National Press Club

New carbon tax could stimulate economy, cut emissions, climatologist claims

August 30, 2011 | By Terry Hill | terry@terryhillcommunications.com

A simple solution to two of America’s greatest challenges—global warming and a weak economy—could be achieved by taxing energy-producing companies $10 for each ton of carbon emissions released into the air and giving all the money to legal U.S. residents, climatologist James Hansen told a National Press Club Newsmaker audience on Aug. 29.

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Club members Amanpour, Van Susteren make ‘Most Powerful Women’ list

August 26, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau | melcharbonneau@aol.com

National Press Club members Christiane Amanpour and Greta Van Susteren are featured in Forbes Magazine’s 2011 list of “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” Amanpour is ranked number 44 and Van Susteren is number 75.

The Forbes list is comprised of the most influential politicians, media figures, chief excutive officers, cultural icons and entrepreneurs around the globe. Topping the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

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Johnson says he remains viable in GOP presidential contest

August 19, 2011 | By Tim Young | timyoungjd@gmail.com

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson may be overlooked in the 2012 Republican presidental nomination race, but he's not counting himself out.

"I'm on the bubble," Johnson said at an Aug. 19 National Press Club luncheon. "Out of 184 candidates declared (to run for president), I'm like ninth in the rankings."

Johnson believes that next year's New Hampshire primary will make or break his campaign. He asserts that a candidate can go from "obscurity" to a major contender overnight with a win in that state.

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Bachmann won’t support debt-limit plan that fails to revamp federal spending

July 29, 2011 | By Terry Hill | terry@terryhillcommunications.com

With the hours quickly dwindling before the U.S. House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on raising the national debt limit, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told a National Press Club audience on July 28 that she would oppose any effort to raise the debt ceiling that did not revamp U.S. spending policies.

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College president found herself in middle of Tahrir Square uprising

July 29, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Uniformed snipers broke into the American University in Cairo building and positioned themselves on the roof during the Egyptian uprising earlier this year, the school's chief administrator told a Newsmaker audience on July 25.

Protesters then forced their way in the building and tried to oust the snipers, according to Lisa Anderson, AUC president. Security personnel eventually took control of the situation, she said, adding that the university had never given government officers permission to enter the building.

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Feinstein advocates for bill to repeal federal marriage statute

July 20, 2011 | By William Miller | williammiller512@aol.com

Congressional momentum is building to abolish the 15-year-old Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., principal sponsor of a repeal bill, at a July 19 Newsmaker.

Speaking the day before Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on DOMA and gay marriage, Feinstein said the session will climax “a landmark year in equality” for same-sex couples who have been hurt by DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

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Nuke regulator to address quickly changes prompted by Japan disaster

July 18, 2011 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told a National Press Club luncheon audience July 18 that his agency should act within 90 days on regulatory changes recommended in response to Japan's nuclear power disaster.

Although urging quick action, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko also insisted that he sees no immediate risks to the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States.

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Armstrong, Huffington see thousands more citizen journalists covering local news

July 18, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, described at a July 15 sell-out luncheon a media world embracing thousands more citizen journalists covering neighborhoods not only across America but also across the world.

At the same time, they emphasized the continued key role of professional journalists.

Armstrong said that journalists should be more transparent to their readers.

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Taiwan's information minister emphasizes economics in cross-strait relations

July 18, 2011 | By Keith M. Hill | khill@bna.com

Improvements in cross-strait relations between the Taiwan and mainland China should focus on economic issues before political ones, Philip Y.M. Yang said at a July 15 Newsmaker.

Yang, Taiwan’s minister of government information since May, is the spokesman for Taiwan overseas and for Taiwan’s cabinet domestically.

Improved cross-strait relations gives Taiwan a “peace dividend” and affords the country greater opportunities in such areas as economic cooperation and combating crime, Yang said. From the standpoint of Taiwan’s interests, improved relations is a win-win strategy, he added.

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Hockey title to come "one day", Caps owner Leonsis tells NPC audience

July 14, 2011 | By Bill Miller | williammiller512@aol.com

For frustrated Washington sports fans who haven’t experienced a championship by one of the city’s professional sports franchises in two decades, an end to the long drought may be in sight, Washington Capitals principal owner Ted Leonsis told a National Press Club Luncheon July 13.

Although he stopped short of predicting a championship next season, “our belief is that if we continue to make the playoffs, one of these days it’ll be us” who wins the Stanley Cup, hockey’s ultimate prize, Leonsis said.

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