National Press Club

Obama must save the nation's public lands from excessive energy demands, former Interior Secretary Babbitt says

February 6, 2013 | By Robert E. Webb |

Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt called for the federal government to give equal attention to protecting America's public lands when it considers the oil and gas industry's requests to develop energy resources.

President Obama should "embrace a simple, powerful, and practical principle that will, once again, place the conservation of America's lands on equal ground with energy development," Babbitt said at a Feb. 5 Newsmaker press conference at the National Press Club.

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Hilarity ensues at Dave Barry's insanely funny discussion of "Insane City"

February 3, 2013 | By Jan King |

Where can you find retirees from New York who have lost their eyesight and hearing, but then get driver's licenses?

Well, Miami, of course!

Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry, whose syndicated column for The Miami Herald kept the nation hiccuping with laughter from 1983 to 2004, regaled a National Press Club audience with tales from the palm tree-lined beaches of "Insane City" at a sold-out Book and Author event Friday.

"Insane City," Barry's first solo adult novel in more than a decade is the tale of Seth Weinstein and his destination wedding in Florida.

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Irish envoy outlines plans for Ireland's European Union presidency

February 3, 2013 | By Peter J. Hickman |

As Ireland embarked on its six-month presidency of the European Union, Michael Collins, Ireland's ambassador to the U.S., outlined its priorities Thursday, Jan. 31 at a Newsmaker press conference at the National Press Club.

Ireland, as head of the Council of the European Union for the seventh time since joining the EU in 1973, will continue to work toward getting Europe's economy back on track as it implements new economic governance, Collins said.

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Presidential debate moderators assess their performances on “The Kalb Report”

January 30, 2013 | By Gil Klein |

Moderating a debate is tricky business for a journalist, the 2012 presidential debate moderators told veteran newsman Marvin Kalb Monday on the most recent edition of “The Kalb Report.”

PBS' Jim Lehrer, ABC's Martha Raddatz and CBS' Bob Schieffer say they wrestle with whether to use reporting skills to press the candidates or to hold back and let the candidates slug it out.

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Game On: Angela Greiling Keane, sworn in as 106th Club president, vows action on FOIA, press freedom

January 28, 2013 | By Sydnee Winston |

The National Press Club will focus on freedom of the press, women’s contributions to journalism and journalism training in 2013, National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane, a reporter for Bloomberg News, said in her inaugural address Saturday, Jan. 26.

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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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