National Press Club

Book Rap tells tales of Ghost Army

April 30, 2015 | By Jeffery King |

A "Ghost Army" saved thousands of lives during World War II unbeknownst to other U.S. troops, historian Rick Beyer and artist Elizabeth Sayles told a Book Rap April 29.

The ghost army actually consisted of the 1,100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, who created a false army of about 20,000 men to fool the Germans. Beyer said they were "putting on a show for the Germans."

It was a dangerous job as the troops had to set up only a quarter of a mile from the enemy. Three men were killed and 21 wounded. The troops also had to endure the worst winter in 100 years in 1944.

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Wife of imprisoned former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed urges his release

April 30, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

The wife and human rights lawyers of imprisoned former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed urged his release at an April 30 Newsmaker, charging that his trial and imprisonment violated basic human rights and legal principles.

In 2008 Nasheed became the first democratically elected president of the Maldives, an multi-island country southwest of India in the Indian Ocean.

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Navy secretary Mabus tells Club Luncheon that U.S. is reversing ship decline

April 30, 2015 | By Ken Dalecki |

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told a Club Luncheon audience April 30 that the government is reserving a decline in the number of ships but will have to find money to maintain the nation's ballistic submarine force.

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Former Bush aide Dana Perino talks about time in the White House and finding love later

April 28, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Since during election years the media’s focus shifts from the White House to the presidential campaigns, President George W. Bush’s former press secretary said that if the administration was on the front page, she was doing “something drastically wrong.”

Dana Perino, who currently hosts “The Five” on Fox News Channel, told a Club Book Rap April 24 that she hopes President Obama follows this formula as he nears the end of his term..

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Freelancers tell tales of high danger and low pay at Club conference

April 23, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Freelancers and groups supporting them told a Club audience Thursday of the dangers and lack of preparation in their international reporting, often at low pay.

The morning-long conference, "Freelancers at Risk: Photojournalism and the Call for Global Safety Practices," was sponsored by the Club's Journalism Institute along with the Investigative Reporting Workshop and the Committee to Protect journalists. One of the guests was Diane Foley, whose son, freelance journalist James Foley, was captured while covering the Syria civil war and beheaded last August.

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Video games are learning tools, according to a Club Newsmaker event

April 23, 2015 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Highly sophisticated video games based on educational research, closely tied to curriculum and supported by federal funding are significantly changing the way millions of students learn, according to education experts who addressed a Club Newsmaker on April 16.

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U.S, lawmaker calls for legalizing medical marijuana

April 22, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejim |

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) called for the federal legalization of therapeutic hemp and cannabidol at a federal level at a Club Newsmaker event April 22.

Perry said this would provide access to the drug, which he said could reduce the duration and length of seizures in children and adults with epilepsy and other related disorders.

He said his proposed bill “in no way federally legalizes or allows for the recreational use of marijuana.”

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At Book Rap, Paulson urges Congress to pass fast-track trade legislaton

April 20, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Congress should pass fast-track trade legislation, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told a Club Book Rap April 17.

Also known as trade promotion authority, the legislation would allow the president to negotiate trade deals that are submitted to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments.

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UN chief calls for ceasefire in Yemen, announces trip to Vatican

April 16, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a ceasefire in Yemen Thursday night in an address to the National Press Club and announced he will go to the Vatican this month to further his long concern about climate change and the environment.

Yemen and climate change were only two of the world's hot spots Ban said had led a colleague to remark that "never had he seen a period like this one at once."

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Clinton's use of personal email violated public record rules, panel says

April 9, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejim |

The use of a personal email account by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while “stunning,” is just one example of high-level public officials violating public record rules, Patrice McDermott, director of said Thursday at National Press Club Newsmaker.

McDermott, one of four panelists who discussed issues arising from Clinton's use of a private server for email communications during her tenure as Secretary of State, said such practices extended to every post-Internet administration and encompassed electronic records as well as email.

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