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NYT author reveals decades-long knowledge of Donald Trump in new book

August 7, 2016 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

The new book "The Making of Donald Trump" is filled with “basically everything that Donald Trump does not want you to know,” author David Cay Johnston told a National Press Club Book Rap Aug. 4.

In the book, Johnston goes back in time to examineTrump’s rise to power, including his family background, his litigation history and his ties to organized crime.

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Club honors journalists, expands fight for press freedom

August 6, 2016 | By Louise Walsh |

Tricked by traffickers and savagely beaten, more than 2,000 enslaved fishermen were freed from brutal conditions at sea, thanks to dogged reporting by four Associated Press journalists honored August 4 at the National Press Club annual awards dinner.

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Diversity and inclusiveness goals for next 100 years of National Park Service

August 1, 2016 | By Kristin Szremski |

The National Park Service, in response to allegations of long-standing abuse, now has 'zero tolerance' toward sexual harassment and is establishing an anonymous hotline to protect employees who come forward as whistleblowers, agency Director Jonathan Jarvis said at a National Press Club luncheon Aug. 1.

The move is aligned with the park service's goals of achieving "justice, respect and truth" through the use of federal parks and public land, which call us to "live up to the values of our nation," Jarvis said.

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Nats’ analyst Phil Wood tells how baseball reporting has changed, including no more free booze in press box

July 21, 2016 | By Bill McCloskey |

Washington Nationals baseball analyst Phil Wood does not have a Twitter account. Growing up in Northern Virginia, he did have a transistor radio. That radio and trips to Griffith Stadium to watch the old Washington Senators (also nicknamed the Nats) ignited his lifelong love of baseball in the '60s.

That love led to a long career in baseball broadcasting and a perspective on how baseball reporting has changed over the decades -- a perspective he shared with a National Press Club audience July 20 at one of the Club’s “Get it Online” luncheon discussions.

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U.S. needs 'broad dialogue' on use of cyber, says NSA chief Rogers

July 14, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, called at a National Press Club luncheon Thursday for a "broad dialogue" about when and how the United States should use cyber in a way that is "coherent and legal."

But he refused numerous times to go into detail beyond saying: "How we do our mission should be in a way that engenders confidence and trust."

Resplendent in the Navy's summer whites, Rogers added: "We always obey the law. We acknowledge mistakes. We don't take short cuts."

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Kim Barker, other female war correspondents, to speak at 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' screening July 29

July 13, 2016 | By Lindsay Underwood |

The National Press Club's Young Members and International Correspondents Committees will host a screening of the film "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" on Friday, July 29, at 6:15 in the Holeman Lounge, followed by a panel discussion featuring journalist and author Kim Barker.

Barker's real life experiences depicted in her book, "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan," inspired the making of the film.

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Democratic congressional campaign will go national, hit 'toxic' Trump, says chair

July 12, 2016 | By Bob Weiner and Ben Lasky |,

The Democrats’ campaign for congressional candidates in 2016, unlike recent cycles, will feature a “national” message that emphasizes Donald Trump’s “bullying” and “toxic” statements, Democratic Congressional Campaign (DCCC) Chair Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.Mex., told a National Press Club Newsmaker Tuesday.

Lujan said the DCCC will run an “aggressive” campaign with “national ads and staff communicating in the smartest way,” especially with millennials, people of color and women. The campaign will include TV ads, he said, adding that “We’ve only just begun.”

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Libertarian Party nominees promise fair, transparent, honest America with happier people

July 7, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Two former Republican governors -- now running as the Libertarian presidential ticket -- told a National Press Club luncheon audience Thursday the Republican and Democratic parties are out of touch with the American people, and the two of them asked, "give us a chance and we will make a difference."

"Both major parties are struggling to connect with the American public," said former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, the presidential nominee. He said the tone of this election campaign is "often like warfare ... filled with anxiety and fear."

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NTSB chairman: Driverless cars promise to save lives, but there are challenges to overcome

June 30, 2016 | By Gwen Flanders |

Driverless cars have the potential to save thousands of lives by eliminating the main cause of highway crashes –- human error –- National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said Thursday at a National Press Club Newsmakers Luncheon.

But so-called “autonomous vehicles” won’t be cruising the roads anytime soon, Hart said.

“People are underestimating the challenges,” he said. “It’s going to take longer than people are estimating.”

He didn’t offer a timeline but outlined the challenges.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister secures pledge of economic assistance during U.S. visit

June 26, 2016 | By Peter Hickman |

On his first visit to Washington since taking office, the new Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, told a June 16 National Press Club Newsmaker press conference that his country received a pledge of $220 million in economic assistance from the United States during meetings with U.S. officials.

The assistance package was offered by Vice President Joe Biden, Groysman said. His talks with American officials centered on the political situation in his nation, including relations with Russia, which occupies the Crimean Peninsula, part of eastern Ukraine.

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