National Press Club

Scottish First Minister predicts independence from United Kingdom at Press Club Newsmaker

April 10, 2013 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

While Scotland -- if it achieves independence from the United Kingdom following the 2014 referendum on that issue -- "will never be a global superpower, it will be a good global citizen," Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland, told an April 10 National Press Club Newsmaker.

An independent Scotland will carry with it far-reaching economic, legal, political and security consequences for all of the U.K., Salmond said

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Successful innovators have Ninja qualities, CEA president says at National Press Club event

April 10, 2013 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dleinwand@usatoday.com

Today's most successful business innovators embrace the same qualities that defined the historical and mythical Ninja clans, including discipline, mission-oriented strategy, adaptability, decisiveness and a will to win, said Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association.

Shapiro discussed his new book, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses on April 3 at the National Press Club.

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Mayo Clinic CEO calls for reimbursement reforms at National Press Club Luncheon

April 9, 2013 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Dr. John H. Noseworthy, president and chief executive officer of the Mayo Clinic, called for scrapping the current federal reimbursement system for Medicare and Medicaid patients at a National Press Club Luncheon address April 9 and replacing it with one that rewards health care providers who use the most effective and cost-efficent treatments.

The U.S. "faces perhaps the most profound challenge in its history" regarding health care as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," Noseworthy said.

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NPC member raps about 'Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball’s Color Line'

April 8, 2013 | By Joe Motheral | JoeGM35@aol.com

Well before Jackie Robinson took to the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 becoming the first African-American to play Major League Baseball since a ban on black players had been imposed in 1880s, a semi-professional baseball team was integrated.

National Press Club member Tom Dunkel appeared at an April 4 Book & Author Committee Book Rap to discuss his just-published first book, Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball's Color Line.

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Nestle executive forecasts growth in bottled water despite environmental concerns

April 4, 2013 | By Marie Wood |

The consumption of bottled water will overtake that of carbonated soft drinks in the next five or six years, according to Kim Jeffery, chairman of Nestle Waters of North America, at a National Press Club Newsmaker April 4.

“The ascendancy of a water-drinking generation is one of the biggest things to happen in this country in the last 50 years, beginning now, ”Jeffery said.

“Over 73 percent of America drinks bottled water.” Jeffery added, “while the percentage of Americans drinking soft drinks continues to decrease."

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Jesuit says new pope shuns pomp, focuses on poverty

April 4, 2013 | By Sean Lyngaas | sean.lyngaas@gmail.com

The election last month of Pope Francis represents a renewed focus from the Vatican on the Gospel’s basic teachings regarding poverty and humility, Father Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest, said at an April 3 National Press Club Newsmaker.

The spartan life led by Francis as archbishop of Buenos Aires before becoming pope indicates that he will make poverty alleviation a centerpiece of his agenda, Reese said. The then-archbishop, whose birth name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, reportedly turned down the bishop’s palace for his own apartment and commuted by bus rather than limousine.

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Cummings pushes gun trafficking legislation

April 3, 2013 | By Bob Weiner and Rich Mann | weinerpublic@comcast.net

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, urged “action” on gun legislation in Congress at an April 2 Newsmaker.

He underlined the current dangers associated with gun trafficking and made the case for tough federal penalties aimed at “straw purchasers.”

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Post editors on Kalb Report: fighting for quality and revenue in the digital age

April 3, 2013 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Two top Washington Post editors marveled at the new ways that technology allows newspapers to tell stories, but conceded they had little idea of how to deal with the financial pressures that are forcing the paper to make staff reductions.

“We have new, powerful ways of storytelling; we can reach far more people,” Post Executive Editor Marty Baron told host Marvin Kalb on the “The Kalb Report” April 1.

But he said the paper still has not turned the corner toward financial stability that will allow it to begin to rebuild the staff after severe cuts.

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Pakistani calls drone policy 'wrong war with wrong methods against the wrong enemy'

March 29, 2013 | By Audrey E Hoffer | audrey@ahoffer.net

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, author, professor at American University and former Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland said at a March 28 Newsmaker that the US drone program hurts the societies it targets and is the wrong way to fight the war on terror.

Speaking on his book, "The Thistle and the Drone: How American’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam," Ahmed said the US policy of selectively targeting individuals for assassination is not successful and overlooks the fundamental tribal structure of the countries in which the US is fighting.

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African American entrepreneur urges swift action on black unemployment

March 26, 2013 | By Bob Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Billionaire entrepreneur Robert L. Johnson urged the nation to reduce the high unemployment of African Americans at a March 26 National Press Club luncheon.

Citing a Zogby poll on African American attitudes, he said "When polled on why African-Americans believe black unemployment is consistently double that of whites, responses include failure of the education system for minorities, lack of corporate commitment to hiring minorities and a failure of government policies for hiring practices."

"Afrcan-Americans have been the hardest hit" by the nation's economic downturn, he said.

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