National Press Club

Johnson says he remains viable in GOP presidential contest

August 19, 2011 | By Tim Young |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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Rep. Barney Frank says financial reform "holding up very well"

July 13, 2011 | By Mark Schoeff, Jr. |

Implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law is stalled by lack of funding from Congressional Republicans as it approaches its one-year anniversary, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said at a July 11 Newsmaker,

Frank., ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, said the GOP has not made a frontal assault on Dodd-Frank because doing so would be politically dangerous in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

“It is still too popular,” Frank said. “I am struck, at least in public, how little advocacy there has been for substantial changes.”

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Astronaut Kelly shrugs off political rumors; NASA Administrator Bolden says U.S. will lead in space

July 1, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Astronaut Mark Kelly, commander of the last flight of the space shuttle Endeavour, tamped down rumors that he would follow his wounded wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., into politics.

“She’s the politician in the family. I am the space guy and I see no reason to change that now,” Kelly said at a National Press Club luncheon July 1, where he joined NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr.

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