National Press Club

Colombian president describes FARC peace talks, economic agenda at Press Club event

December 4, 2013 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef |]

Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia, laid out his agenda to advance his country's economic, political and social transformation during an appearance at the National Press Club on Dec. 3.

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Lynch Award honors regional coverage of Congress

December 2, 2013 | By Will Lester |

National Press Club members who cover Congress should take note of an upcoming contest deadline for the David Lynch Memorial Regional Reporting Award. The deadline is Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.

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The Stress, Doubts and Resolve of Covering the Kennedy Assassination

November 24, 2013 | By Gil Klein |

Dan Rather, a young reporter for CBS News, was the first to report that President John F. Kennedy was dead.

Not waiting for the official announcement, Rather said he had collected enough information from a hospital official, a doctor and a priest to convince himself that Kennedy was dead.

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Nader Group Releases Report on Corporate Espionage

November 21, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Essential Information released a report at a Nov. 20 National Press Club Newsmaker event on what it called corporate and trade associations' undercover activity against nonprofit organizations.

The report, "Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations," was authored by Gary Ruskin, Director of the Center for Corporate Policy, a project of Essential Information, a group formed by activist Ralph Nader in 1982. Ruskin said "Corporate espionage against nonprofit organizations presents a threat to democracy and to individual privacy."

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Brady campaign president and Sarah Brady speak on effects of Brady Bill, 20 years later

November 20, 2013 | By Jennifer A. Ejim |

Sarah Brady, Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, spoke at a Nov. 19 National Press Club Luncheon on the long process toward getting the Brady Law passed, 20 years ago and how she has made the prevention of gun violence through restrictions on gun sales her “life’s work.”

One of the things the "Brady Bill" did was to “set up the national system for doing background checks. Before that, each state took care of their own,” she said.

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Steinem Urges Audience to 'Get Mad,' Vote, Read, and Have Fun

November 18, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Feminist Gloria Steinem, co-founder of New York and MS. magazines urged the audience at a Nov. 18 National Press Club Luncheon to "get mad" about continuing social inequities, vote -- particularly for state legislators, educate themselves by reading feminist books and have fun while they're doing all of it.

If at the "end of the revolution" the women's movement wants to have "dancing, laughter and friendship and work that we love" those things have to come along the way, she said.

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Charles Schwab CEO calls for retirement plan reforms

November 13, 2013 | By Monica Coleman |

Walter W. Bettinger, CEO of Charles Schwab Corporation in its 40th year, called for fundamental reforms in the 401(k) industry at a Nov. 11 National Press Club Luncheon.

"Today, there are over 50 million Americans in retirement plans,” he said. “The 401(k) plan is the primary or exclusive savings plan for over half of Americans today” said the 30-year veteran pension and retirement plan expert. He noted that the median 401(k) plan today is only a little over $40,000.

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DiMaggio, the voice of Bender, premieres documentary on voice actors

November 12, 2013 | By Jordan Bailey |

More than a 150 fans crowded together on Nov. 8 to watch John DiMaggio -- better known as Bender in "Futurama,” Jake the Dog in "Adventure Time" and Marcus Fenix in "Gears of War" – premiere his documentary “I Know That Voice” at the National Press Club.

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Financial services chief says brokers and advisers must put clients first

November 8, 2013 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Judd Gregg, chief executive of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) told a Nov. 7 National Press Club Luncheon that brokers – who comprise a large portion of SIFMA’s membership – should put their customers first.

Under current law, brokers do not have to act in the best interests of their clients. They can recommend products from their own company that have higher fees than a competitor’s offerings. Brokers differ from investment advisers in that advisers must act in the best interest of their clients.

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Greenspan says he was wrong to think rationality would prevail in the economy

November 7, 2013 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told a National Press Club Book Rap Nov 6 that his new book, "The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting," is a detective story.

Greenspan said that he wanted to discover “step-by-step” how the crisis happened. He started out by believing human rationality would prevail. He began his examination by asking whether this was true.

“I gradually proved to myself that it was wrong,” Greenspan said. “It is an interesting experience to look yourself in the mirror and say you are wrong.”

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