National Press Club

Media Shield Legislation to be Debated Sept. 17

September 14, 2009 | By Donna Leinwand |

The Senate Judiciary Committee will debate the Free Flow of Information Act, a media shield bill sponsored by Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Last week, the Judiciary Committee adopted a substitute amendment supported by the National Press Club and 69 other media organizations that creates qualified privilege to protect journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources except in cases of national security and criminal conduct.

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NPC Statement on White House Policy to Disclose Visitor Logs

September 4, 2009

"The National Press Club applauds President Obama's decision to give the public greater access to White House visitor logs," NPC President Donna Leinwand said Friday.

"Although the president has limited the disclosures, it is a step toward more transparency in government and a reversal of this administration's previous policy. We hope in time that the administration will allow more timely and broader access."

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NPC Supports Amicus on Texas Open Meetings Act

September 4, 2009 | By Donna Leinwand |

The National Press Club has joined 22 other news organizations in an amicus brief filed Thursday by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press urging the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the Texas Open Meetings Act. A three-judge panel earlier this year ruled the law unconstitutional, finding it violated public officials' First Amendment rights because it bars them from communicating secretly about public business.

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Club Mourns Death of Kennedy

August 31, 2009

The National Press Club mourns the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. He had made more appearances at the National Press Club than any other individual in the Club's history.

"Sen. Kennedy has made numerous speeches at the National Press Club over the past four decades, and we will miss hosting him," NPC President Donna Leinwand said. "Sen. Kennedy was always a gracious and informative guest who was unfailingly accessible to the media. He will be missed."

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Nick Jonas: Ambassador for Diabetes Cure, Idol for Teen Fans

August 25, 2009 | By Richard Lee |

Nick Jonas, youngest member of the teen pop phenomenon the Jonas Brothers, spoke about his daily fight with type 1 diabetes at a sold-out Luncheon Monday.

Jonas, 16, dressed in a navy suit, white shirt and dark striped tie, looked like the ultimate poster boy for juveniles coping with this life-threatening disease. He was diagnosed when he was 13. He feared he was going to die.

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Chertoff, Hayden Defend Use of Contractors for Intel Work

August 21, 2009 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Two recent top government officials defended the use of contractors in conducting intelligence work at an Aug. 20 joint Newsmaker and Book & Author event.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff explained that it is often necessary for agencies to bring in outside talent to fill a need for a particular skill.

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Club Mourns Loss of Long-time Member Bob Novak, Golden Owl

August 19, 2009

The National Press Club mourns the loss of its long time member and Golden Owl Robert Novak.

The controversial columnist, at the heart of political storms even into his last years, died Tuesday of brain cancer. He was 78.

Mr. Novak joined the National Press Club in 1957 and had made regular appearances at panels and events until announcing his retirement in July. Most recently, he recounted his remarkable 50-year career in Washington journalism at an NPC Book Rap featuring his memoir, "The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington."

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Georgian ambassador criticizes Russia for continuing instability in region

August 14, 2009 | By Peter Hickman |

A Russian embargo and provocations in "breakaway regions" of Abkhazia and South Ossestia are fueling continuing instability in Georgia, the Georgian ambassador to the U.S. Batu Kutelia told an audience of Russian diplomats and journalists at a Newsmaker event Tuesday, marking the first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Georgia.

Russia is "zero for six" in complying with the terms of the August 12, 2008 ceasefire that ended the fighting between Moscow and the former Soviet republic, Kutelia said.

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Yunus calls for financial system to combat poverty

August 13, 2009 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

When reforming the global financial system to avoid a collapse like the one that fostered the current recession, world leaders should look not to Wall Street and London but rather to Bangladesh and Jackson Heights in New York City, where small, low-interest loans are helping poor people establish an economic foothold, according to the founder of an institution that specializes in such lending.

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NPC Applauds Release of Journalists held in North Korea

August 6, 2009

The National Press Club applauds the release and pardon of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who arrived in California on Wednesday. The journalists had been held by North Korea since March 17 for allegedly perpetrating "hostile acts" for entering the country while reporting on North Korean refugees living in China.

The journalists, of San Francisco-based Current TV, had been sentenced to 12 years working in North Korean labor camps but were pardoned by North Korean president Kim Jong Il during negotiations with former President Bill Clinton Tuesday.

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