National Press Club

Insider Attacks in Afghanistan Not Preventable, But Won’t Thwart Mission’s Objective

October 10, 2012 | By Terry Hill |

The “insider” attacks against U.S. and Coalition troops in Afghanistan that have killed or wounded 130 military personnel this year alone are not preventable, but will not jeopardize the mission’s overall objective, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said during a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday.

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Rivlin warns against federal debt outpacing economy

October 10, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Alice Rivlin, former chief of the Office of Management and Budget, advocated addressing the federal deficit with a "some of each" solution -- less spending and more revenues -- at an October 10 Newsmaker.

"The essence of the problem is that, as we look ahead, our debt is growing faster than our economy can grow, " she said.

She cited as reasons more elderly people and the rising cost of medical care. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, under current projections, will drive up spending faster than economic growth, she said.

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Deficit Reduction Plan Should Not Lower Top Rates, says Schumer

October 10, 2012 | By Sean Lyngaas |

The third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, Charles Schumer, voiced opposition in a speech at the National Press Club on Oct. 9 to lowering tax rates for the wealthy as part of any bipartisan compromise on the deficit.

“It would be a huge mistake to take the dollars we gain from closing loopholes and put them into reducing rates for the highest income brackets,” Schumer told reporters at the Newsmaker event. He characterized this approach as similar to “Reagan-style tax reform” put in place by a now “obsolete” 1986 law.

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Education Secretary Duncan urges Congress to support early-childhood schooling

October 3, 2012 | By Robert Webb |

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged Congress not to reduce funding for early childhood education at a National Press Club luncheon on Oct. 2.

"Candidly speaking, however, it's a challenge in the current climate," Duncan told a sold-out Club ballroom. "If some members of the House have their way, programs like Head Start, Title I and IDEA [Individuals With Disabilities Education Act] could take a big hit. So we need to continue to fight hard for these programs that protect children at risk."

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Cancer Institute's Varmus discusses research at National Press Club Newsmaker

September 26, 2012 | By Mike Smith |

Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute and Nobel Laureate, addressed a National Press Club Newsmaker Sept. 25.

Cancer research budgets have remained flat and legislative preference for specific cancers is a slippery slope, Varmus said. For example, the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act passed by the House of Representatives might redirect funding from the Cancer Institute or earmark it for a specific cancer.

By using genomics the institute is moving closer to cures, Varmus said. He noted, however that specific cancers differ.

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Tweeting with Edward R. Murrow on "Kalb Report" at journalism convention in Florida

September 26, 2012 | By Gilbert Klein |

Would legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow be tweeting if he were working in journalism today?

When “The Kalb Report,” the National Press Club’s, radio and television show, launched its 19th season Sept. 22 at the Radio and Television Digital News Association and Society for Professional Journalism convention in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., that was one question host Marvin Kalb lofted to the leading journalists on his panel.

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Innovation Key to Economic Progress, PhRMA Executive Tells NPC Newsmaker

September 24, 2012 | By Keith M. Hill |

Innovation is the key to economic progress in the United States and the pharmaceutical industry is the most innovative, said John Castellani, president and chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), at a National Press Club Newsmaker Sept. 20.

The pharmaceutical industry has been the leading generator of patents for the last five years, Castellani said. Innovation in the pharmaceutical industry has also lead to new and improved treatments for diseases such as AIDS and cancer, he added.

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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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