National Press Club

New Orleans Mayor Landrieu 10 years after Katrina: 'We are America's comeback city'

August 18, 2015 | By Justin Duckham |

Nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu hailed the strides the city has made both in its ongoing recovery and its role in becoming a key player in the "New South" at a National Press Club luncheon Aug. 18.

“We are America’s comeback city,” Landrieu proclaimed. “With this huge tragedy came a huge responsibility to make it right.”

Landrieu zeroed in on the reforms that the city had made in the storm’s wake, specifically in education, access to health care and affordable housing.

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Racism 'eating away at the fiber of this country,' says AME bishop at luncheon

August 12, 2015 | By Sean Lyngaas |

Racism is “eating away at the fiber of this country,” and the only remedy is spiritual renewal, said Rev. John Richard Bryant, a senior bishop at African Methodist Episcopal Church, at an Aug. 12 National Press Club luncheon.

Bryant’s remarks on racism and gun violence came two months after an AME church in Charleston, S.C., was the scene of a horrific hate crime. In the incident, Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, allegedly gunned down nine African-Americans as they studied the Bible the night of June 17.

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Coast Guard Commandant Zukunft seeks bigger budget

August 5, 2015 | By Ken Dalecki |

Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, expressed optimism the 225-year-old service is in line for its largest ever acquisition budget boost in response to challenges including Russia's militarization of the Arctic and recent cyber threats.

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Newsmaker speakers urge tougher sanctions on Iran, oppose nuclear agreement

August 4, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

A former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector, an Iranian opposition leader and the former commander of the USS Cole called the recently negotiated nuclear agreement with Iran weak and mistaken at an August 3 Newsmakers event at the National Press Club.

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UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Folt: To help the economy, help students graduate

August 4, 2015 | By Gwen Flanders |

Universities can act as ``catalysts'' to produce the skilled workers that the new Knowledge Economy requires, Carol Folt, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said at a National Press Club luncheon Tuesday.

Graduation must be an affordable, accessible opportunity for more students, because ``the new Knowledge Economy requires the skills of a college graduate,” she said.

“You have to build universities that draw on the talents” of people of all incomes and backgrounds, Folt said. “You have to get them into the fields that contribute to the knowledge economy.”

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Nacchio, at NPC Newsmaker, warns of NSA overreach on phone records

August 2, 2015 | By Mike Smith |

Joseph P. Nacchio, the former chairman and CEO of Qwest Communications International and convicted felon on insider trading who spent 72 months in federal prison (and forfeited $62 million), warned that the newly passed USA Freedom Act doesn't go far enough to rein in National Security Agency scrutiny of Americans’ digital and phone records.

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African diplomats express satisfaction with African Growth and Opportunity Act reauthorization

July 29, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejim |

The ambassador of Gabon, Michael Moussa-Adamo, told a National Press Club Newsmaker on July 28 that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was “an outstanding example of a trade law that has generated success in the long term.”

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Washington Post, Rezaian family petition UN to free jailed journalism Jason Rezaian

July 23, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

The Washington Post disclosed Wednesday at a National Press Club Newsmaker on the first anniversary of Iran's detention of journalist Jason Rezaian that it has petitioned the United Nations to take "urgent action" to get Rezaian's release.

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LA mayor pledges national movement against immigration deadlock

July 16, 2015 | By Bob Weiner and Autumn Kelly |

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told a National Press Club Newsmaker on Wednesday that he “will lead a national movement by cities against immigration deadlock” in Congress.

Garcetti, who leads the nation's second largest city, said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also support such a movement. Garcetti criticized Congress'failure to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

“We need a pathway to integration, a return to what we are about,” Garcetti said.

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NPC member Tom Young raps about latest Parson/Gold adventure

July 15, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Author Tom Young is leaving Michael Parson and Sophia Gold, the central characters in his six-book military-thriller series, to write a historical novel set in World War II, he told a National Press Club Book Rap Tuesday.

The beloved duo made their latest appearance in the last book in the series, "The Hunters," but fans of Parson and Gold can hope that Young may someday return to writing about them since he hinted they may be only on a hiatus.

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