National Press Club

Mayors say cities take the lead on climate-change initiatives

October 8, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Cities must take the lead on climate change because “the feds have fumbled the ball,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz told a National Press Club Newsmakers press event Oct. 8.

“I don’t think we need to be captive to the dysfunction that happens in D.C. any more. There’s an opportunity for cities to take the lead, an opportunity for cities to use our market power individually and collectively,” Berkowitz said. “It is part of the responsibility we have to the people we serve.”

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Baltimore Mayor: Cities Can Learn Lessons From Riots

October 7, 2015 | By Justin Duckham |

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told a luncheon at the National Press Club on Oct. 7 that other cities can take a page from the high profile riots that consumed the Maryland city earlier this year, particularly when its comes to the relationship between the police and their communities.

“I’ve been pleased that we’ve had the lessons learned to help prepare not just Baltimore’s police department but police departments throughout the country to understand that the tactics are different, that the strategies for how we deal with them are different,” Rawlings-Blake said.

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Nessen recalls night of Ford's loss to Carter, Vietnam, Saturday Night Live

October 4, 2015 | By Bill McCloskey | Bill McCloskey ;

Ron Nessen, President Gerald Ford's White House press secretary and long-time NBC news correspondent, recalled the night of Ford's loss to former President Jimmy Carter during the Broadcast Committee's Oct. 1 monthly meeting.

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Latvian president covers transatlantic waterfront at Luncheon

October 4, 2015 | By Peter Hickman |

President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, noting Russian actions, told an Oct. 2 Luncheon audience that Latvia is thankful for the U.S.role in the Baltic states.

Vejonis said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) “has been at the heart of our transatlantic bond since the end of the Second World War” and “has served well in ensuring peace and security.” But he noted that “Russia’s readiness to change borders by force and increasing its military presence on our borders has undermined European security.”

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States should do more, Washington less, Utah Gov. Herbert says at Oct. 2 Club luncheon

October 2, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

States and the federal government need to reset the balance of power by allowing states to do more and Washington to do less, Gov. Gary Herbert, chair of the National Governors Association, told a National Press Club luncheon audience on Oct. 2.

The federal government does too much because the American people are demanding it, Herbert said.

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Education Secretary Duncan advocates shifting money from prisons to teacher salaries

October 1, 2015 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged states and local communities to break the “school-to-prison pipeline” by cutting in half the number of non-violent offenders sent to prison.

The estimated $15 billion in annual savings should be used to give 50 percent salary increases to teachers in high-poverty schools, Duncan said at a National Press Club luncheon on Sept. 30.

Duncan joined President Barack Obama and other administration officials in deploring the nation’s large prison population, which is disproportionately comprised of African Americans.

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Baseball commissioner Manfred promises Rose decision, explores expansion to Mexico

September 30, 2015 | By Gil Klein |

A decision on reinstating Pete Rose to Major League Baseball will be made by the end of the year, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred told host Marvin Kalb Sept. 28 on the latest edition of "The Kalb Report."

“His requests, or various requests, for reinstatement have been out there for a long time, and he’s entitled to a definitive decision, and I'm going to give him one,” Manfred said of one of the most contentious, long-standing controversies of the game.

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National Endowment for the Arts launches initiative to show how arts catalyze creativity

September 30, 2015 | By Jerry Zremski |

The arts are for everyone, and the National Endowment for the Arts plans to make sure that’s the case through a new initiative called “Creativity Connects,” which NEA Chairman Jane Chu unveiled at a National Press Club breakfast on Monday.

“When it comes to the arts, there is no such thing as a marginalized population,” she said.

Visiting the Club a day before the NEA’s 50th birthday, Chu said the Creativity Connect initiative will be a key part of her organization’s future.

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Big 12 Commissioner: 'Not a lot to be proud of' in college sports

September 22, 2015 | By Bill Miller |

Change is rapidly arriving in U.S. collegiate athletics, but it may be only the beginning of what’s to come, one of the nation’s most reform-minded commissioners of a major athletic conference told a National Press Club luncheon audience Sept. 21.

“We are in significant evolution,” said Bob Bowlsby, chief executive of the Big 12 conference, one of the so-called top five “power conferences” of large universities.

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Catholics address Pope Francis’ U.S. trip in the context of climate change and poverty

September 16, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Three members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy sought to prepare the way for Pope Francis' U.S. visit by telling a National Press Club Newsmaker Wednesday the papal encyclical on climate change had the human face of some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski, of Miami, the leader of the group, acknowledged they do not know what Francis will say during the six-day papal visit starting next week. "That's above our pay grade, I guess," Wenski said, adding it was clear they assume the pope would focus on the theme of his encyclical, "Laudato Si."

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