National Press Club

Prolific author of "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series promotes lighthearted novels

April 16, 2012 | By Jack Williams |

The prolific and popular writer Alexander McCall Smith kept a ballroom audience chuckling and laughing out loud Saturday as he made a case for novels that don’t focus on social problems.

McCall Smith is touring the United States promoting and signing “The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection,” the 13th in the series focused on Precious Ramotswe, “the kindest and best detective in Botswana,” as the dust jacket says.

He’s also promoting a children’s book: “The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case.”

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Rock-and-roll photographer's relationships with stars produced iconic images

April 13, 2012 | By Cheryl Arvidson |

Photographer Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal provided a guided tour of the 1960s and 1970s rock and roll scene on April 11, as photo buffs and music fans gathered for a reception and program marking the opening of his month-long photo exhibit at the National Press Club.

O’Neal was a young fine arts graduate searching for direction in the late 1960s when he had an “epiphany” at a record store in Carmel, Calif., as he gazed at the Mamas and Papas “Deliver” album cover.

"I decided I am going to be a photographer and photograph rock and roll bands,” he said.

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Author gets break on Sept. 11 investigation over beer at FBI retirement party

April 13, 2012 | By Eleanor Herman |

Joshua Meyer, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist formerly with the Los Angeles Times, took a rapt National Press Club audience into the classified world of counterterrorism, espionage, and U.S. government attempts to capture the most dangerous man in the world at an April 11 book rap.

In "The Hunt for KSM, Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of The Real 911 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Meyer details the dogged pursuit of two agents who chased the terrorist from five years before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks until his 2003 arrest.

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Model pact brings harmony to Major League Baseball, says players' union chief

April 11, 2012 | By Bill Miller |

The historic labor agreement signed late last year by Major League Baseball and its union, the Major League Baseball Players Association, is a model for collective bargaining during a time of economic stress, MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner said at a National Press Club luncheon April 11.

The five-year pact -- a change of pace from the bargaining strife and work stoppages that dominated much of the last century -- guarantees uninterrupted play of the national pastime through the 2016 season.

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IRS commissioner urges Congress to act swiftly to avoid 'Taxmageddon'

April 6, 2012 | By Justin Duckham |

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman urged lawmakers to address a series of tax cuts that have either expired or are expiring in order to sidestep what some D.C. insiders call “Taxmageddon.”

“Unfortunately, Congress has gotten into the habit of passing tax legislation very late,” Shulman said during a luncheon Thursday at the National Press Club. “If Congress can’t act by the end of the year … you could have a real disaster in the filing season.”

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Chopra says technology and spiritual awareness can create ‘global identity’

April 4, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich |

The most fundamental fact of existence is not the universe nor even space, time or gravity, but that we are of aware of the universe, Deepak Chopra, author or co-author of over 60 books on spirituality and mind-body connections, told a National Press Club luncheon audience Wednesday.

“When you come into this world, you come with awareness,” Chopra, a physician, said.

Expanding that awareness is the theme of Chopra's latest book, Spiritual Solutions.

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Boomer retirees face uncertain future, Pension Benefit director says

April 4, 2012 | By Terry Hill |

Americans are living longer, healthier lives, but many retiring baby boomers haven't saved enough to guarantee a financial secure future, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Director Joshua Gotbaum said Wednesday at a Newsmaker briefing.

About10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 each day, but many don't have enough money to retire, Gotbaum said.

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NewsHour's serious approach to news more relevant than ever, PBS newsman Lehrer says

April 3, 2012 | By Gil Klein |

PBS' NewsHour is facing major financial problems with the sudden steep decline in corporate underwriting, but its mission is more critical than ever as the public tries to make sense of a flood of information, the NewsHour's founder Jim Lehrer told host Marvin Kalb on Monday in the latest edition of The Kalb Report.

"Corporate money dropped just like that." Lehrer said with a snap of his fingers. "We have to deal with it.”

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Republican lawmakers say Pakistan tramples Balochistan, supplies Taliban

March 27, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Pakistan suppresses the rights of people in its Balochistan province and supports enemies of the United States, three Republican congressmen said Tuesday at a Newsmaker press conference.

Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of California, Louis Gohmert of Texas and Steve King of Iowa co-sponsored a resolution in the House that calls for self-determination for Balochistan.

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Portugal needs entrepreneurial spirit to dig out of crisis, finance minister says

March 25, 2012 | By Peter Hickman |

For Portugal to emerge from its economic troubles, the Eurozone country must create an environment that encourages entrepreneurship and adjust is financial regulations, Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar said March 19 at a Newsmaker event.

While most Portuguese lead a "reasonably comfortable life", Gaspar said he is disappointed in the nation's slow economic growth. He said the government's new privatization efforts will aid the recovery. Portugal's export base is growing, which will also improve the country's international competitiveness, he said.

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