National Press Club

Club 5K participants beat heat; race draws record number of entrants

June 13, 2011 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | markschoeff@gmail.com

Hundreds of participants in the National Press Club Beat the Deadline 5K endured hot, humid conditions on June 11, despite the race's 7:30 a.m. start time.

The event drew a record number of entrants -- more than 800 -- and likely will produce the highest fundraising total in six years for the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library.

But the cohort of runners and walkers was fewer than the total registered -- probably due to the warm temperature.

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Go Campaign initiates $500,000 drive to help youth solve world problems

June 9, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Leaders of the non-profit Go Campaign announced at a June 9 Newsmaker a $500,000 fund drive to help youth "solve real world problems and combat poverty in developing nations."

The initiative will support a five-year grant program to find the innovators and entrepreneurs who will inspire youth to tackle challenges in their communities and around the world.

Campaign board member and exercise guru Tony Horton, who will be a marshal at the June 11 Club 5K race, touted the drive.

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Babbitt: Radicals in Congress waging shadow war on environment

June 8, 2011 | By Terry Hill | terry@terryhillcommunications.com

Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt today accused “radicals” in Congress of waging a shadow war against the nation’s wilderness areas and called on President Barack Obama to gird for battle against increasing assaults on the environment at a June 8 Newsmaker.

“It is clear to me that the House of Representatives will not only block progress but will continue to sustain an assault on our public lands and water,” he said, urging the president to act more forcefully to aid the cause of conservation.

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Pakistani ambassador mourns slain journalist

June 7, 2011 | By Clothilde Le Coz | clc@rsf.org

During a condolence meeting convened by Pakistani reporters in the United States on June 6 at the National Press Club, Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani mourned the death of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, stating that his passing diminishes the humanity of everyone and that he was grieved that Pakistan has become a battlefield.

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Democracy meeting in Lithuania to focus on North Africa, Middle East, diplomats say

May 31, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

A high-level democracy meeting in Vilnius beginning June 29 will have a special focus on supporting democratic transition and consolidation worldwide, but especially on North Africa and the Middle East, and on helping bridge the gap between the principles of democracy and universal human rights, Egidijus Meilunas, Lithuania's vice minister of foreign affairs, and Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, senior advisor to Secretary of State Clinton for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, said at a Newsmaker press conference May 26.

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Former NPR journalist Williams says honest debate "essential" to the nation's future

May 27, 2011 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Former NPR and current Fox News commentator Juan Williams told a National Press Club luncheon audience May 26 that he had attended many events in the Club's ballroom but "I never thought I would be the speaker."

Williams became a news story seven months ago when he was fired by NPR for expressing discomfort at seeing persons in Muslim garb boarding an airplane with him. His comments caused a firestorm of controversy and Williams said he was shocked by the attention given his dismissal. In spite of years of exposure on television and radio, " I was fairly anonymous before this happened."

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Environmental questions fuel natural gas drilling debate

May 25, 2011 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

Uncertainty over the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing, a method of drilling for shale natural gas, dominated a debate on regulating such drilling at a May 24 NPC Newsmaker.

Adrian Kuzminski, an anti-drilling activist from Sustainable Otsego, an upstate New York "grass roots" organization of 600 people, opposed fracturing. "Natural gas is not a substitute for oil, but an extension," he said.

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Africa looks to reap development benefits from diaspora

May 21, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Africans living outside the continent who remain committed to its development are considered its "sixth region," according to the organizer of an upcoming summit designed to tap the diaspora who spoke at a May 18 Newsmaker.

Ambassador Mbulelo Rakwena of the Africa Multilateral Branch of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said the meeting will bring together leaders from politics, business, culture, civil society and other sectors of the diaspora, together with their counterparts from the African continent.

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Union leader promises to fight states over worker rights

May 20, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka lashed out at politicians in Wisconsin, Ohio and a dozen other states who he said "are trying to take away workers' right to organize and bargain for a better life," at a May 20 National Press Club luncheon.

He promised to fight back.

"Budget proposals unveiled in Washington and state capitals across our country this year revealed a despicable canvas of cruelty," Trumka said.

Trumka criticized a litany of states. For instance, he cited legislation in

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Jones calls for Marshall Plan-type assistance for Egypt

May 16, 2011 | By Terry Hill | terry@terryhillcommunications.com

Former U.S. National Security Advisor James L. Jones called for the United States to create an aid package for Egypt similar to the Marshall Plan that helped Europe emerge from the destruction of World War II at a National Press Club luncheon May 16.

The plan would provide economic and governmental assistance and send a clear message to those who have doubted U.S. intentions in the region.

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