National Press Club

Lawmaker wins Press Club spelling bee of the century

September 19, 2013 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@me.com

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., won the coveted title of “Best Speller in the United States” at a spirited spelling bee Sept. 18 pitting lawmakers against journalists that drew more than 350 people to the National Press Club's Ballroom.

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NPC American Legion Post told U.S. diplomacy needs overhaul

September 19, 2013 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Recent administrations have given the U.S. military "unachievable objectives" in trying to install democratic regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan," John Lenzowski, president and founder of the Institute of World Politics, told a luncheon meeting of the National Press Club's American Legion Post 20 on Sept. 18. He noted that both countries lack the basic social institutions needed to support a modern democracy.

The U.S. cannot defeat radical Islam militarily because it is a political problem that requires the kind of public diplomacy that has been lacking since the 1980s, Lenzowski said.

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Jindal calls DOJ lawsuit 'cynical, immoral and hypocritical' at NPC Newsmaker

September 18, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Bobby Jindal, Republican governor of Louisiana, called a recent Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit to block Louisiana’s school-voucher system "cynical, immoral and hypocritical" at a National Press Club Newsmaker Sept. 18.

The lawsuit would block the program, which provides vouchers that parents can use to pay for schools of their choice in Louisiana parishes that operate under federal desegregation orders.

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Oklahoma governor calls for more rigorous educational standards at NPC Luncheon

September 17, 2013 | By Audrey Hoffer | audrey@ahoffer.net

The United States needs more academic rigor, higher educational standards and should demand more of its students, said Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R), chair of the National Governors Association, before a full-house at a National Press Club Luncheon Sept. 17.

“The bottom line is that we’re just falling behind and many people won’t reach the middle class,” Fallin said, “so it’s up to governors to build new pathways to the middle class, which must be flexible, efficient and meet both students' and employers' needs.”

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Veteran journalist tells NPC, U.N. Development Program event about changes in Myanmar

September 16, 2013 | By Monica Coleman | monicacoleman@gmail.com

There have been major changes in Myanmar (also known as Burma) since Thein Seing became president in March 2011, replacing the military regime with a democratic platform, veteran journalist Tom Cheatham said Sept. 11 at a National Press Club event presented by the NPC’s International Correspondents and Photography Committees and sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

“The fear of government is gone,” Cheatham said.

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Suarez introduces TV series, book about Latino Americans at National Press Club event

September 16, 2013 | By Aileen R. Schlef | creativealliance@msn.com

The National Press Club drew a capacity crowd in its ballroom as the Book & Author and Events committees co-hosted a preview of a documentary produced by Public Broadcasting for Greater Washington, also known as WETA, on Latino America, which is slated to premier on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m.

The program was followed by a book signing with Ray Suarez, chief national correspondent for "PBS NewsHour," and author of the companion book Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation. Suarez has been with the NewsHour since 1999.

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Apuzzo, Goldman discuss NYPD's secret spying unit at National Press Club Book Rap

September 11, 2013 | By Jan King | JChutick2k@aol.com

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman of the Associated Press' Washington bureau want to start a conversation about what counter-terrorism measures are effective and which ones are not.

Apuzzo and Goldman, have co-written a provocative book, Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America. They appeared at a National Press Club Book Rap, Sept. 10.

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CDC Director catalogs health threats that are ‘just a plane ride away’

September 10, 2013 | By Stephenie Overman | saoverman@gmail,com

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is worried about coughs.

In his Sept. 10 talk at the National Press Club, Frieden cataloged the many types of health threats posed by the many new, deadly, sometimes drug-resistant pathogens loose in today’s interconnected global environment.

“A virus anywhere is just a plane ride away,” Frieden said, and “most of our seafood, fruits and vegetables, and our medication supply comes from other countries.”

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CNN fields largest, fastest media team in NPC Beat the Deadline 5K Race

September 8, 2013 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | markschoeff@gmail.com

CNN fielded the largest and fastest media team in the National Press Club 5K race on Sept. 7.

The cable network entered 22 people in the event. Its top three finishers completed the course in an average time of 19:41, edging out It’s Business Time, which clocked in at 19:47, and CQ/Roll Call, which finished at 20:55.

The top male finisher was Alemayehu Deksisa, 34, who ran the race in 15:27. He was followed by Phil Reutlinger (16:28), 34, and Travis Boltjes (16:56), 34.

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NAACP's President Jealous deplores racial profiling

August 29, 2013 | By Sean Lyngaas | sean.lyngaas@gmail.com

If history is any guide, racial profiling is ineffective, inhumane and indefensible, Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), told an Aug. 29 National Press Club luncheon.

The United States is a young country, so “we have no excuse not to know our own history,” Jealous said. “When we forget our history, we repeat it. And we do so at a great price.”

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