National Press Club

Club member Tony Culley-Foster to carry Olympic Torch

May 29, 2012 | By Bob Weiner | weinerpublic@comcast.net

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 | myron.belkind@verizon.net

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 | faukofer@gmail.com

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 | dleinwand@usatoday.com

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 | rewebb@aol.com

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 | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

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 | kimberly.mikec@gmail.com

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 | rewebb@aol.com

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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Rizzo Tells Press Club Baseball Stadium Will Be 'Place to Be'

May 5, 2012 | By Jonathan D. Salant | jds15@aol.com

Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo offered this tip during a speakers' luncheon on May 4: Buy your tickets now. Nationals Park, he said, is "going to be the place to be and the ticket to have."

Corporations and lobbyists should be buying tickets for their clients as well, he said.

"If I was a corporation, I'd be having my clients out to the ballpark," he said. "There's not a better place to be."

Rizzo said that attendance will boom as the team, currently in first place in the National League's Eastern Division, continues its strong performance.

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Louis Armstrong moves to top of iTunes Jazz after release of Club recording

May 2, 2012 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | markschoeff@gmail.com

Louis Armstrong climbed to the top position in the jazz section of iTunes the day after a recording of what is believed to be the music legend's final trumpet performance was released at a National Press Club news conference on April 27.

Armstrong, widely acclaimed as the best trumpet player of all time, staged his final concert at the Club on Jan. 29, 1971, about five months before his death. After his Club performance in front of 300 journalists and their enthusiastic guests, Armstrong made some public appearances but never sang and played the trumpet as he did that night.

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