National Press Club

President of Republic of Congo calls for deeper U.S.-Africa ties

August 1, 2014 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo called for a renewal of relations between the U.S. and Africa in an address Friday, Aug. 1, at the National Press Club.

Foreshadowing a message he will deliver to President Barack Obama at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington Aug. 4-6, Sassou told a sold-out NPC luncheon that Africa and the U.S. "have ignored each other" for too long.

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A night celebrating courage, talent and some of last year’s top journalism

July 31, 2014 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. and Will Lester | mschoeff@investmentnews.com; wjlester@aol.com

A photojournalist jailed for doing his job. Two Associated Press veterans who were attacked. A reporter in Illinois facing fines and jail time for not revealing a source. A young scholarship student announcing he’s an undocumented immigrant.

All these journalists - present and future - shared the common traits of courage, talent and perseverance.

The National Press Club Journalism Awards Dinner on Wednesday, July 30, celebrated their accomplishments and some of the best journalism in the country in 2013.

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Marijuana legalization: Seen as Showdown Between Good Intentions and Misdirections

July 24, 2014 | By David Hodes | dhodes11@gmail.com

Legalization of marijuana is an issue that has focused the attention of proponents on the failure of the war on drugs, while opponents say that is a misdirection to hide how legalization is really about the rise of a massive new industry being modeled after one of the most destructive legal drugs used by Americans today -- alcohol.

That was the topic of a spirited discussion today at a Newsmaker press conference, “Interpreting smoke signals from the marijuana skirmish line,” held at the National Press Club.

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Drone journalism raises legal, safety, ethical issues

July 24, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@Verizon.net

Matt Waite, University of Nebraska journalism professor, and attorney Chuck Tobin described at a July 23 National Press Club event the issues that accompany the advantages of using small drone aircraft for journalism.

"Drone journalism is an evolving area," Tobin said, because it involves so many legal, safety and ethical issues.

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Obama’s First CTO Pushes Using Government Data to Solve Problems

July 23, 2014 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

The weather industry is a $5 billion undertaking but “the source data is all the same,” Aneesh Chopra, former and first chief technology officer for the Obama administration, told a National Press Club audience July 22.

The source data that is commercialized and used in a variety of ways, from news to websites to apps, comes from the government. The use of weather data is just one example that Chopra related from his book, Innovative State.

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CDC Head: Preventing Spread of Infection in Hospitals Requires Focused Hospital Management

July 23, 2014 | By Varun Saxena | vsaxenaster@gmail.com

What do the infectious disease MERS, ebola, measles, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, c. dif and CRE have in common? It is the kind of question that can only come from the director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Press Club luncheon speaker Dr. Tom Frieden.

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Politicians are Buying your Cookie Crumbs to Target You

July 23, 2014 | Lorna2@Verizon.net

Jordan Lieberman, president of CampaignGrid, which sells targeted online political campaign ads, explained how the ads are targeted and sold. He made his presentaton at a Campaign Boot Camp session at the National Press Club July 22.

He described the process that matches information from voter lists with information from cookies -- data placed on users' digital devices by websites they have visited.

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New Club Podcast Focuses on Airline Industry News

July 23, 2014 | By Mike Hempen | Mhempen204@comcast.net

From the development of new aircraft to the recent tragedies of Malaysian Airlines flights MH370 and MH17, commercial air travel continues be prominent in today’s news.

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Prevention of Infectious Diseases Requires Great Care CDC Head Tells NPC Audience

July 23, 2014 | By Connie Lawn | ConnieLawn@aol.com

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) spoke at the National Press Club Tuesday about current worldwide health threats from infectious diseases.

He recalled his personal experience of having become ill from bacterial infection while traveling overseas and learning that the bacteria was resistant to antibiotics. Fortunately he was a healthy adult and his own immune system was able to clear the infection.

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Transportation Secretary: Short-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund Inadequate

July 22, 2014 | By Bill Miller | williammiller512@aol.com

Fast-moving Congressional efforts to rescue the Highway Trust Fund from becoming bankrupt next month will not solve the long-term crisis in funding the nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned at National Press Club luncheon July 21.

Noting that the House last week cleared a $10 billion extension of the fund through May of 2015 and that the Senate is due to take action on a similar measure this week, Foxx called the legislation only a “short-term patch.” If it passes, he said, “It will not be a time to celebrate.”

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