National Press Club

NPC Travel Committee announces 2014 trips at reception

April 28, 2014 | By Fay Iudicello |

The National Press Club Travel Committee announced the remaining 2014 travel schedule at a reception on April 29.

Potential travelers were briefed on each of the 2014 travel events and were able to pose questions to the presenters regarding various aspects of each trip.

The remaining trips for 2014 are:

  • June 7: Battle of the Wilderness/Annual Civil War Trust Trip
  • September 17-26: Amsterdam, Bruges, Normandy with an optional Paris extension for September 26-29
  • October 11-18: Costa Rica

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Elon Musk's news conference at the National Press Club tops Google News April 25

April 25, 2014 | By William McCarren |

SpaceX founder Elon Musk was at the National Press Club on April 25 for a news conference about his Falcon rocket, which recently completed its mission and returned for a “soft” landing in the ocean off Cape Canaveral, Florida. This shows that SpaceX's rockets may be recoverable and reusable which would have major implications for the cost of space missions in the future, Musk said.

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Press Club member Paul Dickson tells Book Rap Shakespeare invented word for fireworks

April 25, 2014 | By Joe Motheral |

April 23 happened to be the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, an appropriate date for Paul Dickson to appear at a National Press Club Book Rap to discuss his book, Authorisms a compilation of words and phrases coined by the famous and infamous.

Shakespeare brought over 17,000 words into the English language, Dickson said.

“Five hundred to six hundred are still with us today, for example 'bump' and 'fireworks',” Dickson said.

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NPC book club brunches with 'Amsterdam' author

April 23, 2014 | By Peggy Orchowski |

Some 30 members of the National Press Club's Books & Brunch group and guests turned out April 19 to brunch with author Russell Shorto, to ask questions and discuss at length his highly-enlightening light bulb-popping book "Amsterdam: the Most Liberal City In The World."

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Air Force chief describes budget constraints at National Press Club Breakfast

April 23, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh described his service's adjustments to budget constraints under sequestration at an April 23 National Press Club Breakfast.

The Air Force fiscal year 2015 budget is $20 billion less than projected in 2012, requiring significant adjustment, not just making changes "around the edges," Welsh said.

Welsh focused on the decision to eliminate the entire fleet of A-10 fighter planes, saying that cutting a whole fleet was more effective than partially reducing several because cutting a whole fleet saves infrastructure costs.

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Outgoing NTSB chairman uses Press Club Breakfast to advocate for preventive safety

April 21, 2014 | By Joe Sparks |

Deborah Hersman, outgoing chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said proactive solutions to safety problems should be found to prevent accidents before they happen. In a breakfast speech at the National Press Club on April 21, Hersman said that technology is likely to provide the resolution to safety issues.

The primary function of the NSTB “is to investigate to reduce future risk,” Hersman said. “I would like to talk about risk, especially unlikely risks, and why we pay attention to them.”

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McCurry regales Communications and Marketing dinner

April 21, 2014 | By Mike Smith |

Former Clinton Press Secretary Mike McCurry delivered a candid talk at a National Press Club Communications and Marketing Committee dinner April 10 and predicted Hillary Clinton may not run for president in 2016.

McCurry waxed eloquent on aligning faith and politics in today’s Washington and the lack of civility in our discourse.

Veteran communicators asked questions that cut across McCurry’s storied career in Washington.

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Justices Scalia and Ginsburg talk about NSA on 'The Kalb Report'

April 21, 2014 | By Gil Klein |

In a far-ranging conversation with host Marvin Kalb April 17, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said the high court is the least qualified of the three branches of government to decide whether the National Security Agency should be allowed to maintain surveillance on the American people but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the court had no option but to rule on whatever comes before it.

“We can’t run away and say we don’t know much about that issue,” Justice Ginsburg said.

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Comedian Lewis Black jokes about politics, childhood, entrepreneurship and more

April 15, 2014 | By Varun Saxena |

In a revealing and sometimes angry routine featuring anecdotes from his childhood and a tribute to his parents, comedian Lewis Black entertained the crowd at a National Press Club luncheon Monday.

The self-proclaimed socialist, in his trademark comically serious style, railed against small government conservatives and incompetence in Washington.

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PM: Grenada primed for new era as sustainable nation

April 14, 2014 | By Marie Robey Wood

Grenada, an island national in the south Caribbean Sea, wants to boost its use of solar power and other renewable energy to end a costly electricity monopoly and launch the country on a path to sustainable development, Prime Minister Keith C. Mitchell said Friday at a National Press Club Newsmaker.

Mitchell opened the event by signing an agreement with Carbon War Rooms, an international non-profit and think tank that is developing market-based solutions to halt climate change.

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