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Media suppression growing in Latin America, report publishers from Ecuador, Venezuela

December 2, 2014 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Two publishers from Ecuador and Venezuela said Tuesday that there is suppression of the media in their countries and one warned that it is spreading into other Latin American nations “like an epidemic.”

Miguel Henrique Otera, owner and publisher of El Nacional in Venezuela, said that in a 14 year period there had been more than 1,400 assaults on his newspaper and staff. One person who was arrested — and identified by authorities as acting “spontaneously” — served a mere one hour in jail.

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Life of political reporter and educator Mike Shanahan to be celebrated Dec. 6

November 25, 2014 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

A celebration of the life of Michael Shanahan, a reporter and educator, will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. No reservations are necessary. For more information, see

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Focus fight against Ebola in Africa, Fauci tells Club Luncheon

November 25, 2014 | By Varun Saxena |

The battle against Ebola should be waged in western Africa, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a Club Luncheon Nov. 21.

The battle against Ebola is making progress there, especially in Liberia, where the number of new cases is coming down, thanks in part to the efforts of the U.S. military to build new hospitals in the region.

“Just because numbers are going down in a particular country is no reason to think that we have won this battle,” Fauci said. “The downtick in numbers has not diminished at all our efforts.”

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Schumer says Democrats should "embrace government"

November 25, 2014 | By Robert Weiner and Evan Baumel |,

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, called on Democrats to “embrace government, not run away from it” at a Club Newsmaker Nov. 25.

“The nation is on the edge of a crisis” as the middle class continues to suffer from weak wage growth," he said. "If wage deterioration continues, “we will have a fundamentally different country, a sour, angry country where people no longer get along.”

People are looking for a party that “offers positive and concrete solutions,” but do not want “to be disappointed each time,” he said.

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Club's 37th annual book fair draws more than 100 authors

November 23, 2014 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

More than 100 authors signed books and greeted Club members and the general public at the 37th annual Press Club Book Fair and Authors Night Nov. 18.

The annual event drew authors writing about nature, politics, history and food, as well as those who have written cook books and books for children.

“This year’s Book Fair and Authors Night demonstrated why the National Press Club is so very special, with more than 100 authors taking part and whose books covered a wide range of topics including the whole political spectrum,” Club President Myron Belkind said.

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Vietnam still casts shadow over U.S. foreign policy, Kalb says

November 23, 2014 | By Ken Dalecki |

From the fall of Saigon in 1975 right up to President Barack Obama’s decision to send U.S. troops to attack ISIS, the Vietnam War has hovered over American foreign and defense policy, legendary CBS foreign correspondent Marvin Kalb told a Club event Nov. 20.

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Upcoming production of Swan Lake is subject of Nov. 18 Newsmaker

November 20, 2014 | By Jennifer Ejim |

Ballerina Misty Copeland said at a Club Newsmaker Nov. 18 that she never saw herself playing the role of Odette in Swan Lake due to what she called a “stereotype" of what the character should looks like.

Copeland, an American Ballet Theatre soloist, will make her U.S. premiere in the April 2015 debut of Swan Lake, a collaborative effort between the Washington Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Evermay Chamber Orchestra.

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Club caps international year by honoring South African ambassador

November 20, 2014 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool received a top Club award Nov. 19 at an event that highlighted President Myron Belkind’s effort to make the organization a hub of international activity.

Belkind took over as the Club’s leader in January, promising to pursue an international theme in programming during his tenure.

The International Cultural Evening featured performances by dancers and musicians from Asia, Africa, India, the Middle East, Russia, the Caribbean and Latin America before more than 300 people, including diplomats from around the world.

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Lincoln and Truman also used the executive power Obama claims on immigration, Clyburn says

November 20, 2014 | By Bob Weiner and Evan Baumel |

President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration relies on the same powers previously exercised by such chief executives as Abraham Lincoln and Harry S Truman, the No. 3 House Democrat told a Club Newsmaker Nov. 20

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NRC chair looks to future challenges

November 19, 2014 | By Galen Tan |

Nuclear Regulatory Commission chair Allison Marfarlane told a Club Luncheon Nov. 17 that new regulations were needed to better ensure nuclear power safety, including those surrounding spent fuel storage, transportation, disposal; and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

She also said the commission needed to work with foreign countries, sharing its expertise to make sure those plants were safe.

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