National Press Club

Human rights advocate, ex-Army officer point to Iraqi government involvement in Ashraf massacre

October 31, 2013 | By Joe Sparks |

A human rights advocate and former Army officer said they have evidence that the Iraqi government backed a raid that killed 52 unarmed refugees at Iraq's Camp Ashraf.

The revelations came at a National Press Club Newsmaker on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in a report presented by Jared Genser, a human rights lawyer who heads Perseus Strategies, and former Col. Thomas Cantwell, as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited Washington.

The report concludes that Maliki “is responsible for crimes against humanity," Genser said.

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Panel outlines photographers' First Amendment rights

October 29, 2013 | By Jim McCaskill |

Photo journalists are fully protected by the First Amendment, but their rights are not absolute, photographers, police and lawyers explained Oct. 23 at a National Press Club panel sponsored by the Club's Photography Committee and the National Press Photographers Association as party of Free Speech Week.

"Photography is not a crime," moderator Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, said.

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Helmke urges Americans to find common ground between gun rights and gun control to curb gun violence

October 22, 2013 | By Monica Coleman |

Two recent mass shootings and dozens of daily homicides show the United States continues to have a gun violence problem despite drops nationwide in violent crime, Paul Helmke, former CEO of the Brady Campaign/Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said Friday, Oct. 18 at a National Press Club Newsmaker.

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CNN host Piers Morgan tells NPC audience he favors aggressive interviews, loves Twitter

October 20, 2013 | By Jeffery King |

British interviewers are more aggressive and controversial than American TV hosts, CNN host Piers Morgan told a sold-out National Press Club audience Friday, Oct. 18.

Morgan, host of CNN's Piers Morgan Live and a former British tabloid editor, discussed his new book, "Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney," a memoir about his life, career and rise to prominence as a news host in the United States. He was interviewed at the event by Barbara Cochran, president of the board of the National Journalism Institute.

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Players in 'Saturday Night Massacre' recall upholding rule of law

October 20, 2013 | By Jessica Wray

The 'Saturday Night Massacre' that shook the national and started President Nixon's slide to resignation pitted power against rule of law, several of the key players said Oct. 17 at a National Press Club panel commemorating the 40th anniversary of the event.

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Horde of Trekkies hears 'Star Trek' star George Takei defend gay rights at luncheon

October 18, 2013 | By Richard Lee |

Trekkies flocked to the National Press Club to welcome actor, activist and TV cult figure George Takei at a National Press Club luncheon Oct. 18.

The Japanese-American actor's long-running role as Lt. Hikaru Sulu on the 1960s TV series "Star Trek" and the six subsequent, successful Paramount feature films that were an outgrowth of that small-screen phenomenon have made Takei a cult-figure among sci-fi fans.

It was Takei's role as activist and his trademark humor that took center stage in the Club's ballroom, which Takei described as looking like an "elegant Star Trek convention."

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Budget deal does not solve problem, debt-ceiling expert says

October 17, 2013 | By Monica Coleman |

Americans may be breathing a sigh of relief as a result of the stop-gap budget deal reached minutes before the Oct. 17 U. S. default date, but unless the nation’s political parties can agree to repeal the underlying debt-ceiling law, Congressional gridlock is likely to recur, warned constitutional scholar Neil H. Buchanan at a National Press Club Newsmaker Oct. 14.

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Michigan attorney general predicts Supreme Court will uphold his state's ban on racial preferences in education

October 14, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, at an Oct. 14 National Press Club Newsmaker event, predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold Michigan's state constitutional amendment banning racial preferences in schools and universities.

Schuette's Oct. 15 arguments to the Court in the case, Schuette vs. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, will result in a ruling in early spring, he said.

The case has been appealed to the Supreme Court after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit found the amendment unconstitutional in July 2011.

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Captain Phillips recalls rescue from pirates, advocates support for merchant marine

October 10, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Richard Phillips, the American ship captain captured by Somali pirates in 2009 and rescued by Navy Seals, described his experience at an Oct. 10 National Press Club Newsmaker, meanwhile advocating Congressional budget support for the merchant marine.

A movie starring Tom Hanks, scheduled for Oct. 11 release, tells the captain's story.

Phillips said Hanks did a great job in the film, specifically because his eyes reveal the fear and attempt to regain control during the 12 hours the captain was alone with four pirates in a lifeboat.

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Now's the time to teach civics to youth, urges education group at Newsmaker

October 9, 2013 | By Marie Wood |

There is no better time than the present to improve civic education in schools and youth organizations, declared the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) in a report released at a National Press Club Newsmaker Oct. 9.

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