National Press Club

States should do more, Washington less, Utah Gov. Herbert says at Oct. 2 Club luncheon

October 2, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

States and the federal government need to reset the balance of power by allowing states to do more and Washington to do less, Gov. Gary Herbert, chair of the National Governors Association, told a National Press Club luncheon audience on Oct. 2.

The federal government does too much because the American people are demanding it, Herbert said.

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Education Secretary Duncan advocates shifting money from prisons to teacher salaries

October 1, 2015 | By Lawrence Feinberg | lfeinber@gmail.com

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged states and local communities to break the “school-to-prison pipeline” by cutting in half the number of non-violent offenders sent to prison.

The estimated $15 billion in annual savings should be used to give 50 percent salary increases to teachers in high-poverty schools, Duncan said at a National Press Club luncheon on Sept. 30.

Duncan joined President Barack Obama and other administration officials in deploring the nation’s large prison population, which is disproportionately comprised of African Americans.

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Baseball commissioner Manfred promises Rose decision, explores expansion to Mexico

September 30, 2015 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

A decision on reinstating Pete Rose to Major League Baseball will be made by the end of the year, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred told host Marvin Kalb Sept. 28 on the latest edition of "The Kalb Report."

“His requests, or various requests, for reinstatement have been out there for a long time, and he’s entitled to a definitive decision, and I'm going to give him one,” Manfred said of one of the most contentious, long-standing controversies of the game.

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National Endowment for the Arts launches initiative to show how arts catalyze creativity

September 30, 2015 | By Jerry Zremski | JZremski@buffnews.com

The arts are for everyone, and the National Endowment for the Arts plans to make sure that’s the case through a new initiative called “Creativity Connects,” which NEA Chairman Jane Chu unveiled at a National Press Club breakfast on Monday.

“When it comes to the arts, there is no such thing as a marginalized population,” she said.

Visiting the Club a day before the NEA’s 50th birthday, Chu said the Creativity Connect initiative will be a key part of her organization’s future.

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Big 12 Commissioner: 'Not a lot to be proud of' in college sports

September 22, 2015 | By Bill Miller | williammiller512@aol.com

Change is rapidly arriving in U.S. collegiate athletics, but it may be only the beginning of what’s to come, one of the nation’s most reform-minded commissioners of a major athletic conference told a National Press Club luncheon audience Sept. 21.

“We are in significant evolution,” said Bob Bowlsby, chief executive of the Big 12 conference, one of the so-called top five “power conferences” of large universities.

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Catholics address Pope Francis’ U.S. trip in the context of climate change and poverty

September 16, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert | PippertW@missouri.edu

Three members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy sought to prepare the way for Pope Francis' U.S. visit by telling a National Press Club Newsmaker Wednesday the papal encyclical on climate change had the human face of some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski, of Miami, the leader of the group, acknowledged they do not know what Francis will say during the six-day papal visit starting next week. "That's above our pay grade, I guess," Wenski said, adding it was clear they assume the pope would focus on the theme of his encyclical, "Laudato Si."

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Public support, political will needed for Mars mission, astronauts say

September 15, 2015 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi | yasmine.elsabawi@gmail.com

NASA expects to send humans to Mars within the next two decades, but it can only do so with the green light from Congress and the White House, astronauts told a breakfast crowd at the National Press Club Monday.

Col. Terry Virts, a former Air Force pilot, and retired astronaut Mark Kelly, whose twin brother Scott is currently the subject of a year-long study in space, insisted that public support and political will are key to realizing what would be a very expensive Mars mission.

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Jindal on Trump: "He may be Hillary Clinton's only hope"

September 10, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pipert | PippertW@missouri.edu

In calculated stinging remarks, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Thursday characterized fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump as "dangerous ... a narcissist ... an egomaniac madman" though at his core he is "insecure and weak."

"Donald Trump is for Donald Trump," Jindal told a news conference at the National Press Club. It was almost certainly the harshest criticism of Trump yet made by members of the vast array of Republican presidential candidates.

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Transportation Infrastructure Panel Advocates Long-term Planning and Funding

September 9, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) and Teamsters President Jim Hoffa urged broad, long-term planning and funding for transportation infrastructure at a Newsmaker event at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Foxx noted that the 34th short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund is now in effect and that, "This is what is slowly killing our transportation system."

But even a solvent Highway Trust Fund is not the goal, but a tool, he said. He offered the goal of reducing congestion and travel times.

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Vilsack urges Congress to reauthorize Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

September 9, 2015 | By Louise Walsh | ldwalsh@earthlink.net

“Now is not the time to roll back [child nutrition] standards but to continue our forward movement,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday at the National Press Club. Calling on Congress to reauthorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, Vilsack noted that poor nutrition, food insecurity, obesity and overweight not only impact our children but threaten our economic competitiveness and national security.

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