National Press Club

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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Organizations need information governance to protect against data risks, says panel

February 24, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Organizations that collect large amounts of data on customer behavior, their own workers, health records, financial transactions and other processes need to put in place a system of comprehensive information governance, an expert panel told a Feb. 24 National Press Club Newsmaker.

Conor R. Crowley, principal of his own law office in McLean, Va., explained that organizations create value for themselves by mining large data sets to, for example, target ads on the Internet or to decide where to place products in stores.

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McKeon urges preservation of human rights gains in Afghanistan

February 24, 2014 | By Gavin Stern |

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., pleaded for the human rights gains in Afghanistan at a Feb. 24 Club Luncheon.

"Don't let it slip away," he urged.

McKeon praised the "blossoming" of the Afghan National Security Forces and the will of the Afghan people to fight against the "cruel,barbaric horde" of the Taliban.

"The biggest uncertainties we face in Afghanistan are no longer military. They are diplomatic and they are moral," McKeon said.

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Moniz announces federal financial support for first nuclear power plants in US in nearly 30 years

February 19, 2014 | By Justin Duckham |

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced at a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday that the Obama administration will be signing off on a $6.5 billion loan guarantee to help finance the construction of two new nuclear power reactors at the Vogel electric plant in Georgia.

This marks the start of construction for the first nuclear plants built in the U.S. in nearly thirty years.

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At NPC Book Rap Gregory Feifer explains why majority of Russians still support Putin

February 18, 2014 | By Jan King |

Former NPR Moscow correspondent, Gregory Feifer, explained what it is in the nature of the Russian people that keeps President Vladimir Putin in popularity even though his government is widening the gap between the super-rich and the great majority of the poor. Feifer said that even though Moscow is now a rich city, the rest of the countryside is dying off from alcoholism, AIDS, and poverty just 50 miles outside of it. One third of the Russian villages have fewer than thirty people.

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On The Kalb Report: Thomas L. Friedman on where freedom and security clash in the age of hyper connectivity

February 13, 2014 | By Gil Klein |

In a wide-ranging discussion of freedom vs. security with host Marvin Kalb Monday, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman came down on the side of freedom – for the most part.

“Freedom,” Friedman said on "The Kalb Report," “is the ability, desire, aspiration to live in a context where I can realize my full potential as a human being.”

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