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McCain raps about 13 soldiers from 13 wars at National Press Club

November 12, 2014 | By Mark Krikorian |

"At least you were president of something," Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, joked with National Press Club President Myron Belkind at the start of a Veterans Day Book Rap Nov. 11 on Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War, co-authored by McCain and longtime-literary collaborator Mark Salter.

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National Press Club loans Rockwell painting to Rockwell Museum

November 12, 2014 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club's painting “Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor” will be on loan to the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for the next year.

The museum houses the most significant collection of the artist’s work, as well as the Norman Rockwell Archives, a collection of more than 100,000 items, including working photographs, letters, personal calendars, fan mail, and business documents.

The Press Club will be recognized in all promotional and descriptive materials while the painting is in their care.

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VA Secretary reports on his first 100 days at National Press Club Luncheon

November 7, 2014 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

After 101 days on the job, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said major gains have been made in cutting backlogs and improving medical care at his scandal-scarred agency but he said a “change in culture” and new capabilities were needed to overcome its problems.

At a National Press Club Luncheon Nov. 7, McDonald took issue with Republican and veterans’ group critics that charge he has not moved aggressively enough against VA managers and employees allegedly responsible for covering up treatment delays and falsifying records.

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Veterans groups should keep pressure on VA, advocate tells American Legion Post 20

November 7, 2014 | By Ken Dalecki |

Veterans groups should keep pressure on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve the delivery of medical care, Veterans advocate Jessie Jane Duff told a Nov. 5 meeting of National Press Club American Legion Post.

Duff, a VA critic, and a frequent radio and TV commentator on military affairs, is a retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant.

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National Press Club Communicator members seek to connect with Journalist members

November 6, 2014 | By Varun Saxena |

Communicator members of the National Press Club want to bridge the divide between their side of the journalism profession and the editorial side represented by the Press Club’s Journalist members.

The NPC's Communications and Marketing Committee tries to make that connection happen.

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Pastor makes passionate plea against racial justice system at Press Club Newsmaker

November 6, 2014 | By Joseph Sparks |

A pastor made a passionate plea at a National Press Club Newsmakers event Nov, 4 to end the unequal justice system that led to the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The pastor, Jim Wallis, traveled to Ferguson on Oct. 13 to get a firsthand view of the situation and was arrested with many other faith leaders. In thinking about the shooting, Wallis emphasized that he is viewing the events as a father.

As a father, Wallis hopes that America can develop a justice system that treats everybody equally.

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Downton Abbey comes to downtown D.C.

November 6, 2014 | By Jan King |

Jessica Fellowes, niece of the creator and writer of "Downton Abbey", Julian Fellowes, visited the National Press Club Nov. 5 and delighted the audience with behind the scenes stories about everything Downton.

Fellowes talked about the fifth season of the series -- but "no spoilers," she said. The season is featured in her book, A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions, and Recipes. The book explores both what a year would have been like living in a large country house in the 1920's and the process of filming a season of "Downton Abbey", she said.

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Panel finds Latino electorate expanding as turnout declines

November 3, 2014 | By Margaret Sands Orchowski |

The Hispanic electorate is diverse and expanding but turnout of Latino voters on Nov. 4 looks at this point to be smaller than in 2012 and may not be decisive for either party.

These were some of take-aways from a National Press Club Newsmakers panel Oct. 31.

There are currently about 25 million eligible Hispanic voters in the U.S. but only about 8 million have registered to vote to date. In 2012, only 48 percent, or about 11 million, eligible Hispanic voters cast ballots; in 2014 the turnout percentage is expected to be even lower.

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Entrepreneurial journalism is the future, says NPC Freelance Committee chair

November 3, 2014 | By Brooke C. Stoddard |

Tam Harbert thinks freelancing is the future for many journalists.

“As traditional media, including print newspapers, magazines and wire services, shrinks, it’s getting more and more difficult to get a traditional job if you’re a young journalist, and even harder if you’re a mid-career journalist,” Harbert said.

At the same time, technology and the Internet have made it easier for journalists to become entrepreneurs. And more and more are doing so – by running their own businesses, she said.

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Author tells story of military working dogs at NPC Book Rap

November 2, 2014 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

The emotional bond between military dogs and their handlers has made combat for the human soldiers easier, Rebecca Frankel says in her new book "War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, And Love."

“There was something about having a dog there that not softened the experience but allowed them to keep more of their humanity intact,” Frankel said at a National Press Club Book Rap on Wednesday.

Veterans of several conflicts, including War II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, told Frankel they "can come back more whole because they had the comfort and companionship of a dog.”

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