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National Press Club

1913-era signs, hors’ d’oeuvres, commentary abound as Club celebrates suffrage march centennial

March 3, 2013 | By Cary Pollak |

It was 1913 again in the National Press Club Ballroom Feb. 28.

At a gala Club reception commemorating the 1913 march in Washington that led to voting rights for women, arriving guests were greeted at the door by female “suffragists” dressed in period costumes, sporting banners and carrying signs with messages such as “Democracy Should Begin At Home.”

The women did not smile when posing for photos, clearly paying homage to their forebears, for whom the quest for the vote was a solemn pursuit.

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U.S. GDP will grow If trade deficit drops, says economist Dean Baker

February 28, 2013 | By Andrew Kreig |]

Washington economist Dean Baker told a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference audience Feb. 28 that U.S. trade deficit reductions deserve far more attention as a strategy for domestic economic growth.

Baker, co-director and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, said the U.S. economy has lost $8 trillion in wealth from the economic downturn beginning at the end of the Bush administration.

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Bill Moyers and family describe how drug addiction ravaged their lives

February 28, 2013 | By Joseph Luchok |

“Stunning shock,” “exhausted” and “no more.”

Those were some of the words noted broadcast journalist Bill Moyers and his wife Judith used to describe the ravaging effects of drug addiction on a family In an informative and emotional discussion before a large National Press Club audience in the Club Ballroom Feb. 27.

Also speaking was their formerly addicted son, William C. Moyers, author of a new book on his addiction, “Now What?” He that his addiction to cocaine “filled a hole in his soul,” and was an escape from living with the fact he was not perfect.

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Two former Israeli, Palestinian enemies tell how they became 'brothers' for peace

February 25, 2013 | By Robert Webb |

Two men who fought on opposite sides of the Israel-Palestinian conflict described at a Feb. 25 National Press Club Newsmaker press conference how, after each lost a daughter in the fighting, they decided to put down their arms and work for peace.

Bassam Aramin, the former Palestinian combatant, and Rami Elhanan, a former Israeli soldier, criticized what they said is the failure by the American press to cover Israeli-Palestinian news -- particularly positive news such as their transformation from warriors to peacemakers.

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Former AIG CEO sues U.S. for 'nationalizing' company

February 22, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Maurice R. Greenberg, chief executive officer of American International Group (AIG) from 1967 to 2005, told a Feb. 21 National Press Club Newsmaker audience that the company had been nationalized three times -- by Iran, Pakistan and the United States -- but only compensated by Iran and Pakistan.

"That's the reason we're suing," Greenberg said, referring to the terms of the AIG bailout during the 2008 financial crisis and his suit of the U.S. government for damages. He now leads C.V. Starr & Co., the largest shareholder of AIG stock.

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Motion Picture executive stops short of endorsing regulating violence at NPC Luncheon

February 15, 2013 | By Audrey Hoffer |

Regulating content is not the response to violence in films, said Christopher Dodd, chairman and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America in a Feb. 15 National Press Club Luncheon speech.

Dodd stopped short of agreeing to limit gun violence in movies even as he recalled driving through Newtown, Conn., the night before the shooting tragedy. “I care deeply about the subject and will be working with the [Obama] administration to provide assistance,” he said. But “when you try to regulate content it’s a very slippery choice.”

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Israeli envoy declares 2013 'year of reckoning' to stop nuclear Iran

February 14, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Salman Shoval, Israeli special envoy to the United States and Europe, told a Feb. 13 National Press Club Newsmaker event that 2013 will be "the year of reckoning" when Iran's nuclear ambitions must be stopped.

Iran will be the most important topic between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Barack Obama during Obama's forthcoming visit to Israel, followed by the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the economy, Shoval said.

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House Budget leaders offer sequester, fiscal cliff strategies

February 13, 2013 | By Robert Weiner and Richard Mann |

House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Vice Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., agreed that the recurring fiscal cliffs and sequestration are bad for the nation but disagreed on ways to stop them.

Price opened a unique bipartisan leaders' Feb. National Press Club Newsmakers event decrying the "magnitude" of the $16 trillion deficit -- "too many zeros."

An orthopedic surgeon, Price said that "if you didn't make the right diagnosis, the patient only got better by dumb luck."

"We have a spending debt crisis, not a revenue crisis," Price said.

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Business can succeed and help communities, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey says

February 7, 2013 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef |

Businesses can be successful while also benefiting customers, employees and their community by consciously looking for ways to serve, John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods told a National Press Club audience Tuesday.

Mackey and co-author Raj Sisodia, said they are hoping to persuade other business leaders of the value of conscious capitalism in their book, “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business."

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Obama must save the nation's public lands from excessive energy demands, former Interior Secretary Babbitt says

February 6, 2013 | By Robert E. Webb |

Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt called for the federal government to give equal attention to protecting America's public lands when it considers the oil and gas industry's requests to develop energy resources.

President Obama should "embrace a simple, powerful, and practical principle that will, once again, place the conservation of America's lands on equal ground with energy development," Babbitt said at a Feb. 5 Newsmaker press conference at the National Press Club.

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