National Press Club

A rarity: Gaiman signs books for sold-out Club audience

June 27, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

Award-winning author Neil Gaiman drew more than 500 people to a National Press Club Book Rap June 23. After Gaiman spoke, he signed copies of his recently released “American Gods Tenth Anniversary Edition.”

Gaiman normally does not personalize books, so the book signing at the Club event, organized by Emily Whitten of the Book and Author and Young Members Committees, was a rare opportunity for the enthusiastic crowd.

“American Gods” was originally published in 2001. Gaiman’s first event promoting the book was at the Borders in the World Trade Center in New York City, he said.

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Panelist calls counterfeit medicines 'heinous crime'

June 27, 2011 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

Industry experts described threats to health and safety from counterfeit electrical and pharmaceutical products at a June 23 Newsmaker.

"This is a heinous crime," said Patrick Ford, senior director, American Region at Pfizer Inc.

He said that counterfeit Alzheimer medicines could result in faster deterioration of patients while counterfeit blood pressure medicines could threaten lives. He cited the danger to children from fake vaccines.

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Former FEMA Director urges Book Rap audience to be prepared

June 23, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

“FEMA will not save you,” said Michael Brown, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Brown, who served as the first undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA director from 2003 to 2005, was forced to resign in the wake the federal government's poor response to Hurricane Katrina. He presented his book, “Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, the Bush White House and Beyond,” at a National Press Club Book Rap June 21.

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House Republican says growing deficits will have "dire" consequences

June 22, 2011 | By Herb Jackson

A leading House budget hawk says continuing massive budget deficits are just as serious as the “scare tactics” coming from the Obama administration about a possible default on the national debt.

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Journalist Bahari: "I am free now, but others are not."

June 20, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Journalist Maziar Bahari, who spent almost four months in a six-by 12 foot cell in Tehran's Evin prison on what he says were unspecified espionage charges, urged journalists to remember others who are imprisoned and work for their release.

"I am free now, but others are not," the Iranian-born Bahari told a Newsmaker audience June 16.

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Scowcroft: Globalization erodes power of individual countries

June 14, 2011 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Globalization is "reducing freedom of action of the nation state," former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft told a National Press Club luncheon audience June 14 during the annual Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation journalism awards presentations.

Scowcroft, the top security aide to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, said that globalization in communications, economics and other fields is "eroding the power of nation states" that have been the framework for international relations since the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648.

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Ag Secy: Global food security requires innovation, accurate information

June 13, 2011 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called for innovation and accurate market information to meet global food needs at a National Press Club luncheon June 13.

"We must ensure that food makes it from farms to mouths," he said. "The solution to global food security lies in innovation, arising from research and development."

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 925 million people were undernourished last year. Although an improvement over 2009, the number is still "unacceptably high," Vilsack said.

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Club 5K participants beat heat; race draws record number of entrants

June 13, 2011 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | markschoeff@gmail.com

Hundreds of participants in the National Press Club Beat the Deadline 5K endured hot, humid conditions on June 11, despite the race's 7:30 a.m. start time.

The event drew a record number of entrants -- more than 800 -- and likely will produce the highest fundraising total in six years for the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library.

But the cohort of runners and walkers was fewer than the total registered -- probably due to the warm temperature.

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Go Campaign initiates $500,000 drive to help youth solve world problems

June 9, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Leaders of the non-profit Go Campaign announced at a June 9 Newsmaker a $500,000 fund drive to help youth "solve real world problems and combat poverty in developing nations."

The initiative will support a five-year grant program to find the innovators and entrepreneurs who will inspire youth to tackle challenges in their communities and around the world.

Campaign board member and exercise guru Tony Horton, who will be a marshal at the June 11 Club 5K race, touted the drive.

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Babbitt: Radicals in Congress waging shadow war on environment

June 8, 2011 | By Terry Hill | terry@terryhillcommunications.com

Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt today accused “radicals” in Congress of waging a shadow war against the nation’s wilderness areas and called on President Barack Obama to gird for battle against increasing assaults on the environment at a June 8 Newsmaker.

“It is clear to me that the House of Representatives will not only block progress but will continue to sustain an assault on our public lands and water,” he said, urging the president to act more forcefully to aid the cause of conservation.

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