National Press Club

Hoyer predicts Democrats will hold Senate, criticizes what he calls GOP obstruction

September 30, 2014 | By Bob Weiner |

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., called for bipartisanship in both chambers to end "gridlock" and advance legislation on the minimum wage, equal pay for women, jobs creation and immigration at a Sept. 29 National Press Club Newsmaker.

He outlined what he called "a vision of a Congress on your side" and asserted that in the upcoming congressional elections, Democrats will keep control of the Senate.

"Today we see a Republican majority that automatically opposes anything President Obama supports – even though our country needs action," he said.

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Holder 'served honorably,' Smiley says during Club Book Rap

September 29, 2014 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

PBS Broadcaster Tavis Smiley believes Attorney General Eric Holder "served honorably" but that the Obama administration's search for leaks was unacceptable.

"I parted ways with the Obama administration digging into the lives and work of journalists," Smiley said during a National Press Club Book Rap Sept. 25. "I think that crossed the line, unacceptable, untenable, unthinkable, intolerable."

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Custom content industry needs freelancers, says Club panel

September 26, 2014 | By Tam Harbert |

It goes by many names – custom content, content marketing and brand journalism are just a few. Whatever you call it, it’s a growing and high-paying market for freelancers.

That was the theme of a Sept. 17 panel on custom content, sponsored by the National Press Club Freelance Committee. Attendees heard from two custom content editors; the head of the Content Council, the industry’s trade association; and two writers with experience in custom content.

Panelists highlighted the opportunities, including:

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Webb mulls White House run, warns against intervention in Syria

September 24, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Former Senator Jim Webb, D-Va, wasn't coy with the audience at a National Press Club Luncheon Sept. 23 -- he said he is considering a presidential campaign.

Webb and his advisers will weigh the possibilities over the fall and early winter.

"We'll take a hard look and get back to you in a few months," he said.

In the meantime, he is urging the United States to be wary of involvement in Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war that has helped foment the Islamic State movement that has taken over parts of Iraq.

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CVS quits tobacco sales, focuses on improving customers' health, care access

September 21, 2014 | By Varun Saxena |

CVS Health CEO Larry J. Merlo touted the company’s decision to forgo $2 billion in annual revenue by ending the sale of tobacco products, a move he said that coincides with other CVS efforts to improve healthcare access and lower costs.

“We’re officially tobacco free, one month ahead of schedule, and we’re proud to say we’re the first national pharmacy chain in the country to take this action to support the well-being of our patients and our customers,” Merlo said at a Sept. 19 National Press Club luncheon.

The move was made after much consultation.

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Investigative reporter Corn explains how to add value to news

September 21, 2014 | By Joseph Sparks |

David Corn, the investigative reporter who revealed what former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thought about 47 percent of the population, said that adding value to news is the challenge for media organizations in today's online environment.

Corn used his publication, Mother Jones, as an example.

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New peace group launches at Club Newsmaker

September 19, 2014 | By Jennifer Ejim |

Campaign Nonviolence, a newly formed movement aimed at promoting a culture of peace through the practice of nonviolence, officially launched at a Club Newsmaker Sept. 18.

“We are gathered here today, with a profound expression of hope for the president of the future, that we can transform a culture which is so fear-based today, riveted in violence at every level , through direct action and people becoming visible,” said former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio.

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Veterans asked to tell their stories to Library of Congress

September 19, 2014 | By Ken Dalecki |

Club members who served in the armed forces were invited to record their memories of service as part of the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

Robert Patrick, project director, extended the invitation Sept. 18 during a meeting of the NPC American Legion Post 20.

"Everyone's story becomes part of this project," Patrick said, "those who served in the mess hall and motor pool as well as in combat."

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Housing market lags behind recovery, Wells Fargo CEO says

September 18, 2014 | By Sean Lyngaas |

The current economic recovery is the only one since World War II that has not been led by an improving housing market, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf told a Club luncheon Sept. 17.

Speaking just over six years to the day that Lehman Brothers closed its doors, triggering the Great Recession, Stumpf said that student debt and the limited availability of credit partly explain why housing has failed to lead the recovery.

“Credit’s not available for every borrower who wants to buy a house, who can afford a house and who wants to make that decision a commitment,” he said.

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Former TV reporter Marvin Kalb opines on Ukraine at first Legends dinner

September 17, 2014 | By Bill McCloskey |

The direction the United States is going in supporting Ukraine as a democracy "frightens" Marvin Kalb, the former CBS and NBC diplomatic correspondent told Club members and their guests at the Broadcast Committee's first "Legends of Broadcasting" dinner.

Kalb, a former Fourth Estate Award winner who has reported from the former Soviet Union, took a break from preparing a book on developments in Ukraine for the Brookings Institution to speak in the Winners' Room. The event was held on the same day 30 years after Kalb first hosted "Meet the Press."

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