National Press Club

School for disabled children will embolden Afghans, founder says

April 12, 2011 | By Keith Hill |

The state-of-the-art school that Operation Exceptional Child/Afghanistan plans to build for disabled children in that country will "embolden Afghans to stand up against insurgents," said Debbie Smith, founder of the organization that will undertake this mission.

Smith spoke at a April 11 Newsmaker event.

Smith is also executive director of PATHS (Parents and Teachers Helping Students), a 501(c)(3) organization that advocates on behalf of students with physical/cognitive disabilities.

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IRS Chief: Taxes still due April 18, even if government shuts down

April 6, 2011 | By Bill Miller |

Even if Congressional negotiators fail to break their fiscal 2011 federal budget impasse in time to avoid a potential government shutdown, Americans still will be responsible for filing their federal income tax returns by the April 18 deadline, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service said at a National Press Club luncheon on April 6.

"The most important thing I can communicate is: ‘File your tax return,'" IRS chief Douglas Shulman told the audience three days before much of the government could shutter.

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Labor leader predicts government shutdown

April 6, 2011 | By Lisa Gillespie |

A national labor leader predicted that the government will shutdown at the end of the week at an April 5 Newsmaker.

John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, and a 25-year veteran of the labor movement, said shuttering the government could be a good thing.

"If it takes a government shutdown for a serious discussion, maybe that’s what needs to happen," he said.

He also accused certain members of Congress of imposing their beliefs on targeted government agencies.

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Jim Lehrer of PBS wins 2011 Fourth Estate Award

April 4, 2011 | By Jerry Zremski |

Jim Lehrer, who has set a standard of broadcast excellence at PBS for more than 35 years, has been selected as the winner of the National Press Club’s 2011 Fourth Estate Award, the highest honor presented by the world’s leading professional organization for journalists.

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Hospital executive says academic medical centers contribute breakthroughs

April 4, 2011 | By Kimberly Mikec |

Academic medical centers have produced breakthroughs in medicine but could be threatened by the health care reform law, Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and chief exeuctive of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, said at a March 31 Newsmaker.

The centers are the “jewels in the crown of American medicine,” he said, referring to a quote by the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. They “reach profoundly into the lives of millions of people, with lifesaving treatments.”

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Rocker, author, environmentalist Leavell says growth can be smart

March 30, 2011 | By Richard Lee

Rocker-Environmentalist and now author Chuck Leavell says rapid U.S. population growth with lead to environmental calamity if people fail to build more efficiently and take better care of the country's natural resources.

Leavell, a late-blooming environmentalist who is also a well-known keyboardist with rock groups including the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones, co-founded the popular website Mother Nature Network. He spoke Tuesday at a National Press Club Newsmaker about his new book Growing A Better America.

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FBI's growing portfolio requires new leadership, Graff tells NPC book rap

March 30, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver

As the Obama administration chooses the next FBI director, it should look for someone with strong managerial skills _ a chief executive rather than a law enforcement or intelligence official, Garrett M. Graff told a National Press Club audience Tuesday.

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Author Kim Barker says Afghan people yearn for war to end

March 28, 2011 | By Jeffery King |

The people of Afghanistan are exhausted by the constant state of warfare in the country and yearn for its conclusion, regardless of who is winning, the author of a new book told an audience at the National Press Club on March 24.

Kim Barker called her book Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan “a darkly funny story.” In the book, she recounts her experiences as a Chicago Tribune correspondent and as a woman in the countries from 2002 to 2009.

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Social media provides new challenges, opportunities for broadcast media, Diane Sawyer tells Club

March 24, 2011 | By Gil Klein |

Television newscasts can co-exist – and thrive – in the Internet age if the networks use the Internet’s resources to create a compelling newscast, Diane Sawyer, ABC World News anchor, told host Marvin Kalb on March 22.

“I don’t see it as a competition with the Internet,” Sawyer said on the latest edition of the Club’s “The Kalb Report.” “We have to be out there creating a unique and important conversation, answering questions in unique and important ways so that you want to come to us.”

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Defected Libyan ambassadors pledge effort to oust Gaddafi

March 16, 2011 | By Robert Webb |

Libyans from across North America pledged their support of the movement against Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi at a March 11 event that brought at least 18 news organizations -- including Press TV of Tehran -- to the National Press Club ballroom.

Both defecting Libyan ambassadors -- Abdel Rahman Shalgam from the United Nations and Washington-based Ali Aujali -- were also there.

The ambassadors made clear their support for the Libyan Republic's Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC), which is representing the protesters. They now represent the Council in the United States.

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