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Conservative spokesperson says youth hurting under Obama administration

February 26, 2014 | By Joe Sparks |

A spokesperson for the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) said their Youth Misery Index (YMI) indicates that young people, roughly ages 16 through 24, are suffering under President Barack Obama’s administration at a Feb. 25 Newsmnaker.

Ashley Pratte, the program officer-public relations for YAF, which promotes conservative ideas on college campuses, explained the YMI.

The YMI consists of three indicators that are added to calculate the index. The first is the youth unemployment percentage, which was at 16.3 percent in August, 2013.

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Organizations need information governance to protect against data risks, says panel

February 24, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Organizations that collect large amounts of data on customer behavior, their own workers, health records, financial transactions and other processes need to put in place a system of comprehensive information governance, an expert panel told a Feb. 24 National Press Club Newsmaker.

Conor R. Crowley, principal of his own law office in McLean, Va., explained that organizations create value for themselves by mining large data sets to, for example, target ads on the Internet or to decide where to place products in stores.

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McKeon urges preservation of human rights gains in Afghanistan

February 24, 2014 | By Gavin Stern |

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., pleaded for the human rights gains in Afghanistan at a Feb. 24 Club Luncheon.

"Don't let it slip away," he urged.

McKeon praised the "blossoming" of the Afghan National Security Forces and the will of the Afghan people to fight against the "cruel,barbaric horde" of the Taliban.

"The biggest uncertainties we face in Afghanistan are no longer military. They are diplomatic and they are moral," McKeon said.

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Moniz announces federal financial support for first nuclear power plants in US in nearly 30 years

February 19, 2014 | By Justin Duckham |

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced at a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday that the Obama administration will be signing off on a $6.5 billion loan guarantee to help finance the construction of two new nuclear power reactors at the Vogel electric plant in Georgia.

This marks the start of construction for the first nuclear plants built in the U.S. in nearly thirty years.

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At NPC Book Rap Gregory Feifer explains why majority of Russians still support Putin

February 18, 2014 | By Jan King |

Former NPR Moscow correspondent, Gregory Feifer, explained what it is in the nature of the Russian people that keeps President Vladimir Putin in popularity even though his government is widening the gap between the super-rich and the great majority of the poor. Feifer said that even though Moscow is now a rich city, the rest of the countryside is dying off from alcoholism, AIDS, and poverty just 50 miles outside of it. One third of the Russian villages have fewer than thirty people.

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On The Kalb Report: Thomas L. Friedman on where freedom and security clash in the age of hyper connectivity

February 13, 2014 | By Gil Klein |

In a wide-ranging discussion of freedom vs. security with host Marvin Kalb Monday, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman came down on the side of freedom – for the most part.

“Freedom,” Friedman said on "The Kalb Report," “is the ability, desire, aspiration to live in a context where I can realize my full potential as a human being.”

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EU Parliament's elections to feature US-style TV debates

February 11, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Jaume Duch Guillot, director of media and spokesperson for the European Parliament, forecast at a Feb. 11 Newsmaker heightened public and media attention to May's elections of Parliament's members.

Guillot said the elections are the "second biggest election exercise in the world," behind India. In the past they have been a "kind of second class national election," but he anticipates a different situation this year.

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More states to establish own health care exchanges, experts predict

February 3, 2014 | By Talia Schmidt |

As the health care reform law takes effect, states will want to run their own coverage programs, experts said at a Feb. 3 Newsmaker press conference at the National Press Club.

“I think a lot of states will move (from the federally facilitated marketplaces) to state-based exchanges,” said Joel Ario, a managing director at Manatt Health Solutions. He predicts the transition will happen more frequently when more people acknowledge that the Affordable Care Act is a permanent fixture.

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Harkin unveils pension reform plan to wipe out 'dark cloud' of retirement savings crisis

January 30, 2014 | By Marie Robey Wood |

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, confronting what he sees as a dire shortfall in Americans’ retirement savings, proposed at a National Press Club Newsmaker Jan. 30 a new type of private pension system that would automatically enroll workers and help save them 6 percent of their pay each year.

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World welcomes Belkind to Club presidency

January 26, 2014 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Ambassadors and journalism luminaries came to the National Press Club for an international inaugural celebration of Myron Belkind as the organization’s 107th president.

Standing before a crowd of 350 at a dinner in the Club ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 25, Belkind placed his hand on a globe to take a light-hearted oath of office that was followed by a serious message about extending the reach of the Club beyond U.S. borders.

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