National Press Club

Leader of Liberal Party in Iraq Lays Out Party Platform

February 1, 2010 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

The Ahrar (Liberal) Party of Iraq supports a secular Iraqi government that views all sects, tribal affiliations and religious preferences equally, the party head said at a Newsmaker Jan. 28.

In discussing the country's March general elections for the Council of Representatives, Imam Ayad Jamal Aldin also said his party supports freedom of press, information and speech, women's rights and "heavy concentration" on job creation and strengthening of the economy.

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Hoyer warns economy may hurt Dems in Nov. elections

January 27, 2010 | By Terry Hill

The economic pain and fear of many across America may translate into political pain for Democrats, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said at an NPC news conference Jan. 26.

"That's what we saw in Massachusetts," he said, referring to the special election in whcih a Republican was elected to fill a Senate seat held by Democrats for 50 years. "If Democrats didn't share America's economic urgency, we would deserve to lose more seats."

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Filmmaker Discusses Soviet Atrocities

January 27, 2010 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Edvins Snore, the Latvian author-producer of the documentary, "The Soviet Story," showed clips from his film at a Jan. 25 Newsmaker and gave a behind-the-scenes look at the archival research in several European countries that went into his work.

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Women in Politics Too Easily Stereotyped, Author Says

January 26, 2010 | By Eleanor Herman | elherman@aol.com

“Let’s have a conversation about the adventures of women in politics, how they are seen, portrayed and objectified in the media, and the legacy that we are leaving to our daughters,” said Leslie Sanchez, political pundit and television commentator at the Club Jan. 25.

Her latest book, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary, and the Shaping of the New American Woman,” examines how far women have come in American politics, and how far they still need to go.

Sanchez said that unlike men, women in politics easily fall into stereotypes.

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Retired Military Officers Urge End to Gitmo, Torture

January 25, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

The Guantanamo Bay detention facility should be closed, and the detainees should be tried, a group of retired generals said at a Jan. 21 Newsmaker.

Gen. David M. Maddox, Lieut. Gen. Harry E. Soyster, Major Gen. William L. Nash, and , discussed Guantanamo and Handling of Terrorist Suspects addressed a National Press Club press conference in Washington, DC.

"Doing so will make America more secure on the battlefield, in the skies, and on our soil,” said retired Gen. David M. Maddox , who said that misinformation has dominated the public debate over the issues.

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NASDAQ Chief Opposes Securities Transaction Tax

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

The top executive of the world’s largest exchange company blasted the Congress for moving toward a securities transaction tax as a way to “punish” Wall Street for the excesses of the past decade.

At a Newsmaker Jan. 21, Bob Greifeld, chief executive officer of NASDAQ OMX Group, said, “I’m not speaking of the 'TARP tax' or 'financial crisis responsibility fee,' which the administration discussed last week, but something very different: a tax on all securities transactions that would cause a long-term change to functioning markets.”

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Photographers Not Happy with News Outlets' Use of White House Photo Handouts

January 21, 2010 | By Vineeta Anand | vineetaa@gmail.com

The Obama White House is competing more successfully with press photographers than any previous administration, four members of the White House News Photographers Association said Jan.20, the first anniversary of Obama’s inauguration.

Through dozens of daily handouts of photographs to newspapers and wire services and its Flickr page where it uploads hundreds of photographs every day, the White House is seeking to control the images of the president it wants the public to see, the panelists agreed during a discussion organized by the Photography Committee.

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Please Welcome 19 New Members

January 19, 2010 | By Myron Belkind, Club Secretary | myron.belkind@verizon.net

The Board of Governors approved 19 membership applications Jan. 15. The new members are:

Active: David J. Friar - Associated Press, Reporter/Producer; Julienne Marie Gage - Indagar Media Corp., Freelance Journalist/Producer; Holly Rosenkrantz – Bloomberg, Reporter

Active Non-Resident: Neil St. Clair , Martinsville, NJ - News 10 Now/Time Warner Cable, Television Reporter; Katherine Winn, Los Angeles, CA - Associated Press/Getty Images/Corbis Freelance, Photographer/Photojournalist

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Bjerga Becomes 103rd NPC President

January 15, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

Alan Bjerga, a reporter for Bloomberg News, was installed as the 103rd president of the National Press Club at the annual membership meeting Jan. 15.

Bjerga accepted the gavel from past President Sylvia Smith, who stood in for President Donna Leinwand. Leinwand, a reporter for USA Today, was dispatched to Haiti to cover the earthquake and rescue efforts so was not able to attend the meeting.

A black-tie party celebrating Bjerga's inaugural is Jan. 30. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 202-662-7501 or by emailing reservations@press.org.

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S.C. Attorney General Raises Concerns about Health Bill

January 15, 2010 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | mschoeff@workforce.com

Making deals to secure votes for legislation is a law of political compromise but it is not codified in the Constitution, according to one of the state leaders who is urging Congress to remove a provision of the Senate health care bill that benefits only Nebraska.

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster contends that one element of the massive bill -- an agreement to have the federal government pick up the entire cost of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska -- was inserted solely to secure the vote of Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.

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