National Press Club

Author gets break on Sept. 11 investigation over beer at FBI retirement party

April 13, 2012 | By Eleanor Herman |

Joshua Meyer, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist formerly with the Los Angeles Times, took a rapt National Press Club audience into the classified world of counterterrorism, espionage, and U.S. government attempts to capture the most dangerous man in the world at an April 11 book rap.

In "The Hunt for KSM, Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of The Real 911 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Meyer details the dogged pursuit of two agents who chased the terrorist from five years before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks until his 2003 arrest.

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Model pact brings harmony to Major League Baseball, says players' union chief

April 11, 2012 | By Bill Miller |

The historic labor agreement signed late last year by Major League Baseball and its union, the Major League Baseball Players Association, is a model for collective bargaining during a time of economic stress, MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner said at a National Press Club luncheon April 11.

The five-year pact -- a change of pace from the bargaining strife and work stoppages that dominated much of the last century -- guarantees uninterrupted play of the national pastime through the 2016 season.

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IRS commissioner urges Congress to act swiftly to avoid 'Taxmageddon'

April 6, 2012 | By Justin Duckham |

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman urged lawmakers to address a series of tax cuts that have either expired or are expiring in order to sidestep what some D.C. insiders call “Taxmageddon.”

“Unfortunately, Congress has gotten into the habit of passing tax legislation very late,” Shulman said during a luncheon Thursday at the National Press Club. “If Congress can’t act by the end of the year … you could have a real disaster in the filing season.”

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Chopra says technology and spiritual awareness can create ‘global identity’

April 4, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich |

The most fundamental fact of existence is not the universe nor even space, time or gravity, but that we are of aware of the universe, Deepak Chopra, author or co-author of over 60 books on spirituality and mind-body connections, told a National Press Club luncheon audience Wednesday.

“When you come into this world, you come with awareness,” Chopra, a physician, said.

Expanding that awareness is the theme of Chopra's latest book, Spiritual Solutions.

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Boomer retirees face uncertain future, Pension Benefit director says

April 4, 2012 | By Terry Hill |

Americans are living longer, healthier lives, but many retiring baby boomers haven't saved enough to guarantee a financial secure future, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Director Joshua Gotbaum said Wednesday at a Newsmaker briefing.

About10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 each day, but many don't have enough money to retire, Gotbaum said.

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NewsHour's serious approach to news more relevant than ever, PBS newsman Lehrer says

April 3, 2012 | By Gil Klein |

PBS' NewsHour is facing major financial problems with the sudden steep decline in corporate underwriting, but its mission is more critical than ever as the public tries to make sense of a flood of information, the NewsHour's founder Jim Lehrer told host Marvin Kalb on Monday in the latest edition of The Kalb Report.

"Corporate money dropped just like that." Lehrer said with a snap of his fingers. "We have to deal with it.”

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Republican lawmakers say Pakistan tramples Balochistan, supplies Taliban

March 27, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Pakistan suppresses the rights of people in its Balochistan province and supports enemies of the United States, three Republican congressmen said Tuesday at a Newsmaker press conference.

Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of California, Louis Gohmert of Texas and Steve King of Iowa co-sponsored a resolution in the House that calls for self-determination for Balochistan.

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Portugal needs entrepreneurial spirit to dig out of crisis, finance minister says

March 25, 2012 | By Peter Hickman |

For Portugal to emerge from its economic troubles, the Eurozone country must create an environment that encourages entrepreneurship and adjust is financial regulations, Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar said March 19 at a Newsmaker event.

While most Portuguese lead a "reasonably comfortable life", Gaspar said he is disappointed in the nation's slow economic growth. He said the government's new privatization efforts will aid the recovery. Portugal's export base is growing, which will also improve the country's international competitiveness, he said.

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Steve Jobs may have reinvented journalism, biographer Isaacson tells 'Kalb Report'

March 22, 2012 | By Gilbert Klein |

The late Steve Jobs may have created the technology that will revive the news business, his biographer, Walter Isaacson, told host Marvin Kalb on the latest edition of “The Kalb Report” at the National Press Club March 20.

Jobs' creation of the iPad offers is a new way of distributing news, Isaacson said. And the creation of apps, he added, provides a new way to sell news to subscribers, which will bring new revenue to journalism. The app, he said, allows for “enormous creativity” and provides a good business model.

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Islam scholar advocates merging Islamic values with democracy for success in Tunisia

March 20, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Tunisia represents the best hope for a successful transition to democracy in the Arab world, provided it succeeds in merging secular democracy with Islamic values, according to Radwan Masmoudi, president and founder of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy. He spoke at a March 20 Newsmaker.

Although free elections in October, 2011, produced a coalition government headed by the moderate Islamic party An-Nahdha, Masmoudi said he worries that an increase in activity by radical Islamic groups could hinder progress.

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