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National Press Club issues statement on the passing of Mary Tyler Moore

January 27, 2017

The following statement on the passing of Mary Tyler Moore was issued today by National Press Club President Jeff Ballou:

"We were sad to hear of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore who visited the Press Club on several occasions to discuss the many charitable causes she supported. We were pleased that she was once a speaker for our world-renowned Luncheon programs. Members and staff have fond memories of her visit.

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Sesno tells National Press Club audience asking questions, listening is important

January 26, 2017 | By Louise Walsh | ldwalsh@earthlink.net

Just like his book title, Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions and Spark Change, veteran journalist Frank Sesno asked many questions in his riveting National Press Club conversation with former NPC President Mark Hamrick on Jan. 24.

“I challenge people to ask themselves: ‘What kind of listener are you?’” asked Sesno, a former CNN anchor, White House correspondent and White House bureau chief. “Are you an interrupter” or someone who must fill every empty space?

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Watching towers fall influences MuslimGirl.com founder

January 23, 2017 | By Mark Krikorian | msk@cis.org

"They're going to blame us. And it's going to get much worse."

That's what Amani Al-Khatahtbeh's father told her as they watched the planes slam into the Twin Towers on TV on 9/11 when she was in fourth grade in New Jersey. The experience shaped Al-Khatahtbeh's life. It led her, eventually, to start the MuslimGirl.com blog and then to write Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age, which she discussed at an National Press Club Book Rap on Jan. 18.

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NPC President Ballou touts Club camaraderie, press protections in inaugural speech

January 16, 2017 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi | yasmine.elsabawi@gmail.com

The 110th National Press Club President has pledged to bring his hometown “Pittsburgh values” and their “winning tradition” to Washington, focusing on strengthening the Club for the future, enhancing the membership experience, and going the extra mile when the craft of journalism is threatened.

Al-Jazeera Media Network news editor Jeff Ballou took his oath of office on his late mother’s bible at his sold-out inauguration the night of Saturday, Jan. 14. Congratulatory video messages came in from Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and Ballou’s beloved Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Ranking Democrat Neal urges Republicans to reform Obamacare, tax code

January 15, 2017 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

The ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, at a National Press Club Newsmaker, urged Republicans to abandon their years-long quest to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- and instead work with Democrats to fix it.

"It is short-sighted to start anew," Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts said Thursday, Jan. 12, at the NPC. "They need to work with us to improve upon what we already have."

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HHS Secretary Burwell praises Affordable Care Act, discusses its future

January 9, 2017 | By Julia Haskins | juliaannehaskins@gmail.com

Coming up on her last few days as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sylvia Burwell spoke at a National Press Club luncheon Jan. 9, extolling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and warning against its repeal without a comprehensive, timely replacement.

The health care law resulted in numerous successes, the outgoing HHS Secretary said, pointing to expanded coverage that led to historically low uninsured rates. According to her, that momentum represents a stark difference to the period before the ACA was implemented.

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Panel: Activists will look to civil disobedience to challenge Trump

January 8, 2017 | By Julia Haskins | juliaannehaskins@gmail.com

Civil disobedience will be a key tactic for protestors challenging the incoming Trump administration, according to a panel of activists speaking at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Friday.

The speakers, all of whom have supported or engaged in civil disobedience, spoke to the importance of strategic resistance.

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Sanctuary cities debates at Club Newsmaker

December 15, 2016 | By Shelby Ostergaard | shelbyostergaard@gmail.com

Sanctuary cities -- municipalities that have refused to identify unauthorized immigrants to federal authorities -- were the subject of a debate at a Dec. 12 Club Newsmaker.

Jessica Vaughn of the Center of Immigration Studies said sanctuary cities "are illegal, and they don’t build trust.” She said the federal government relied on local officials to identify those in the U.S, illegally because it "cannot be in every city and every jurisdiction.”

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Ballou makes history as he is elected Club president

December 11, 2016 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi | yasmine.elsabawi@gmail.com

Al-Jazeera Media Network news editor Jeff Ballou was elected National Press Club president, the first African-American male to lead the organization and the first to represent a non-U.S. news outlet. He will take office in January.

Ballou said he was “deeply humbled and honored” to step into the role. Sheila Cherry, who served in 2004, was the first African-American to lead the Club.

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Kalb Report: What to do about the whoppers?

December 6, 2016 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@me.com

In a presidential debate, what is the moderator’s responsibility to point out obvious lies spoken by the candidates?

That was the central question in Monday night’s The Kalb Report as moderators and organizers of the 2016 debates autopsied the last effort.

Joining host Marvin Kalb were two debate moderators – ABC’s Martha Raddatz and Fox News’ Chris Wallace – as well as Republican Frank Fahrenkopf and Democrat Mike McCurry, the co-chairmen of the U.S. Presidential Debate Commission.

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