National Press Club

SCOTUSblog, Time, USA Today, ABC among National Press Club Journalism Award winners

July 3, 2013 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

SCOTUSblog won the Breaking News Award for its coverage of the Supreme Court’s health care ruling, while Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer won a top award for political analysis this year in the National Press Club Journalism contest.

USA Today won awards for online journalism and its coverage of the aviation industry.

Scherer won the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis for his thorough look at the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama and its sophisticated use of technology to identify voters and donors.

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Fiorina: Bureaucracy chokes life out of entrepreneurs, economy

July 1, 2013 | By Monica Coleman | monicacolemanjd@gmail.com

Rules and regulations emanating from Washington are choking America's potential entrepreneurs, Carly Fiorina, former chairman of Hewlett Packard, said at a July 1 National Press Club luncheon.

Fiorina pointed to "alarming" small business statistics that show there are more new and small businesses failing and fewer starting than at any time in the last 40 years.

“This depressed state of entrepreneurism, I believe, is why our economy is underperforming,” Fiorina said, noting that the U.S. economy is growing only 1.7%-2.5% annually.

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Discovery's Hendricks offers roadmap for entrepreneurs

July 1, 2013 | By Joseph Luchok | joseph.luchok@verizon.net

Entrepreneurs have to go "all in" to find success, Discovery Communications founder Rick Hendricks told a National Press Club audience on Thursday, June 27.

Hendricks, executive chairman of Discovery Communications, in conversation with award-winning TV anchor Paula Zahn, discussed his book “A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur’s Story.” He said he wrote the book to give people an understanding of entrepreneurship and provide them a roadmap for turning dreams into reality.

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Rep. Gutierrez lauds Latino history film, pushes immigration reform

June 28, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

As the Senate weighed the immigration overhaul it passed June 27, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill, told a National Press Club audience that Congress needs a deeper understanding of the varied Latino experience in America.

Gutierrez' remarks came during the June 26 screening of “Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America." The documentary, he said, communicates in words and images aspects of immigration he sometimes finds difficult to communicate in congressional committee meetings.

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LaHood leaves cabinet with plea for ending gridlock

June 27, 2013 | By John Hughes | JHughes5@bloomberg.net

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called on Congress to take action to fix America's crumbling infrastructure in a news conference Thursday, June 27 at the National Press Club.

"Side shows and name calling'' in Congress are blocking action on America's greatest needs, LaHood said in remarks just hours before the Senate confirmed his successor, Anthony Foxx. ``We can overcome this,'' LaHood said. ``We've done it before.''

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Development Bank Exec Sees Tripled Myanmar Economy by 2030

June 25, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Myanmar's economy could triple by 2030, Stephen Groff, Asian Development Bank (ADB) vice president for East and South Asia and the Pacific, told a June 25 National Press Club Newsmaker.

The country's "incredible advantages" include its location at the historic trade routes between China and India, natural resources and a younger population than neighboring Asian countries, he said.

Groff expressed confidence in Myanmar's President U Thein Sein and his advisers, but said the country faces some "challenges" that must be met for the economic tripling to occur.

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Goodwill to help 3,000 women vets to find jobs

June 25, 2013 | By Monica Coleman | mcoleman@insidecapitolhill.net

Goodwill Industries will help 3,000 female vets nationwide find jobs over the next two years, Goodwill President and CEO Jim Gibbons said Thursday, June 25 at a National Press Club Newsmaker media event.

The move expands a program developed in 2012 and encouraged by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to hire 1,800 veterans, Gibbons said.

Goodwill has the capacity to take the program "to the next level" by assisting nearly double that number get the training and connections they need to be successful, Gibbons said.

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Scientists are perfecting solar-power plane, experts say

June 21, 2013 | By Monica Coleman | mcoleman@insidecapitolhill.net

Scientists are testing HB-SIA, a prototype aircraft created by the Solar Impulse team and partners that requires no fuel, a panel of chemistry experts said Tuesday at a National Press Club Newsmaker event.

The single seat solar plane has the wingspan of a 747, the weight of a mid-size car and the operating power of a small scooter, the scientists said.

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Best-selling author Steve Berry recounts intriguing adventures and myths in his latest novel

June 21, 2013 | By Bea Snyder | BeaAndBob@aol.com

"The King’s Deception," engrosses readers in an intriguing mystery about the real Elizabeth I, author Steve Berry said at a Book Rap on Wednesday, June 19 at the National Press Club.

Berry's novel questions the legitimacy of the entire forty-five year reign of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, who completed the conquest of Ireland and seized much of its land.

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AP CEO calls for new Justice Department guidelines to protect journalists

June 19, 2013 | By Robert Webb | Rewebb@aol.com

The Department of Justice's seizure of Associated Press phone records has made it tougher for reporters to do their jobs, AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said Wednesday, June 19 at a National Press Club luncheon.

Pruitt called for new Justice Department guidelines that include protections for journalists' email and text messages, and a federal shield law "with teeth."

The Justice Department's seizure unsettled sources and chilled reporting, he said.

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