National Press Club

Transportation Infrastructure Panel Advocates Long-term Planning and Funding

September 9, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

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 |

“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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Graham Takes on Iran Deal and Trump During Press Club Appearance

September 8, 2015 | By Ken Dalecki |

GOP presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told a National Press Club luncheon audience Tuesday that the U.S. must accept its "fair share" of refugees from wars in the Middle East or "take down the Statue of Liberty." He also vowed to lead Senate opposition to the nuclear arms deal with Iran, including a government spending shutdown if necessary.

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CNN fields largest, fastest media team in NPC 5K

September 6, 2015 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

CNN fielded the largest and fastest media team in the NPC Beat the Deadline 5K race on Saturday, Sept. 5.

The cable news runners were among the 391 participants who ran and walked a course that stretched from the National Press Building in downtown Washington to Capitol Hill.

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Who knew? Humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish -- So what?

September 3, 2015 | By Lorraine Woellert |

Humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish. What can journalists do to capture that attention?

Plenty. There are a multitude of visual tools that can help us tell stories and make them stick. That was the message from Stacey Miller, a senior manager at Help a Reporter Out, who offered tips at an Aug. 28 National Press Club luncheon.

We’re exposed to more hours of media than there are in a day, Miller said: Twenty-plus hours from the Internet, more than two on our phones and five in front of the TV. “Readers” are now watchers and lookers who constantly are multi-tasking.

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SC Gov. Haley Says GOP Must Change Approach, Scolds Trump for Getting Mad

September 3, 2015 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who described herself a conservative Republican, said her party must “change our approach” to blacks and other minorities by listening carefully to their concerns and trying hard to meet them.

At a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday, Haley said the Republican approach “often appears cold and unwelcoming” to minorities even though Republican policies on jobs, education, and healthcare are aimed at “lifting up all people.”

“That is shameful,” she continued, adding, “It’s on us to communicate … in ways that wipe away the clutter of prejudices.”

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Santorum agrees with Trump on border wall, but wants American workers to build it

August 20, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum proposed before a National Press Club Speakers news conference Aug. 20 slowing the flow of illegal immigrants by building a wall along the border and depriving their children born in the United States of automatic citizenship.

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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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