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Author of “My First Coup d’Etat” charms audience at National Press Club

July 13, 2012 | By C. Naseer Ahmad | cnaseerahmad@yahoo.com

John Dramani Mahama, vice President of Ghana, described his country's lost decade with moving personal stories in a discussion of his memoir, "My First Coup D'Etat," at a National Press Club Book and Author event Thursday.

“Ghana’s independence triggered hope," he said. But those hopes were dashed by what is known as “lost decades," a period of turmoil with frequent, bloody upheavals and the overthrow Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, he said.

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USS Cole commander gives gripping account of Al Qaeda suicide attack

July 11, 2012 | By Gregory Page | Gregory.Page@usdoj.gov

"Before 9/11, there was 10/12," U.S. Navy Commander (ret.) Kirk Lippold told a National Press Club audience at a July 10 discussion of his book, "Front Burner: Al Qaeda's Attack on the USS Cole."

Lippold, former commander of the guided missile destroyer USS Cole, gave a gripping account of of Al Qaeda’s Oct. 12, 2000 suicide attack on his ship, 11 months before Al Qaeda attacked New York and Washington.

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Bloomberg News, Arizona Republic, Associated Press, WGBH-TV among Press Club winners

July 6, 2012 | By Will Lester | WJLester@aol.com

Bloomberg News won a top award for political analysis for its examination of Super PACS, while The Arizona Republic and The Associated Press shared the honors for the Club's first breaking news award for print in the 2012 National Press Club journalism competition.

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Interventions can halt spread of violence, CeaseFire director says

July 3, 2012 | By Mike Smith | BHGMike@aol.com

Societal violence behaves like a contagious disease, but can be prevented and curbed with intervention, panelists from CeaseFire and the American Islamic Congress said at at a National Press Club Newsmaker June 28.

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National Press Club offers condolences on death of NPC scholarship winner Armando Montano, 22

July 2, 2012 | By Andrea Snyder | ASnyder5@bloomberg.net

The National Press Club is saddened to learn of the untimely death of Armando Montano, the recipient of the club's Ellen Masin Persina scholarship in 2008. He was 22.

``We remember Armando as a vibrant young man with so much promise,'' said National Press Club President Theresa Werner. ``We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.''

Armando used his scholarship to study at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

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National Press Club Newsmaker explores health care landscape following Supreme Court ruling

July 2, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

As the dust settled following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, panelists at a June 29 National Press Club Newsmaker said some consumer confusion is sure to follow and cautioned that the legal wrangling may not be over.

A representative from a community-based health care provider and an integrated health care insurer both expressed relief that the law was upheld, but Jenny Englerth, executive director and chief executive officer of Family First Health in Central Pennsylvania, said consumers are going to be confused.

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OECD report urges US action on income inequality and innovation

June 26, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

It is important for the United States to reduce its income inequality and increase its innovation, said Richard Boucher, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in introducing the organization's biennial survey of the U.S. economy at a National Press Club Newsmaker June 26

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NPC softball team repeats as division champion

June 24, 2012 | By John Domen | johndomen@verizon.net

The National Press Club's softball team did it again!

The Club's softballers capped their regular season in the Metropolitan Media Softball League by winning their second consecutive Layhill Division title, and third in four years.

The coed team will be the sixth seed when it takes its seven-game winning streak into the playoffs, which begin Saturday, July 14. The team's first opponent will be Comcast Sports Net.

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NPC strikes gold at New York Festivals radio awards

June 21, 2012 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@me.com

"The Kalb Report" and "This Just In!" -- two of the National Press Club’s premier programs produced in partnership with The George Washington University Global Media Institute -- won top honors with Gold World Medals at the 2012 New York Festivals International Radio Awards competition.

In addition, "The Kalb Report" program commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11 received an overall Grand Award at the gala held in Manhattan on June 18.

The two shows competed with hundreds of radio broadcast entries submitted from 28 countries to win the top honors.

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U.N. spokesman: One in four Afghans is a returning refugee

June 20, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Khaled Hosseini, best-selling author of "Kite Runner" and spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said that the 5.7 million refugees who have returned to Afghanistan since 2002 constitute a quarter of the country's population.

Hosseini, an Afghan refugee to the United States at age 15, spoke at a June 20 Newsmaker event.

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