National Press Club

World of driverless pods could transform mobility

October 15, 2015 | By Brooke C. Stoddard |

Larry Burns, professor of engineering practice at the University of Michigan, sketched a future of driverless, intercommunicating, on-demand, two-seat “pods” that will dramatically alter how we get around at an Oct. 14 Newsmakers Event at the National Press Club.

This world is not far off and should be encouraged, he said.

Burns, formerly corporate vice president of R and D and strategic planning at General Motors, was joined by Robbie Diamond, president and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) and Lynn Liddle, executive vice president of Domino’s Pizza.

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“Get it Online" speaker explains importance of native advertising

October 13, 2015 | By Michele Givens |

Jeffrey Turner, Huffington Post’s senior director, head of ad product and monetization, explained at a "Get It Online" event Oct. 13 why native advertising, which looks like the content of the media where it appear – a news article in a newspaper, for example - has become a critically important ingredient of more and more advertising investments.

Turner, whose role has recently expanded to include TechCrunch and gadget, encouraged the “Get it Online” audience to rethink the role of native in their mix of advertising products

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Documentary and panel reveal decades-old government anti-gay actions

October 12, 2015 | By Adam Shapiro |

A federal effort to identify and bar gay Americans from working in the government still reverberates in today’s news, according to members of an Oct. 7 panel at recent National Press Club event.

The Club's Events Committee held the discussion after a screening of the documentary “Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays.”

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Carson says he will continue to 'expose' the press

October 9, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told a National Press Club Luncheon Oct. 9 that "I will continue to expose the press" in an effort to prod it until it fulfills the spirit of the Constitution to be the ally of the people.

"I don't particularly care whether the press likes me," the neurosurgeon said in a wide-ranging speech that frequently returned to critical comments about the media. Though his words were strong, Carson delivered them in his usual soft-spoken even gentle manner.

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Mayors say cities take the lead on climate-change initiatives

October 8, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Cities must take the lead on climate change because “the feds have fumbled the ball,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz told a National Press Club Newsmakers press event Oct. 8.

“I don’t think we need to be captive to the dysfunction that happens in D.C. any more. There’s an opportunity for cities to take the lead, an opportunity for cities to use our market power individually and collectively,” Berkowitz said. “It is part of the responsibility we have to the people we serve.”

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Baltimore Mayor: Cities Can Learn Lessons From Riots

October 7, 2015 | By Justin Duckham |

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told a luncheon at the National Press Club on Oct. 7 that other cities can take a page from the high profile riots that consumed the Maryland city earlier this year, particularly when its comes to the relationship between the police and their communities.

“I’ve been pleased that we’ve had the lessons learned to help prepare not just Baltimore’s police department but police departments throughout the country to understand that the tactics are different, that the strategies for how we deal with them are different,” Rawlings-Blake said.

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Nessen recalls night of Ford's loss to Carter, Vietnam, Saturday Night Live

October 4, 2015 | By Bill McCloskey | Bill McCloskey ;

Ron Nessen, President Gerald Ford's White House press secretary and long-time NBC news correspondent, recalled the night of Ford's loss to former President Jimmy Carter during the Broadcast Committee's Oct. 1 monthly meeting.

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Latvian president covers transatlantic waterfront at Luncheon

October 4, 2015 | By Peter Hickman |

President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, noting Russian actions, told an Oct. 2 Luncheon audience that Latvia is thankful for the U.S.role in the Baltic states.

Vejonis said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) “has been at the heart of our transatlantic bond since the end of the Second World War” and “has served well in ensuring peace and security.” But he noted that “Russia’s readiness to change borders by force and increasing its military presence on our borders has undermined European security.”

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

October 2, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

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 |

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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