National Press Club

Trump Says U.S. Brand Has Lost Its Luster

May 27, 2014 | By Sean Lyngaas | sean.lyngaas@gmail.com

Real-estate mogul Donald Trump offered entrepreneurialism as a salve for what he said were America’s economic and diplomatic ills at a May 27 Club luncheon.

“I love this country and I hate to see what’s happening,” Trump told a packed-to-the-rafters ballroom.

In a speech on the power of branding, whether commercial or otherwise, Trump argued that the American brand has lost its luster in the last decade. As an example, he said Afghan President Hamid Karzai did not meet Barack Obama during the American president's trip to Afghanistan over the weekend.

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Plight of South Africans Behind Bars Discussed at Newsmaker

May 22, 2014 | By Jennifer Ejim | akunnaya25@yahoo.com

Thousands of innocent South Africans have spent time in prison waiting for their trials, said the project coordinator of Wits Justice Project, Nooshin Erfani-Ghadimi, at a May 21 Newsmaker.

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Former Senate Majority Leader Mitchell Says Put Ukrainian People First

May 21, 2014 | By Bob Weiner and Alexis Brooks | weinerpublic@comcast.net

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, who also served as Northern Ireland and Middle East Special Envoy, said at a Club Newsmaker that negotiators should consider the Ukrainian people first, not the interests of the U.S., NATO, or Russia.

“Ukrainians want to look westward,'' he said. ``They see greater freedom. A Russian withdrawal permits the Ukrainian elections to go forward.''

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Newsmaker Focuses on Finding Jobs for Veterans

May 20, 2014 | By Joe Sparks | jjs_jjs@yahoo.com

Two veterans at the forefront of helping soldiers’ transition from the military to civilian employment discussed programs at a Club Newsmaker May 16.

Steve Gonzalez of the American Legion and Bill Brigman, a senior research analyst Solid LLC, a policy analysis company, said the Pentagon spent $874 million on unemployment insurance, not counting the Air Force, in fiscal 2011.

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Rubio unveils retirement-reform plan, but is cautious on politics at luncheon

May 13, 2014 | By Justin Duckham | Justin@talkradionews.com

With the possibility of a presidential run by him in 2016 serving as the elephant in the room, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) unveiled a new plan to reform retirement benefits during a National Press Club luncheon May 13.

Rubio's proposal would allow average Americans to join federal retirement accounts similar to those enjoyed by lawmakers.

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Industry experts: Partnerships between schools, local businesses can close manufacturing skills gap

May 6, 2014 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi | yasmine.elsabawi@gmail.com

You have to start them young to get them interested, and it has to be a community effort.

That’s the message business and education leaders in the U.S.'s manufacturing and energy sectors hammered home at a May 6 National Press Club Newsmakers event, where they emphasized the importance of young people in addressing the growing skills gap in the two industries.

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When not fighting Germans, GIs in "The Big Red One' raised hell, says author at Book Event

May 6, 2014 | By Jeffery King | jefferyking86@hotmail.com

“The Big Red One” was the best infantry division in the U.S. Army in World War II, but its members were rabble-rousers when not fighting the Germans, revealed John C. McManus, a leading authority on the Normandy invasion of June 6, 1944, at a National Club book event May 5.

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Voter education group, at Newsmaker, unveils pilot program to connect voters

May 5, 2014 | By Galen Tan | galentan@gmail.com

Voter Empowerment Action Project (VEAP) President Yvette Lewis announced formation of a new citizen-to-citizen outreach program, called Voter Connect, to connect voters across all states, at a May 5 National Press Club Newsmaker.

VEAP, formed to educate voters about their state’s election laws, will pilot Voter Connect in North Carolina, Lewis said. The pilot program, unveiled one day before the state's May 6 primaries, aims to improve voter turnout and assist voters navigate new voting legislation by connecting North Carolina voters with Maryland volunteers.

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Women stuck in mid-life change can reinvent themselves, Marlo Thomas says at Book Rap

May 3, 2014 | By Jan King | jan.king@live.com

Women who are forced to “reinvent” themselves because they are stuck in dead-end jobs, laid off or suddenly divorced don’t need to stop their dreams of living fulfilling lives, television icon and author Marlo Thomas told a National Press Club Book Rap May 2.

Thomas, a multiple award-winning actress best known for starring in the 1966-71 TV sitcom “That Girl,” appeared at the Club to discuss her latest book, “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over,” which details inspirational stories of women in their 40s who managed to start new careers using nothing but their inborn talent.

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Library now has copy of three-volume 'Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics'

May 1, 2014 | By Marc A. Wojno | MWojno@kiplinger.com

As journalists covering politics are gearing up for mid-term elections, the National Press Club's National Journalism Institute now has a resource to offer those interested in the latest available research on the impact of social media on the U.S. political process.

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