National Press Club

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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CANCELED: Ukrainian prime minister to speak at National Press Club tonight

March 12, 2014 | By Jerry Zremski |


Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will speak and take questions about the situation in his home country at the National Press Club at 8 p.m. today, after his meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Yatsenyuk became prime minister last month after the Ukrainian Parliament removed President Vicktor Yanukovych from power after a peoples’ revolt.

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Congresswoman, activists call for action against honor-based violence on women

March 11, 2014 | By Jennifer Ejim |

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), sponsor of the bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), joined a panel of concerned women to condemn the horror of honor violence against women and its insidious encroachment onto Western territory, at a March 11 National Press Club Newsmaker.

“We know that one in three women worldwide will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime,'' Schakowsky said. ``Violence keeps girls from attending schools, which is one of the reasons that over 30 million girls around the world go without any education.”

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GOP Congressional committee chair Walden optimistic about House races

March 11, 2014 | By Joe Sparks |

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee, said the GOP has a good chance of gaining seats in the House of Representatives. Speaking at a National Press Club Newsmaker on March 11, Walden predicted Republicans will pick up six to eight seats in the House, though he acknowledged “it is pretty early to have a number.”

Even with his optimism, Walden said he expects tough campaigns. “Given redistricting and the way the battlefield is locked in and smaller, it will be more intense, but there are really fewer seats in play,” he said.

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Humorist Barry delivers one-liners at Book Rap

March 7, 2014 | By Jan King |

Humor columnist since 1983 for the Miami Herald and the author of thirty books, Dave Barry made a repeat appearance at the National Press Club March 6.

His latest book, You Can Date Boys when You're Forty, features brand new, never-before published pieces that tackle everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating, which Dave recounted in his inimitable hilarious style .

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Pop star rocks as Ukraine peace advocate

March 6, 2014 | By Joseph Sparks |

International pop star and social activist Ruslana Lyzhychko, known as Ruslana, urged journalists to find the truth and not believe Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian agents at a National Press Club Luncheon March 5.

She asked Russia to leave her native country, Ukraine, alone so that the crisis can be resolved peacefully.

Ruslana has appeared and performed from midnight to dawn almost every night since November on Kyiv’s Independence Square in the EuroMaidan mass protests, which challenge Russian interference in Ukrainian affairs.

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Conservative spokesperson says youth hurting under Obama administration

February 26, 2014 | By Joe Sparks |

A spokesperson for the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) said their Youth Misery Index (YMI) indicates that young people, roughly ages 16 through 24, are suffering under President Barack Obama’s administration at a Feb. 25 Newsmnaker.

Ashley Pratte, the program officer-public relations for YAF, which promotes conservative ideas on college campuses, explained the YMI.

The YMI consists of three indicators that are added to calculate the index. The first is the youth unemployment percentage, which was at 16.3 percent in August, 2013.

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