National Press Club

Panelists Say Zero Tolerance School Discipline Raises Dropout Rates, Shows Racial Bias

October 6, 2011 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Panelists representing school administrators, researchers, judges, parents and students at an Oct. 5 Newsmaker deplored the effect of “zero tolerance” school discipline that uses frequent suspensions. The panelists said suspensions lead to higher rates of school dropouts and eventual incarcerations.

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Prohibition hurt America, documentarian Ken Burns says

October 4, 2011 | By Richard Lee |

Prohibition sent American progress reeling backward and led to new social ills, including bootlegging and organized crime, documentary film maker Ken Burns told a National Press Club on Monday.

The last segment of Burns' exhaustive three-part series "Prohibition" airs Tuesday night on PBS.

What he learned from doing "Prohibition," he said, is how little he really knew about it, the social forces that shaped it.

"Drunkenness was a huge social problem," he said. "We were known as a nation of drunkards."

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Bosnia-Herzegovina PM says war-torn country moving toward stabilization, EU membership

September 30, 2011 | By Peter Hickman |

Bosnia and Herzegovina is successfully rebuilding after years of conflict by establishing trust among three factions "only recently at war with one another, Prime Minister Nikola Spiric said at a Sept. 26 Newsmaker event.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union, joined the NATO Membership Action Plan and is a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

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Space exploration critical for human survival, SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk says

September 29, 2011 | By William Miller |

Human exploration of space is essential to ensure the survival of the human species, said Elon Musk, chief executive and chief technical officer of Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, at a Sept. 29 National Press Club luncheon.

Calling multi-planetary life an insurance policy “for life as we know it,” the 40-year-old physicist/entrepreneur/inventor warned that catastrophic natural or man-made disasters -- such as the planetoid collision that wiped out the dinosaurs eons ago or nuclear holocaust or climate change -- could someday wipe out humankind.

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Family Research Council director predicts "any Republican with a pulse" will defeat Obama in 2012

September 27, 2011 | By Robert Webb |

The race for the Republican Presidential nomination won't come down to Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, but any Republican nominee "with a pulse" will defeat President Obama in 2012, Tony Perkins, executive director of the Washington-based Family Research Council, said at a Sept. 27 Newsmaker.

"We have a good field of candidates now," for the Republican nomination, Perkins said. He rejected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a potential contender.

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Nation must encourage growth, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels tells Club audience

September 27, 2011 | By Frank Kane |

Government programs should be limited, but excellent, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said a National Press Club Book and Author event Monday.

Skepticism of big government should not mean contempt for all government, Daniels said during a discussion of his new book, "Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans." The federal government should spend less on non-essential government programs to save money and eliminate the need for new taxes.

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Speaker of Kurdish Parliament urges U.S. to reconsider Iraqi pullout

September 26, 2011 | By Peter Hickman |

The U.S. and Iraq should reconsider the approaching withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Kermal Kerkuki, speaker of the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament, said at a Sept. 23 Newsmaker at the National Press Club.

Kerkuki, who headed a group of Kurdistan parliamentarians on a trip to Washington and other U.S. cities to meet with their legislative counterparts and foreign policy professionals, said he felt strongly that such a pullout would likely result in increased violence and endanger hard-won progress toward human rights and democracy in Iraq.

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Assimilation, jobs pose challenges for immigrants to Austria

September 19, 2011 | By Peter Hickman |

The director of the newly-established Austrian government office responsible for the integration of refugees and migrants in that country told a Sept. 16 Newsmaker audience that current immigrants are not like the earlier "guest workers" who came to the country temporarily.

"We eventually came to realize that they intend to stay," Alexander Janda, director of the Austrian Integration Fund, said. The fund is part of the Ministry of Interior and was founded by the ministry and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Assimilation is a problem, according to Janda.

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Library of American Broadcasting to honor Amanpour, Lamb, Nail

September 13, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

The Library of American Broadcasting has named three members of the National Press Club as 2011 Giants of Broadcasting.

The library plans to honor NPC Fourth Estate winners Christiane Amanpour and Brian Lamb, and the late Dawson B “Tack” Nail, a NPC Golden Owl, who died in March, at a luncheon in October in New York.

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TV anchors on 9/11 tell Marvin Kalb their personal stories

September 12, 2011 | By Gil Klein |

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather said he had just gotten out of the shower in his home high in a New York City building when he heard the news on the radio that the first plane had hit the World Trade Center. He first thought of an incident in World War II when a bomber accidentally flew into the Empire State Building. He went out on his balcony and could see black smoke billowing from the World Trade Center.

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