National Press Club

Tennis Plays Positive Role in Society, Especially Among Youth, Legend Chris Evert Tells Luncheon

May 7, 2013 | By Bill Miller | williammiller512@aol.com

Tennis legend Chris Evert, winner of 18 Grand Slam championships and No. 1 ranked women’s player for seven years, called tennis “the greatest sport out there” at a National Press Club luncheon Tuesday, May 7.

“It can be a passport to a better, happier and healthier life,” she said. “It can be played by people of every age and ability. It is a tool for connecting people of different backgrounds, for fostering friendships, and building more vibrant and better communities.”

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At Newsmaker DOD Says Politics Threaten US Security

May 7, 2013 | By Monica Coleman | mcoleman@insidecapitolhill.net

“In a normal budgetary environment, an efficiencies- and strategy-driven approach to defense ... would be sufficient, but this budgetary environment is anything but normal,” said Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter at a National Press Club Newsmaker event on Tuesday. “What is tragic in all this, this damage to readiness and national security, is that it is not a result of economic emergency or recession in this country ... it’s purely a collateral damage of political gridlock,” he emphasized as he spoke about problems from the sequestration.

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Richard Belzer of "Law and Order SVU" Discusses JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories

May 6, 2013 | By Jan King | Jchutick2k@aol.com

Richard Belzer may be best known for his role as Detective John Munch on "Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit," but he has also co-authored two books with David Wayne. One is The New York Times bestseller "Dead Wrong" and the other is "Hit List" which he discussed May 6 at the National Press Club.

Belzer opened the evening by introducing his good friend, Dick Gregory, with kind words and high praise about the comic turned activist who inspired him early in his career. He said that Gregory's jokes "told the truth, made you laugh, and made you think."

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Sold Out Jazz Night Getting Buzz around D.C.

May 5, 2013 | By Jake Serwer | jserwer@press.org

Last Wednesday night, the Fourth Estate Restaurant hosted Jazz Night, featuring members of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. Covering the night was reporter, Casey Linsey, of K Street Magazine. Here is the full article which features a video of the teenage musicians rocking out in front of a sold out crowd for dinner.

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Pigeons to Tweets: Foreign correspondents help shape U.S. policy, author says

April 30, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Foreign correspondents shape Americans’ images of countries and thereby set the range of possible national policies, Giovanna Dell’Orto, professor at the University of Minnesota and former Associated Press reporter, told a National Press Club audience April 30.

She summarized the conclusions of her fourth book on journalism history, “American Journalism and International Relations: Foreign Correspondence from the Early Republic to the Digital Era.” The book analyzes 20 events from the revolutions of 1848 to the Mumbai, India, attacks of 2008.

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Malaysia's May 5 election 'too close to call,' former U.S. envoy says

April 28, 2013 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Malaysia's 13th general national election on May 5 will be "the most important---and most hard-fought" in the country's history, a former American ambassador to the Southeast Asian nation, said at an April 24 National Press Club Newsmaker.

John R. Malott, president and chief executive officer of the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., said the United Malays National Organisation and its coalition partners, who have ruled the country since its independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, face a united and strong opposition "which believes it has a real chance of coming to power".

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Equitable funding rather than test scores, educators urge at NPC Newsmaker

April 25, 2013 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

More emphasis on equitable funding of schools rather than higher test scores will help to improve education in the U.S., authors of a new book said at a National Press Club Newsmaker briefing on Thursday, April 25.

The four-member panel unveiled "Closing the Opportunity Gap," their new book, which comes 30 years after the release of "A Nation At Risk," a ground-breaking national commission report on the declining state of education. The "At Risk" report helped spark education reforms, including efforts to focus on shortcomings by measuring achievement through widespread student testing.

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U.S. infrastructure gets D+ from American Society of Civil Engineers

April 23, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

U.S. infrastructure -- transportation, energy, water and waste -- got a D+ in the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2013 quadrennial report, according to Gregory DiLoreto, president.

While the grade rose slightly from the D earned in the last report, "I don't think that's a card you take home to show your parents," he said at a National Press Club Newsmaker event on April 23.

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`Price-managed' lanes cut traffic gridlocks, says Newsmaker urging test

April 22, 2013 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

A toll-road proponent urged Congress, at an April 22 National Press Club Newsmaker, to include in the next highway funding bill a pilot project allowing states to convert some traffic lanes to toll roads to alleviate congestion.

Congress should approve a pilot allowing the top-20 urban areas with “severe congestion” to “take some percentage” of non-toll roads and test whether price-managed lanes would reduce gridlock, said Matthew Click, Southeast division director of tolls for HNTB Corp, a consulting firm based in Kansas City, Mo.

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Case load quotas impede decisions on disability claims, Judge Frye says at NPC

April 21, 2013 | By Marie Robey Wood | marierwood@hotmail.com

Imposing case quotas on federal administrative law judges can erode the quality of their decisions on disability claims, Randall Frye, a federal administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration in Charlotte, N.C., said at a National Press Club Newsmaker on April 19.

“Our caseloads everywhere have increased," said Frye, president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges. The quotas mean that "judges have to process cases – regardless of their complexity – in a finite period of time."

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