National Press Club

Nacchio, at NPC Newsmaker, warns of NSA overreach on phone records

August 2, 2015 | By Mike Smith |

Joseph P. Nacchio, the former chairman and CEO of Qwest Communications International and convicted felon on insider trading who spent 72 months in federal prison (and forfeited $62 million), warned that the newly passed USA Freedom Act doesn't go far enough to rein in National Security Agency scrutiny of Americans’ digital and phone records.

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African diplomats express satisfaction with African Growth and Opportunity Act reauthorization

July 29, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejim |

The ambassador of Gabon, Michael Moussa-Adamo, told a National Press Club Newsmaker on July 28 that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was “an outstanding example of a trade law that has generated success in the long term.”

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Washington Post, Rezaian family petition UN to free jailed journalism Jason Rezaian

July 23, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

The Washington Post disclosed Wednesday at a National Press Club Newsmaker on the first anniversary of Iran's detention of journalist Jason Rezaian that it has petitioned the United Nations to take "urgent action" to get Rezaian's release.

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LA mayor pledges national movement against immigration deadlock

July 16, 2015 | By Bob Weiner and Autumn Kelly |

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told a National Press Club Newsmaker on Wednesday that he “will lead a national movement by cities against immigration deadlock” in Congress.

Garcetti, who leads the nation's second largest city, said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also support such a movement. Garcetti criticized Congress'failure to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

“We need a pathway to integration, a return to what we are about,” Garcetti said.

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NPC member Tom Young raps about latest Parson/Gold adventure

July 15, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Author Tom Young is leaving Michael Parson and Sophia Gold, the central characters in his six-book military-thriller series, to write a historical novel set in World War II, he told a National Press Club Book Rap Tuesday.

The beloved duo made their latest appearance in the last book in the series, "The Hunters," but fans of Parson and Gold can hope that Young may someday return to writing about them since he hinted they may be only on a hiatus.

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Luxembourg's ambassador shares priorities for EU presidency

July 12, 2015 | By Peter Hickman |

As president of the Council of the 28-nation European Union, Luxembourg intends to focus on stimulating Europe's economy, Ambassador Jean-Louis Wolzfeld of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg told a July 10 Newsmaker.

Luxembourg began its six-month presidency on July 1.

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Washington Caps Coach: New roster additions fan hopes for playoff breakthrough

July 8, 2015 | By William Miller |

Fans of the Washington Capitals, frustrated in recent years over the team’s failure to advance beyond the early rounds of the National Hockey League playoffs, can hope for better things during the 2015-2016 season, Coach Barry Trotz intimated during a National Press Club luncheon speech July 8.

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New Club Podcast Offers Advice for Communicators for Nonprofits

July 7, 2015 | By Shannon Fisher |

National Press Club members Shannon Fisher and Lisa Matthews discuss communications strategies for nonprofit organizations in the latest episode of Update-1, the Club's podcast. As vice president at Hager Sharp, a public relations firm representing mostly nonprofit clients, Matthews has a unique and well-rounded perspective on the topic. Prior to joining Hager Sharp, she was on the receiving end of nonprofit communications as a planning editor and assignment manager for The Associated Press.

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Mr. Perry Comes to Washington

July 2, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

With a few mild zingers Rick Perry told a National Press Club luncheon Thursday that what distinguishes him from the other Republican presidential candidates is that he is the only one with line military as well as executive experience.

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Cuba’s Minister of Public Health Discusses Cuba’s Progress in STD Treatment and Prevention

July 2, 2015 | By Galen Tan |

Dr. Roberto Morales, Cuba’s Minister of Public Health, discussed his country’s progress in sexually transmitted disease (STD) treatment and prevention at a National Press Club Newsmaker on Wednesday.

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