National Press Club

Stimulus Spotlight Turns to Governors, Panelists Say

February 20, 2009 | By Micayla Diener | mdiener@press.org

From the moment that President Obama was sworn in on Jan. 20 until he signed the $787 billion economic recovery package into law on Feb. 17, the stimulus spotlight shined on him and Congress as the behemoth bill rapidly worked its way through the legislative process.

Now the focus turns to governors, who will be under pressure to spend the money efficiently and wisely. Fulfilling that mandate will require an unprecedented emphasis on transparency and cooperation between state and local government, according to experts who participated in a Feb. 19 Newsmaker.

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Scientist Offers Plan for Reducing Cancer

February 19, 2009 | By Paula Cruickshank

John Mendelsohn, president of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, released a 10-point plan to reduce the incidence of cancer and prevent its recurrence at a Newsmaker program on Feb. 17.

He noted that nearly 40 percent of Americans will develop cancer during their lifetime. While cancer survival rates in the United States have doubled over the past 50 years and death rates have fallen, cancer still accounts for one in every five deaths among Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Highlights of the plan are:

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Bernanke Promises Exit Strategy, Transparency

February 19, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich

Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, explained how the Fed has used an “innovative” course of “credit easing” to address the current financial crisis at a Luncheon Feb. 18. Innovation is required, he said, because the conventional policies available to the Fed are insufficient. He reassured listeners that the result of such innovation – a doubling of the dollar value of the Fed’s balance sheet – will not be permanent; there is an exit strategy. He added that the institution is initiating public information programs to make policies more transparent.

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McGovern's Take on Lincoln

February 16, 2009 | By Frank Kane

Despite more than 16,000 books having been published about Abraham Lincoln, former Sen. George McGovern’s short biography of the 16th president was a quick sell-out in his book-signing Feb.13 at the Club.

McGovern, who has a doctorate in history and government and has written several other books, said he told organizers of the American presidents series of books he would write one if it could be about Lincoln. “That’s too bad," he was told. "Bill Clinton says he wants to do that one.” But a year later, he was told to ahead because Clinton was just too busy.

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Leinwand Decries Plouffe's Off-the-Record Briefing

February 13, 2009 | By Donna Leinwand

The National Press Club and several media groups objected on Thursday to Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's last-minute decision to bar media coverage of his noon speech in the Club's ballroom.

Plouffe, who has been on the speaking circuit promoting his forthcoming book, "The Audacity to Win", was the keynote speaker on Thursday at a public policy luncheon sponsored by Georgetown University and Politico. Every event at the two-day program had been promoted as open to media coverage, but Georgetown on Wednesday told media representatives that Plouffe's speech would be off the record.

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uthor of "Why Him? Why Her?" Explains the Mystery

February 13, 2009 | By Jack Williams

Science is illuminating some of the mysteries of love, said author Helen Fisher at an NPC book event on Feb. 11. Fisher discussed her new book "Why Him? Why Her? " with attendees who filled the Zenger Room.

Fisher, who is a biological anthropologist, talked about her analysis of patterns of attraction among 28,000 men and women who responded to a survey, as well as data from neurochemistry, genetics, and personality studies. This work helps explain, "Why do you fall in love with someone and not another," she said.

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Leinwand Decries Plouffe's Off-the-Record Briefing

February 13, 2009 | By Donna Leinwand

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The National Press Club and several media groups objected on Thursday to Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's last-minute decision to bar media coverage of his noon speech in the Club's ballroom.

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Business Group Focuses on Worker Training Post-Stimulus

February 13, 2009 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

Like most corporate advocacy groups, the Business Roundtable backs the massive economic stimulus package that is likely to land on President Obama‘s desk in the next few days.

But the association of chief executives is urging Congress and the administration to ensure that the U.S. labor market is ready for the millions of jobs that supporters say the plan will create.

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"A Story No One Wants to Hear" is Problem, WaPo's Perlstein Says

February 11, 2009 | By Bill Miller

Journalists writing about the economic crisis face a major problem: “telling a story that nobody wants to hear,” said Steve Pearlstein, Pulitizer-prize winning business and economics columnist for The Washington Post, at the Club Wednesday.

“It’s a complicated story to write for family newspapers – a hard story to tell correctly,” Pearlstein said at the Club's first “Business Breakfast,” a new monthly event sponsored by the Events Committee.

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North American Experts Offer Obama Advice at Newsmaker

February 11, 2009 | By Peter Hickman

As President Obama readied for his first foreign presidential trip to Canada Feb. 19, "transborder" experts from the U.S., Canada and Mexico told a Feb. 10 Newsmaker that his administration should strengthen U.S. partnerships with its two neighbors on a range of issues confronting them all.

The issues are highlighted in a report released at the Newsmaker by the North American Center for Transborder Studies, a consortium of American, Canadian and Mexican universities, entitled "North America Next: Memo to President Obama--Building Sustainable Security and Competitiveness."

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