National Press Club

Amtrak president calls for national transportation vision

January 16, 2014 | By Monica Coleman |

The president of Amtrak, the national passenger rail line, said the U.S. should be focused on connecting communities to each other, the way the interstate highway system did more than a half-century ago.

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National Guard chief warns budget cuts may dull effectiveness

January 9, 2014 | By Ken Dalecki |

Budget cuts could dull the sharp edge that the National Guard's state-based units have developed since participating in deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Gen. Frank J. Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a National Press Club luncheon audience on Jan. 9.

"We have the most battle-tested National Guard ever," he said. It can deploy personnel overseas within 72 hours, homeland fighter aircraft in six minutes and local emergency response teams immediately. "Our readiness is better than ever."

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Chief of Staff Odierno says Army must be ready to perform its mission

January 7, 2014 | By Joseph Sparks |

The Army must be ready to perform its mission, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said at a National Press Club Luncheon. After a brief opening statement at the event on Jan. 7, he answered questions about the future of the Army and addressed the many challenges it faces.

Odierno praised the valor of the soldiers, saying he was “extremely proud to represent the men and women of the United States Army.”

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Skaggs serenades luncheon crowd, promotes support of wounded veterans

December 19, 2013 | By Audrey Hoffer |

Grammy-winning country music and bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs warmed up for a benefit concert later in the week by performing at a National Press Club luncheon on Dec. 19.

The Club erupted with the sounds of Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder fiddler Andy Leftwich, a guest of Skaggs' at the head table and a member of the band that plays with Skaggs.

It was a rich interlude for a few minutes, as the native Kentuckian and often-honored singer, songwriter, producer and author entertained an enthusiastic audience.

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Union official debunks workplace wellness programs

December 18, 2013 | By Joe Sparks |

There is no evidence that wellness programs work, yet they may increase health care costs for people who need it the most, according to John Borsos, secretary-treasurer of the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

Borsos told an audience at a Dec. 17 National Press Club Newsmaker that wellness programs should be eliminated.

“You can take people who are generally considered to be fairly fit, fairly healthy, and put them in a category of being overweight that requires some kind of address” based on arbitrary standards, Borsos said.

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Bailout in rearview mirror, GM set to invest $1.3 billion in U.S. plants

December 16, 2013 | By Bill Miller |

Outgoing General Motors Chairman and chief executive Dan Akerson, speaking at a Dec. 16 National Press Club luncheon a week after the federal government officially ended its five-year bailout of the auto industry by selling its last remaining GM shares, said the now-profitable company is only in the “early chapters our comeback story.”

“We still have a lot to prove,” he said.

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Belkind brings global focus to National Press Club presidency

December 15, 2013 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Myron Belkind, who worked as a foreign correspondent for four decades of his journalism career, wants to give the National Press Club a more global focus.

Belkind will have a chance to implement his vision as the Club’s 107th president, a post he won in the organization’s Dec. 13 election. He will assume the office at the Jan. 17 Club general membership meeting and will be inaugurated at a Jan. 25 gala dinner, which this year will have an international theme.

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Invest Mongolia provides opportunities, seeks prosperity

December 13, 2013 | By Keith M. Hill |

Invest Mongolia, the Mongolian government’s new effort to attract foreign investment, will create a win-win situation for the country and investors, said Mongolian Cabinet Minister Saikhanbileg Chimed at a Dec. 9 National Press Club Newsmaker event.

Part of this effort includes the approval in October of the Mongolian Investment Legislation. This new law ends different rules for domestic and foreign private investors and provides investors with political and legal stability.

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Report will serve as roadmap to improved healthcare delivery

December 12, 2013 | By Keith M. Hill |

The 2013 report from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange “will serve as a new road map to the future and lead to improved healthcare delivery,” said Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former secretary of health and human services, at a Dec. 5 National Press Club Newsmaker event announcing the release of the 2013 WEDI report.

The report arises from a collaboration between the public and private sectors and places the patient in the center of healthcare, Sullivan said. He founded WEDI and served as honorary chair of the 2013 WEDI Report Executive Steering Committee.

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Openly gay mayor tells NPC Luncheon being the best mayor is the best thing she can do

December 10, 2013 | By Justin Duckham |

While Annise Parker is one of the first openly gay mayors in a major American city, the Houston mayor shied away from her status as a leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender -- LGBT -- figure during her appearance at a National Press Club Luncheon Dec. 10.

“The best thing I can do for the LGBT community, for my community, is to be the best mayor I can possibly be, to conduct myself with dignity and honor in all aspects,” Parker said.

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