National Press Club

Scientists are perfecting solar-power plane, experts say

June 21, 2013 | By Monica Coleman |

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 |

"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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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Dickerson, Bernton win Gerald Ford Journalism Awards at luncheon

June 3, 2013 | By Audrey Hoffer |

John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for Slate and political director or CBS News, and Hal Bernton, reporter for The Seattle Times, were presented the 2013 Gerald Ford Journalism Awards at a packed National Press Club luncheon June 3.

Presenting the awards, made annually at a Club luncheon by the Ford Presidential Foundation, were two public figures with close ties to Ford – Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and David Gergen, senior CNN political analyst.

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Despite Kidnapping, Author Urges Young People to Go to Africa

May 23, 2013 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Young people interested in doing humanitarian-aid work in Africa should go, said Jessica Buchanan, a humanitarian-aid worker in Somalia who was kidnapped in 2011 and survived 93 days of captivity before being rescued by the U.S. military.

“Make sure you are well informed. Make sure you take security seriously. Make sure you assess the risks,” Buchanan said at a National Press Club Book Rap May 22.

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