National Press Club

Ideological foes Nader, Norquist spar, but sometimes agree at NPC luncheon

September 4, 2014 | By Wes Pippert |

Two unlikely colleagues -- consumer advocate Ralph Nader and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist -- said they agree on many things but continued to disagree over campaign finance and governmental regulation in a joint appearance at a National Press Club luncheon Sept. 4.

“We can win on things we agree on,” Nader said.

Nader also had sharp criticism of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Clintons' relationship with Wall Street.

“The two parties are one corporate party with two heads,” Nader said. “The Democrats are worse than the Republicans.

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'Tank Man,' Tiananmen Square crackdown erased from Chinese history, NPR correspondent reports at Book Rap

September 1, 2014 | By Mark Krikorian |

Tank Man.

"Iconic" is an overused word, but it fits the image of a man standing before a column of tanks in Beijing in June 1989. That man, now commonly known as “Tank Man,” has come to represent the protests centered on Tiananmen Square that were brutally suppressed by the Chinese army. The photograph is so widely recognized in the West that it's been referenced in political cartoons, the Simpsons, and even a Chick-fil-A commercial.

And yet the overwhelming majority of young Chinese are completely unfamiliar with it.

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Beef up immigration courts, judges urge at Newsmaker

August 27, 2014 | By Aisha Chowdhry |

Two federal judges, speaking in their capacity as leaders of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), called for more resources for immigration courts at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference Aug. 17.

They also called for the creation of an independent immigration court under Article 1 of the U.S.constitution.

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Expelled New York Times reporter tells Club Newsmaker he's 'eager' to return to Afghanistan

August 27, 2014 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Matthew Rosenberg, the New York Times reporter expelled from Afghanistan Aug. 20 wants to return, he told a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference Aug. 27.

"I am eager to go back there," Rosenberg said. "I want to go back there and keep reporting. It is a fascinating place."

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This Week in Press Club History: Gingrich proposes Medicaid reform at Luncheon

August 18, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

August 23, 1934: Movie producer and director of both silent and sound films, Cecil B. DeMille, speaks at a National Press Club Luncheon about his flamboyant career, which began with a 1914 silent film “The Squaw Man.” His first biblical epic, the 1923 “The Ten Commandments,” held Paramount Pictures revenue record for 25 years. “Cleopatra,” his first film nominated for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was released in 1934.

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NPC member Parenti wins reporting award

August 14, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

National Press Club member Alisa Parenti, a broadcast correspondent at MarketWatch Radio Network, was recognized Aug. 13 for her reporting on personal finance by the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Endowment for Financial Education.

Parenti won in the radio category for "outstanding work" on personal-finance issues. Parenti's winning entry, called "Housing on Fire," offered tips for buyers and sellers in a hot real-estate market.

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National Press Club mourns passing of Lauren Bacall

August 13, 2014 | By Christopher Hamrick |

The National Press Club mourns the loss of an American classic, Lauren Bacall, who passed away at the age of 89 on Aug 12.

In February 1945, then-Vice President Harry S. Truman played during one of the many World War II canteens at the National Press Club. Young Hollywood starlet Lauren Bacall had not yet achieved widespread fame when an iconic photo was taken.

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NPC Update-1 podcast looks at government censorship in the 21st Century

August 12, 2014 | By Bill McCloskey |

The White House Aug. 10 responded to a July 8 letter from journalism organizations and open-government groups urging President Barack Obama to honor his pledge for openness by relaxing the control federal agency public information officers have over reporter access to federal-government newsmakers.

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This Week in National Press Club History: John Denver makes news at Club

August 11, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

This Week In National Press Club History

August 11, 1971: Joe Frazier appears at a National Press Club Luncheon not long after his successful defense of the world heavyweight title, defeating Muhammad Ali in the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Burkina Faso President urges further US investment, cooperation after Summit

August 8, 2014 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi |

The leader of one of the poorest countries in the world told a packed Newsmaker event Thursday evening at the National Press Club that greater investment by the U.S. private sector and government cooperation on projects can “show that Africa and America are working together.”

Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré said this week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit only cemented his belief that U.S. cooperation -- not aid -- is needed to create jobs, boost production, and reinforce security in his country and on the African continent as a whole.

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