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25th Anniversary of Washington, National Press Clubs Merger Saluted

June 25, 2010

The 25th anniversary of the merger of the National Press Club and the Washington Press Club was celebrated June 24 in an evening of remembrances that included remarks by members of the negotiating team that crafted the agreement that combined the historically rival organizations.

In 1985 the WPC had a predominately female membership, and the NPC had members of both sexes but had barred female members until 1971. Negotations -- spirited at times -- had been underway for nearly a month when the agreement was reached to combine the two clubs for journalists effective July 1, 1985.

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Indian Business Leaders Say More Trade with US Helps Both Countries

June 24, 2010

Increased trade between US and Indian businesses increases jobs in both countries and helps official relations between the nations, Indian business leaders said at a June 14 Newsmaker press conference.

Rajan Bharti Mittal, president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Amit Mitra, the group’s secretary general, said continued investment by Indians in U.S. companies would increase the efficiency of American companies.

“If jobs are moving (to India), we have to realize they are wasting efficiency in American companies,” Mittal said.

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UN Drug Report Shows Shift to New Drugs, Markets

June 24, 2010

The 2010 United Nations World Drug Report, issued at a June 23 Newsmaker press conference, shows a "shift toward new drugs and new markets," according to Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Costa said that while drug cultivation is declining in Afghanistan (for opium) and the Andean countries (coca),and has "stabilized" in the developed world, "there are signs of an increase in drug use in developing countries, and growing use of amphetamine-type stimulants and prescription drugs around the world."

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NPC Praises Pardon of Sri Lankan Journalist

June 23, 2010

The National Press Club praised the pardoning of Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, who had been convicted under the country's anti-terrorism laws for articles he had written.

"We are grateful that J.S. Tissainayagam has been pardoned,' NPC President Alan Bjerga said. "No journalists should be imprisoned for doing their jobs. I hope this pardon is an example for countries around the world that continue to hold reporters in violation of basic journalistic freedoms."

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Young Reviewer: 'Yum!' for Kids' Restaurant Week at Fourth Estate

June 23, 2010

Taylor Keane, daughter of NPC Membership Secretary Angela Greiling Keane, was the first kid to dine at the Fourth Estate this week for Kids' Restaurant Week, which goes through June 26. As the daughter of a reporter, Taylor was happy to answer a few questions about her experience.

Q: Can you tell us what is yummy in your dinner today?
A: Sweet potato fries and the chocolate mousse. All of it.

Q: What do you think makes it so yummy?
A: Because the people that made it practiced hard and worked hard.

Q: What would you like the Press Club chef to put on the kids' menu next

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New Stone Film Seeks to Change Image of Chavez, South America

June 23, 2010

“I’m not here to fight with you…well, maybe a little, but to shed some light on a great story taking place just beyond our borders,” said filmmaker Oliver Stone, in Washington to tout his new documentary, “South of the Border,” which opens in North America this week. The movie’s thesis: Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is a good guy who only wants, like many of his South American peers, to peaceably lead their “democratic” nations.

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Feldman Fellowship Goes to Community-Newspaper Advocate

June 22, 2010

Bethany Chambers of Greentown, Ohio, is this year's winner of the $5,000 Feldman Fellowship, which she will use toward graduate studies at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in the fall.

The 25-year-old is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She coordinated the school newspaper's coverage when five basketball players were shot on campus, and the special edition she put out as managing editor won a Pennsylvania Newspaper Association award.

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Johns Hopkins CEO: Surge of Medicaid Patients Offers Problems, Rewards

June 21, 2010

The expansion of Medicaid, which will bring health coverage to 16 million disadvantaged Americans by 2019, “could be the most important and problematic” aspect of the new health insurance law, Dr. Edward Miller, dean the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins University medical school and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, warned at a Club luncheon June 21.

Yet, he said, the experience at Johns Hopkins shows that the surge in Medicaid patients – a majority of the 32 million Americans overall who will gain coverage -- could be “the most rewarding aspect of the entire law.”

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AID Administrator Calls Haiti Earthquake Source of Learning, Guide to Reform

June 18, 2010 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Rajiv Shah, administrator of the Agency for International Development, cited the earthquake in Haiti as a source of learning and a guide to shaping reform in the agency during a June 18 Luncheon.

The first example from Haiti that he listed was purchasing food locally so it was available immediately. He also said that vaccinating more than a million people prevented a major outbreak of disease.

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Andrew Young: 'Trying to Make Sense of the World'

June 17, 2010 | By Joseph Luchok |

“Mutual frustration led us to this book,” said Andrew Young. “I am trying to make sense of the world I live in.”

The former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and mayor of Atlanta and his godson, Kabir Sehgal, were at the Club on June 16 to talk about and sign their new book, “Walk in My Shoes: Conversations Between a Civil Rights Legend and His Godson on the Journey Ahead.”

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