National Press Club

United Nations Population Fund deems Oct. 11 at International Day of the Girl Child

September 24, 2012 | By John M. Rosenberg |

The status of women is the major issue facing a great portion of the approximately 900 million young girls around the world today, said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, at Sept. 21 National Press Club Newsmaker.

Osotimehin recalled his time as Nigeria’s minister of health and seeing girls as young as 12 being placed into marriage. “This is not a Nigerian phenomenon, this is a phenomenon that happens across the world,” he said.

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Bob Woodward accepts 4th Estate Award for lifetime achievement in journalism

September 22, 2012 | By Will Lester |

Bob Woodward accepted the Fourth Estate Award for lifetime achievement in journalism Friday night, four decades after his investigative reporting on the Watergate scandal disrupted the first event honoring Walter Cronkite.

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Roberts protected Supreme Court perception in `Obamacare' decision, Toobin says

September 20, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four liberals in upholding the Obama health care law because he cares about how the court is perceived, Jeffrey Toobin told a National Press Club Book Rap on Sept. 19.

Toobin is the senior CNN legal analyst, a staff writer for the New Yorker and author of ``The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.''

During his presentation, Toobin poked fun at himself and his errant prediction that the Supreme Court would overturn the law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Opposition to Eisenhower Memorial design voiced at NPC Newsmaker

September 18, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Two architects voiced their opposition to the design of the proposed memorial to former President Dwight Eisenhower at a National Press Club Newsmaker Sept. 18.

Milton W. Grenfell, principal of Grenfell Architecture and vice president of the National Civic Arts Society, and Robert K. Lewis, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland and architecture columnist for the Washington Post, said they object to the focus on Eisenhower’s youth in the memorial rather than his time as Allied Commander in World War II or a two-term president.

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González, Torres say minorities feel marginalized by the news media

September 18, 2012 | By Jan King |

The two writers of a new book said at a National Press Club Book and Author event Sept. 17 that minorities including Hispanics and blacks feel marginalized and their accomplishments have been overlooked by the news media.

Juan González and Joseph Torres said their book, "News For All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media,'' arose from their own and other minority group's frustrations with inability of the press to give citizens the information they need.

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Teamsters President Hoffa says unions caught in 'cultural war'

September 13, 2012 | By Justin Duckham |

The 2012 Presidential election represents a "cultural war" between union members and the conservative tea party movement, International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James Hoffa told the National Press Club on Sept. 13.

"All of the sudden, there’s this tidal wave of attacks on organized labor," Hoffa said during a luncheon. He cited statewide efforts to introduce "right to work" legislation and limit public employees' ability to collectively bargain.

"It's really something to see,'' Hoffa said. ``I’ve been around for a while and I’ve never seen it. We really are fighting back.”

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FRCs Perkins says we're accountable to higher authority than public opinion

September 12, 2012 | By Audrey Hoffer |

Value issues will be salient at the polls in the November election, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told a National Press Club audience Sept. 12.

“The sanctity of life, the sacredness of marriage, the boundaries of sexual expression and the exercise of religious freedom” are issues that matter and “rank as fundamental,” Perkins said.

He said he would advocate these values with civility and compassion. “We are more committed to advancing faith, family and freedom than ever before,” Perkins said.

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Financial crisis costs more than $12.8 trillion, says Better Markets in report at NPC

September 12, 2012 | By Sean Lyngaas |

Financial watchdog Better Markets Inc. announced the release of a report Sept. 12 at the National Press Club that estimated the cost of the 2008-2009 financial crisis to be over $12.8 trillion.

“It is remarkable…that no one has looked at the damage caused comprehensively'' until now, Better Markets Chief Executive Officer Dennis Kelleher told reporters at the Newsmaker event.

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People with disabilities can be election 'difference-maker,' Obama representative says

September 11, 2012 | By Robert Webb |

President Obama is poised to ensure in a second term that people with disabilities have an even better and more secure future, Jonathan Young, chairman of the National Council on Disability Policy, said at a September 11 National Press Club Newsmaker.

"I am here today because the voice and vote of people with disabilities matter in this election," Young said. "It is time for the disability community to flex its muscles and be the difference-maker it can be."

Young spoke as a representative of Obama. The Romney campaign declined to send a representative to speak on the subject.

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'You’re gonna love' RG III, Redskins’ GM Allen promises, as season kicks off

September 7, 2012 | By Bill Miller |

Forty-eight hours before the Washington Redskins' season kickoff in New Orleans on Sunday, general manager Bruce Allen declined to predict how many games the team would win this year at a National Press Club luncheon Sept. 7.

But he was quick to promise that Redskin fans will be captivated by the team’s heralded new quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

“This is a quarterback you’re gonna love,” Allen said, extolling the team’s No. 1 draft pick from Baylor University who last fall won the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s outstanding collegiate player.

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