National Press Club

China Threatening to Outpace U.S. in Scientific Innovation, Energy Secretary Says

November 29, 2010

The U.S. faces a major crisis in its ability to provide scientific innovation, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said at a Club Luncheon Nov. 29. He described the agency’s efforts to give the nation an edge through investments in clean energy innovation.

Noting rapid advances in research and development spending and trends by other nations, especially China, Chu said America’s technological leadership -- the key to its prosperity -- is at risk.

“When it comes to innovation, Americans don’t take a back seat to anyone, and we certainly won’t start now,” he said.

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Press and Presidents: Sometimes a Stormy Mix, Panelists Say

November 20, 2010

Did any president really like the news media?

That was the question host Marvin Kalb put to his panel at the Nov. 16 “The Kalb Report” as they considered the often stormy relationship between the press and the president during more than 200 years of American history.

President Gerald Ford seemed to like reporters, all of the panelists – ABC’s Sam Donaldson and historians Douglas Brinkley and Martha Joynt Kumar -- agreed.

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Jeff Bridges Says Campaign to End Hunger is His Most Significant Act

November 11, 2010

Working to end hunger "is the most significant thing I have done," an emotional Jeff Bridges told a sold-out NPC luncheon audience Nov. 10 as he helped kick off a national campaign to end childhood hunger in the U.S. by 2015. The Oscar-winning actor, still sporting the long hair and beard from his role as gritty country-Western singer Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart," choked up when asked what has been his biggest challenge in being a famous person.

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Club Member Silimeo Named Washington PR Woman of the Year

November 11, 2010

Club member Debra Silimeo was named 2010 Washington PR Woman of the Year by Washington Women in Public Relations.

WWPR presents the award annually to a senior-level Washington area female public relations practitioner who has provided dedicated service to the profession. It also honors the recipient for mentoring others in the field and serving as a volunteer and leader in the community.

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Kazakhstan Working on Human Rights Shortcomings, Speaker Says

November 1, 2010

Kazakhstan is aware of criticism that it is not paying enough attention to human rights in the central Asian country and is working to improve conditions, an advisor to the Kazakh president said at an Oct. 29 Newsmaker press conference.

Yermukhamet Yertsybayev said laws making libel no longer a criminal act were passed specifically with the media in mind.

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Club Members Showcased at Book Fair, Nov. 9

October 25, 2010

NPC members Thomas Allen, Maurine Beasley, Paul Dickson, Kristie Miller and Amy Henderson will join 100 nationally known writers autographing and selling their books at the Book Fair & Authors' Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

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Advocate Says Islam Not a Religion of Tolerance

October 25, 2010

Islam is not a religion of tolerance, but one that defines peace as total Islamization of the world, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said at an Oct. 25 NPC luncheon.

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Please Welcome 35 New Members

October 19, 2010

The Board of Governors approved 35 member applications Oct. 18. They are listed according to the newly approved membership categories.


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Former Secretary of State Rice Defends Invasion of Iraq

October 15, 2010

An Iraq moving toward democracy could transform the Middle East, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told an Oct. 15 sold-out NPC luncheon audience.

She said that's because Iraq is such an important country in a region dominated by authoritarian governments. But she emphasized creating democracy wasn't why the U.S. invaded Iraq.

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