National Press Club

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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Angela Greiling Keane of Bloomberg News elected Club president

December 17, 2012 | By Joel Whitaker |

Angela Greiling Keane, a reporter for Bloomberg News and current vice president, was elected the 106th president of the National Press Club. She will succeed Theresa Werner, a freelance journalist.
Her ascent to the club's presidency follows years of service to the club on the Young Members, Membership and Speakers committees. She received the Vivian Award for Outstanding Club Service six times.
Greiling Keane has served as an elected board officer for the past three years and is a member of the National Press Club Journalism Institute board.

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

December 13, 2012 | By Terry Hill |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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