National Press Club

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

January 30, 2014 | By Marie Robey Wood | marierwood@hotmail.com

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. | markschoeff@gmail.com

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 | stoddardbc@gmail.com

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 | jefferyking86@hotmail.com

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 | mcoleman@insidecapitolhill.net

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 | kdalecki@hotmail.com

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 | jjs_jjs@yahoo.com

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 | audrey@ahoffer.net

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 | jjs_jjs@yahoo.com

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 | williammiller512@aol.com

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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