National Press Club

Lack of civility in politics? Don't blame TV, "Hardball'' host Matthews says

June 4, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Political TV shows such as “Hardball” are not the reason for a lack of civility in politics, the program's host, Chris Matthews, told a National Press Club luncheon June 4.

Matthews, the featured speaker for the presentation of journalism awards by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, faulted a lack of deal making for the shortage of civility.

“If you don’t negotiate, you will never make a deal, never arrive at any agreed-upon direction for the country,'' he said, adding that the key is listening to opposing viewpoints. “It is like being married.”

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Girl Scouts leader says organization will answer Bishops' questions

May 30, 2012 | By Justin Duckham |

The chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of America, Anna Maria Chávez, said the century-old organization is working with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to address any concerns.

“We’re working with the Conference of Bishops to answer some questions they have,” Chávez said during a luncheon Wednesday. “We do not take positions on some of these issues that we’re being alleged to take positions on.”

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Club member Tony Culley-Foster to carry Olympic Torch

May 29, 2012 | By Bob Weiner |

National Press Club member Tony Culley-Foster will carry the Olympic Torch in Northern Ireland on June 5. He will run a stage of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay in recognition of his commitment to volunteerism, youth development, education, sport and peace.

The Olympic Torch Relay, taking place from May 19 to July 27, will bring the Olympic Flame within 10 miles of 95 percent of the people in the United Kingdom. The Olympics are taking place in London this summer.

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Panel to discuss impact of the conviction of former Liberian President Taylor

May 24, 2012 | By Myron Belkind |

The global impact of the conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor of war crimes will be discussed by a panel of experts from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Holeman Lounge.

The panel discussion, organized by the International Correspondents Committee, follows the scheduled May 30 sentencing of Taylor for aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by rebel forces during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war.

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"Crock" comic strip ending; author's drawings hang on Reliable Source wall

May 23, 2012 | By Frank Aukofer |

After more than 37 years, the "Crock" comic strip by Bill Rechin -- and, for a year, by his son and son-in-law -- came to an end on Sunday, May 20.

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USS Cole Commander to reveal full story of deadly Al Qaeda attack at June 28 book rap

May 22, 2012 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold, a decorated former commanding officer of the USS Cole, is scheduled to speak on Thursday, June 28, about the harrowing details of the deadly Al Qaeda bomb attack on his ship in the port of Aden, Yemen, in 2000.

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Houston activist urges U.S. to address basic needs in Afghanistan

May 13, 2012 | By Robert Webb |

Joanne Herring, whom Julia Roberts played in the 2007 movie, "Charlie Wilson's War," urged Congress and the nation at a May 10 NPC event to support her crusade to rescue Afghanistan from the Taliban by addressing basic needs.

She urges assistance to end the country's vast illiteracy, poverty and other needs.

Herring came to the Club directly from Capitol Hill where she had appealed for Congressional support for "winning the peace" by addressing those needs that also include clean water, health care, and better schools.

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Book Rap on AP breach of 1945 embargo sparks journalism ethics discussion

May 13, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Associated Press (AP) correspondent Ed Kennedy broke a military embargo in 1945 to announce the end of war in Europe, an action examined at a National Press Club Book Rap May 9.

The Book Rap presented Kennedy's memoir, "Ed Kennedy's War: V-E Day, Censorship and the Associated Press."

In May 1945, British and American military leaders invited 17 reporters, including Kennedy, to witness the signing that ended the war with the Germans in Reims, France. This signing, unlike the one on May 8 in Berlin, was not attended by the Russians.

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Speaker on Latin America says U.S. has lost ground

May 10, 2012 | By Kimberly Mikec |

Daniel Linsker, vice president for Control Risks' Global services in South America, said that the U.S. focuses on its domestic issues of immigration and security while Latin Americans want to discuss trade, finance and partnership at a May 10 Newsmaker event.

He believes the U.S. has lost a lot of ground in relations with Latin America because of this discrepancy. He said it has serious implications for foreign policy, geopolitical and economic interest in the region as well as potential implications for how U.S. companies do business.

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Billie Jean King urges more tennis to combat childhood obesity

May 9, 2012 | By Robert Webb |

Tennis legend Billie Jean King urged more tennis to combat American children's obesity at a May 9 club luncheon.

King won 12 grand slam singles titles and 16 grand slam doubles titles. She once was ranked the number one tennis player in the world, after defeating tennis great Bobby Riggs in "The Battle of the Sexes" in 1973.

She said more than 800,000 Americans are on the courts today but it is urgent to get more children there.

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