National Press Club

Levin Stresses Middle Class Benefits in Tax, Trade Policy

April 19, 2010 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

New House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin, D-Mich., said he is focusing on the middle class as he leads the panel in formulating tax and trade policies.

One of the major items on the committee agenda is addressing tax cuts approved during the Bush administration that are set to expire this year. As Congress begins those talks, Levin hopes to help Americans that he asserts President George W. Bush left behind.

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Cook Has an Artist's Eye

April 19, 2010 | By Peter Urban |

With a pepper in her left hand, Violeta Urteaga deftly goes to work with her pairing knife. A few moments later, a tulip emerges ready to join a color-rich display aimed to whet the appetite of luncheon guests at the National Press Club.
Urteaga has worked for nearly eight years at the Club preparing salads and cold-cut platters for the restaurants and banquet services that have been praised by members and guests for their aesthetic appeal.

Urteaga's creative eye and skilled hands turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, according to Executive Chef Susan Delbert.

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Panel Discusses Emerging Climate Science Challenges

April 19, 2010 | By Frank Maisano |

The nascent science of climate geoengineering must get federal funding to increase its credibility as a solution for addressing global warming, a panel of experts said at a Newsmaker press conference April 16. Geoengineering refers to the intentional manipulation of the Earth's climate to counteract the effects of global warming.

House Science Committee staff member Chris King, journalist/author Jeff Goodell and Sam Thernstrom. head of AEI's geoengineering project, detailed challenges facing the issue.

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Napolitano says global aviation reform crucial to thwart terrorism

April 15, 2010 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Reforming global aviation security is a clear and vital step in securing the United States against terrorism, according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

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Chef Shares Recipe Finds with Club Members

April 12, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith |

Reliable Source diners who liked the soup last Friday got an additional treat: The recipe.
A long-time fan of newspapers' food sections, Executive Chef Susan Delbert decided to do what lots of foodies do: Try the recipe, make some tweaks and then share a good find.

Delbert was intrigued by the carrot and tahini soup recipe in the April 7 New York Times' food section. So she put it on Friday's buffet and left copies next to the soup tureen. In future weeks, she'll try an entree, salad or other recipe from a food section and provide the recipe for that week's selection.

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Actor seeks media aid in sounding alert for health care safety

April 12, 2010 | By Terry Hill |

Watching his newborn twins hang in the balance between life and death for 41 hours, actor Dennis Quaid realized he'd found a new role to play - front man for the reform of health care safety.

Calling health care accidents one of the leading causes of death in America, he implored the news media in the National Press Club audience April 12 to “help us tell, not just the stories of harm, but of great caregivers dedicated to safe, high-performance care.”

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Murdoch sees iPad as future of newspapers

April 7, 2010 | By Gil Klein |

As the Wall Street Journal’s iPad app appeared on the screen behind him, News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch told a packed ballroom audience that the technology could mean “the saving of newspapers.”

“I got a glimpse of the future this weekend with the introduction of the iPad,” said Murdoch, one of the nation’s leading news entrepreneurs whose holdings include the Wall Street Journal and the Fox Broadcasting Co. “It has brought together all forms of media.”

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Club Members Fitzgerald & Bjerga Win Ag, Business Writing Awards

March 27, 2010

Press Club members at Bloomberg News have won awards for their coverage of finance, food and floods.

Alison Fitzgerald won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Enterprise Reporting Award for her contributions to ``Ten Days Changed Wall Street as Bernanke Saw `Massive Failure.' "

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WWII Author Describes US-British Relations

March 24, 2010 | By Joseph Luchok |

“The relationship between Britain and the America that began in World War II may seem pre-ordained, but it was far from certain until Pearl Harbor. The relationship was very fragile, and it was not an easy task to make it work,” according to Lynne Olson, author of "Citizens of London," said March 23.

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Experts Highlight Global Security Concerns

March 24, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh |

The global security environment won't changefor at least next 20 years while becoming “more complex, with shadowy and seemingly unpredictable threats around the globe,” scholars and security practitioners said at a Newsmaker press conference March 23.

Presenting the report, “Adapting America’s Security Paradigm and Security Agenda,” the authors painted a picture of the first quarter of the 21st century where “decentralized and irregular” conflicts with armed groups will pose a major and persistent threat.

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