National Press Club

Freelancers tell tales of high danger and low pay at Club conference

April 23, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Freelancers and groups supporting them told a Club audience Thursday of the dangers and lack of preparation in their international reporting, often at low pay.

The morning-long conference, "Freelancers at Risk: Photojournalism and the Call for Global Safety Practices," was sponsored by the Club's Journalism Institute along with the Investigative Reporting Workshop and the Committee to Protect journalists. One of the guests was Diane Foley, whose son, freelance journalist James Foley, was captured while covering the Syria civil war and beheaded last August.

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Video games are learning tools, according to a Club Newsmaker event

April 23, 2015 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Highly sophisticated video games based on educational research, closely tied to curriculum and supported by federal funding are significantly changing the way millions of students learn, according to education experts who addressed a Club Newsmaker on April 16.

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U.S, lawmaker calls for legalizing medical marijuana

April 22, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejim |

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) called for the federal legalization of therapeutic hemp and cannabidol at a federal level at a Club Newsmaker event April 22.

Perry said this would provide access to the drug, which he said could reduce the duration and length of seizures in children and adults with epilepsy and other related disorders.

He said his proposed bill “in no way federally legalizes or allows for the recreational use of marijuana.”

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At Book Rap, Paulson urges Congress to pass fast-track trade legislaton

April 20, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Congress should pass fast-track trade legislation, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told a Club Book Rap April 17.

Also known as trade promotion authority, the legislation would allow the president to negotiate trade deals that are submitted to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments.

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UN chief calls for ceasefire in Yemen, announces trip to Vatican

April 16, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a ceasefire in Yemen Thursday night in an address to the National Press Club and announced he will go to the Vatican this month to further his long concern about climate change and the environment.

Yemen and climate change were only two of the world's hot spots Ban said had led a colleague to remark that "never had he seen a period like this one at once."

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Clinton's use of personal email violated public record rules, panel says

April 9, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejim |

The use of a personal email account by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while “stunning,” is just one example of high-level public officials violating public record rules, Patrice McDermott, director of said Thursday at National Press Club Newsmaker.

McDermott, one of four panelists who discussed issues arising from Clinton's use of a private server for email communications during her tenure as Secretary of State, said such practices extended to every post-Internet administration and encompassed electronic records as well as email.

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Embassies tap social media, traditional media to get their messages out

April 9, 2015 | By Aisha Chowdhry |

Embassies in the United States are tapping social media as well as traditional media to get their messages to policy makers in the United States and across the globe, a panel of press attaches from Austria, Mexico, Sweden and Ecuador said Wednesday at the National Press Club.

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Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls for Muslim reformation

April 7, 2015 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi

Political upheaval and terrorist violence in the Middle East and Africa signals the need for “reformation” of the Islamic faith, Somali-born author and Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali said Tuesday at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon.

Ali, a former Muslim who once urged Muslims to abandon their faith, said she now believes such an "exodus from Islam" is no longer viable. Instead, her latest book, "Heretic," describes how the religion’s teachings promote warfare, sectarianism, and oppression, and outlines a five-point plan to amend Islam.

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Budget cuts crimp IRS ability to respond to taxpayer calls, commissioner reports

April 1, 2015 | By Robert E. Webb |

As if his listeners didn’t know, IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen reminded a March 31 National Press Club luncheon audience that Tax Day – April 15 – will soon be here and it’s time to get their taxes done. But, he said, “if you can’t make the deadline, you can file for a six-month extension.”

Unfortunately, though, they may have trouble getting help from IRS in completing their returns. Funding cuts, he said, has cut the agency’s response rate to telephone calls from taxpayers.

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Outgoing FDA commissioner: Regulation, when done right, 'not a roadblock'

March 28, 2015 | By Varun Saxena |

U.S. Food & Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg forcefully defended food and drug regulations at a National Press Club luncheon March 27, in her last formal public remarks before her April 3 retirement as the head of the federal agency that oversees products accounting for one-fourth of all U.S. consumer spending.

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