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This Week in National Press Club History: Anwar Sadat talks Israeli peace

February 4, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

FEB. 6, 1978: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat outlines his negotiating positions about normalization of relations with Israel and the status of the Palestinian territories at a Club Luncheon shortly after peace talks at Camp David with President Jimmy Carter. King Hussein of Jordan, prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, have also spoken at Club Luncheons about long-standing crises in the Middle East.

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Returning to Club March 28: Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys

February 3, 2014 | By Allyson Cannon |

Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys, who have been wowing audiences for more than 40 years with bluegrass, old-time mountain music, will return to the National Press Club for a 50th anniversary show on Friday, March 28.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with show time at 7:30 p.m. To order tickets, click here.

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Latest NPC podcast features Pete Seeger’s 1998 Luncheon appearance

February 3, 2014 | By Mike Hempen |

In the latest edition of “Update-1,” the National Press Club podcast, former Club President Doug Harbrecht remembers the NPC Luncheon he hosted Feb. 10, 1998, featuring music legend Pete Seeger.

Harbrecht, who was president at the time, introduced Seeger. During the Luncheon, the folk music/activist icon, who died at age 94 on Jan. 17, spoke about why he felt America needed small organizations of committed citizens to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. He also performed several songs.

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Andrea McCarren to teach online, on-camera skills at advanced media training class Feb. 8

February 2, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

National Press Club member Andrea McCarren, a veteran multimedia journalist and 15-time Emmy Award-winner, will offer an advanced media training class in the NPC Broadcast Center on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m.-noon. The hands-on workshop is for anyone who wants to improve his or her presentation skills on-camera or online.

Through practice interviews, you’ll learn:

- How to craft and deliver meaningful soundbites

- How to be more comfortable and confident on-camera

- What to wear and what not to wear

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Don't tarry to order tickets for Diana Gabaldon Book Rap; they're going fast

February 1, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The National Press Club Book Rap with popular author Diana Gabaldon, scheduled for Wednesday, June 18, may be several months off away, but you need to act fast to ensure you'll get a ticket. Fewer than 100 remain, and they're selling fast.

Gabaldon, author of the top-selling Outlander series of novels, plans to discuss the next book in the series, "Written in My Own Heart’s Blood," on June 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. A book signing will follow the discussion.

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Fourth Estate misses Groundhog Day, but will offer 'Jazz Night' celebration Feb. 5

January 30, 2014 | By Susan Delbert |

Much as the Fourth Estate restaurant would love to celebrate Groundhog Day, the informal Feb. 2 holiday unfortunately falls on a Sunday this year. Instead, the restaurant will celebrate jazz -- with its usual, first-Wednesday-of-every-month "Jazz Night" next Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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NY Times columnist Tom Friedman is guest on next Kalb Report Feb. 10

January 30, 2014 | By Gilbert Klein |

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman will join host Marvin Kalb Monday, Feb. 10, to talk about the intersection of national security and personal freedom. With the fallout from Edward Snowden’s massive leaks about NSA surveillance reverberating around the world, the appearance of the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner comes at a critical moment.

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Energy Secretary Moniz slated as Club Luncheon speaker Feb. 19

January 30, 2014 | By Rod Kuckro |

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is wrestling with the challenges posed by unprecedented domestic supplies of energy and the demands in some quarters to push for more exports.

He will address that issue and others at a National Press Club Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $22 for Club members (NPC members may purchase two tickets at this rate) and $36 for non-member tickets.

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Parents, grandparents: Special event for your best young readers featuring Irish author, Feb. 22

January 29, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Irish author and engaging storyteller Lara O’Brien will read from her children’s book, “Chesca and the Spirit of Grace,” at a book event at the National Press Club geared to children ages 6 to 12 on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m.

O’Brien will answer questions, tell tales of Ireland’s most famous Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley, and sign books following the reading.

This is a ticketed event and registration is required. Tickets are $5 for NPC members; $10 public. Children are admitted free with an adult.

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What's next in Obamacare? Panel to debate at Newsmaker Feb. 3

January 29, 2014 | By Herb Perone |

An expert panel of regulators, industry voices and advocates will debate what is still to come under national health reform — and what should happen next -- at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference Monday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room.

While the Affordable Care Act exchanges, online marketplaces for health insurance, are mostly up and running, issues from Medicaid expansion to the Health Insurance Tax and beyond will be in focus in Congress, in the states and on the campaign trail in 2014 and 2016. Panelists examining these issues will be:

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