National Press Club

Discovery's Hendricks offers roadmap for entrepreneurs

July 1, 2013 | By Joseph Luchok |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

"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 |

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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Picasso raffle to save ancient city announced at Newsmaker

June 16, 2013 | By Peter Hickman |

The president of an international association discussed efforts to save the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre, Lebanon from the ravages of time and damage from hostility in the region at a June 12 Newsmaker.

Tyre, located on the southern coast of Lebanon, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and faces some risks of degradation.

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Climate change threatens agriculture 'as we know it,' Agriculture secretary says

June 5, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack described the effects of climate change on agriculture and detailed three new steps his department is taking to mitigate them at a National Press Club luncheon June 5.

“We have a climate that clearly is warming,” he said, adding that the consequent changes “threaten the future of agriculture, long term, as we know it.”

The United States is experiencing an increasing number of severe storms, invasive species and intense forest fires, he said. He noted that last year produced the second-most severe weather and the warmest year on record.

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