National Press Club

Death of US Troops in Pakistan Reflects on Zardari, Court Official Says

February 4, 2010 | By Robert Webb |

On a day that three American troops were killed in northwest Pakistan, Farooq Hassan, senior advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan , called it "highly embarassing" to the government of President Asif Ali Zardari.

At a Feb. 3 Newsmaker, he said the government "is acutely aware of the unpopularity of (its) close ties to Washington." The three men were military trainers in a convoy headed to Lower Dir in the Northwest.

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NASA Explains Private Partnership Deals for Transportation Needs

February 3, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh |

The U.S. will rely on the nation's aerospace contractors to fill the gap when NASA's shuttle program ends later this year, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced at a Newsmaker Feb. 2.

"We may soon have the prospect of multiple providers of space transportation,” he said.

"This would ensure that we have safe reliable redundant domestic capability. We do not have this today, which is the crux of our dependence on our Russian partners and the Soyuz space craft,” Bolden said.

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Club Members Welcome New President at Bjerga Inaugural

February 1, 2010 | By Melissa Charbonneau |

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Club Members Welcome New President at Bjerga Inaugural

NPC President Alan Bjerga and Sen. Amy Klobuchar during the inaugural dinner
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With snow flurries blanketing the streets of Washington in white and bison on the menu, Alan Bjerga of Bloomberg News joined hundreds of guests to celebrate his inauguration as the National Press Club’s 103rd president Jan. 30.

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Leader of Liberal Party in Iraq Lays Out Party Platform

February 1, 2010 | By Peter Hickman |

The Ahrar (Liberal) Party of Iraq supports a secular Iraqi government that views all sects, tribal affiliations and religious preferences equally, the party head said at a Newsmaker Jan. 28.

In discussing the country's March general elections for the Council of Representatives, Imam Ayad Jamal Aldin also said his party supports freedom of press, information and speech, women's rights and "heavy concentration" on job creation and strengthening of the economy.

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Hoyer warns economy may hurt Dems in Nov. elections

January 27, 2010 | By Terry Hill

The economic pain and fear of many across America may translate into political pain for Democrats, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said at an NPC news conference Jan. 26.

"That's what we saw in Massachusetts," he said, referring to the special election in whcih a Republican was elected to fill a Senate seat held by Democrats for 50 years. "If Democrats didn't share America's economic urgency, we would deserve to lose more seats."

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Filmmaker Discusses Soviet Atrocities

January 27, 2010 | By Peter Hickman |

Edvins Snore, the Latvian author-producer of the documentary, "The Soviet Story," showed clips from his film at a Jan. 25 Newsmaker and gave a behind-the-scenes look at the archival research in several European countries that went into his work.

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Women in Politics Too Easily Stereotyped, Author Says

January 26, 2010 | By Eleanor Herman |

“Let’s have a conversation about the adventures of women in politics, how they are seen, portrayed and objectified in the media, and the legacy that we are leaving to our daughters,” said Leslie Sanchez, political pundit and television commentator at the Club Jan. 25.

Her latest book, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary, and the Shaping of the New American Woman,” examines how far women have come in American politics, and how far they still need to go.

Sanchez said that unlike men, women in politics easily fall into stereotypes.

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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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