National Press Club

  • Taxing the Rich: The Capital Gains Tax
    Taxing the Rich: The Capital Gains Tax

    April 10, 1991

    The two speakers presented their views on capital gains tax legislation in a debate format. The question was: Should capital gains be the subject of the same taxation as ordinary income? From the 1920s through 1986 with the passage of the Tax Reform Act, capital gains were taxed at a…

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  • District of Columbia Statehood
    District of Columbia Statehood

    April 9, 1991

    Jesse Jackson, Washington DC's "shadow" senator, spoke to the National Press Club luncheon about statehood for Washington, DC. Rev. Jackson warned that "phase two" of the Persian Gulf war would cost the United States even more than the military conflict: to maintain a "new world order" within the global community.…

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  • Kurdish Human Rights
    Kurdish Human Rights

    April 8, 1991

    Mr. Al-Karadaghi is a former minister in the diplomatic service of Iraq. He spoke of the current plight of the Kurdish minority in Iraq in the wake of the Persian Gulf war and ensuing Iraqi civil unrest. He also commented on the recent United Nations Security Council's vote condemning Iraq…

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  • Mayor Dixon on Her First 100 Days in Office
    Mayor Dixon on Her First 100 Days in Office

    April 4, 1991

    Mayor Dixon talked about why people elected her to office with 86 percent of the vote. She is the first African-American woman to serve as a mayor of a major U.S. city. She talked about the problems that faced the city of Washington, DC when she took office, such as…

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  • A Scientist Who Believes in Creationism
    A Scientist Who Believes in Creationism

    March 28, 1991

    Mr. Mims described his controversy with Scientific American. He is a scientist, inventor, and writer who was a frequent contributor to the magazine until he told the editor that he believed in creationism instead of evolutionism. According to Mr. Mims, he had just been offered a position to oversee the…

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  • The Middle East and General Schwarzkopf
    The Middle East and General Schwarzkopf

    March 27, 1991

    Speaking before the National Press Club, television commentator David Frost discussed his recent trip to the Persian Gulf region and his March 20 interview with General Schwarzkopf. In the interview, broadcast on March 27 in the U.S., General Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition forces during the Persian Gulf war, said…

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  • A Chance for Future Victories
    A Chance for Future Victories

    March 22, 1991

    President Walesa talked about the "battle against communism." He said he wanted to remind the audience of all the changes that were made without much violence, "without a shot." He explained that after the victory the Polish government does not know how to operate, but needs to continue to win…

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  • Reporting the War from Baghdad
    Reporting the War from Baghdad

    March 19, 1991

    In his first Washington speech since his return from Baghdad, Peter Arnett discussed his reporting from Iraq during the Persian Gulf war. Mr. Arnett was the only American reporter allowed by the Iraqi government to remain in Baghdad after the beginning of the Persian Gulf war in January, 1991, and…

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  • North American Free Trade Agreement
    North American Free Trade Agreement

    March 15, 1991

    Ambassador Burney talked first about Pres. Bush's recent visit to Ottawa and his meetings with the Prime Minister of Canada. The two major outcomes of that meeting were an acid rain accord and agreement on the peace negotiations in the Middle East. Ambassador Burney then discussed the US-Canada free trade…

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  • Media Access During the Persian Gulf War
    Media Access During the Persian Gulf War

    March 14, 1991

    Asst. Secretary Williams spoke as part of the Society of Professional Journalists' Freedom of Information Day. He talked about the government's imposition of restrictive war time policy on the release of information during the Persian Gulf. He discussed how and what type of information was released to the press. The…

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