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National Press Club mourns passing of Lauren Bacall

August 13, 2014 | By Christopher Hamrick |

The National Press Club mourns the loss of an American classic, Lauren Bacall, who passed away at the age of 89 on Aug 12.

In February 1945, then-Vice President Harry S. Truman played during one of the many World War II canteens at the National Press Club. Young Hollywood starlet Lauren Bacall had not yet achieved widespread fame when an iconic photo was taken.

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NPC Update-1 podcast looks at government censorship in the 21st Century

August 12, 2014 | By Bill McCloskey |

The White House Aug. 10 responded to a July 8 letter from journalism organizations and open-government groups urging President Barack Obama to honor his pledge for openness by relaxing the control federal agency public information officers have over reporter access to federal-government newsmakers.

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This Week in National Press Club History: John Denver makes news at Club

August 11, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

This Week In National Press Club History

August 11, 1971: Joe Frazier appears at a National Press Club Luncheon not long after his successful defense of the world heavyweight title, defeating Muhammad Ali in the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Burkina Faso President urges further US investment, cooperation after Summit

August 8, 2014 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi |

The leader of one of the poorest countries in the world told a packed Newsmaker event Thursday evening at the National Press Club that greater investment by the U.S. private sector and government cooperation on projects can “show that Africa and America are working together.”

Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré said this week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit only cemented his belief that U.S. cooperation -- not aid -- is needed to create jobs, boost production, and reinforce security in his country and on the African continent as a whole.

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Philanthropist and hip hop artist Akon discusses outcome of inaugural Africa–oriented conference

August 7, 2014 | By Jennifer Ejim |

Akon, a five-time Grammy-nominated hip hop artist and philanthropist, discussed the outcome of the first Africa: New Partnership for Models for Growth Conference and his Akon Lighting Africa initiative at an National Press Club Newsmaker Thursday.

“We always wanted to be in a position where our generation in Africa would be completely different from the average,” Akon said, stressing the importance of opening the communication channels between leaders and the people, since a “team effort” is necessary to accomplish goals envisaged for the “next generation of African Leaders.”

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President Zuma of South Africa highlights country’s progress, seeks economic partnership

August 4, 2014 | By Jennifer Ejim |

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa enumerated the progress achieved by his country in the last 20 years, telling a packed National Press Club Luncheon, Aug. 4 that South Africa has “a really good story to tell” about its democratic rule, while also acknowledging “the really hard road ahead.”

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President of Republic of Congo calls for deeper U.S.-Africa ties

August 1, 2014 | By Ken Dalecki |

President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo called for a renewal of relations between the U.S. and Africa in an address Friday, Aug. 1, at the National Press Club.

Foreshadowing a message he will deliver to President Barack Obama at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington Aug. 4-6, Sassou told a sold-out NPC luncheon that Africa and the U.S. "have ignored each other" for too long.

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A night celebrating courage, talent and some of last year’s top journalism

July 31, 2014 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. and Will Lester |;

A photojournalist jailed for doing his job. Two Associated Press veterans who were attacked. A reporter in Illinois facing fines and jail time for not revealing a source. A young scholarship student announcing he’s an undocumented immigrant.

All these journalists - present and future - shared the common traits of courage, talent and perseverance.

The National Press Club Journalism Awards Dinner on Wednesday, July 30, celebrated their accomplishments and some of the best journalism in the country in 2013.

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Marijuana legalization: Seen as Showdown Between Good Intentions and Misdirections

July 24, 2014 | By David Hodes |

Legalization of marijuana is an issue that has focused the attention of proponents on the failure of the war on drugs, while opponents say that is a misdirection to hide how legalization is really about the rise of a massive new industry being modeled after one of the most destructive legal drugs used by Americans today -- alcohol.

That was the topic of a spirited discussion today at a Newsmaker press conference, “Interpreting smoke signals from the marijuana skirmish line,” held at the National Press Club.

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Drone journalism raises legal, safety, ethical issues

July 24, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Matt Waite, University of Nebraska journalism professor, and attorney Chuck Tobin described at a July 23 National Press Club event the issues that accompany the advantages of using small drone aircraft for journalism.

"Drone journalism is an evolving area," Tobin said, because it involves so many legal, safety and ethical issues.

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