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New Metro manager says train system "much worse" than he expected

March 8, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert | PippertW@missouri.edu

Paul Wiedefeld, the new general manager of the Washington Metro, told a National Press Club luncheon Monday that he found things when he took office three months ago as "much worse than I expected" and would deal first with nuts and bolts issues before tackling a long-term strategy.

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Digital media expert affirms importance of cultivating valuable audiences

March 8, 2016 | By Gabby LaVerghetta | gabby@smoottewes.com

Building relationships is critical for organizations that want to mobilize their followers to take action on social media, Shana Glickfield said at the Get It Online: Social Media for Advocacy event March 8. Organizations should be active members of an online community, she said.

Glickfield, a founder and partner at Beekeeper Group, has more than a decade of experience in social media.

Online tools have enormous value as advocacy tools, she said, but using them properly requires an investment of time and strategic thinking.

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ClearPath announces effort to make clean energy a priority for the GOP

March 8, 2016 | By Rita Mhley | rmassoc@aol.com

To spur fresh ideas and stimulate thoughtful debate about the merits of clean energy, conservative philanthropist Jay Faison, founder and CEO of ClearPath, a private foundation, announced today at the National Press Club the launch of a seven-figure digital campaign targeting GOP policymakers and energy policy advocates.

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Aid groups call for full ceasefire in Syria

March 8, 2016 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi | yasmine.elsabawi@gmail.com

With the next round of talks on Syria's future due to officially begin in Geneva on Mar. 14 - five days later than originally planned - some of the largest responders to the humanitarian emergency there told a National Press Club Newsmaker March 3 that only an all-encompassing, long-term ceasefire can bring relief.

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Candidates elected in 2016 must understand value of space exploration, industry says

March 6, 2016 | By Bill McCloskey | bmcclos325@aol.com

Not many organizations arrange a National Press Club Newsmaker event with the hope of not getting their issue widely discussed.

But, a coalition of 13 organizations in the $330 billion a year space industry, with an interest in ensuring continued U.S. leadership in space, did that Friday at a Newsmaker recorded by C-SPAN.

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United Nations executive elevates women through sustainable development efforts

February 23, 2016 | By Kathy Bonk | kbonk@ccmc.org

The United Nations hopes to promote equality for women while improving development around the world, an organization executive said at a Feb. 23 National Press Club Newsmaker event.

Under-secretary General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals include specific targets to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment by 2030.

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Newsmaker panel sees autism as 2016 election issue

February 18, 2016 | By James Horwitz | jhdcpr@starpower.net

John Donvan and Caren Zucker, authors of the current New York Times bestseller, "In A Different Key: The Story of Autism," described a little-understood voting block that over time has succeeded in getting individuals with autism out of institutions and into schools at a Feb. 17 National Press Club Newsmaker. Next on its list: more support for adults with autism, the authors said.

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GOP policy chair Messer names terror and wage stagnation main challenges

February 16, 2016 | By Bob Weiner and Ben Lasky | weinerpublic@comcast.net

House Republican Policy Chair Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) told a National Press Club Newsmaker Feb. 17 that “the two main challenges” facing the country are the war on terror and wage stagnation.

“We are locked in battle with Islamic extremists who want to destroy us. It is the Cold War of our time,” he said.

He contended that “shrinking paychecks” and “wage stagnation” for low and middle income workers “flat lined” over the past 30 years and are “the driver causing collapse of the American dream.”

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Stiglitz, fellow panelists decry dispute settlement process under TPP, other trade agreements

February 14, 2016 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

A panel of experts on trade agreements objected to the dispute settlement mechanism included in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and many other trade agreements at a Newsmaker event Feb. 11.

The enforcement mechanism is called the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). TPP was signed by the United States and 11 other nations this month, but it must be agreed to by Congress, which congressional leaders say may not happen until after the election.

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Author presents story of Afghan lovers fearing honor killing

February 12, 2016 | By Mark Krikorian | msk@cis.org

"Without all the publicity, they'd be dead by now." That was the judgment of Club member Rod Nordland about Ali and Zakia, the subjects of his new book, "The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing," which was featured at a National Press Club Book Rap Feb. 10.

The book tells the story of Ali and Zakia, whose relationship was (and remains) dangerous because it crosses ethnic, sectarian and customary boundaries.

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