National Press Club

Habeus Corpus Rights Working at Guantanamo, Retired Judges Say

June 15, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh |

The process of habeas corpus -- the legal procedure that allows prisoners to petition a court to determine whether they are being properly held -- is working in the cases of detainees held at Guantanamo, according to a report from 16 retired judges that was discussed at the National Press Club June 10.

Former FBI director William S. Sessions, a retired judge, and attorney Douglas K. Spaulding, who represents several Guantanamo detainees, spoke at Newsmaker press conference.

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Ocean Experts Say Gulf Spill Should Have Been Anticipated

June 11, 2010 | By Peter Hickman |

Robert Twilley, professor of oceanography and coastal science and head of the Coastal Emergency Response Group at Lousiana State University, told a June 8 Newsmaker that "there is going to be a huge discussion" about why the possibility of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was not anticipated and planned for.

More research on the possibility of such a spill should have been done "so we would have been better prepared to handle it," Twilley said, noting that previous concerns "were justified."

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Actress Ashley Judd Demands End to Mountain-Top, Strip Mining

June 9, 2010 | By Bob Webb |

Actress Ashely Judd branded mountain-top mining with "the rape of Appalachia" in a June 9 Luncheon speech calling for a national effort to halt it.

"Mountain-top mining would never happen in other mountains in the United States," she said, citing the Rockies as an example of where it would never occur.

Judd said she is proud to be a "hillbilly" from eastern Kentucky. She is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky and an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Scowcroft Calls Middle East Most 'Vexing' National Security Issue

June 7, 2010 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, said national security issues now "are like looking through the other end of the telescope," compared with the single focus on the Soviet Union in the Ford years.

He spoke June 7 at an NPC Luncheon at which he awarded the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Journalism Awards.

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Deb Price Wins Nieman Fellowship

May 28, 2010

NPC member Deb Price was selected as a 2011 Nieman Fellow. A Washington correspondent for the Detroit News, she will study China's explosive growth and the opportunities and challenges it presents Michigan.

The 25 journalists from the U.S. and oversees will study at Harvard University for a year. The group includes journalists who work in print, radio, television, photography, filmmaking and online.

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Club Signs Agreement with Georgetown Program

May 27, 2010

The Club and Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies signed a memorandum of understanding May 26 to give Club members who enroll in the university’s School of Continuing Studies preferred rates.

Club members can enroll and receive a $500 scholarship to take classes at the University’s School of Continuing Studies.

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Club Closed Saturday through Monday for Holiday

May 26, 2010 | By David King |

The Club will be closed Saturday, May 29, through Monday, May 31, in celebration of Memorial Day. There will be no brunch or dinner service in the Fourth Estate Restaurant on Saturday.

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Global health care disparity is unjust, Barbara Bush says

May 26, 2010 | By Hope Katz Gibbs |

"The extreme disparity in health outcomes and access to health care that exists today between the world’s rich and the world’s poor is unjust and unsustainable," Barbara Bush said at a May 26 National Press Club luncheon.

She discussed the Global Health Corps, a non-profit organization she co-founded and heads.

"We aim to mobilize a global community of young leaders to build a movement for health equity," said the daughter of President George W. Bush. Barbara’s twin sister, Jenna, also attended the event.

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Ex-Afghan Foreign Minister Says Help Needed to Defeat Taliban

May 25, 2010 | By Peter Hickman |

Despite allegations of irregularities in last year's elections, "Hamid Karzai is recognized as president of Afghanistan, and you have to deal with that," the country's former foreign minister and 2009 presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, said at a May 24 Newsmaker press conference.

Abdullah withdrew from a second round of the elections after the Electoral Complaints Commission disallowed a number of questionable ballots, most for Karzai.

Abdullah said Afghanistan is doing its part in the fight against the Taliban but cannot succeed without help.

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