National Press Club

Coast Guard Chief Concerned about Proposed Budget Cuts

February 12, 2010 | By Hope Katz Gibbs |

Adm. Thad W. Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard, said he is concerned about the cuts in the agency's 2011 budget proposed by President Obama.

At a Feb. 12 Luncheon, Allen said the funding is expected to drop by 3% to $10.1 billion, and active-duty personnel would decrease by up to 1,100, to approximately 41,984.

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Haitian Ambassador Advocates Rebuilding a "Streamlined" City

February 12, 2010 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Port-au-Prince, the devastated capital of Haiti, cannot be rebuilt as it was; it must be streamlined, Haitian Ambassador Raymond Alcide Joseph , said Feb. 11 at a Speakers Committee press conference.

“Nature has done what we could not do as politicians,” he said of the city built for 150,000 but inhabited by 2 million. He descrbed the devastated capital as a “monstrosity.”

Noting that 1 million people have left the capital, he advocated building modern cities elsewhere in the country, where large tents will be erected now.

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Club Closed, Thursday, but Haitian Ambassador Event Proceeds at 1 pm

February 11, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

In keeping with policy that when the federal government is closed the Club is closed, the Club will be closed for all member services today, Feb. 11, including both restaurants.

The Club will open on a limited basis with limited staff to accomplish two news conferences at 1 p.m. One of the news conferences is with the Haitian ambassador to give an update on earthquake recovery. That event is a Speakers Committee Newsmaker and is open to credentialed media and Press Club members.

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Club Closes at Mid-day Tuesday through Wednesday

February 9, 2010 | By David King |

Due to the impending snowfall of Tuesday evening and Wednesday, the National Press Club will close as soon as practical at the end of lunch service today and will remain closed through Wednesday. There will be no restaurant, library or fitness center service Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday.

Events scheduled for Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday are canceled or postponed. Please check with the organizers for new dates.

The Club expects to operate on Thursday, but please check the web homepage daybook on Wednesday evening for details:

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Angry at the Snow? Watch this Video by NPC Member

February 9, 2010 | By Your snowbound Wire editor, Sylvia Smith |

NPC member Noel St. John set up a camera to take regular shots of the snowfall and produced a video that he posted to Youtube.

Now..... if only the disappearance of the snow could happen as fast. Maybe if we watch it in reverse?

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NPC Open Tuesday; Kalb Report Postponed

February 8, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

The National Press Club will operate limited services on Tuesday, Feb. 9, regardless of the operating status of the federal government. Please check the web site daybook for the latest information on what events are being executed, as this will be changing over the course of Monday as clients make decisions about whether to hold or postpone their events.

The Fourth Estate and Reliable Source restaurants will be open.

The Kalb Report, scheduled for Tuesday evening and featuring an interview of Rupert Murdoch by Marvin Kalb, will be rescheduled.

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Snow Closes Club at 1 pm Friday, All Day Saturday; Monday Follows Fed Gov't

February 5, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

Due to weather conditions, the Club will close at 1 p.m. today (Friday). Taco night is canceled, and the Fourth Estate Restaurant will be closed.

The Club will be closed Saturday, including restaurant operations.

If the federal government is closed on Monday, the Club will also closed.

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Schieffer Wins NPC's Coveted Fourth Estate Award

February 4, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

Bob Schieffer, the longtime host of “Face the Nation” on CBS, has been named the 38th winner of the National Press Club’s highest honor, the Fourth Estate Award.

The Club’s Board of Governors unanimously voted to give the award to Schieffer for his exemplary career at CBS as well as his extraordinary contributions to journalism and the Club over the years, said NPC President Alan Bjerga.

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Commerce Sec'y Announces Details of Obama's Export Initiative

February 4, 2010 | By Bill Miller |

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, speaking at a Luncheon Feb. 4, announced a three-point plan to implement President Obama’s goal of doubling the nation’s exports over five years to $3 trillion a year.

Calling the United States one of the few developed nations that does not have a “focused, comprehensive and agile” strategy to boost oversales sales, Locke said the new National Export Initiative marks the first time the nation “will have a government-wide export-promotion strategy with focused attention from the president and his cabinet.”

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Death of US Troops in Pakistan Reflects on Zardari, Court Official Says

February 4, 2010 | By Robert Webb |

On a day that three American troops were killed in northwest Pakistan, Farooq Hassan, senior advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan , called it "highly embarassing" to the government of President Asif Ali Zardari.

At a Feb. 3 Newsmaker, he said the government "is acutely aware of the unpopularity of (its) close ties to Washington." The three men were military trainers in a convoy headed to Lower Dir in the Northwest.

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