National Press Club

Jeff Bridges Says Campaign to End Hunger is His Most Significant Act

November 11, 2010

Working to end hunger "is the most significant thing I have done," an emotional Jeff Bridges told a sold-out NPC luncheon audience Nov. 10 as he helped kick off a national campaign to end childhood hunger in the U.S. by 2015. The Oscar-winning actor, still sporting the long hair and beard from his role as gritty country-Western singer Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart," choked up when asked what has been his biggest challenge in being a famous person.

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Club Member Silimeo Named Washington PR Woman of the Year

November 11, 2010

Club member Debra Silimeo was named 2010 Washington PR Woman of the Year by Washington Women in Public Relations.

WWPR presents the award annually to a senior-level Washington area female public relations practitioner who has provided dedicated service to the profession. It also honors the recipient for mentoring others in the field and serving as a volunteer and leader in the community.

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Kazakhstan Working on Human Rights Shortcomings, Speaker Says

November 1, 2010

Kazakhstan is aware of criticism that it is not paying enough attention to human rights in the central Asian country and is working to improve conditions, an advisor to the Kazakh president said at an Oct. 29 Newsmaker press conference.

Yermukhamet Yertsybayev said laws making libel no longer a criminal act were passed specifically with the media in mind.

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Club Members Showcased at Book Fair, Nov. 9

October 25, 2010

NPC members Thomas Allen, Maurine Beasley, Paul Dickson, Kristie Miller and Amy Henderson will join 100 nationally known writers autographing and selling their books at the Book Fair & Authors' Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

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Advocate Says Islam Not a Religion of Tolerance

October 25, 2010

Islam is not a religion of tolerance, but one that defines peace as total Islamization of the world, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said at an Oct. 25 NPC luncheon.

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Please Welcome 35 New Members

October 19, 2010

The Board of Governors approved 35 member applications Oct. 18. They are listed according to the newly approved membership categories.

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Former Secretary of State Rice Defends Invasion of Iraq

October 15, 2010

An Iraq moving toward democracy could transform the Middle East, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told an Oct. 15 sold-out NPC luncheon audience.

She said that's because Iraq is such an important country in a region dominated by authoritarian governments. But she emphasized creating democracy wasn't why the U.S. invaded Iraq.

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Air Force Chief Sees Continuing Flat Defense Budgets

October 12, 2010

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said his service must take a "selective and incremental" approach to modernizing in a world of uncertain future threats and defense budgets that will continue to flatten. He spoke at an Oct. 12 luncheon.

He foresaw stop gaps where necessary and next generation systems where possible. The Air Force, he said, will have to be "flexible across a wide range of contingencies." The Air Force faces a need to reduce overhead by $28 billion as its part in an overall Department of Defense budget reduction.

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Financial Services Reforms Help, Bank of America CEO Says

October 11, 2010

The bevy of international and U.S reforms growing out of the recent worldwide financial crisis, once implemented, “should contribute to the future stability of the financial services industry,” said the president and CEO of the nation’s largest bank (in assets) at a Club Luncheon Oct. 8.

In endorsing what he called the “unprecedented” surge of rulemaking, Bryan T. Moynihan said that “without doubt, the U.S. financial services system needs to change.” He spoke at the outset of the Oct. 8-10 annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund.in Washington.

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