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West Virginia lawmakers seek to protect retired miners' benefits

September 7, 2016 | By Michelle Amber | michelleamber99@gmail.com

One day before some 10,000 retired coal miners and their supporters are expected to rally outside the U.S. Capitol, three West Virginia lawmakers called Wednesday for approval of legislation to protect the pensions and retiree health benefits of miners and their widows.

Addressing a Club Newsmaker, Sens. Joe Manchin (D) and Shelley Moore Capito (R) joined Rep. David McKinley (R) in calling on Senate Republican leaders to move ahead with the legislation.

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Former Senate Intelligence Chair Graham Seeks More 9/11, Saudi Disclosures

September 1, 2016 | By Andrew Kreig | andrew.kreig@gmail.com

The public should pressure Congress for more disclosure about Saudi Arabian interaction with 9/11 hijackers, said former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham, D-Fla., Wednesday to a National Press Club Newsmaker audience.

The U.S. House of Representatives, he said, must enable 9/11 victim families to sue Saudi entities suspected of complicity.

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K-12 education forum examines policy and leadership consequences of fall election

September 1, 2016 | By Jean Gossman | jkgossman@yahoo.com

The K-12 public education sector enjoyed about 10 years of an “era of good feelings” following enactment of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, said recently appointed Maryland State Board of Education President Andy Smarick during Tuesday’s National Press Club Newsmaker forum on education issues, these days many stakeholders are questioning where public education authority should rest and shifting their thinking on key issues.

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National Press Club hosts magical Children's Book Rap

September 1, 2016 | By Joe Motheral | JoeGM35@aol.com

An 11-year-old girl visiting the National Press Club on Aug. 27 said she liked “the hat with magic.”

What?

She was not delusional. She had just attended a special National Press Club Children’s Book Rap featuring Deborah Kalb and her book "George Washington and the Magic Hat."

In addition to the Book Rap, magician Con Ward led off the program with tricks. And each child was given a tri-cornered hat so the young girl indeed experienced “the hat with magic.”

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Candidates for leadership of Teamsters Union square off in feisty debate at National Press Club

August 29, 2016 | By Varun Saxena | vsaxenaster@gmail.com

Two candidates vying for the leadership of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters repeatedly called each other liars and portrayed the other as a failure during a combative debate at the National Press Club on Aug. 25.

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Actor Michael York raises profile of the rare disease amyloidosis at National Press Club Luncheon

August 13, 2016 | By Varun Saxena | vsaxenaster@gmail.com

British actor Michael York, speaking at a National Press Club luncheon Friday, described his struggles with the disease amyloidosis in an effort to raise awareness of the rare condition, which affects about 1 in 100,000 people.

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

August 7, 2016 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

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 | ldwalsh@earthlink.net

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 | kmszremski@gmail.com

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 | bmcclos325@aol.com

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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