National Press Club

Air Force chief describes budget constraints at National Press Club Breakfast

April 23, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh described his service's adjustments to budget constraints under sequestration at an April 23 National Press Club Breakfast.

The Air Force fiscal year 2015 budget is $20 billion less than projected in 2012, requiring significant adjustment, not just making changes "around the edges," Welsh said.

Welsh focused on the decision to eliminate the entire fleet of A-10 fighter planes, saying that cutting a whole fleet was more effective than partially reducing several because cutting a whole fleet saves infrastructure costs.

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Outgoing NTSB chairman uses Press Club Breakfast to advocate for preventive safety

April 21, 2014 | By Joe Sparks |

Deborah Hersman, outgoing chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said proactive solutions to safety problems should be found to prevent accidents before they happen. In a breakfast speech at the National Press Club on April 21, Hersman said that technology is likely to provide the resolution to safety issues.

The primary function of the NSTB “is to investigate to reduce future risk,” Hersman said. “I would like to talk about risk, especially unlikely risks, and why we pay attention to them.”

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McCurry regales Communications and Marketing dinner

April 21, 2014 | By Mike Smith |

Former Clinton Press Secretary Mike McCurry delivered a candid talk at a National Press Club Communications and Marketing Committee dinner April 10 and predicted Hillary Clinton may not run for president in 2016.

McCurry waxed eloquent on aligning faith and politics in today’s Washington and the lack of civility in our discourse.

Veteran communicators asked questions that cut across McCurry’s storied career in Washington.

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Justices Scalia and Ginsburg talk about NSA on 'The Kalb Report'

April 21, 2014 | By Gil Klein |

In a far-ranging conversation with host Marvin Kalb April 17, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said the high court is the least qualified of the three branches of government to decide whether the National Security Agency should be allowed to maintain surveillance on the American people but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the court had no option but to rule on whatever comes before it.

“We can’t run away and say we don’t know much about that issue,” Justice Ginsburg said.

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Comedian Lewis Black jokes about politics, childhood, entrepreneurship and more

April 15, 2014 | By Varun Saxena |

In a revealing and sometimes angry routine featuring anecdotes from his childhood and a tribute to his parents, comedian Lewis Black entertained the crowd at a National Press Club luncheon Monday.

The self-proclaimed socialist, in his trademark comically serious style, railed against small government conservatives and incompetence in Washington.

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PM: Grenada primed for new era as sustainable nation

April 14, 2014 | By Marie Robey Wood

Grenada, an island national in the south Caribbean Sea, wants to boost its use of solar power and other renewable energy to end a costly electricity monopoly and launch the country on a path to sustainable development, Prime Minister Keith C. Mitchell said Friday at a National Press Club Newsmaker.

Mitchell opened the event by signing an agreement with Carbon War Rooms, an international non-profit and think tank that is developing market-based solutions to halt climate change.

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IRS head says agency strives to regain public confidence

April 2, 2014 | By Robert Webb |

The nation's tax collection agency must regain the confidence of the American people, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said at a National Press Club luncheon on April 2.

He took office about three months ago, as the IRS was embroiled in a controversy over how it determined which social welfare organizations can attain tax exempt status. Conservative groups claimed the IRS was biased against them.

"One of the most important things we have to do is restore public trust in the agency," Koskinen said.

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Democratic campaign leader: Republican budget will define midterm elections

April 2, 2014 | By Bob Weiner |

The Republican budget proposal introduced this week "will define the next seven months" of Democratic campaigning before the congressional midterm elections in November, the leader of the House campaign arm said at a Newsmaker press conference on April 2.

The spending plan threatens students and senior citizens, said Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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Deeds: More mental health care reform needed in Virginia, nationally

March 31, 2014 | By Bill Miller |

Recent legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly to improve the state’s troubled mental-health system is only the first step in reform that is necessary not only in Virginia, but nationally, former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds told a National Press Club luncheon March 31.

“Now the real work begins. We’ve addressed the easy things,” said Deeds, a Virginia state senator who has led the push for stronger mental-health legislation following the suicide of his 24-year-old son last November.

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Historically black colleges, United Negro College Fund face severe financial crisis

March 25, 2014 | By Jennifer Ejim |

America's historically black colleges and universities are suffering through a substantial budget crunch, Michael Lomax, president and chief executive of the United Negro College Fund, told a March 25 National Press Club luncheon.

He said the fund was facing “a financial crisis as severe as any in its history” and that its member schools only have operating budgets that average 50 percent of those of other four-year private colleges.

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