National Press Club

Director Shyamalan finds five keys to unlock inner city schools

June 12, 2014 | By Gavin Stern |

Film director M.Night Shyamalan described two different schools at the National Press Club Luncheon June 11.

The first provided an “incredibly vibrant” environment, where students recognized Shyamalan and wanted to talk to him about his work.In the other school – an inner city one – he saw metal detectors, locked doors and bars on every classroom. The theater had burned down. The kids were treated like animals.

“They kind of recognized me and then said, ‘That’s not possible,’” Shyamalan said. “It’s very symbolic about what has been done to these kids.”

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Willie Geist of 'Morning Joe' raps with Dad Bill of 'CBS Morning Show' on their joint book

June 8, 2014 | By Joe Motheral |

Father and son duo Bill Geist, of "CBS Sunday Morning Show," and Willie Geist, of "Morning Joe," and the "Today Show" discussed their joint book, "Good Talk Dad: The Birds and the Bees..and Other Conversations we forgot to Have," at a book rap June 5.

Bill explained the later part of the title, “I couldn’t figure out why birds and bees to start with. They were backyard creatures.” Then he learned that, “Bees mate with the queen bee then drop dead.” He says he told Willy that a couple months ago.

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Panel of statistics experts offers four tips for reporters

June 5, 2014 | By Lori Russo |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute sponsored a professional development session June 4 to explore the challenges journalists face when using statistics in reporting. The panelists, including NPC member Michelle Jamrisko of Bloomberg News, Sallie Keller of the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech University and Ron Wasserstein of the American Statistical Association, shared their insights on what journalists need to know to accurately report statistical information. Here are four tips they offered:

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Lawyer calls for reversing U.S. conviction of Cuban intelligence agents

June 5, 2014 | By Marie Wood |

Martin Garbus, a trial lawyer and member of the Cuban Five legal team, told their a National Press Club Newsmaker on June 4 that the events in the case of the Cuban Five are unprecedented in U.S. history

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Ford journalism award honors stories on Obama cabinet, veterans' care

June 3, 2014 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

A reporter who illuminated the constraints on Obama administration cabinet officials and another who exposed mistreatment of veterans received Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prizes at a June 2 award ceremony at the National Press Club.

The prizes, sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, recognize distinguished reporting on the presidency and national defense.

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Israeli defense official opposes negotiations with Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas

May 30, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Israel cannot negotiate with a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas, a group the U.S., Israel and the European Union have designated a "terrorist" organization, Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said at a National Press Club Newsmaker on May 29.

"We cannot sit and negotiate with a unity government involving Hamas," Danon said, referring to ongoing discussions among political leaders of Fatah and Hamas to create a unified Palestinian government.

The deputy minister contended that other governments and NGOs would also balk at negotiating with such a government.

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Ben Carson Doesn't Rule Out 2016 Presidential Run

May 28, 2014 | By Matthew Robertson |

Conservative activist Dr. Ben Carson said he has "taken no steps" to run for president in 2016, though "perhaps God has a different plan for me."

"I've got to tell you, I do not wish that job upon anybody—including myself." he said at a May 28 Club luncheon.

But he refused to rule it out. "Perhaps God has a different plan for me," he said.

God figured prominently elsewhere in Carson's speech as well.

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Trump Says U.S. Brand Has Lost Its Luster

May 27, 2014 | By Sean Lyngaas |

Real-estate mogul Donald Trump offered entrepreneurialism as a salve for what he said were America’s economic and diplomatic ills at a May 27 Club luncheon.

“I love this country and I hate to see what’s happening,” Trump told a packed-to-the-rafters ballroom.

In a speech on the power of branding, whether commercial or otherwise, Trump argued that the American brand has lost its luster in the last decade. As an example, he said Afghan President Hamid Karzai did not meet Barack Obama during the American president's trip to Afghanistan over the weekend.

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Plight of South Africans Behind Bars Discussed at Newsmaker

May 22, 2014 | By Jennifer Ejim |

Thousands of innocent South Africans have spent time in prison waiting for their trials, said the project coordinator of Wits Justice Project, Nooshin Erfani-Ghadimi, at a May 21 Newsmaker.

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Former Senate Majority Leader Mitchell Says Put Ukrainian People First

May 21, 2014 | By Bob Weiner and Alexis Brooks |

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, who also served as Northern Ireland and Middle East Special Envoy, said at a Club Newsmaker that negotiators should consider the Ukrainian people first, not the interests of the U.S., NATO, or Russia.

“Ukrainians want to look westward,'' he said. ``They see greater freedom. A Russian withdrawal permits the Ukrainian elections to go forward.''

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