National Press Club

EU Parliament's elections to feature US-style TV debates

February 11, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Jaume Duch Guillot, director of media and spokesperson for the European Parliament, forecast at a Feb. 11 Newsmaker heightened public and media attention to May's elections of Parliament's members.

Guillot said the elections are the "second biggest election exercise in the world," behind India. In the past they have been a "kind of second class national election," but he anticipates a different situation this year.

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More states to establish own health care exchanges, experts predict

February 3, 2014 | By Talia Schmidt |

As the health care reform law takes effect, states will want to run their own coverage programs, experts said at a Feb. 3 Newsmaker press conference at the National Press Club.

“I think a lot of states will move (from the federally facilitated marketplaces) to state-based exchanges,” said Joel Ario, a managing director at Manatt Health Solutions. He predicts the transition will happen more frequently when more people acknowledge that the Affordable Care Act is a permanent fixture.

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Harkin unveils pension reform plan to wipe out 'dark cloud' of retirement savings crisis

January 30, 2014 | By Marie Robey Wood |

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, confronting what he sees as a dire shortfall in Americans’ retirement savings, proposed at a National Press Club Newsmaker Jan. 30 a new type of private pension system that would automatically enroll workers and help save them 6 percent of their pay each year.

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World welcomes Belkind to Club presidency

January 26, 2014 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Ambassadors and journalism luminaries came to the National Press Club for an international inaugural celebration of Myron Belkind as the organization’s 107th president.

Standing before a crowd of 350 at a dinner in the Club ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 25, Belkind placed his hand on a globe to take a light-hearted oath of office that was followed by a serious message about extending the reach of the Club beyond U.S. borders.

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IMF’s Lagarde predicts modest growth, but warns of deflation

January 16, 2014 | By Brooke C. Stoddard |

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), offered a mix of optimism and precaution in a speech at the National Press Club on Jan. 15.

Lagarde said she hoped 2014 would mark the end of the recession that dogged the world economy for seven years and usher in seven years of economic strength.

Such growth “requires a sustained and substantial policy effort, coordination, and the right policy mix," she said.

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Political Power Couple James Carville and Mary Matalin Speak at NPC Book Rap

January 16, 2014 | By Jeffery King |

Political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin discussed their book, ``Love & War: 20 Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters, and One Louisiana Home'' at a Club Book Rap Jan. 11.

Carville, a Democratic political consultant who helped elect Bill Clinton as president, is now a professor at Tulane University. His wife Matalin is a Republican consultant who helped George H.W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush, reach the White House.

This book traces their story from 1992 till now.

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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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