National Press Club

Air Force Chief Sees Continuing Flat Defense Budgets

October 12, 2010

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said his service must take a "selective and incremental" approach to modernizing in a world of uncertain future threats and defense budgets that will continue to flatten. He spoke at an Oct. 12 luncheon.

He foresaw stop gaps where necessary and next generation systems where possible. The Air Force, he said, will have to be "flexible across a wide range of contingencies." The Air Force faces a need to reduce overhead by $28 billion as its part in an overall Department of Defense budget reduction.

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Financial Services Reforms Help, Bank of America CEO Says

October 11, 2010

The bevy of international and U.S reforms growing out of the recent worldwide financial crisis, once implemented, “should contribute to the future stability of the financial services industry,” said the president and CEO of the nation’s largest bank (in assets) at a Club Luncheon Oct. 8.

In endorsing what he called the “unprecedented” surge of rulemaking, Bryan T. Moynihan said that “without doubt, the U.S. financial services system needs to change.” He spoke at the outset of the Oct. 8-10 annual meeting of the International Monetary Washington.

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FDA Commissioner Calls for More, Better Regulatory Science

October 6, 2010

Regulatory science -- the bridge between scientific developments and consumer products -- is"not as robust as it needs to be" in the U.S., the head of the Food and Drug Administartion said at a luncheon Oct. 6.

Margaret Hamburg said regulatory science has been "under appreciated and under funded," but she is "guardedly optimistic" that funding will increase in the 2011 budget.

The FDA commissioner issued awhite paper, "Advancing Regulatory Science for Public Health," at the luncheon.

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Menendez, Cornyn Discuss Upcoming Election

September 30, 2010

Republicans have a huge edge in enthusiasm heading toward Election Day, but Democrats' poll numbers are rising as more voters focus on who will fight for them, leaders of the two parties' Senate campaign committees said at a Club luncheon Sept. 29.

Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, parsed the upcoming Senate elections in 34 states.

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Fight Against World Hunger Making Progress, UN Exec Says

September 29, 2010

“The solution to hunger is not quite rocket science,” the head of the world’s largest humanitarian organization leading the fight against world hunger said at a Sept. 29 luncheon.

“Many nations have defeated hunger, and it doesn’t require some great new scientific breakthrough like discovering a cure for cancer. It is, on one level, quite simple: People need access to an adequate amount of nutritious food,” said Josette Sheeran, executive director of the World Food Program.

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'C Street' Author Discusses Sex, Religion, Politics

September 28, 2010

“I have been reporting religion and politics for 10 years, but what brings me to the Press Club tonight is sex,” said Jeff Sharlet, author of "C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy," which he discussed on Sept. 27.

Sharlet said there was little interest in his book until sex scandals broke about three politicians who lived at the C Street house: then-Rep. Mark Sanford, Sen. John Ensign and Rep. Chip Pickering, all religious Republican politicians who were revealed to be having extramarital affairs.

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Colombian Politician Says Press Was Instrumental in Her Release from Capture

September 23, 2010

"It is because of the press all over the world, because of people like you, that I am alive," said Ingrid Betancourt, recounting her 6 1/2-year ordeal as a hostage in the Colombian jungle at the Club Sept. 22. "As a hostage, I was deprived of everything, even my name, but you kept my name alive."

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Presidential Debates Key to US Politics, Panelists Say

September 22, 2010

The presidential debates have become a signature event in American life, joining state of the union messages and inaugural addresses as one of the few galvanizing civic occasions of the nation, panelists marking the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy-Nixon debates told host Marvin Kalb Sept. 21.

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Please Welcome 28 New Members

September 15, 2010

The NPC Board of Governors approved 28 membership applications Sept. 14:

David Hodes - DH Productions/Anthem Publishing, freelance/editor, business publications

Active 65+ Reinstate
Dorothy Gilliam - George Washington University, director, Prime Movers Media

Active Non-Resident

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President of Bread for the World Calls for Change in Politics of Hunger

September 13, 2010

The U.S. has not made sustained progress against poverty since the 1960s and early 1970s when the poverty rate was cut in half, said anti-hunger and poverty advocate David Beckmann at a luncheon Sept. 13.

"If countries as different as Bangladesh, Brazil and Britain can reduce poverty, it’s clearly possible in the USA," said Beckmann, an economist and ordained Lutheran minister who has been president of Bread for the World since 1991. "As a nation, we have opportunities to moderate what the economy is doing to hungry and poor people."

He said influencing politics is the key.

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