National Press Club

Karzai opponent says corruption a bigger threat to Afghanistan than Taliban

April 25, 2011 | By Peter Hickman |

Former Afghan foreign minister and 2009 presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah told an April 21 Newsmaker audience that military success against the Taliban will mean little if Afghanistan's corrupt government cannot win over its own people.

Abdullah, chairman of the Afghan Coalition for Hope and Change, also met with Department of State officials and members of Congress during his visit.

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Airline workers announce global alliance to protect rights

April 20, 2011 | By Robert Webb |

Airline union leaders from five continents announced the birth of One World of Labor Coalition as a response to the globalization of airline operations at an April 20 Newsmaker.

John M. Conley, international administrative vice president of the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, was designated the organization's coordinator.

With airlines forming global alliances, unions are increasing their worldwide leverage. "We should not suffer in collective bargaining agreements," Conley said.

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Loverro: 'No way' Redskins get fully government-financed D.C. stadium

April 19, 2011 | By Pat Host |

ESPN 980 AM personality and Washington Examiner columnist Thom Loverro said there is "no way" the Washington Redskins will get a predominantly government-financed stadium in an effort to move back to the District.

Addressing the Young Members Committee's "Media: On Tap" April 18 in the First Amendment Lounge, Loverro was asked if he could see the Redskins returning to the District in a decade and how the District's financial relationship with the federal government could play a role in that.

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Turner, Pickens urge quick climate action to save nation, planet

April 19, 2011 | By Robert Webb |

Billionaires Ted Turner and T. Boone Pickens called for quick action by Congress and the American people on energy and climate change to help save the nation and planet at an April 19 National Press Club luncheon.

Pickens, a legendary oil man who chairs the hedge fund BP Capital Management, was once skeptical about climate change but said he now believes it to be a real threat.

He has major concerns with "what is going into the atmosphere," he told a packed ballroom.

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'Funaticals' deliver religious comedy, dispel stereotypes

April 18, 2011 | By Peter Hickman |

Stop us if you've heard this one.

An African-American convert to Islam, a Christian Egyptian woman, an Egyptian Muslim--all comedians--and three Afghan-American sisters go into the National Press Club on April 14 and...hold a Newsmaker. Seriously.

The first three are members of "FUNATICALS," a Middle Eastern/South Asian/Jewish/Christian comey group that was in Washington as part of its Taking Comedy to the Extreme's 'We Come in Peace' tour. The sisters are the founders of PlanetPix Media, prodcer of the Funaticals tour.

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British professor says Pakistan won't cease fight against terror

April 15, 2011 | By Robert Webb |

Despite all its internal distress, Pakistan will continue to help the United States and its Western allies fight terror, Anatol Lieven, professor in the War Studies Department of King's College, London, told an audience at the National Press Club on April 14 in an event sponsored by the International Correspondents Committee.

He said it would be a terrible blow to Pakistan, no matter what it thinks of the United States and its allies, to end its anti-terror partnership.

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Too soon to predict nuclear power’s future, Newsmakers panelist says

April 14, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

It is too soon to know what impact the Japanese crisis will have on the future of nuclear power, former Rep. Phil Sharp, D-Ind., told a National Press Club Newsmakers audience April 14.

“I would be very reluctant to think that some action in Congress is going to make it or break it, some action in Japan is going to make it or break it,” said Sharp, who participated in a forum.

“I think we are a bit premature to either write this off or to believe it is going to move forward,” said Sharp, who is now president of Resources for the Future, a policy think tank.

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Massachusetts Gov. Patrick stresses character, not politics

April 14, 2011 | By Frank Kane |

Gov. Deval Patrick chose to discuss character development rather than politics before his National Press Club book event audience April 13 because “I’m not running for anything,” he said.

The Massachusetts Democrat, introduced by Bea Snyder of the Book and Author Committee, was here to promote and sign copies of his memoir, “A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life.”

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Partisanship reigned in Civil War coverage

April 12, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Imagine someone serving as the chairman of a national political party, the chairman of the committee to reelect the president and also the editor of the New York Times. This is not fiction but history, Harold Holzer told a National Press Club audience April 11.

Holzer is the editor of The Complete New York Times Civil War 1861-1865, which was released late last year, and Lincoln on War: Our Greatest Commander in Chief Speaks on War that went on sale April 12 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle at Fort Sumter, S.C.

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School for disabled children will embolden Afghans, founder says

April 12, 2011 | By Keith Hill |

The state-of-the-art school that Operation Exceptional Child/Afghanistan plans to build for disabled children in that country will "embolden Afghans to stand up against insurgents," said Debbie Smith, founder of the organization that will undertake this mission.

Smith spoke at a April 11 Newsmaker event.

Smith is also executive director of PATHS (Parents and Teachers Helping Students), a 501(c)(3) organization that advocates on behalf of students with physical/cognitive disabilities.

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