National Press Club

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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Adviser to Ukraine’s president touts Israel as a model

November 16, 2014 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi |

Ukraine would benefit from Israeli expertise when it comes to security and stability, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told a National Press Club Newsmaker event Nov. 14.

Oleg Mahnitskyi, Ukraine’s former prosecutor general, said his country “should learn from the experience of the surviving of a state in the conditions of war.” He said Poroshenko should “invite Israeli instructors just as we invite American instructors.”

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McCain raps about 13 soldiers from 13 wars at National Press Club

November 12, 2014 | By Mark Krikorian |

"At least you were president of something," Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, joked with National Press Club President Myron Belkind at the start of a Veterans Day Book Rap Nov. 11 on Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War, co-authored by McCain and longtime-literary collaborator Mark Salter.

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National Press Club loans Rockwell painting to Rockwell Museum

November 12, 2014 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club's painting “Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor” will be on loan to the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for the next year.

The museum houses the most significant collection of the artist’s work, as well as the Norman Rockwell Archives, a collection of more than 100,000 items, including working photographs, letters, personal calendars, fan mail, and business documents.

The Press Club will be recognized in all promotional and descriptive materials while the painting is in their care.

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VA Secretary reports on his first 100 days at National Press Club Luncheon

November 7, 2014 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

After 101 days on the job, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said major gains have been made in cutting backlogs and improving medical care at his scandal-scarred agency but he said a “change in culture” and new capabilities were needed to overcome its problems.

At a National Press Club Luncheon Nov. 7, McDonald took issue with Republican and veterans’ group critics that charge he has not moved aggressively enough against VA managers and employees allegedly responsible for covering up treatment delays and falsifying records.

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Veterans groups should keep pressure on VA, advocate tells American Legion Post 20

November 7, 2014 | By Ken Dalecki |

Veterans groups should keep pressure on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve the delivery of medical care, Veterans advocate Jessie Jane Duff told a Nov. 5 meeting of National Press Club American Legion Post.

Duff, a VA critic, and a frequent radio and TV commentator on military affairs, is a retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant.

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