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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 | dking@press.org

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 | hope@hopegibbs.com

"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 | pjhickman@hotmail.com

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. | markschoeff@gmail.com

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 | myron.belkind@verizon.net

The Board of Governors approved 23 member applications Monday.

Active
Michael Bolden - The Washington Post, Development & Transportation Editor; Leonard Doyle - Unfreemedia.org, 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 | rewebb@aol.com

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 | Jhughes5@bloomberg.net

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 | rewebb@aol.com

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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