National Press Club

Retired Military Officers Urge End to Gitmo, Torture

January 25, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh |

The Guantanamo Bay detention facility should be closed, and the detainees should be tried, a group of retired generals said at a Jan. 21 Newsmaker.

Gen. David M. Maddox, Lieut. Gen. Harry E. Soyster, Major Gen. William L. Nash, and , discussed Guantanamo and Handling of Terrorist Suspects addressed a National Press Club press conference in Washington, DC.

"Doing so will make America more secure on the battlefield, in the skies, and on our soil,” said retired Gen. David M. Maddox , who said that misinformation has dominated the public debate over the issues.

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NASDAQ Chief Opposes Securities Transaction Tax

January 21, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh |

The top executive of the world’s largest exchange company blasted the Congress for moving toward a securities transaction tax as a way to “punish” Wall Street for the excesses of the past decade.

At a Newsmaker Jan. 21, Bob Greifeld, chief executive officer of NASDAQ OMX Group, said, “I’m not speaking of the 'TARP tax' or 'financial crisis responsibility fee,' which the administration discussed last week, but something very different: a tax on all securities transactions that would cause a long-term change to functioning markets.”

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Photographers Not Happy with News Outlets' Use of White House Photo Handouts

January 21, 2010 | By Vineeta Anand |

The Obama White House is competing more successfully with press photographers than any previous administration, four members of the White House News Photographers Association said Jan.20, the first anniversary of Obama’s inauguration.

Through dozens of daily handouts of photographs to newspapers and wire services and its Flickr page where it uploads hundreds of photographs every day, the White House is seeking to control the images of the president it wants the public to see, the panelists agreed during a discussion organized by the Photography Committee.

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Please Welcome 19 New Members

January 19, 2010 | By Myron Belkind, Club Secretary |

The Board of Governors approved 19 membership applications Jan. 15. The new members are:

Active: David J. Friar - Associated Press, Reporter/Producer; Julienne Marie Gage - Indagar Media Corp., Freelance Journalist/Producer; Holly Rosenkrantz – Bloomberg, Reporter

Active Non-Resident: Neil St. Clair , Martinsville, NJ - News 10 Now/Time Warner Cable, Television Reporter; Katherine Winn, Los Angeles, CA - Associated Press/Getty Images/Corbis Freelance, Photographer/Photojournalist

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Bjerga Becomes 103rd NPC President

January 15, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

Alan Bjerga, a reporter for Bloomberg News, was installed as the 103rd president of the National Press Club at the annual membership meeting Jan. 15.

Bjerga accepted the gavel from past President Sylvia Smith, who stood in for President Donna Leinwand. Leinwand, a reporter for USA Today, was dispatched to Haiti to cover the earthquake and rescue efforts so was not able to attend the meeting.

A black-tie party celebrating Bjerga's inaugural is Jan. 30. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 202-662-7501 or by emailing

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S.C. Attorney General Raises Concerns about Health Bill

January 15, 2010 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Making deals to secure votes for legislation is a law of political compromise but it is not codified in the Constitution, according to one of the state leaders who is urging Congress to remove a provision of the Senate health care bill that benefits only Nebraska.

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster contends that one element of the massive bill -- an agreement to have the federal government pick up the entire cost of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska -- was inserted solely to secure the vote of Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.

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Leinwand Sent to Cover Haiti Quake, Rescue Efforts

January 14, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

President Donna Leinwand left Washington Thursday to cover aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Leinwand, who reports on international disasters and domestic law enforcement for USA Today, has covered more than 20 hurricanes, including Katrina, as well as the Asian tsunami and the war in Iraq.

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Brzezinski: Moving Backward to Go Forward

January 13, 2010 | By Bea Snyder |

“Sometimes you have to take a big step backwards in order to move forward,” Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and The Joe Scarborough Show on ABC Radio Network told an audience of 250 Jan. 12. Joined by Joe Scarborough, Brzezinski discussed her memoir, "All Things at Once," and their experiences working together.

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Walker Calls for Commission to Make Tough Budget Choices

January 13, 2010 | By Mark Schoeff |

When President Obama gives his State of the Union speech in February, he must begin preparing the country for tough decisions on federal spending by endorsing a budget commission, according to a former federal official who has forged a reputation for sober analysis of the country’s fiscal challenges.

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NPC Members Added to Standing Committee

January 12, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

NPC members Thomas Burr of the Salt Lake Tribune and Joe Morton of the Omaha World Herald are the new members of the Standing Committee of Correspondents, it was announced Tuesday.

They join two other NPC members, Maureen Groppe of Gannett News Service, and Lisa Mascaro of the Las Vegas Sun, on the five-member committee.

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