National Press Club

Amnesty International plans to release Afghanistan report at NPC, Friday, Feb. 24

February 22, 2012 | By Peter Hickman, | pjhickman@hotmail.com

The National Press Club's Newsmakers Committee plans to hold a news conference on Friday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. with Amnesty International.

At the event, T. Kumar, director for international advocacy of Amnesty International USA, plans to release and discuss a report on Afghanistan, "Fleeing War, Finding Misery: The Plight of the Internally Displaced in Afghanistan."

About a half-million people have fled the war, with children and women the worst affected, according to the report. In January, 28 children were found frozen to death in a camp in Kabul, the report says.

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Former Governor Ventura urges press to laugh in 1999 visit

February 21, 2012 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

This Week In National Club History

February 21, 1999: Ex-wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura of the Reform Pary, says third parties are important to the country and the press needs to laugh more.

February 23, 1955: The National Press Club allows women members of the press to sit in the ballroom balcony during speaker luncheons. Sixteen years later, they are admitted to membership in the Club. Actress Julie Harris is one of the first women to cross the threshold of the formerly “Accompanied Male Guests Only” bar.

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Sip some sunshine: Compass Box Scotch dinner March 5; Reserve now

February 19, 2012 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dleinwand@usatoday.com

Feeling chilly? Get warm with a tasting of five varieties of boutique Scotch whiskies and a four-course dinner designed to complement the drink George Bernard Shaw called "liquid sunshine."

The March 5 dinner at the Fourth Estate restaurant will feature five Scotch whiskies from Compass Box, an artisinal, small-batch Scotch maker that is shaking up the whisky industry with its distinctive and award-winning blends. Diners will taste Asyla, Oak Cross, Peat Monster, Orangerie and Spice Tree during this one-of-a-kind meal.

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NPC plans Book Rap with Thomas Mallon, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.

February 17, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

The National Press Club's Book & Author Committee plans to host esteemed historical novelist Thomas Mallon as he discusses his newest book, Watergate, on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the conference rooms.

Reservations are required and may be made at opus@press.org or by calling 202-662-7523. This event is free for NPC members, $5 for non-members. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. No outside books will be permitted. Proceeds benefit the National Press Club Journalism Institute.

The event is as part of the Club’s Book Rap series.

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Press Club hosts Kennedy, Ramstad for Speakers Luncheon, March 14 at 12:30 p.m.

February 16, 2012 | By Robert Carden | bob@cardencom.com

Former Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.), who co-sponsored the landmark, Mental Health Parity Act in 2008, plan to speak at a National Press Club luncheon, March 14 at 12:30 p.m.

Advance reservations should be made by contacting reservations by phone at (202)662-7501 or by e-mail at reservations@press.org. Cost of the luncheon is $19 for members, $30 for their guests and $37 for the general public. Tickets must be purchased at the time of reservation.

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NPC plans event on new state voter identification laws, Thurs. Feb. 23, 10 a.m.

February 16, 2012 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

Laura Murphy, director of the Washington legislative office of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow and manager of the Civil Justice Reform Initiative in the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, plan to speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the NPC's Zenger Room.

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Fourth Estate Restaurant plans D.C. food truck vendors for wine event

February 15, 2012

The National Press Club's Fourth Estate Restaurant is planning a D.C. Wine and Food Truck Pairing Dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale: Members, $30, General Admission $35, which includes a six-course tasting menu along with featured wines. Tickets can be purchased online: http://www.press.org/events/fourth-estate-wine-and-food-truck-pairing (for member discount, enter special promo code: foodtruck).

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Listen to Louisiana Jazz, enjoy Mardi Gras dinner tonight, Friday & Fat Tuesday

February 15, 2012 | By Susan Delbert | sdelbert@press.org

Tonight, Thursday, Feb. 16, Friday, Feb. 17 and Fat Tuesday, Feb 21, enjoy a three-course dinner of Cajun delicacies in the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Restaurant.

The Mardi Gras dinners will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; reservations are requested 24 hours in advance, but some space may be available for walk-in diners. Call 202-662-7638 or email fourthestate@press.org to reserve. The cost: $30 for members and their guests, $35 for non-members.

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NPC Journalism Institute plans 'Election 2012 Boot Camp' Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m.

February 14, 2012 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

The National Press Club's Journalism Institute's Professional Development Committee and the Regional Reporters Association plan to hold an Election 2012 Boot Camp featuring staff from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The Boot Camp is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Bloomberg Classroom. The event is free but space is limited. Reserve at professionaldevelopment@press.org

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Nearing the Finish Line to Purchase Tickets for Danica Patrick Luncheon, Feb. 21

February 14, 2012 | By Matt Mlynarczyk | matt@advocatusgroup.com

Tickets are still available for a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 21, featuring auto racing driver Danica Patrick.

Patrick, considered by many to be the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, will discuss her transition from IndyCar to fulltime NASCAR racing just days before her Sprint Cup Series debut at the 54th Annual Daytona 500. Patrick will become only the third woman to compete in the iconic race when she takes the green flag on Sunday, Feb. 26.

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