National Press Club

Education Secretary Duncan urges Congress to support early-childhood schooling

October 3, 2012 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged Congress not to reduce funding for early childhood education at a National Press Club luncheon on Oct. 2.

"Candidly speaking, however, it's a challenge in the current climate," Duncan told a sold-out Club ballroom. "If some members of the House have their way, programs like Head Start, Title I and IDEA [Individuals With Disabilities Education Act] could take a big hit. So we need to continue to fight hard for these programs that protect children at risk."

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Cancer Institute's Varmus discusses research at National Press Club Newsmaker

September 26, 2012 | By Mike Smith | mike@msbdinc.com

Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute and Nobel Laureate, addressed a National Press Club Newsmaker Sept. 25.

Cancer research budgets have remained flat and legislative preference for specific cancers is a slippery slope, Varmus said. For example, the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act passed by the House of Representatives might redirect funding from the Cancer Institute or earmark it for a specific cancer.

By using genomics the institute is moving closer to cures, Varmus said. He noted, however that specific cancers differ.

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Tweeting with Edward R. Murrow on "Kalb Report" at journalism convention in Florida

September 26, 2012 | By Gilbert Klein | Gilbert.Klein@yahoo.com

Would legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow be tweeting if he were working in journalism today?

When “The Kalb Report,” the National Press Club’s, radio and television show, launched its 19th season Sept. 22 at the Radio and Television Digital News Association and Society for Professional Journalism convention in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., that was one question host Marvin Kalb lofted to the leading journalists on his panel.

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Innovation Key to Economic Progress, PhRMA Executive Tells NPC Newsmaker

September 24, 2012 | By Keith M. Hill | khill@bna.com

Innovation is the key to economic progress in the United States and the pharmaceutical industry is the most innovative, said John Castellani, president and chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), at a National Press Club Newsmaker Sept. 20.

The pharmaceutical industry has been the leading generator of patents for the last five years, Castellani said. Innovation in the pharmaceutical industry has also lead to new and improved treatments for diseases such as AIDS and cancer, he added.

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United Nations Population Fund deems Oct. 11 at International Day of the Girl Child

September 24, 2012 | By John M. Rosenberg | johnmrosenberg@earthlink.net

The status of women is the major issue facing a great portion of the approximately 900 million young girls around the world today, said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, at Sept. 21 National Press Club Newsmaker.

Osotimehin recalled his time as Nigeria’s minister of health and seeing girls as young as 12 being placed into marriage. “This is not a Nigerian phenomenon, this is a phenomenon that happens across the world,” he said.

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Bob Woodward accepts 4th Estate Award for lifetime achievement in journalism

September 22, 2012 | By Will Lester | WJLester@aol.com

Bob Woodward accepted the Fourth Estate Award for lifetime achievement in journalism Friday night, four decades after his investigative reporting on the Watergate scandal disrupted the first event honoring Walter Cronkite.

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Roberts protected Supreme Court perception in `Obamacare' decision, Toobin says

September 20, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four liberals in upholding the Obama health care law because he cares about how the court is perceived, Jeffrey Toobin told a National Press Club Book Rap on Sept. 19.

Toobin is the senior CNN legal analyst, a staff writer for the New Yorker and author of ``The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.''

During his presentation, Toobin poked fun at himself and his errant prediction that the Supreme Court would overturn the law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Opposition to Eisenhower Memorial design voiced at NPC Newsmaker

September 18, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

Two architects voiced their opposition to the design of the proposed memorial to former President Dwight Eisenhower at a National Press Club Newsmaker Sept. 18.

Milton W. Grenfell, principal of Grenfell Architecture and vice president of the National Civic Arts Society, and Robert K. Lewis, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland and architecture columnist for the Washington Post, said they object to the focus on Eisenhower’s youth in the memorial rather than his time as Allied Commander in World War II or a two-term president.

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González, Torres say minorities feel marginalized by the news media

September 18, 2012 | By Jan King | Jchutick2k@aol.com

The two writers of a new book said at a National Press Club Book and Author event Sept. 17 that minorities including Hispanics and blacks feel marginalized and their accomplishments have been overlooked by the news media.

Juan González and Joseph Torres said their book, "News For All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media,'' arose from their own and other minority group's frustrations with inability of the press to give citizens the information they need.

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Teamsters President Hoffa says unions caught in 'cultural war'

September 13, 2012 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

The 2012 Presidential election represents a "cultural war" between union members and the conservative tea party movement, International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James Hoffa told the National Press Club on Sept. 13.

"All of the sudden, there’s this tidal wave of attacks on organized labor," Hoffa said during a luncheon. He cited statewide efforts to introduce "right to work" legislation and limit public employees' ability to collectively bargain.

"It's really something to see,'' Hoffa said. ``I’ve been around for a while and I’ve never seen it. We really are fighting back.”

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