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UN chief calls for ceasefire in Yemen, announces trip to Vatican

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a ceasefire in Yemen Thursday night in an address to the National Press Club and announced he will go to the Vatican this month to further his long concern about climate change and the environment.

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley to discuss committee agenda, April 27

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will discuss the Committee’s agenda and actions at Newsmakers news conference on Monday, April 27 at 10 a.m. in the club’s Bloomberg Room.

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Spring Hoot to feature Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Tom Toles and the Suspicious Package Band, May 1

Tom Toles, award winning editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post and a spirited musician will display both of his talents at the Silver Owls Spring Hoot on Friday, May 1, at the National Press Club.

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From the President's Desk

The NPC and the Art of the (Short) Speech

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, who retired this week, had just surpassed the 3,850th word of her speech at the National Press Club March 27 when she decided to change course.

She had been reminded on a small white note card placed in front of her at the podium that her talk was running long. She needed to leave time in the one-hour program for reporter questions.

"Though I’ve got lots more I had wanted to talk about," Hamburg said at the luncheon, "I've gotten the indication that I ought to be winding down."

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