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

April 18, 2016 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

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 |

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 |

“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 |>

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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Timeless essentials of foreign reporting are key amid changes wrought by technology, says panel

March 30, 2016 | By Lorna Aldrich |

A panel on foreign correspondents, appearing at a National Press Club Foreign Correspondents Committee event March 29, emphasized the importance of timeless essentials of foreign reporting amid the changes wrought by technology.

Giovanna Dell’Orto, a former AP reporter and current associate professor at the University of Minnesota, summarized the results of interviewing 61 Associated Press reporters for her recent book “AP Foreign Correspondents in Action: World War II to the Present.”

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Latin America journalists tell how governments, cartels block their investigative stories

March 24, 2016 | By Kristin Szremski |

A mayor’s chauffer who was also a straw man for illicit arms deals . . . A corrupt government investigating itself . . . A military that also traffics in weapons with a drug cartel . . .

All great subjects for stories that could serve to hold officials accountable and inform a public struggling toward more democratic societies. But first they’d have to see the light of day.

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