National Press Club

Author Foresees More Riots in Tibet

February 9, 2011

Protests against the Chinese government that broke out in Tibet in 2008 are a harbinger of worse rioting in the future, according to Tim Johnson, author of Tragedy in Crimson: How the Dalai Lama Conquered the World but Lost the Battle with China.

Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, now has a "Chinese veneer" that upsets many Tibetans who used to know it as the "Holy City" and now refer to it as the "Devil City," Johnson said.

Johnson, former Beijing bureau chief for Knight Ridder and McClatchy, discussed his book at a Book and Author Committee event on Feb. 7.

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Egyptian-style unrest possible if Ukraine fails to expand freedoms, politicians say

February 4, 2011

Two members of the Ukrainian Parliament warned Thursday that Egyptian-style demonstrations could break out in their country if the government continues to limit the freedom of the people.

"It could happen this spring or next spring or later," MP Volodmyr Ariev said. The "level of life in Ukraine is going down and down," he said at a the National Press Club Newsmaker.

MP Andriy Shevchenko, author of a new Freedom of Information law, said to avoid popular unrest, the government needs to give Ukrainians more freedom.

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Bernanke Defends Fed Independence from Short-term Politics

February 3, 2011

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke answered congressional calls for audits of the Federal Reserve System with a defense of monetary policy independence from short term political considerations at an NPC Luncheon Feb. 3.

All the Fed's financial transactions are reported and available to congressional agencies, Bernanke told a sold-out luncheon audience. The calls for audits, he said, were calls for political oversight of monetary policy decisions.

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N.Y. Times treated WikiLeaks as a source, Editor Keller tells Kalb audience

February 2, 2011

WikiLeaks is a source of information – not a journalistic organization, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller said on Monday's edition of The Kalb Report in the ballroom of the National Press Club.

WikiLeaks, like every source, comes with an agenda and a bias, Keller told Report host Marvin Kalb. Times' job was to determine if the information WikiLeaks provided was true and valid, he said. The information had to be verified, edited and put in context before the Times would publish it.

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From one Prez to another: Virtual Obama greets President Hamrick at fun-filled inaugural

January 31, 2011

National Press Club President Mark Hamrick wants to bring President Barack Obama to the Club for an event in 2011.

During his inaugural dinner on Jan. 29, Hamrick came close to achieving that goal. Obama greeted the packed ballroom through a video message.

“From one president to another, I want to congratulate Mark Hamrick for being chosen to lead the National Press Club this year,” Obama said.

In his brief remarks, Obama said that journalism “is more important than ever” and called the profession “a pillar of democracy.”

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Music by Candlelight: Hungarian Embassy concert delights with Liszt; buffet

January 31, 2011

There was no electricity, and so the first concert that the National Press Club co-sponsored with the city¹s famed Embassy Series went ahead by candlelight.

The more than 50 guests who attended the first of two nights of concerts arranged through the Club¹s International Correspondents Committee on Jan. 26 made it to the Hungarian Embassy despite the severe snow storm that struck the city in late afternoon, snarling traffic, curtailing services on the Metro and knocking out power in many areas.

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Actor Richard Dreyfuss urges civility in politics, life

January 27, 2011

American civilization is in a precarious state, the political environment has never been more toxic, and there is a dire need for more civility in our daily life, actor-activist Richard Dreyfuss said Tuesday at a Newsmaker event at the National Press Club.

Dreyfuss, best known for his Oscar-winning performance in 1977's "The Goodbye Girl", announced “The Dreyfuss Initiative,” a plan to reinstate civics education in public schools.

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Colombia VP urges U.S to ratify trade agreement

January 27, 2011

The U.S. should ratify a free trade agreement with Colombia that was negotiated in 2007, but still awaits congressional approval, Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon said Wednesday at a Newsmaker event at the National Press Club.

Garzon's statement came a day after President Barack Obama announced that he intends to continue pursuing pending trade negotiations with Colombia and Panama. Obama mentioned the Colombia free trade agreement in his State of the Union message Tuesday, but did not propose a deadline for congressional ratification.

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Heart disease will increase over next 20 years, heart association head says

January 25, 2011

The American Heart Association(AHA) predicts that about 40% of the U.S. population will have some type of cardiovascular disease.

AHA Chief Executive Officer Nancy Brown announced the organizations projections, based on a study on the future costs of care for hypertension, coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke, at a Jan. 24 Newsmaker event at the National Press Club.

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Hamrick takes office as NPC president, launches blog

January 24, 2011

Associated Press broadcast journalist Mark Hamrick took office as the National Press Club's 104th president at the NPC annual membership meeting on Jan. 21. Later in the day, he launched a blog on the Club homepage (

Found under the heading, "From the President’s Desk," the blog will give Hamrick a forum for highlighting the Club’s agenda, activities and achievements.

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