National Press Club

Development Bank Exec Sees Tripled Myanmar Economy by 2030

June 25, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Myanmar's economy could triple by 2030, Stephen Groff, Asian Development Bank (ADB) vice president for East and South Asia and the Pacific, told a June 25 National Press Club Newsmaker.

The country's "incredible advantages" include its location at the historic trade routes between China and India, natural resources and a younger population than neighboring Asian countries, he said.

Groff expressed confidence in Myanmar's President U Thein Sein and his advisers, but said the country faces some "challenges" that must be met for the economic tripling to occur.

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Goodwill to help 3,000 women vets to find jobs

June 25, 2013 | By Monica Coleman | mcoleman@insidecapitolhill.net

Goodwill Industries will help 3,000 female vets nationwide find jobs over the next two years, Goodwill President and CEO Jim Gibbons said Thursday, June 25 at a National Press Club Newsmaker media event.

The move expands a program developed in 2012 and encouraged by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to hire 1,800 veterans, Gibbons said.

Goodwill has the capacity to take the program "to the next level" by assisting nearly double that number get the training and connections they need to be successful, Gibbons said.

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Scientists are perfecting solar-power plane, experts say

June 21, 2013 | By Monica Coleman | mcoleman@insidecapitolhill.net

Scientists are testing HB-SIA, a prototype aircraft created by the Solar Impulse team and partners that requires no fuel, a panel of chemistry experts said Tuesday at a National Press Club Newsmaker event.

The single seat solar plane has the wingspan of a 747, the weight of a mid-size car and the operating power of a small scooter, the scientists said.

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Best-selling author Steve Berry recounts intriguing adventures and myths in his latest novel

June 21, 2013 | By Bea Snyder | BeaAndBob@aol.com

"The King’s Deception," engrosses readers in an intriguing mystery about the real Elizabeth I, author Steve Berry said at a Book Rap on Wednesday, June 19 at the National Press Club.

Berry's novel questions the legitimacy of the entire forty-five year reign of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, who completed the conquest of Ireland and seized much of its land.

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AP CEO calls for new Justice Department guidelines to protect journalists

June 19, 2013 | By Robert Webb | Rewebb@aol.com

The Department of Justice's seizure of Associated Press phone records has made it tougher for reporters to do their jobs, AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said Wednesday, June 19 at a National Press Club luncheon.

Pruitt called for new Justice Department guidelines that include protections for journalists' email and text messages, and a federal shield law "with teeth."

The Justice Department's seizure unsettled sources and chilled reporting, he said.

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Picasso raffle to save ancient city announced at Newsmaker

June 16, 2013 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

The president of an international association discussed efforts to save the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre, Lebanon from the ravages of time and damage from hostility in the region at a June 12 Newsmaker.

Tyre, located on the southern coast of Lebanon, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and faces some risks of degradation.

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Climate change threatens agriculture 'as we know it,' Agriculture secretary says

June 5, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack described the effects of climate change on agriculture and detailed three new steps his department is taking to mitigate them at a National Press Club luncheon June 5.

“We have a climate that clearly is warming,” he said, adding that the consequent changes “threaten the future of agriculture, long term, as we know it.”

The United States is experiencing an increasing number of severe storms, invasive species and intense forest fires, he said. He noted that last year produced the second-most severe weather and the warmest year on record.

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Walter Cronkite's grandson, at Book Rap, discusses his grandad's WWII letters home

June 5, 2013 | By Jan King | Jchutick2k@aol.com

Walt Cronkite took a long time to get to know his grandfather, the late, beloved broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite. And it took him even longer – a year after his grandfather’s death – to learn about his famous ancestor's life as a younger man.

Now an associate producer for politics at CBS News, Walt Cronkite admitted as much in in discussing the book about his grandfather he co-authored, “Cronkite’s War: His WWII Letters Home,” at a National Press Club Book Rap June 4.

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Gun-rights advocate complains about ‘biased’ media at NPC Newsmaker

June 5, 2013 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

Dick Heller, the winning litigant in a gun-rights lawsuit at the Supreme Court, told a National Press Club Newsmaker event June 5 that the press is biased against responsible gun ownership.

“With multiple examples available of proper and appropriate use of guns by people across the nation, I can only conclude that many reporters are willfully biased by mainly reporting stories associated with illegal or inappropriate firearms usage," Heller said.

Many people in government and the media don’t want to learn about using guns for self defense, Heller said.

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Chilean president, at NPC luncheon, lays out plan to erase his country's poverty

June 4, 2013 | By Sean Lyngaas | sean.lyngaas@gmail.com

Once the poorest of Spain’s colonies, Chile aims to be “the first Latin American developed country without poverty,” declared Chilean President Sebastián Piñera at a June 4 National Press Club luncheon.

Buoyed by what he said was a “very fruitful and useful” meeting with President Barack Obama earlier in the day, Piñera laid out a four-point plant for landing Chile in the developed-country club: strengthen pre-school education, triple investments in science and technology, create a million jobs and mitigate income inequality.

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