National Press Club

Governors recognize Donnelly, thank Werner

January 20, 2013 | By John Hughes |

The National Press Club Board of Governors recognized John Donnelly , who is leaving the Board after a dozen years of service, at its annual appreciation dinner Jan. 17.

"His board colleagues have learned from him, valued his guidance, and counted on his leadership on every important issue the National Press Club has faced for more than a decade," outgoing Board Chairman John Hughes said of Donnelly in remarks at the dinner.

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Symbolism and diversity illustrate inaugural weekend’s theme, 'Faith in America’s Future'

January 17, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden will take their official second-term oaths of office at their residences Sunday, Jan. 20, the date required by the Constitution, Brent Colburn of the Presidential Inaugural Committee said Wednesday, Jan. 16 at a National Press Club Newsmaker.

Obama will use the Robinson Bible from First Lady Michelle Obama’s family for the official ceremony and Biden will use his family’s Bible, Colburn said. The two men will also lay a wreath Sunday at Arlington National Cemetery, he said.

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Dickson reports presidential coinages from Washington's 'administration' to Adams' 'XYZ affair'

January 16, 2013 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

National Press Club member Paul Dickson told a Jan. 15 National Press Club Book Rap that presidential language reveals the 43 men who have occupied the White House.

“You can look at the different presidents and really see who was clever, remarkably clever. I mean really the smartest,” he said.

He quoted favorite phrases from his new book, "Words From the White House: Words or Phrases Coined or Popularized by America’s Presidents."

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Villaraigosa: don’t punt on comprehensive immigration reform

January 14, 2013 | By Stephenie Overman |

Congress faces an ambitious agenda, but immigration reform cannot wait another political season, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Jan. 14 at a National Press Club luncheon.

“Some argue that immigration reform should be punted again. [But] Congress should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time,” he said.

Comprehensive immigration reform “goes to the heart of who we are as a people,” said Villaraigosa, who has served as mayor of Los Angeles since 2005. He was chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention and is a past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Lester leads unwieldy Awards Committee, wins Club’s top honor

January 10, 2013 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Will Lester garnered the National Press Club’s top volunteer award by leading its most unwieldy committee.

On Jan.8, Lester received the Berny Krug Award for his exemplary work as head of the Club’s Journalism Awards Committee in 2012. In that role, he managed 177 entries – an increase from 140 in 2011 – across 13 categories.

In each area, he recruited three judges to select the winners. He also was instrumental in planning and executing the Awards dinner over the summer, one of the Club’s top annual events.

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Fiscal cliff resolution slowed by lack of women negotiators: pro-choice group

January 7, 2013 | By Terry Hill |

Averting the fiscal cliff would have occurred before the last possible moment -- as it did last week -- if women were in charge of Congress, the leader of a women's advocacy organization said Jan. 7 at the National Press Club.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Republican members of Congress in general “just want to stand around and pound their chests rather than getting things done and solving our nation’s problems,” said Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock.

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Angela Greiling Keane to be inaugurated Jan. 26

December 26, 2012 | By Suzanne Struglinski |

Just five days after President Barack Obama, newly elected Club President Angela Greiling Keane will have her own inauguration.

The theme will be “Game On: A Black Tie Tailgate," and the celebration is set for Saturday, Jan. 26. The event will pay homage to Greiling Keane’s love of football, especially the Green Bay Packers, and her years as a Girl Scout. A transportation reporter for Bloomberg News, Greiling Keane is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and co-leader of her
daughter’s Brownie troop.

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Senator Conrad calls for solution to fiscal cliff and budget deficits

December 19, 2012 | By Robert Weiner and Richard Man |

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad told a Newsmaker Dec. 19 that he wanted a long-term budget agreement to avoid the more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect beginning next month, but expected a smaller deal in the new year.

"The country needs a fiscal plan to bring us back from the brink," he said. Even so, government spending helped bail out U.S. banks and President Barack Obama's stimulus package created millions of jobs and avoided a 16-percent unemployment rate, he said.

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Panetta urges Congress to avoid fiscal cliff, adopt administration defense strategy

December 18, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta used a Dec. 18 National Press Club luncheon to urge Congress to “do the right thing” by avoiding the across-the-board spending cuts of the “fiscal cliff” and approving the defense strategy contained in the Defense Department’s budget proposal.

The fiscal cliff refers to the more than $600 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to go into effect beginning next month unless Congress acts.

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Nutcracker, Dying Swan featured at Newsmaker event

December 17, 2012 | By Peter Hickman |

Moscow Ballet Prima Ballerina Ukrainian Olga Kifyak and colleagues danced and played selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" and The Dying Swan from St. Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" at an NPC Newsmaker Dec. 14.

For the Nutcraker number, ballerina Kifyak was partnered with dancer Victor Sherbakov.
For The Dying Swan, she was musically accompanied by 16-year-old Russian Fedor Oukspensky, a high school student in Northern Virginia, who himself was accompanied on the piano by his mother.

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