National Press Club

Ford journalism award honors stories on Obama cabinet, veterans' care

June 3, 2014 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

A reporter who illuminated the constraints on Obama administration cabinet officials and another who exposed mistreatment of veterans received Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prizes at a June 2 award ceremony at the National Press Club.

The prizes, sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, recognize distinguished reporting on the presidency and national defense.

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Israeli defense official opposes negotiations with Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas

May 30, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Israel cannot negotiate with a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas, a group the U.S., Israel and the European Union have designated a "terrorist" organization, Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said at a National Press Club Newsmaker on May 29.

"We cannot sit and negotiate with a unity government involving Hamas," Danon said, referring to ongoing discussions among political leaders of Fatah and Hamas to create a unified Palestinian government.

The deputy minister contended that other governments and NGOs would also balk at negotiating with such a government.

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Ben Carson Doesn't Rule Out 2016 Presidential Run

May 28, 2014 | By Matthew Robertson |

Conservative activist Dr. Ben Carson said he has "taken no steps" to run for president in 2016, though "perhaps God has a different plan for me."

"I've got to tell you, I do not wish that job upon anybody—including myself." he said at a May 28 Club luncheon.

But he refused to rule it out. "Perhaps God has a different plan for me," he said.

God figured prominently elsewhere in Carson's speech as well.

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Trump Says U.S. Brand Has Lost Its Luster

May 27, 2014 | By Sean Lyngaas |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

“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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