National Press Club

Islamic Cooperation Commission says human rights, not religion, will be focus

December 13, 2012 | By Terry Hill | terry@terryhillcommunications.com

Making its first appearance in the nation’s capital Dec. 13, the newly established Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation outlined its priorities for improving human rights of women and children.

The OIC, which claims to be the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations, includes as members 57 states on four continents and the Palestinian Authority.

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James Taylor calls for ‘reasonable dialogue’ during NPC Luncheon

December 7, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

James Taylor, a self-described “unapologetic liberal,” told a National Press Club Luncheon Dec. 7 that a “reasonable dialogue” with conservatives is good for the country.

“By ourselves liberals would probably steer us toward a sort of paralyzed nanny state in the European style, and Republicans left to their own would head toward oligarchy and inherited wealth and power,” he said.

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Soldiers died at Afghanistan outpost after `reckless' mistakes, ABC's Tapper says

December 6, 2012 | By Gregory Page | Gregory.Page@usdoj.gov

When ABC White House Correspondent Jake Tapper learned 400 Taliban fighters killed eight U.S. soldiers at Outpost Keating in Afghanistan, he was celebrating the birth of his son in a U.S. hospital.

He said he remembers “holding his son,” listening to the news reports of the 2009 attack, and wondering why, as his family welcomed a new birth, “eight other sons were taken from the world.”

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Sanders outlines seven-step plan for ending federal deficits at NPC newsmaker

December 5, 2012 | By Audrey Hoffer | audrey@ahoffer.net

With the gap between rich and poor growing, Congress must adopt a seven-step plan for fixing federal deficits that won't hurt the middle class, Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, said at a National Press Club Newsmaker.

“The question is whether the President and the Democrats will finally stand firm and do what the American people want them to do,” Sanders told a group of print, wire and broadcast reporters Dec. 5.

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Defense leaders urge Obama, Congress to avoid cuts at Newsmaker

December 4, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders must reach an agreement to avoid the ``fiscal cliff'' and potentially devastating cuts in defense spending, industry executives said at a Dec. 3 National Press Club Newsmaker.

The automatic defense cuts, known as sequestration, which would occur if no deal is reached, will “have very negative impacts in the long term,'' said Northrop Grumman Chief Executive Officer Wes Bush. ``It will damage our industry’s ability to attract and retain the kind of highly-trained technical talent our nation needs to help keep its technological superiority.”

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Contractor's Cuba imprisonment has harmed health, family, his wife says

December 2, 2012 | By Sean Lyngaas | sean.lyngaas@gmail.com

“I cannot and will not allow my husband to die in a Cuban prison,” Judy Gross, wife of jailed American contractor Alan Gross, told a National Press Club Newsmaker on November 30.

Alan Gross, 63, was arrested without public explanation in 2009 on one of the several trips he made to Cuba working as a U.S. government contractor to bring the Internet to disparate Jewish communities on the island.

Judy Gross spoke of the toll her husband’s incarceration has taken on their family as the third anniversary of his arrest approaches. “December 3, 2009 was the day my family fell apart,” she said.

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Life of Nelson Mandela is subject of Press Club program

November 27, 2012 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Nelson Mandela emerged from nearly 30 years in prison willing to make peace with his enemies in the white-controlled South African government, and that has made all of the difference in the history of his country, South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool told a Club gathering Nov. 26.

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Ted Koppel: Networks must invest in serious journalism to save democracy

November 26, 2012 | By Gil Klein | Gilbert.Klein@yahoo.com

Technological changes, viewer tastes and demands for profit have undercut the quality of television news, but the pendulum should begin to swing back, legendary ABC News anchor Ted Koppel told host Marvin Kalb at “The Kalb Report” on Nov. 19.

“When Americans finally realize how bad things are and what political straits our system is in, they will turn back to good journalism,” Koppel predicted at the National Press Club forum.

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Scandals leave military with 'introspective' feeling, says Navy chief

November 16, 2012 | By Justin Duckham | Justin@talkradionews.com

The scandals that have embroiled retired Army General David Petraeus and General John Allen have left the upper echelons of the U.S. military feeling "introspective," Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert told a luncheon at the National Press Club Nov. 16.

Greenert explained that the feeling applied particularly to the Navy, which saw more than 20 commanding officers expelled from the service this year, the majority of whom were found to have conducted themselves inappropriately.

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The Who legends Daltrey and Townshend launch “Teen Cancer America” charity at NPC luncheon

November 12, 2012 | By Sean Lyngaas | sean.lyngaas@gmail.com]

Rock legends Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, lead singer and guitarist, respectively, of the iconic British band The Who, announced the launch of their charity Teen Cancer America at a National Press Club luncheon on Nov. 12.

Daltrey gave the keynote remarks and The Who front man was by turns jovial and somber in an eloquent appeal for a more concentrated effort to fight teen cancer in the United States.

“What we’re trying to do here is make you aware of the situation,” Daltrey told a sold-out crowd of NPC members and their guests.

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