National Press Club

Former lobbyist Abramoff, reform leaders Penniman and Gilbert discuss fixing Washington March 5

February 27, 2012 | By Adam Shapiro |

Jack Abramoff, author of the book “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist,” for the first time will appear in public with two reform leaders dedicated to repairing the world Abramoff exploited.

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Celebrate your best work by entering the National Press Club journalism contest

February 27, 2012 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club wants to see examples of the best journalism from 2011 in its annual journalism contest, which includes a new competition for best breaking news coverage.

The breaking news competition will be ncluded with the many categories traditionally offered in the contest. The contest deadline is April 1.

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NPC Events Committee schedules surveillance in America event, March 30th at 7 p.m.

February 23, 2012 | By Havilah R. Ross |

The National Press Club Events Committee presents, “Surveillance in America: Its Ramifications and Proliferations; Their Impact on You and Everyone, Everyday” on Friday, March 30th, 7–9 p.m. in the Holeman Lounge.

The event is free to NPC members and $10 for all guests of members and non-members. Tickets can be reserved and purchased here: NPC members should use the code NPCEyre to reserve their free tickets.

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IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman talks taxes at April 5 luncheon

February 23, 2012 | By Lori Russo |

Douglas Shulman, the 47th commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, plans to discuss the future of the U.S. tax system at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on Thursday, April 5.

Tickets cost $19 for Press Club members, $30 for guests of members, and $37 for general admission. To reserve tickets, please e-mail or call 202-662-7501. Tickets must be paid for at time of reservation.

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NPC schedules TSA's John Pistole to speak at March 5th luncheon

February 23, 2012 | By Andrea Stone |

John Pistole, admiistrator of the Transportation Security Administration, plans to speak on “Counterterrorism, Risk-Based Security, and TSA’s Vision for the Future of Aviation Security" at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, March 5.

Tickets cost $19 for Press Club members, $30 for guests of members, and $37 for general admission. To reserve tickets, please e-mail or call 202-662-7501. Tickets must be paid for at time of reservation.

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

February 22, 2012 | By Peter Hickman, |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 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 |

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 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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