National Press Club

Saudi prince criticizes Obama over Palestinian UN bid

November 17, 2011 | By Peter J. Hickman |

Saudi Arabian Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Saudi criticized President Obama for not backing the Palestinian bid for UN recognition and said it would lead to frustration in the Middle East.

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Communities must help returning veterans and their families, Camp Better America founders say

November 17, 2011 | By Keith M. Hill |

Communities should make an organized effort to connect with military veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, Kathleen Gagg, co-founder of Camp Better America, said at a Press Club Newsmaker Nov. 15.

Col. David Sutherland, special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warrior and Family Support at the Department of Defense, said that a holistic, partner-centric approach is needed to provide veterans and their families with education, adequate employment, and access to health care.

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'Ink on paper' sells to hundreds at wildly successful 34th NPC Book Fair

November 16, 2011 | By Dena Bunis |

Move over Kindle. The turnout for Tuesday’s 34th annual Book & Authors Night proved that ink on paper is alive and well in Washington, D.C.

Hundreds of people carrying green and white shopping bags filled with cookbooks, children’s picture books, political works and biographies worked their way through the tables, stopping to talk to the authors who signed their books.

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Documentary chronicles Afghan war through eyes of a young boy

November 13, 2011 | By Peter J. Hickman |

A documentary chronicling a boy's journey from childhood to adolescence in war-torn Afghanistan "represents the potential for Afghanistan's future," Anglo-American filmmaker Phil Grabsky told a Nov. 10 Newsmaker.

Grabsky in his documentary film "The Boy Mir" follows a young boy for nearly a decade beginning in 2002 to the present. As Afghanistan convulses with war, Mir grows from an impish boy of 8 to an old-beyond-his-years teenager.

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CBS' Logan urges deeper coverage of foreign conflicts at Kalb Report

November 10, 2011 | By Gil Klein |

Reporters need to spend more time on the ground in conflict zones to get the real war stories, CBS New chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan in a wide-ranging conversation with Marvin Kalb at Monday's Kalb Report.
Logan minced no words. Logan, who is also a correspondent for 60 Minutes, offered tough assessments of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the deterioration of international news coverage and the treatment Gen. Stanley McCrystal suffered at the hands of the news media.

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French candidate Le Pen: World economic system needs reform

November 6, 2011 | By Keith M. Hill |

Without major reforms, the world's economies will plunge into at least a decade of instability, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Wednesday at a National Press Club Newsmaker.

The world's largest economies, particular the Euro Zone, are “completely out of control,” Le Pen said.

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NBC icon Brokaw sees new journalism technology shaping America’s future

November 3, 2011 | By Bill Miller |

One of the forces shaping the future of the United States is today’s “extraordinary change in journalism,” retired NBC News legend Tom Brokaw said at a Nov. 3 National Press Club luncheon.

The explosion of new journalistic technology “has created an entirely new universe,” said Brokaw, who anchored “NBC Nightly News” from 1982-2005 and also hosted ‘The Today Show” and “Meet the Press.” His new book is “The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America.”

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Tibetan leader urges U.S. to pressure China to resume dialogue

November 3, 2011 | By Robert Webb |

Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, urged the United States to pressure China to resume talks aimed at peaceful resolution of its issues with Tibet at a Nov. 2 Newsmaker.

His appeal came in his first public appearance in Washington and on the eve of his testimony on Capitol Hill. He said he had been meeting with members of Congress.

"We believe in non-violence," he said.

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Cain denies sexual harassment, touts tax plan, sings spiritual at Club luncheon

October 31, 2011 | By Andrew Kreig |

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain rebutted a sexual harassment allegation, asserted that his tax plan would revitalize the country and sang a spiritual a cappella at a sold out National Press Club luncheon on Oct. 31.

Club President Mark Hamrick began the Q&A portion of the event by asking Cain about allegations that he sexually harrassed two staff members when he was chief executive of the the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Politico reported on Oct. 30 that the organization paid the former staffers to settle the claim.

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PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer roasted, toasted at emotional Fourth Estate Award Dinner

October 31, 2011 | By By Molly McCluskey

Legendary newsman Jim Lehrer of PBS' NewsHour, careening between tears of laughter and gratitude, accepted the National Press Club's most prestigious award Friday night, Oct. 28, with praise for his co-anchor of 38 years and the PBS staff.

"It takes 18 people just to get me to say 'Good evening' and another 18 more to keep me from making a fool of myself," Lehrer said as he accepted the Fourth Estate Award at the gala dinner in his honor.

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