National Press Club

Documentary maker lauds women's role in the Arab Spring

June 14, 2015 | By Louise Walsh | ldwalsh@earthlink.net

Gini Reticker executive director of a documentary, “The Trials of Spring," told a National Press Club audience June 10 that the film shows three Egyptian women fighting for freedom and social justice during the Arab Spring.

In a discussion following the film's trailer and five accompanying digital films of North African, Arabian Gulf and Egyptian women, Reticker explained, “Women in the region are at the forefront of progressive change. They are tortured and targeted by violent extremists, but they are not invited to the table to talk about violent extremism.”

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Actor tells Press Club event: Rohingya camps like 'Polish ghetto under the Nazis'

June 13, 2015 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi | yasmine.elsabawi@gmail.com

Oscar-nominated actor Matt Dillon described harrowing scenes in Myanmar's western Rakhine state at a NPC Speakers press conference at the National Press Club on June 12, telling the crowd that during his visit to the Rohingya refugee camps, he encountered no non-governmental organizations and, on one occasion, was told to turn off his camera and leave.

Dillon, who is currently starring in the Fox series "Wayward Pines," traveled to Myanmar six weeks ago after hearing about the persecuted and stateless Muslim minority group from activist Thun Khin, who is himself a Rohingya.

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Kalb Report: Obama White House hostile to news media -– but Lincoln was worse

June 3, 2015 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@me.com

The Obama administration has had a “chilling effect” on a free press and on the work of White House reporters, three senior White House correspondents told host Marvin Kalb on the latest edition of “The Kalb Report” June 1.

“This administration has undertaken more criminal prosecutions because of press leaks than every other administration in the history of the country put together,” said USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page.

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Jackson’s story highlights America's history of racial divisions, NPR host tells Book Rap

May 31, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

The story that National Public Radio host Steve Inskeep writes in Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross and a Great American Land Grab has many similarities to today, Inskeep told a National Press Club Book Rap May 28.

“You are talking about Congress and the Supreme Court. You are talking about lobbyists in Washington and the Religious Right and different racial minorities, and you are talking about a changing country,” he said.

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National Press Club Statement On Shooting of Journalist Charnice Milton

May 29, 2015 | By John Hughes | president@press.org

Following is a statement by John Hughes, President of the National Press Club on the shooting death yesterday of Charnice Milton, a reporter for Capital Community News.

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Garrison Keillor proposes 15 things to make America a better place

May 27, 2015 | By John M. Rosenberg | johnrosenberg@outlook.com

Humorist and best-selling author Garrison Keillor, making his first appearance at the Club since 1994, delivered a speech titled “15 things that need to change right away.” In prefacing the speech, Keillor expressed regret that in his 40 years of hosting the “A Prairie Home Companion” radio program listeners had come away remembering nothing in particular that he had said.

In his May 22 luncheon address, the 72-year-old Minnesota native said he wanted to present the Club audience with specific messages, whereby a level of discussion might ensue.

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Peter Yarrow and Bernie Williams talk about need for music education at Newsmaker

May 20, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejim | akunnaya25@yahoo.com

Folk legend Peter Yarrow and former New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams joined a May 19 Club Newsmaker panel to talk about the need for music education in elementary andf secondary schools.

A survey found 77 percent of teachers and 64 percent of parents saying that music is very important, and more than three-quarters of teachers saying that music positively affects students who take music education, said Peter Grunwald, an education researcher and president of Grunwald Associates LLC.

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Claims of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction was CIA failure, former deputy director says

May 19, 2015 | By Keith M.Hill | khill@bna.com

The claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was one of the Central Intelligence Agency’s biggest failures of the last 20 years, former deputy director Michael Morell said at a Newsmaker May 18. Morell said that most of the world’s intelligence agencies made the same mistake.

Morell talked about the CIA’s successes and failures, which are discussed in his new book, “The Great Was of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism‑‑‑From al Qaida to ISIS.” Morell’s presentation focused primarily on the Middle East, particularly Iraq and Syria.

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Airline executives charge Qatar, UAE with trade violations, urge U.S. government action

May 16, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Leaders of American, Delta and United Airlines charged the governments of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates with violating trade agreements by subsidizing their national airlines and urged the U.S. government to open consultations on the agreements at a May 15 National Press Club luncheon.

"Of 114 open skies agreements, two are being heavily abused," said Jeff Smisek, chairman, president and chief executive of United Airlines.

Open skies pacts are intergovernmental agreements that set rules for flying in other countries' airspace.

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Levin seeks transparency on Asian trade pact

May 16, 2015 | By Mike Smith | mike@msbdinc.com

As the Senate works its way through trade legislation, the bigger struggle will happen in the House, one of the key players in the debate said at a Club Newsmaker on May 14.

“The real story is going to be in the House,” said Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich. and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee. “We are working to produce a progressive trade policy – the administration is talking about [trade promotion authority] being the most progressive policy, but it is flawed.”

Levin called for “leveling the playing field” with global trading partners.

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