National Press Club

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

November 18, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

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 | monicacolemanjd@gmail.com

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 | justjordan.bailey14@gmail.com

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. | markschoeff@gmail.com

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 | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

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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Reporters recollect shock, horror of covering Kennedy assassination

November 6, 2013 | By Monica Coleman | monicacolemanjd@gmail.com

Where were you when John F. Kennedy was shot? Many are remembering because Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death. Reporters who covered the 1963 assassination in Texas shared their experiences at the Club Nov. 4.

“[The Kennedy visit] was the biggest story of the year,” said CBS News senior correspondent Bob Schieffer, who was a cub reporter on the Fort Worth Star Telegram at the time. Presidential travel was rare, he said, indicating the Kennedys were there to raise money for the next election.

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Actress-activist Goldie Hawn speaks up about 'MindUP'

November 6, 2013 | By Richard F. Lee | rf-lee@earthlink.net

Goldie Hawn came to the National Press Club to speak up about MindUP, a curriculum and teaching model for primary school children, at a Nov. 5 Club Luncheon. It’s a cause that’s important to her, and she wants to spread the word about it, she said.

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell calls on Congress to pass budget, fund public lands

October 31, 2013 | By Jennifer Ejim | akunnaya25@yahoo.com

Congress must pass a budget that funds successful programs that protect public lands, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a National Press Club audience Thursday, Oct. 31.

President Obama "believes we have a moral obligation to the next generation to leave the land better than we found it,” Jewell said. Congress should also pass "dozens of locally supported bills introduced by both Republicans and Democrats, to protect the places that Americans love the most.”

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

October 31, 2013 | By Joe Sparks | jjs_jjs@yahoo.com

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 | jamesmccaskill@gmail.com

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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