National Press Club

Kazakhstan Working on Human Rights Shortcomings, Speaker Says

November 1, 2010

Kazakhstan is aware of criticism that it is not paying enough attention to human rights in the central Asian country and is working to improve conditions, an advisor to the Kazakh president said at an Oct. 29 Newsmaker press conference.

Yermukhamet Yertsybayev said laws making libel no longer a criminal act were passed specifically with the media in mind.

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Club Members Showcased at Book Fair, Nov. 9

October 25, 2010

NPC members Thomas Allen, Maurine Beasley, Paul Dickson, Kristie Miller and Amy Henderson will join 100 nationally known writers autographing and selling their books at the Book Fair & Authors' Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

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Advocate Says Islam Not a Religion of Tolerance

October 25, 2010

Islam is not a religion of tolerance, but one that defines peace as total Islamization of the world, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said at an Oct. 25 NPC luncheon.

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Please Welcome 35 New Members

October 19, 2010

The Board of Governors approved 35 member applications Oct. 18. They are listed according to the newly approved membership categories.


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Former Secretary of State Rice Defends Invasion of Iraq

October 15, 2010

An Iraq moving toward democracy could transform the Middle East, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told an Oct. 15 sold-out NPC luncheon audience.

She said that's because Iraq is such an important country in a region dominated by authoritarian governments. But she emphasized creating democracy wasn't why the U.S. invaded Iraq.

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Air Force Chief Sees Continuing Flat Defense Budgets

October 12, 2010

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said his service must take a "selective and incremental" approach to modernizing in a world of uncertain future threats and defense budgets that will continue to flatten. He spoke at an Oct. 12 luncheon.

He foresaw stop gaps where necessary and next generation systems where possible. The Air Force, he said, will have to be "flexible across a wide range of contingencies." The Air Force faces a need to reduce overhead by $28 billion as its part in an overall Department of Defense budget reduction.

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Financial Services Reforms Help, Bank of America CEO Says

October 11, 2010

The bevy of international and U.S reforms growing out of the recent worldwide financial crisis, once implemented, “should contribute to the future stability of the financial services industry,” said the president and CEO of the nation’s largest bank (in assets) at a Club Luncheon Oct. 8.

In endorsing what he called the “unprecedented” surge of rulemaking, Bryan T. Moynihan said that “without doubt, the U.S. financial services system needs to change.” He spoke at the outset of the Oct. 8-10 annual meeting of the International Monetary Washington.

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FDA Commissioner Calls for More, Better Regulatory Science

October 6, 2010

Regulatory science -- the bridge between scientific developments and consumer products -- is"not as robust as it needs to be" in the U.S., the head of the Food and Drug Administartion said at a luncheon Oct. 6.

Margaret Hamburg said regulatory science has been "under appreciated and under funded," but she is "guardedly optimistic" that funding will increase in the 2011 budget.

The FDA commissioner issued awhite paper, "Advancing Regulatory Science for Public Health," at the luncheon.

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Menendez, Cornyn Discuss Upcoming Election

September 30, 2010

Republicans have a huge edge in enthusiasm heading toward Election Day, but Democrats' poll numbers are rising as more voters focus on who will fight for them, leaders of the two parties' Senate campaign committees said at a Club luncheon Sept. 29.

Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, parsed the upcoming Senate elections in 34 states.

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