National Press Club

Newsmaker panel sees autism as 2016 election issue

February 18, 2016 | By James Horwitz |

John Donvan and Caren Zucker, authors of the current New York Times bestseller, "In A Different Key: The Story of Autism," described a little-understood voting block that over time has succeeded in getting individuals with autism out of institutions and into schools at a Feb. 17 National Press Club Newsmaker. Next on its list: more support for adults with autism, the authors said.

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GOP policy chair Messer names terror and wage stagnation main challenges

February 16, 2016 | By Bob Weiner and Ben Lasky |

House Republican Policy Chair Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) told a National Press Club Newsmaker Feb. 17 that “the two main challenges” facing the country are the war on terror and wage stagnation.

“We are locked in battle with Islamic extremists who want to destroy us. It is the Cold War of our time,” he said.

He contended that “shrinking paychecks” and “wage stagnation” for low and middle income workers “flat lined” over the past 30 years and are “the driver causing collapse of the American dream.”

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Stiglitz, fellow panelists decry dispute settlement process under TPP, other trade agreements

February 14, 2016 | By Lorna Aldrich |

A panel of experts on trade agreements objected to the dispute settlement mechanism included in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and many other trade agreements at a Newsmaker event Feb. 11.

The enforcement mechanism is called the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). TPP was signed by the United States and 11 other nations this month, but it must be agreed to by Congress, which congressional leaders say may not happen until after the election.

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Author presents story of Afghan lovers fearing honor killing

February 12, 2016 | By Mark Krikorian |

"Without all the publicity, they'd be dead by now." That was the judgment of Club member Rod Nordland about Ali and Zakia, the subjects of his new book, "The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing," which was featured at a National Press Club Book Rap Feb. 10.

The book tells the story of Ali and Zakia, whose relationship was (and remains) dangerous because it crosses ethnic, sectarian and customary boundaries.

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Polish resistance fighter retells story 37 years after first recounting at Post 20

February 12, 2016 | By Ken Dalecki |

Julian Kulski returned as a speaker to the NPC after 37 years Wednesday, Feb. 10, to recount his harrowing experiences as a teen in the Polish resistance army at an open meeting of the Club's American Legion Post 20.

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Episcopal presiding bishop notes Anglican suspension, underlines evangelism and racial reconciliation

February 9, 2016 | By Ufuoma Otu |

Differences in “core doctrine” are at the heart of the three-year suspension of the 1.8-million-member U.S. Episcopal Church, due to its continued support of same-sex marriage, by the 85-million-member world wide Anglican Communion, Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, told a National Press Club Newsmaker audience Feb. 8.

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House Transportation Committee chairman proposes non-profit air traffic control

February 4, 2016 | By Lorna Aldrich |

As chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) is pushing legislation that would create a private non-profit corporation to operate the nation's air traffic control system while leaving safety and certification with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), he told a National Press Club Newsmakers event Feb. 4.

Shuster anticipates holding a hearing on the legislation, the Aviation Innovation Reform and Reauthorization Act, introduced Feb. 2, on Wednesday, Feb. 10 and finalizing the bill in markup Feb. 11.

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National Press Club members tour Washington Post newsroom

February 3, 2016 | By Joan Coyle |

A week before the inauguration of The Washington Post's new headquarters, on Jan. 21, members of the National Press Club toured its new high-tech newsroom, which includes television studios to allow reporters to appear on a number of television shows simultaneously, and produce video for the Post’s website.

Tracy Grant, deputy managing editor for the Post, conducted the tour pointing out the state-of-the-art technology and sharing anecdotes about news stories and the paper.

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Five-part Update-1 social media series concludes on a business note

February 1, 2016 | By Mike Hempen

The fifth and final Update-1 podcast on social media from the National Press Club examines why some companies haven't been as successful as they had hoped.

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Selective Service director sees 50-50 chance for women draft registration

January 29, 2016 | By Ken Dalecki and Ufuoma Otu

There is a 50-50 chance that women will be required to register for a possible military draft now that they are allowed to serve in all combat roles, Lawrence G. Romo, director of the Selective Service System (SSS), told a National Press Club Newsmaker audience Jan. 29.

“There has been no change in the Military Selective Service Act to require [women] to register [with SSS], or be subject to a future military draft," Romo said.

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