National Press Club

Kalb Report: Judy Woodruff explains challenges of covering Trump’s unique campaign

April 21, 2016 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Donald Trump is posing a major conundrum for the news media that is trying to figure out how to cover him, Judy Woodruff, co-anchor of the NewsHour on PBS, told host Marvin Kalb Wednesday night.

“He is by definition a non-politician,” Woodruff said on the Press Club’s The Kalb Report. “So we’ve struggled to figure out how do you cover somebody who is so outspoken, who doesn't care what the Republican establishment thinks of him, takes on the news media directly, uses language that we sometimes can’t repeat on television.”

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Amb. DeTrani sees N. Korea, cyber attacks as top U.S. security challenges

April 21, 2016 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

North Korea poses the "most serious" security threat facing the U.S. and its allies, Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, president of the Daniel Morgan Academy, told a packed audience at an April 21 meeting of the NPC's American Legion Post 20.

DeTrani, a former president of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and high-ranking CIA official, gave a sweeping tour of security challenges facing the nation.

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Commerce Secretary Pritzker defends Trans-Pacific trade pact at NPC luncheon

April 18, 2016 | By Lawrence Feinberg | lfeinber@gmail.com

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, strongly defending the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, predicted it would be ratified by Congress this year despite criticism from the leading contenders for both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.

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Women of the Senate inspire author to research, write book about female influence

April 14, 2016 | By Gabby LaVerghetta | gabby@smoottewes.com

Jay Newton-Small, Washington correspondent for Time Magazine, was inspired to her write Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works after writing a story about the women of the Senate coming together to end the federal-government shutdown of 2013, she told a National Press Club Book Rap April 13.

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Academy Award Winner Arquette discusses gender pay inequality at NPC Newsmaker

April 13, 2016 | By Louise D. Walsh | ldwalsh@earthlink.net

“Women in the United States of America are paid less than men in 98 percent of all industries,” said Academy Award-winner Patricia Arquette at a Newsmaker press conference at the National Press Club April 12. “This is not just an entertainment-industry problem. This is a disgrace. It’s a hidden, national gender and race tax that women shouldn’t have to pay.”

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Panelists examine H-1B abuse during National Press Club Newsmaker

April 12, 2016 | By Louise Walsh | ldwalsh@earthlink.net>

A Jamaican-born fashion model plans to refile her lawsuit against Trump Model Management arguing that she was paid only $3,380 in three years instead of the "promised" $75,000 annual wage, her attorney told a National Press Club Newsmaker April 8.

"It shocked my conscience," said Naresh M. Gehi about the treatment of his client, Alexis Palmer. "We are not giving up," said the New York-based immigration lawyer who is refiling the case with the Department of Labor in New York.

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Update-1 podcast explores space news

April 4, 2016 | By Adam Konowe | adam.konowe@tmpgovernment.com

Update-1, the National Press Club’s podcast, revisits space industry news in light of recent developments at NASA, within the burgeoning private sector, and among international competitors.

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Not an April Fools joke: Fire alarm disrupts Book Rap, Taco Night

April 4, 2016 | By Wire Staff Report

The National Press Club's Taco Night and a Book Rap were disrupted on April 1, but it wasn't an April Fools joke.

The Press Club was cleared out around 7:15 p.m. due to a fire alarm in the National Press Building. The origin of the emergency was not immediately clear.

The commotion brought a halt to a Book Rap featuring CNN security analyst Peter Bergen. That event's audience of about 35 people as well as dozens of Taco Night attendees made their way downstairs and out to the 14th St. sidewalk to wait for authorities to evaluate the situation.

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Determining homegrown terrorism 'who' easier than 'why,' CNN analyst tells Book Rap

April 2, 2016 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

CNN security analyst Peter Bergen knows who becomes the typical homegrown jihadi terrorist but has not figured out the more complicated part of the puzzle -- why.

“The average age is 29, a third of these people are married, a third of these people have kids, their average incomes are similar to the average incomes of average Americans," Bergen told a National Press Club Book Rap April 1.

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Jim Lehrer: There's always got to be a program like NewsHour on television

March 30, 2016 | By Bill McCloskey | bmcclos325@aol.com

After years of not expressing opinions on air, retired PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer pronounced the 2016 presidential campaign "unsettling" at an event hosted by the National Press Club’s Broadcast Committee March 29.

"To be a journalist, you have to be an optimist. You have to believe there is a solution," he told a dinner group. This cycle, he's not so optimistic. "I thought it was all going to go away," he said.

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