National Press Club

Report will serve as roadmap to improved healthcare delivery

December 12, 2013 | By Keith M. Hill |

The 2013 report from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange “will serve as a new road map to the future and lead to improved healthcare delivery,” said Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former secretary of health and human services, at a Dec. 5 National Press Club Newsmaker event announcing the release of the 2013 WEDI report.

The report arises from a collaboration between the public and private sectors and places the patient in the center of healthcare, Sullivan said. He founded WEDI and served as honorary chair of the 2013 WEDI Report Executive Steering Committee.

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Openly gay mayor tells NPC Luncheon being the best mayor is the best thing she can do

December 10, 2013 | By Justin Duckham |

While Annise Parker is one of the first openly gay mayors in a major American city, the Houston mayor shied away from her status as a leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender -- LGBT -- figure during her appearance at a National Press Club Luncheon Dec. 10.

“The best thing I can do for the LGBT community, for my community, is to be the best mayor I can possibly be, to conduct myself with dignity and honor in all aspects,” Parker said.

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National Press Club Statement On Nelson Mandela

December 5, 2013 |

The following statement on Nelson Mandela was issued by Angela Greiling Keane, President of the National Press Club.

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Former Vice President Cheney, cardiologist describe health crisis journey at Book Rap

December 5, 2013 | By Rodrigo A. Valderrama |

Former Vice President Richard Cheney and Dr. Jonathan Reiner presented their book on Cheney’s health, Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, to a packed audience at the National Press Club on Dec 3.

Reiner described how “seemingly, every time (Cheney) had a medical event that … might stop his career or stop his life, medicine had an answer for it.” In each case, there was a medical answer and “the vice president used that medical event to not just survive the event but to thrive,” he emphasized.

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FBI agents discuss sequestration budget cuts, furlough impacts at Press Club Newsmaker

December 4, 2013 | By Jennifer A. Ejim |

The National Executive Board of the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) spoke on the impact of current budget cuts on the daily operations of the FBI, and other concerns associated with future cuts and furloughs at a Dec. 4 National Press Club Newsmaker event.

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Colombian president describes FARC peace talks, economic agenda at Press Club event

December 4, 2013 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef |]

Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia, laid out his agenda to advance his country's economic, political and social transformation during an appearance at the National Press Club on Dec. 3.

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Lynch Award honors regional coverage of Congress

December 2, 2013 | By Will Lester |

National Press Club members who cover Congress should take note of an upcoming contest deadline for the David Lynch Memorial Regional Reporting Award. The deadline is Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.

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The Stress, Doubts and Resolve of Covering the Kennedy Assassination

November 24, 2013 | By Gil Klein |

Dan Rather, a young reporter for CBS News, was the first to report that President John F. Kennedy was dead.

Not waiting for the official announcement, Rather said he had collected enough information from a hospital official, a doctor and a priest to convince himself that Kennedy was dead.

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Nader Group Releases Report on Corporate Espionage

November 21, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Essential Information released a report at a Nov. 20 National Press Club Newsmaker event on what it called corporate and trade associations' undercover activity against nonprofit organizations.

The report, "Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations," was authored by Gary Ruskin, Director of the Center for Corporate Policy, a project of Essential Information, a group formed by activist Ralph Nader in 1982. Ruskin said "Corporate espionage against nonprofit organizations presents a threat to democracy and to individual privacy."

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Brady campaign president and Sarah Brady speak on effects of Brady Bill, 20 years later

November 20, 2013 | By Jennifer A. Ejim |

Sarah Brady, Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, spoke at a Nov. 19 National Press Club Luncheon on the long process toward getting the Brady Law passed, 20 years ago and how she has made the prevention of gun violence through restrictions on gun sales her “life’s work.”

One of the things the "Brady Bill" did was to “set up the national system for doing background checks. Before that, each state took care of their own,” she said.

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