National Press Club

Sequestration's Impact Felt by Defense Industry, Newsmaker Panel Says

May 21, 2013 | By Monica Coleman and Richard Alan Coleman Jr. |

Defense contractors are having a tough time under sequestration, the automatic across-the-board spending cuts that took effect when President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans couldn't agree on an alternative.

That's according to a panel of industry chief executive officers at a Club Newsmaker May 16.

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Meat Lovers' Dinner on Tap for May 21

May 19, 2013 | By Susan Delbert |

A multi-course dinner with certified Angus beef dinner and paired wines from Rodney Strong is on tap at the Fourth Estate restaurant on Tuesday, May 21.

The meal will feature beef-focused hors d'oeuvres, including beef satay and flatiron steak. Four beef-themed courses include a soup, a grilled Certified Angus Hanger steak salad, a surf and turf course, and as a main dish, the king of beef, a certified Angus prime rib.

Each course will be paired with an appropriate wine from Strong, a renowned Sonoma County winemaker whose bold reds are the perfect match for great beef.

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This Week in National Press Club History

May 19, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

May 21, 1985: After 33 months of reconstruction, a dedication ceremony for the completely renovated National Press Building is celebrated, nearly six decades after the original building cornerstone was laid in 1926. Two time capsules full of Club momentoes are placed behind a new cornerstone next to the old one, and both are encased in the lobby wall next to the building’s main entrance on 14th Street NW.

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Did You Know? Free Parking Available When Members Dine at the Club

May 19, 2013 | By Sarahanne Driggs |

All members of the National Press Club receive complimentary evening and weekend parking at the PMI garage on G Street when they dine at the Reliable Source or Fourth Estate restaurants. Members who are using any of the other Club facilities at night or on Saturday can purchase a discounted parking sticker for $5 at the front desk.

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Press Club Softball Team Sweeps Another Doubleheader

May 19, 2013 | By John Domen |

The National Press Club softball team enters the Memorial Day weekend with a 7-1 record at the halfway point of the Metropolitan Media Softball League season after beating C-SPAN, 13-1, and Bloomberg, 21-9.

In game one, Jim Seminara went 4 for 4 with two triples and two homers, while Mike Young and Jim Rubin each added three hits. Erika Sikes, making her 2013 debut, also had two hits and two runs in the game.

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Free Tickets Available for Julian Assange Movie on May 21

May 16, 2013 | By Allyson Cannon, Recruitment Manager |

Members are invited to attend a special screening of Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s “We Steal Secrets: The story of Wiki-Leaks” at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street, N.W. The entrance is on E Street between 10th and 11th St., Located one block from Metro's Metro Center Station and four blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Station.

The film highlights the story of Julian Assange and the controversial details of one of the most nororious security breaches in U.S. history.

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Wednesday: Aid Worker to Tell Story of Being Kidnapped by Somali pirates

May 16, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm will discuss their book "Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six" at 6:30 Wednesday in the Conference Rooms. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Registration is required at by clicking here. This event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute and tickets are free for Club members and $5 for the general public.

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Meat and wine lovers rejoice! Multi-course dinner, Tuesday at Fourth Estate

May 15, 2013 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

May 21 will be a meat-lover's dream at the National Press Club's Fourth Estate restaurant.

Enjoy a multi-course Certified Angus Beef dinner with paired wines from Rodney Strong.
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The meal will feature beef-focused hors d'oeuvres including beef satay and flatiron steak. Four beef-themed courses include a soup, a grilled Certified Angus Hanger steak salad, a surf and turf course and the as a main dish, the King of Beef: a certified Angus Prime Rib.

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NPC Luncheon: Gerald R. Ford Journalism Awards Featuring Rep. Fred Upton & David Gergen June 3

May 14, 2013 | By Jennifer Schonberger |

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN, will be the featured speakers at the 26th annual Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation journalism awards luncheon, hosted by the National Press Club at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3.

The Ford Presidential Foundation will honor the winners of its annual contest for coverage of the presidency and for coverage of national defense issues. John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for Slate and political director of CBS News, won the prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency.

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Social TV of Today and Tomorrow To Be Explored Tuesday

May 14, 2013

In this age of dual screens, watching a Twitter feed during a live broadcast can be as important an event as the broadcast itself. Networks are even building social-driven audience interaction directly into their programs, allowing audiences to engage with characters.

From Oreo’s “You can still dunk in the dark” Super Bowl ad to the real-time audience participation in "American Idol," social channels are enhancing the narrative of live events, and in many cases, grabbing the headlines.

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