National Press Club

Documentary offers insider’s view of Clinton presidency

January 18, 2012 | By Megan Cotten

A sneak preview of "Clinton," a new four-hour, 2-part in-depth look at the Clinton presidency at the National Press Club on Jan. 12 provided an insider’s look at the Clinton administration and the reporters who covered it.

The film details budget battles with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Clinton’s extra-marital affair with Monica Lewinsky and the dogged investigation by Kenneth Starr that would eventually lead to Clinton's impeachment.

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Orman calls for changes in credit scoring at Newsmaker

January 13, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Personal finance expert Suze Orman is on a mission to make it easier for people who make purchases using cash or debit cards to get a better credit score.

“You have people who are in credit-card debt who pay the minimum payment due at a 29 percent interest rate,” Orman said.

Those people have higher credit scores than people who have no debt, but pay for their purchases using cash or debit cards, she said.

Orman appeared at a National Press Club Newsmaker Jan. 12 with PBS TV host Tavis Smiley and Princeton Professor Cornel West.

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Internet opens to new level of domain names

January 11, 2012 | By Terry Hill |

The Internet is about to get a lot larger.

Beginning Jan. 12, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which coordinates how the Internet communicates, will begin taking applications for new top-level domain names, launching the most significant change the system has undergone since the organization was established more than a decade ago.

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Romney soars in NH poll after Iowa Caucus win

January 5, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Mitt Romney’s thin win in the Jan. 3 Iowa Republican primary bounced him to 38% in a Jan. 4 New Hampshire poll, seven points above his New Year’s Day standing there, pollster John Zogby said at a Jan. 5 Newsmaker.

Rick Santorum gained four points to 11% while Ron Paul dropped one to 24% in the poll of 498 voters definitely or likely to vote in the New Hampshire Republican primary Jan. 10. JZ Analytics produced the poll, which has a margin of error of 4.5%, for the Washington Times.

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Cypriot Foreign Minister: Reunification would help region

December 26, 2011 | By Peter Hickman |

Cyprus under total Cypriot rule would improve security, stability and cooperation in the southeast Mediterranean, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, the country's foreign minister, said at a Dec. 21 Newsmaker press conference.

Cyprus has been divided since l974 when Turkey invaded the northern part of the island nation. Turkish troops remain there.

Kozakou-Marcoullis, a former ambassador to the U.S., said Turkey has threatened to mobilize its Navy if Cyprus attempts to extract natural gas from an undersea zone known as Aphrodite. Drilling began in September without incident.

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Larrabee, Priebe win top awards, Club honors 70 volunteers with Vivians

December 19, 2011 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Former National Press Club President Don Larrabee won the John Cosgrove Award, and Lou Priebe received the Berny Krug Award for outstanding contributions to the Club, at a ceremony Dec. 16 recognizing the top volunteers of 2011.

The event in the Holeman Lounge honored 70 Club members with Vivian Awards for their accomplishments on the Club’s 27 committees.

Larrabee, who served as Club president in 1973, is best known for establishing the Club’s Fourth Estate Award, which honors a journalist each year for lifetime achievement.

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Cantore says better forecasts, planning ease pain of year’s terrible weather

December 15, 2011 | By Jack Williams |

In his a quarter century of covering weather, Jim Cantore's 2011 storm chasing stands out.

He has “never seen a year like the one we’ve just had. Everywhere you looked there were [weather] extremes,” Cantore, on-camera meteorologist for the Weather Channel, told a National Press Club luncheon on Dec. 14.

Twelve “billion dollar” weather disasters have hit the U.S. this year, topping the previous high of nine in 2008.

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Solar leaders advocate extension of cash grants

December 15, 2011 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Leaders from solar energy companies advocated extension of a cash grant program for renewable energy projects that is scheduled to expire at year end during a Dec. 14 Newsmaker.

The program, formally known as Section 1603, provides cash grants to renewable energy initiatives in lieu of tax credits.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predicts that 37,000 jobs would be created from a one-year extension of the program. SEIA estimates that 100,000 people work in the solar industry, which grew 69 percent over the past year.

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Vicious hound hooks Dirda on Holmes stories

December 14, 2011 | By Joe Motheral |

The author of a new book about the creator of the mystery hero Sherlock Holmes became hooked on the detective series by furtively reading one of the scariest novels in the collection, "The Hound of the Baskervilles."

“The moment had to be right," said Michael Dirda, author of "On Conan Doyle," at a National Press Club Book Rap on Dec. 12. "I waited until my sisters and parents went somewhere. It had to be a dark and stormy night. I settled in the recliner with a blanket and began to read.”

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Ben & Jerry promote economic parity as cure for social ills

December 12, 2011 | By Richard Lee |

Ice cream entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have made it big in business but are standing side-by-side with the Occupy Wall Street movement, they said at a Dec. 12 Newsmaker.

“I have seen people who were committed, thoughtful, dedicated, people, people who played by the rules, who lost jobs, lost everything," Greenfield, co-founder with Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., said of the Occupy participants. "They had nothing to show for it except huge debt. We are operating in a system that is not working for people. The people at the top get all the opportunities.”

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