National Press Club

Club Applauds Senators for Bill to Improve FOIA

March 18, 2010 | By John Donnelly |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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EPA Administrator Jackson Blasts Industry Lobbyists

March 8, 2010 | By Bob Webb |

Lobbyists battling the Environmental Protection Agency's clean-up efforts are committing "an act of breathtaking negligence," EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said at a March 8 Luncheon.

"Once again, alarmists are claiming that (these efforts) will be the death knell of our economy. Once again they are telling us we have to choose the economy or environment," she said.

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America Needs to Reclaim Founding Values, Romney Says

March 5, 2010 | By Thomas Burr |

America has many things in common with the people who started Wal-Mart, The Washington Post, Boston Globe and Disneyland: Their values are a reflection of their founders, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney told the National Press Club March 5.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who may make another White House bid in 2012, told a sold-out Luncheon crowd that America’s greatness comes from those people who built the country.

“America reflects the vision and the character and the culture of the people who founded it,” Romney said.

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NPC Protests Abuse of Journalists in Iran; Bjerga Asks Members to Sign Petition

March 5, 2010 | By John Donnelly |

The National Press Club joined with other media organizations on Tuesday, March 2, in condemning the abusive treatment of journalists, writers and bloggers in Iran, where it is estimated that more media professionals are imprisoned for merely doing their jobs than in any other nation.

Club President Alan Bjerga encouraged members of the Club and visitors to its web site to sign an online petition expressing support for journalists in Iran. And he strongly urged the Iranian regime to release those in jail.

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