National Press Club

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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Wizards, Caps owner seeks to give back to D.C.

May 21, 2010 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Like other owners of professional sports teams, Ted Leonsis got into the game to win. For him, though, victory involves more than beating an opponent on the ice or the court.

“I want to bring our city closer together,” said Leonsis, who owns the Washington Capitals hockey team and will soon assume control of the Washington Wizards basketball team. “I’d like to give back to the community.”

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NPC welcomes 23 new members

May 19, 2010 | By Myron Belkind, Club Secretary |

The Board of Governors approved 23 member applications Monday.

Michael Bolden - The Washington Post, Development & Transportation Editor; Leonard Doyle -, Editor, Writer, Admin; Ron Mokwena - Misha & Friends Media Inc., Executive Producer

Active Reinstate
Richard Eisendorf - Freelance Consultant, Advising Producer, Advisor to TV Productions

Active Non-Resident

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DNC chairman urges GOP to help rebuild economy

May 19, 2010 | By Robert Webb |

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said his party will go all-out to ensure the mid-term congressional elections help continue the country's economic recovery against what he said was "near-united Republican opposition." At a May 19 luncheon, he said Democrats would welcome "good ideas" from Republicans on how to restore the nation's economic health.

His remarks came in the wake of key votes in three states the day before -- Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas.

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NPC hails signing of press freedom law

May 17, 2010 | By John Hughes |

The National Press Club hailed the signing of the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, which will bring greater scrutiny to the treatment of the news media around the world.

The law, which was approved by the House in December and the Senate in April, expands the State Department's annual report on countries to include the status of press freedoms.

Where there are severe violations of those freedoms, the report will examine whether countries participate in, or condone, the restrictions.

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U.S. Chamber president calls for quick action to create jobs

May 14, 2010 | By Robert Webb |

Congress and the administration should act quickly to approve free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said at a Press Club Luncheon May 14.

He spoke on the eve of his trip to China where he said he would have frank discussions with leaders in Beijing and Shanghai.

With a tone of urgency, Donahue summoned the nation's leaders to act quickly to approve the three FTAs that he said are essential to create more trade and help reduce unemployment.

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Panel: FOIAs can pay off, but they take persistence

May 13, 2010 | By Angela Greiling Keane |

When President Obama took office, he and Attorney General Eric Holder promised a more transparent government. That promise has not entirely been fulfilled, a three-person panel discussing the Freedom of Information Act said at a May 11 professional development event.

The panel - Lucy Dalglish, Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press executive director; Matt Winkler, Bloomberg News editor in chief; and James Grimaldi, a Washington Post investigative reporter - told of their frustrations and successes in using FOIA.

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Drug Czar: Youth exposed to pro-drug messages

May 12, 2010 | By Terry Hill |

“Kids today are exposed to huge, huge amounts of media-directed programs that are pro-growth messages,” National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske said at a Speakers press conference May 12.

He outlined Obama administration's new drug control strategy designed to align the strength of local, state, tribal and federal agencies, community-based organizations and non-governmental partners.

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Iranian writer describes Tehran oppression

May 12, 2010 | By Peter Hickman |

Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji, who went from anti-Shah activist and Revolutionary Guard member to investigative journalist and government critic, told a May 10 Newsmaker press conference of oppressive measures the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad takes against those who disagree with it.

"Anyone merely accused officially of acting against state interests is barred from working a journalist forever," Ganji said.

Discrimination against women, he added, "is far more intense than against any other group" in Iran.

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