with a long history of voter suppression.”

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Panel: Journalists must make an effort to include female sources in coverage

May 16, 2016 | By Julia Haskins | juliaannehaskins@gmail.com

Before moderating the “Women as Sources, Women in Journalism” panel at the National Press Club Thursday evening, Bloomberg News White House correspondent Angela Greiling Keane made a point to include a female source in a story she filed.

If she hadn’t, “I couldn’t live with myself,” the former NPC President said with a laugh.

While making sure to feature a woman’s voice in an article is a simple act, it’s one that the panelists said traditional media often don’t consider.

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Lawmakers: Members of Congress must change the campaign finance culture

May 16, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert | PippertW@missouri.edu

Two lawmakers -- a Republican and a Democrat -- said Monday that Congress should pass of a bill that would prohibit members of Congress or candidates from personally soliciting money for their campaigns.

The so-called Stop Act would leave fund-raising to a candidate's campaign financial apparatus.

Both Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., and Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., acknowledged at a National Press Club Newsmaker on Monday that they face a tough road ahead in winning passage.

“We all know it takes money to run for office,” said Club President Thomas Burr, who presided.

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Muslim scholar touts Marrakesh Declaration on rights of religious minorities in bid to win war of ideas against ISIS

May 15, 2016 | By Varun Saxena

The Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities will help the liberal interpretation of Islam prevail in the “market of ideas” amid increasing violence in the Middle East led by the Islamic State, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Muslim scholar Aziza al Hibri said Tueday at the National Press Club.

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Historian David McCullough says Trump's rise baffles him

May 12, 2016 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Looking through the lens of his long view of American history, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough told host Marvin Kalb Thursday that Donald Trump’s rise to be the presumptive Republican nominee baffles him.

“How does the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower even consider nominating a man who has risen to his prominence and wealth by television shows and owning gambling casinos?” he replied to Kalb’s question asking how the American political experiment could produce Trump.

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Owls hear Mark Russell's scathing take on this year's election

May 4, 2016 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

The National Press Club's Silver Owls crowded into the ballroom May 3 to hear political satirist Mark’s Russell’s scathing take on this year’s presidential election.

With the crowd made up mostly of Owls, who have been members for more than 25 years, Russell called the gathering “The post-White House Correspondents Dinner for those who were in bed by 10 p.m. last Saturday night.”

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