National Press Club

U.S, lawmaker calls for legalizing medical marijuana

April 22, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejim |

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) called for the federal legalization of therapeutic hemp and cannabidol at a federal level at a Club Newsmaker event April 22.

Perry said this would provide access to the drug, which he said could reduce the duration and length of seizures in children and adults with epilepsy and other related disorders.

He said his proposed bill “in no way federally legalizes or allows for the recreational use of marijuana.”

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At Book Rap, Paulson urges Congress to pass fast-track trade legislaton

April 20, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Congress should pass fast-track trade legislation, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told a Club Book Rap April 17.

Also known as trade promotion authority, the legislation would allow the president to negotiate trade deals that are submitted to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments.

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UN chief calls for ceasefire in Yemen, announces trip to Vatican

April 16, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a ceasefire in Yemen Thursday night in an address to the National Press Club and announced he will go to the Vatican this month to further his long concern about climate change and the environment.

Yemen and climate change were only two of the world's hot spots Ban said had led a colleague to remark that "never had he seen a period like this one at once."

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Clinton's use of personal email violated public record rules, panel says

April 9, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejim |

The use of a personal email account by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while “stunning,” is just one example of high-level public officials violating public record rules, Patrice McDermott, director of said Thursday at National Press Club Newsmaker.

McDermott, one of four panelists who discussed issues arising from Clinton's use of a private server for email communications during her tenure as Secretary of State, said such practices extended to every post-Internet administration and encompassed electronic records as well as email.

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Embassies tap social media, traditional media to get their messages out

April 9, 2015 | By Aisha Chowdhry |

Embassies in the United States are tapping social media as well as traditional media to get their messages to policy makers in the United States and across the globe, a panel of press attaches from Austria, Mexico, Sweden and Ecuador said Wednesday at the National Press Club.

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Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls for Muslim reformation

April 7, 2015 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi

Political upheaval and terrorist violence in the Middle East and Africa signals the need for “reformation” of the Islamic faith, Somali-born author and Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali said Tuesday at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon.

Ali, a former Muslim who once urged Muslims to abandon their faith, said she now believes such an "exodus from Islam" is no longer viable. Instead, her latest book, "Heretic," describes how the religion’s teachings promote warfare, sectarianism, and oppression, and outlines a five-point plan to amend Islam.

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Budget cuts crimp IRS ability to respond to taxpayer calls, commissioner reports

April 1, 2015 | By Robert E. Webb |

As if his listeners didn’t know, IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen reminded a March 31 National Press Club luncheon audience that Tax Day – April 15 – will soon be here and it’s time to get their taxes done. But, he said, “if you can’t make the deadline, you can file for a six-month extension.”

Unfortunately, though, they may have trouble getting help from IRS in completing their returns. Funding cuts, he said, has cut the agency’s response rate to telephone calls from taxpayers.

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Outgoing FDA commissioner: Regulation, when done right, 'not a roadblock'

March 28, 2015 | By Varun Saxena |

U.S. Food & Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg forcefully defended food and drug regulations at a National Press Club luncheon March 27, in her last formal public remarks before her April 3 retirement as the head of the federal agency that oversees products accounting for one-fourth of all U.S. consumer spending.

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Class on how to use Facebook draws big crowd

March 25, 2015 | By Paul Merrion |

Did you know that 30% of Americans get their news from Facebook these days? Are you using the social media giant to its full potential?

About 50 people, young and old, attended a lively 90-minute session in the National Press Club's First Amendment Lounge March 24 on the best ways to use Facebook to engage readers.

Don Seymour, Facebook's political and government outreach manager, explained that, in using Facebook, it pays to be authentic, to post frequently and to include video or large, unique images that tell about the story behind the story.

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Kalb Report: Journalism integrity not killed by digital technology

March 25, 2015 | By Gil Klein |

Digital journalism is maturing and reverting to the standards that have guided the profession since the days when Edward R. Murrow invented broadcast news, four top journalists told a skeptical host Marvin Kalb March 23.

“Gone are the days when you could get a job because you knew a social media platform that your editors thought was completely magic,” said Evan McMorris-Santoro, the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed.

“We are back to the era, now, where it’s professionalizing again. Good reporting and good content are what they want.”

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