National Press Club

Tibetan leader urges U.S. to pressure China to resume dialogue

November 3, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, urged the United States to pressure China to resume talks aimed at peaceful resolution of its issues with Tibet at a Nov. 2 Newsmaker.

His appeal came in his first public appearance in Washington and on the eve of his testimony on Capitol Hill. He said he had been meeting with members of Congress.

"We believe in non-violence," he said.

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Cain denies sexual harassment, touts tax plan, sings spiritual at Club luncheon

October 31, 2011 | By Andrew Kreig | andrew.kreig@gmail.com

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain rebutted a sexual harassment allegation, asserted that his tax plan would revitalize the country and sang a spiritual a cappella at a sold out National Press Club luncheon on Oct. 31.

Club President Mark Hamrick began the Q&A portion of the event by asking Cain about allegations that he sexually harrassed two staff members when he was chief executive of the the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Politico reported on Oct. 30 that the organization paid the former staffers to settle the claim.

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PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer roasted, toasted at emotional Fourth Estate Award Dinner

October 31, 2011 | By By Molly McCluskey

Legendary newsman Jim Lehrer of PBS' NewsHour, careening between tears of laughter and gratitude, accepted the National Press Club's most prestigious award Friday night, Oct. 28, with praise for his co-anchor of 38 years and the PBS staff.

"It takes 18 people just to get me to say 'Good evening' and another 18 more to keep me from making a fool of myself," Lehrer said as he accepted the Fourth Estate Award at the gala dinner in his honor.

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Levin declares broadcast news delivery ‘stale’ at Club luncheon

October 24, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

The news media needs to change the way it delivers content because the decades-old style of broadcast journalism is stale, Harvey Levin, creator of the celebrity news website TMZ.com, told a National Press Club luncheon Oct. 24.

“I think there is a good chance that a lot of people here will be put out of work if the people who run this delivery system don’t change it and don’t change it quickly,” Levin said.

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Times Square 'Eat In' launches nationwide push for healthier diets, sustainable food production

October 20, 2011 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

An "eat in" in Times Square at noon Oct. 24 will launch a nationwide campaign to promote healthy eating and an environmentally sustainable food industry, Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said at an Oct. 19 Newsmaker.

The event, Food Day, will be proclaimed by mayors in more than 30 cities, including San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Seattle. More than 1800 events are scheduled for the day, which will become an annual event.

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Natalie Cole leads battle against Hepatitis C

October 19, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Nine-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole appealed to an Oct. 19 National Press Club luncheon audience to join her and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman in their battle against chronic Hepatitis C.

The Los Angeles-born daughter of the late legendary musician, Nat King Cole, branded herself a victim of the hippie drug culture of the 1970s, which engaged in "doing things we thought were fun."

She said it took more than 20 years before she learned from a medical examination that she had the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) that infects more than four million Americans.

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Bjerga analyzes food security in new book, "Endless Appetites"

October 18, 2011 | By Joe Motheral | JoeGM35@aol.com

Alan Bjerga stood at the podium many times at National Press Club events during his tenure as president last year.

But for the first time he addressed a Club audience as an author on Oct. 17, when he introduced his new book, "Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest," at a Club Book Rap.

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Pratchett depends on muse for good ideas

October 17, 2011 | By Joseph Luchok | Joseph.luchok@verizon.net

Whenever author Sir Terry Prachett needs a good idea, he counts on the "Goddess of Writers."

The imagined deity always helps with some timely coincidence, Pratchett said at an Oct. 14 National Press Club Book Rap.

One example was when he needed a name for the “5th horseman.” He was at a parade and float by Soak Milk passed by. Reflected in a window, he saw Soak backwards, Kaos, and that became the character's name.

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Transportation Secretary LaHood pushes jobs bill to help transportation

October 13, 2011 | By Joan Mooney | jhmooney@verizon.net

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said passage of President Barack Obama’s jobs bill is a “no brainer” in his Oct. 13 luncheon speech at the National Press Club.

The jobs bill would create thousands of new jobs and allocate $50 billion for roads, bridges and transportation and $10 billion for an infrastructure bank, LaHood said.

“There’s no better example of a traditionally bipartisan issue than transportation,” he said. “There’s no such thing as a Democratic or Republican bridge.”

The infrastructure challenges are enormous, LaHood said.

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National Press Club Speakeasy successfully evades detection by authorities

October 11, 2011 | By Kim Bender | kimberlybender@gmail.com

Zoot-suit and flapper-costumed National Press Club members and their guests packed into the Truman Lounge and Reliable Source as the Club was turned into a 1920’s-era Speakeasy Oct. 3.

Shades were drawn, lights dimmed, and doors shut tight to prevent the “prohis” from detecting a strong and sultry performance of jazz-era standards by The Maureen Mullaney quintet, or the secret members-only poker game that was played in the Game Room.

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