National Press Club

5K Forecast: Lookin' Good for Saturday

September 10, 2008

The weather forcast for Saturday is perfect running weather -- High of 81, low of 71.

If you haven't registered to participate in the Club's 5K Run/Walk, now is the time to sign up. Your $30 will get you a long-sleeve T shirt, a sit-down pancake and egg breakfast, the chance to win prizes if you or your team are fast or large (we're talking numbers, my friends, not what the scale says!), and the chance to win random prizes.

This bears repeating: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RUN! Walkers are, of course, welcome.

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6 Seats Open for Amish Trip Sept. 20

September 8, 2008

The day trip to Amish Country in Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 20, has proved popular. There are still six seats left, so please make your reservations by the end of this week. And feel free to bring along friends and guests.

Send reservations to Pat Nelson at pnelson@press.org or 662-7501 by Friday, Sept. 12.

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New Seats Available for Pickens Luncheon Sept. 22

September 8, 2008

The speaker luncheon featuring T. Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital Management, has been moved to the ballroom to accommodate additional reservations.

After the luncheon, Pickens will sign his book in the Zenger Room.

To reserve, call 202-662-7501. Member tickets are $16; guests $28; non-members, $35.

To submit a qustion in advance, email president@press.org with Pickens in the subject line.

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Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff to Speak Wednesday

September 8, 2008

On the eve of the seventh observance of the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centers, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security will tell a National Press Club audience what is being done to guard against another attack.

In a speech entitled, "All of the Above: Our Strategy Against Terrorism", Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will assess the state of the nation's security seven years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The NPC luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Reserve at (202) 662-7501.

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Social Networking & Campaigns: All Revealed Sept. 15

September 8, 2008

Blogs, YouTube and social networking sites are turning into a big factor in this campaign. The Club has gathered some of the top experts on these new media to talk about what impact they are having both on politics and political journalism.

Join us at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, to hear:

Michael Tomasky, editor of GuardianAmerica.com, the U.S.-based Web site of The Guardian newspaper of London. It covers American politics and culture

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Trip to Radio & Television Museum, Saturday, Oct. 18

September 5, 2008

Are you a sucker for the technology of your childhood? Fascinated by early radio equipment? Then this is for you.

The History and Broadcast committees are sponsoring a field trip for Club members and their guests to the Radio & Television Museum in Bowie, Md., on Saturday, Oct.18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum features hundreds of early radio and television sets and much area broadcast memorabilia.

Arrive any time in that two-hour window and take your time touring the museum, housed in a red, turn-of-the-century farmhouse.

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Speakers, House, Book, Int'l Correspondents, Events Meet

September 5, 2008

Committee business meetings next week include:

Monday -- House Committee, noon
Monday -- Speakers Committee, noon
Tuesday -- Book and Author Committee, noon
Tuesday -- International Correspondents Committee, 6 p.m.
Wednesday -- Events Committee, 6 p.m.

All are in the McClendon Room or mezzanine

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Take a President to Dinner

September 5, 2008

... or out for a stroll in your neighborhood.

Life-size cardboard photos of presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama will be sold at the on-site auction during the NPC 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 13.

The online auction will be up and running next week on CharityFolks.com. The on-site auction will take place the day of the race.

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Luncheons: Shirley Jackson, Sept. 9; Chertoff, Sept. 10

September 4, 2008

Council on Competitiveness Vice Chairwoman Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will explain how the U.S. can achieve energy security, stimulate energy innovation and job growth, and protect the environment at an NPC luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The "First 100 Days" energy action plan, designed to guide the next president and Congress, was devised by more than 200 corporate CEOs, labor leaders, university presidents and other energy experts.

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Sept. 10 Buckley Rap Filling Up; Reserve before WaPo Runs an Item

September 4, 2008

Nearly 100 people have registered for the talk by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Buckley at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10. He'll discuss his latest book, "Supreme Courtship," a comic look at Washington politics. In "Supreme Courtship," the president has no success getting his Supreme Court nominees confirmed, so he turns an unconventional choice, a well-known television judge.

Also coming up:

California Reps. Linda and Loretta Sanchez, the first sisters to serve in Congress, will present their book, Dream in Color at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15.

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