National Press Club

EU Commissioner Predicts Clean Nations Will Rule Politically

March 21, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

It is time for the U.S. to act or be left behind in tackling climate change, the European Union’s top official on Climate Change strategy said at a Newsmaker March 18, adding that in future energy efficient nations will also rule politically.

European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told a Newsmaker press conference that “countries like China, South Korea, Brazil and India are moving and moving very fast towards a low-carbon growth strategy, bringing out the question: Where will the jobs in future will come? Which regions will be leading in this?

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Club Member Amanpour Takes Helm of ABC's 'This Week'

March 19, 2010

CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will take over as anchor of ABC's Sunday morning politics and policy talk show, "This Week" in August.

Amanpour received the 2008 Fourth Estate Award, the Club's highest honor.

Amanpour, one of the country's most respected international correspondents, will also appear on other ABC News programs and platforms to provide international analysis of the important issues of the day, ABC News said in its announcement. She will anchor primetime documentaries on international subjects for ABC.

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Club Applauds Senators for Bill to Improve FOIA

March 18, 2010 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club lauded a bill soon to be introduced in the Senate that aims to speed up the processing of public requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

Two senators who have long championed press freedom and open government legislation, Democrat Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Republican John Cornyn of Texas, unveiled the Faster FOIA Act. The measure would set up an advisory commission that would make recommendations to Congress on ways to expedite the process of obtaining information from U.S. agencies.

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Club Applauds Senators for Bill to Improve FOIA

March 18, 2010 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club lauded a bill soon to be introduced in the Senate that aims to speed up the processing of public requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

Two senators who have long championed press freedom and open government legislation, Democrat Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Republican John Cornyn of Texas, unveiled the Faster FOIA Act. The measure would set up an advisory commission that would make recommendations to Congress on ways to expedite the process of obtaining information from U.S. agencies.

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Banker Urges US to Spend Less

March 17, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

The stimulus program is working, but there's a need for new programs to save America from budget deficit fallout, Bob Kelly, chairman and CEO of BNY Mellon said at a Newsmaker March 11.

“We walked right to the edge of global depression and made it back,” he said. “Most banks are now back and healthy again except a few.”
But he predicted a recession in five to seven years caused by the federal deficit.

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Former GOP Leader Chides Republicans as Straying from Conservatism

March 15, 2010 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Activists in the conservative Tea Party movement are not wedded to the Republican Party but view it as their best hope for restoring fiscal restraint, smaller government and free market principles in Washington, FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey told a Luncheon audience March 15.

Armey, who holds a doctorate degree in economics and spent 18 years as a Republican in Congress until retiring in 2003, had some harsh words for the GOP and a few kind ones for Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Trade Rep. Kirk Pushes Obama's Free Trade Agenda

March 10, 2010 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Expanding international trade, especially with growing markets in the Pacific and East Asia, will help revive the U.S. economy and should be embraced by the American people, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told the Club March 9.

“In the last quarter of 2009, some economists believe that exports alone accounted for more than half of all U.S. economic growth,” Kirk said at a Luncheon.

In the last quarter, the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 5.7 percent, he said, but U.S. exports “grew at a clip of 18 percent.”

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War Reporting is Journalism in the Midst of Humanity, Correspondents Say

March 10, 2010 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

War correspondents are a breed apart in journalism – people who are willing to risk their lives in the most dangerous situations to bring back a story to the American people. At a March 8 Kalb Report, four leading war correspondents said they do it because it's the only way to get the story.

“You can’t write credibly about what the United States is doing in Afghanistan without being there,” Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a senior correspondent and associate editor of the Washington Post, told host Marvin Kalb.

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Study Finds 13 of 128 Nations 'Highly Developed' Politically, Economically

March 10, 2010 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Political and economic transformation is "highly developed" in 13 of 128 those countries, according to a study that measures progress -- or lack of -- in the developing and "transition" countries.

Project managers of the 2010 Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index released the English-language edition of the index at a March 9 Newsmaker.

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Killing Fields Survivor Says Khmer Rouge Trial 'Breaking Legal Ground'

March 9, 2010 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

The trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders is limited as a court of law for legal accountability but has great potential as a "court of public opinion," Theary Seng, a Cambodia-born U.S.-trained lawyer, said at a March 5 Newsmaker.

The trial, she said, is breaking legal ground by having victims of the Khmer Rouge participate as civil parties in a criminal proceeding. She was the first such party to recognized by the ECCC, and in 2008 testified against the most senior surviving Khmer Rouge leader, Nuon Chea, known as "Brother No. 2."

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