National Press Club

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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IRS Commissioner Koskinen emphasizes agency’s dedication to taxpayers at luncheon

March 24, 2016 | By Talia Schmidt |

It’s no secret that most Americans despise the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), its commissioner, John Koskinen, acknowledged in a National Press Club luncheon speech March 24 within days of the nation's April 18 income tax filing deadline.

But taxes are the prices citizens pay for a civilized society, Koskinen reminded, quoting legendary former Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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Group announces plan at Newsmaker to recruit millennials to run for office in November

March 23, 2016 | By John Celock |

Laquan Austion, CEO of a new political organization, Action for America outlined at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference March 22 a bipartisan effort to recruit 100 members of the millennial generation to seek state and local political office in the coming election.

“America needs a vibrant political movement for the 21st Century,” said Austion. “Not one that tells people to wait in line.”

The initiative seeks to unite candidates behind a 10-point program of new ideas
for the United States, Austion said.

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Expert panel expects rising tension in the South China Sea

March 21, 2016 | By Lorna Aldrich |

A panel of experts on Asian and maritime issues predicted to a March 21 National Press Club Newsmaker audience that tension in the South China Sea will increase after an international court ruling expected in the next few months.

China has claimed large areas of the South Chinese Sea, including the Spratly Islands also claimed by the Philippines, which has sued under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Gregory Poling of the Center for Strategic and International Studies explained.

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NAACP President Cornell Brooks sharply criticizes voter suppression

March 19, 2016 | By Jesse Rifkin |

NAACP President Cornell Brooks sharply criticized voter identification laws and other methods of voter suppression in a speech Friday at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference.

Brooks called voting a “civic sacrament in the temple of democracy,” but noted 2016 is the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act.

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