National Press Club

Eleanor Herman debuts her biography of 'King Peggy' at the National Press Club

February 23, 2012 | By Jan King |

The National Press Club experienced a unique treat on Feb. 22nd, with the world debut of best-selling author, Eleanor Herman's King Peggy at a NPC Book Rap and a fascinating talk given by the King, herself.

Peggielene Bartels, the Ghanian Embassy secretary who was enstooled in 2008 as "King Peggy" of Otuam, Ghana, was impressively drummed into the ballroom accompanied by 10 African kings.

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Danica Patrick tells NPC many can win Daytona 500, promises 'her best' in debut

February 21, 2012 | By William Miller |

Danica Patrick, America’s auto racing sweetheart, warned a National Press Club luncheon audience Feb. 21 not to “set expectations too high” as she prepares for her first appearance in the Daytona 500 stock car race Feb. 26 and debut in NASCAR’s top-level Sprint Cup series.

Patrick, the 5 ft., 2 in., 100 lb., driver, who parlayed her record as the most successful woman in the open-wheel IndyCar circuit into fame as a model and corporate spokeswoman, made clear that she is out to win.

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Thurston discusses 'How to be Black' at NPC Book Rap

February 15, 2012 | By Jeffrey King |

Baratunde Thurston of Jack and Jill Politics and The Onion, discussed his satrical book, "How to be Black," at a National Press Club Book Rap, Feb. 13.

Before a very large multi-racial crowd, Thurston spoke about his 30-plus years of being black. He talked about his family background in a bad neighborhood in the District of Columbia. There was much laughter as he talked about "How to be the Black friend," "How to speak for all Black people," and "How to celebrate Black History Month."

However, not all of Thurston's youth was happy. His father was a murder victim.

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Lauder claims perception of lack of U.S. support for Israel at NPC Newsmaker event

February 15, 2012 | By Jamie Horowitz |

In his remarks at a National Press Club Newsmaker newsconference Feb.13, Ambassador Ron Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, compared the United States' relationship with Israel to a big brother watching over a little brother on a rough playground. In Lauder’s scenario, the big brother goes inside to get a glass of water and whispers to the neighborhood bullies: “Don’t beat him up too much while I’m gone.”

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Ambassador of Nepal thanks Press Club for embassy night event

February 14, 2012 | By Shankar Prasad Sharma

Editors Note: The National Press Club held an Embassy Night at the Embassy of Nepal on Feb. 9. Two stories have appeared on line regarding the event and can be found at (published in Nepal) and (published in DC). Additionally, Shankar Prasad Sharma, ambassador of Nepal, sent the National Press Club the following open letter:

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CSIS scholars say U.S. foreign policy shifting to Asia

February 13, 2012 | By Robert Webb |

Three Scholars from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) agreed at a Feb. 13 National Press Club Newsmaker news conference that U.S. major foreign-policy concerns are now in Asia and focused on India and China rather than the Middle East.

"Defense policy has shifted to Asia with our existing alliances of strategic value," said Ernest Bower, senior advisor and director of the CSIS Southeast Asia Program and Pacific Partners initiative.

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San Diego ballot could ignite shift in public employee pension plans

February 13, 2012 | By Terry Hill |

If San Diego voters approve a June ballot initiative to end guaranteed pension benefits for newly-hired city employees and offer a 401(k) type retirement plan instead, other cities may soon begin adopting similar approaches, Mayor Jerry Sanders predicted Feb. 13 during a National Press Club newsmaker conference.

The initiative, expected to draw strong labor union opposition, is being managed as a citizen-run project and funded through private contributions.

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State AGs Coakley, Cuccinelli lay out opposing cases in Supreme Court health warmup

February 9, 2012 | By Bob Weiner |

In a vigorous NPC Newsmaker debate Thursday on the Affordable Health Care Act’s constitutionality, Republican Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli said the health bill’s mandate “crushes liberty.”

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, countered that “We don’t leave people at the ER door unless we change the slogan to ‘Live Free and Die.’”

The debate was a preamble to the Supreme Court’s upcoming March consideration of the Affordable Health Care Act case.

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China adamant against nukes for Iran, shutdown of Straits, Consultant Fenning Says

February 7, 2012 | By Robert Webb |

Richard Fenning, chief executive officer of a consultancy that helps companies manage risks in hostile environments, said at a February 7 Newsmaker that Israel’s threat to attack Iran due to its nuclear development efforts and Iran’s serious warning to block the Straits of Hormuz is unlikely as it would have severe repercussions.

“There is tension in Israel on how to behave,'' Fenning said at the National Press Club. ``It has the ability to threaten to attack." He added "the whole region is jittery," because one mistake could cause the whole situation to escalate.

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Norman Rockwell painting on way back to NPC after national tour

February 2, 2012 | By Julie Schoo |

The NPC’s beloved painting, “Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor,” is on its way home after spending the past year traveling to Brooklyn, N.Y., El Paso, Texas, Stockbridge, Mass., and Rochester, N.Y.

The painting was part of the highly popular exhibit, “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera,” sponsored by the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. The exhibit, which offered new perspectives on Rockwell’s creative process and his intensive use of photography, was greatly enriched by the inclusion of NPC's “Country Editor,” and it was viewed by thousands of people at each venue.

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