National Press Club

Actress Ashley Judd Demands End to Mountain-Top, Strip Mining

June 9, 2010 | By Bob Webb |

Actress Ashely Judd branded mountain-top mining with "the rape of Appalachia" in a June 9 Luncheon speech calling for a national effort to halt it.

"Mountain-top mining would never happen in other mountains in the United States," she said, citing the Rockies as an example of where it would never occur.

Judd said she is proud to be a "hillbilly" from eastern Kentucky. She is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky and an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Scowcroft Calls Middle East Most 'Vexing' National Security Issue

June 7, 2010 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, said national security issues now "are like looking through the other end of the telescope," compared with the single focus on the Soviet Union in the Ford years.

He spoke June 7 at an NPC Luncheon at which he awarded the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Journalism Awards.

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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 |

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 |

"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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