National Press Club

Forecast for Dec. 14: Luncheon featuring Weather Channel's Jim Cantore

November 4, 2011 | By Jennifer Schonberger | jschonberger@kiplinger.com

Jim Cantore, on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel, will share his experiences covering the front-lines of severe weather over the past 25 years at a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the speech beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $18 for Club members, $29 for guests of members and $36 for general admission. To reserve tickets, please e-mail reservations@press.org or call 202-662-7501. Tickets must be paid for at time of reservation.

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U.S. Postmaster General to reveal plan to fix agency's finances at Nov. 21 luncheon

November 3, 2011 | By Marilyn Geewax | MGeewax@npr.org

U.S. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe will reveal more details about his plans for fixing the U.S. Postal Services’ financial troubles at a National Press Club luncheon Monday, Nov. 21.

Donahoe, who was named to head the USPS a little more than a year ago, will explain his reasons for cutting thousands of jobs, closing thousands of local Post Offices and possibly ending Saturday delivery. He will also address concerns about postal workers’ health and retirement benefits. The Postal Service is expected to record a $10-billion dollar loss for 2011.

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"Library Mouse" author, cupcake sisters participate in Children's, Food sections of Book Fair, 5:30 pm Nov. 15

November 3, 2011 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

Daniel Kirk, author of the best-selling “Library Mouse” children’s series, will be a featured children’s book author at the National Press Club's 34th Annual Book Fair and Authors' Night from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Georgetown Cupcake sisters, Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, are among the top cookbook authors, along with Ellen Sweets, author of “Stirring It Up With Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes.”

PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer will serve as the honorary chair of the Book Fair.

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Next "Kalb Report" features Lara Logan of CBS News, 8 pm Nov. 7

November 2, 2011 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Seats are still available for the next "Kalb Report," where host Marvin Kalb will talk one-on-one with Lara Logan, CBS News' chief foreign correspondent and "60 Minutes" reporter.

The taping will take place at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the Club ballroom. The event is free, but seats are limited. Make reservations by calling the Club's reservation line -- 202-662-7501.

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Forget the cherry tree; event explores Washington's role in whiskey industry, 6:30 pm Nov. 7

November 2, 2011 | By Tim Young | timyoungjd@gmail.com

Author Dennis Pogue will discuss his book, "Founding Spirits: George
Washington and the Beginnings of the American Whiskey Industry," at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the First Amendment Lounge.

The talk, sponsored by the Young Members and Book & Author committees, will be accompanied by multiple whiskey and cocktail tastings, which are provided by the National Distilled Spirits Council.

Tickets are only $5. Proceeds benefit the Club's Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library.

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Four Club members highlight Business section of Book Fair, 5:30 pm Nov. 15

November 2, 2011 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

National Press Club members Alan Bjerga, Vanessa Fox, Jim McTague and Richard Torrenzano will participate in the Business section of the 2011 Book Fair & Authors' Night from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

They will be among nearly 100 nationally known writers autographing and selling their books at the festive event.

Jim Lehrer will serve as the honorary chair of the Book Fair and will be one of the authors featured in the Politics and Current Affairs section, along with Pamela Constable, Ronald Suskind and Ann Coulter.

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Saudi prince to discuss Iran assassination plot, women's rights, Palestinian UN membership, 11:30 am Nov. 15

November 1, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Prince Turki al-Faisal al Sa'ud of Saudi Arabia, former Saudi ambassador to the United States and former head of the Saudi intelligence service, will discuss an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the current Saudi ambassador. The Newsmaker will take place at an 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Turki also will address the evolving role and rights of women in Saudi Arabia -- including King Abdullah's decision to enfranchise women starting in 2015 -- and Saudi Arabia's support for Palestinian United Nations membership and statehood recognition.

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Filmmaker examines Afghanistan over last decade, 4 pm Nov. 10

November 1, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Anglo-American filmmaker Phil Grabsky, director of the documentary "The Boy Mir," which covers the period in Afghanistan from the fall of the Taliban in 2002 to the present, will discuss his work at a 4 p.m. Newsmaker Thursday, Nov.10. The film follows the history of the country for 10 years from when Mir was age 8.

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French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to outline platform, 6 p.m. Nov. 2

October 31, 2011 | By Keith Hill | KHill@bna.com

Marine Le Pen, a candidate for the French presidency and a member of the European Union Parliament, will outline her economic and political vision for France at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 6 p.m. Wedneday, Nov. 2, in the Lisagor Room.

Her economic plan includes a balanced-budget amendment and a restructuring or total elimination of the euro system, which she says harms France through the financial irresponsibility of other E.U. nations.

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Foreign Service Officer rails against State Dept. for 'money, lives wasted' in Iraq

October 28, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

U.S. Foreign Service Officer Peter Van Buren accused the State Department of wasting millions of dollars in Iraq on projects poorly conceived and seldom finished at an Oct. 27 National Press Club Newsmaker press conference.

"I saw a lot of money and lives being wasted," said Van Buren, whose book, "We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People," has just been published. He was sent to Iraq in 2009.

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