National Press Club

Haiti Scenario Poses Challenges, Relief Organizations Say

February 22, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh |

There is a tremendous gap between the difficulty of the operation on the ground and the strong desire of the world for things to immediately improve in Haiti, Nan Buzard of the American Red Cross said at a Newsmaker Feb. 18.

Buzard said there is a need to look beyond the statistics of the relief operation. "We have all said this is off the charts," she said. "This is much harder than the tsunami, which is remarkable."

She also emphasized the importance of the Haitian people's involvement in the recovery.

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Guatemalan President Welcomes Clinton Offer For Bilateral Help

February 20, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh |

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom said he is satisfied with the results of his meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who offered a “complete and integral way” to address issues like security and justice and growing institution of government in Guatemala.

At a Newsmaker Feb. 18, Colom said the fight against narcotics also was on the agenda.
Through an interpreter, he said Clinton also offered to incorporate “new proposals like undertaking tax reforms, rural development and agriculture sector” in the bilateral cooperation ventures.

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Bankers Unveil Savings Inducements

February 19, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh |

An effort to prepare millions of Americans to save for their rainy days and for retirement was launched by a group of large banks and consumer organizations at a Newsmaker Feb. 18.

"There really is a savings crisis. and it ranges from low to middle class families," BNY
Mellon Asset Management President and CEO Ronald P. O'Hanley said. "They blow out a tire in their car, they need to take care of a leak in the roof, but they have no money to handle that.

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Club Members Win Polk Award

February 17, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

A Bloomberg News team, including NPC members Alison Fitzgerald and Craig Torres, won the George Polk Award national reporting award.

Their articles challenged the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Board to open their books on trillions of dollars in bailout aid that went to financial institutions. A federal court ordered disclosures under the Freedom of Information Act, but an appeal is pending.

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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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