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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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"Book Lady" Dolly Parton Wows Crowd, Makes Plea for Tenn. Nat'l Park

February 11, 2009 | By Richard Lee

"I'm thrilled to be called the book lady," singer-songwriter Dolly Parton told her sold-out Press Club luncheon audience on Tuesday. And she wasn’t kidding.

Parton, platinum blonde, hyper-folksy, and very glitzy in a form-fitting maroon you-notice-me-y’hear mini-suit, was there to call attention to two pet projects: A program that provides a book a month to pre-schoolers and her new post as ambassador from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Economic Crisis: Journalists Warned, But Who was Listening?

February 11, 2009 | By Gil Klein

Story from Kalb Report

Business and economics reporters warned about the looming economic crisis long before it happened, but the public did not want to hear about it, four leading business journalists told host Marvin Kalb at The Kalb Report int eh NPC Ballroom Monday evening.

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A Little Something to Start the Week Right

February 9, 2009

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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Newspapers are Fact-Checked, Hand-Delivered, No Pop-up Ads. What's Not to Love? Paulson Says

February 6, 2009

In his last moments as editor of USA Today before moving to the No. 2 spot at the Newseum, Ken Paulson offered his insights at the inauguration of the NPC's new president. Paulson congragulated the Club for choosing Donna Leinwand as its leader for 2009 and discussed the situation of the newspaper industry:

I do think there's room for some perspective. Yes, it's true that there have been significant layoffs at America's newspapers, but there have also been huge layoffs at Home Depot, and no one is predicting the demise of hammers.

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Rep. Barbara Lee: "Second Name is Courage," Helen Thomas Says

February 5, 2009 | By Barbara Bird and Andrew C. Schneider

A Book Event happened on the way to the White House.

Rep. Barbara Lee, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was called to the White House by President Obama for a meeting shortly before her scheduled C;ub appearance on Wednesday to discuss her new book, “Renegade for Peace and Justice: Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks for Me”. In a gracious gesture, she said she would be a little late to the meeting in order to keep her Press Club commitment.

Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas introduced her longtime friend with the explanation, “Courage is her second name.”

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It's Buy a Newspaper Day Today

February 2, 2009

About a month ago, a member of Facebook was feeling discouraged about the state of the newspaper industry. He came up with an idea: Buy a Newspaper Day.

As things do on Facebook, the idea took off, and Buy a Newspaper Day got 5,437 "yes" RSVPs. You don't have to be a Facebook member or have replie "yes" to join this show of support for on-paper newspapers.

Buy one today.

(Better yet: Subscribe!)

If you'd like to read how this all came about, here it is:


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Leinwand Sworn in as 102nd President; Club Celebrates at "Hurricane Donna"

February 2, 2009

More than 300 people attended "Hurricane Donna" Saturday night to celebrate Donna Leinwand's swearing-in as the Club's 102nd president.

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz administered the oath of office, which Leinwand took with her hand on a military helmet (reflecting her many reporting assignments in Iraq and other war zones).

Guests dined on sirloin steak, drank copious amounts and roared with laughter at the witty barbs of poliical satarist Mark Russell.

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Newspaper Plight on NPR

January 29, 2009

The state of (financial) affairs in the news biz was the subject of an NPR Marketplace story on Wednesday.

Gil Klein, former Club president who spent last year conducting panel discussions nationwide on behalf of the Club to assess the changes in the industry and how they affect the First Amendment, was interviewed.

Here's a link:

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McConnell Pledges Cooperation, Predicts Prompt Stimulus Passage

January 26, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, Senate Republican leader, echoed President Barack Obama’s inaugural pledge of bipartisanship at a Jan. 23 Club Luncheon but didn’t hesitate to make his own points as well.

He expressed disapproval of the plan to close the Guantanamo prison and advocated loans, not grants, to states in the stimulus package.

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