National Press Club

The secrecy surrounding the President's Daily Briefing

October 19, 2017 | By Adam Konowe |

If you’ve ever wondered how the president of the United States makes national security decisions, part of it comes from guidance in the President’s Daily Briefing or PDB.

The PDB is a top-secret report that’s prepared by the intelligence community on security issues around the world and presented to the president every day. It has long been shrouded in secrecy, but to help decipher it, National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast
Team member Leone Lakhani speaks on Update-1 to David Priess, a former CIA analyst and author of “The President’s Book of Secrets.”

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Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's 'Hardball', to discuss new book at NPC Headliners Book Rap Wednesday, Nov. 8

October 19, 2017 | By Mark Krikorian |

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’ plans to share his new book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Club’s Conference Rooms.

Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for the general public. Tickets and book are available by clicking here. Books will also be available for purchase at the event, no outside books or memorabilia are permitted.

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NPC History: Which Club president who reported WWI from Berlin and demonstrated the first TV signal?

October 18, 2017 | By Gil Klein |

What tales a ring can tell.

Oswald F. Schuette, who had been National Press Club president for just three months in 1913, died in the Club’s lobby in 1953 of a massive heart attack just after he pushed the elevator’s down button.

Schuette’s death came just weeks after he received the coveted “black ring” created that year to be presented to every Club president, past and future. Schuette was the oldest president to receive the ring.

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Learn why it's never too early to follow the money in politics at Oct. 20 workshop

October 18, 2017 | By Crystal White |

The second workshop of the “It’s Never Too Early to Follow the Money” series with the Center for Responsive Politics will be held Friday, Oct. 20, at 9:30 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room.

The event, hosted by the National Press Club Journalism Institute, will help reporters tap into the center’s resources for analyzing campaign finance data, personal finances of members of Congress, foreign lobbyists data and political TV ad buys.

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Club schedules pre-Veterans Day Headliners Luncheon featuring VA secretary, Nov. 6

October 18, 2017 | By Kevin Wensing |

As Veterans Day approaches, Dr. David Shulkin, secretary of Veterans Affairs, will speak at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 6, in the Club’s Holeman Lounge.

Shulkin plans to discuss the effort to care for millions of America’s veterans and improve the effectiveness of the Veterans Affairs health-care system.

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World Bank president plans Headliners Luncheon speech, Nov. 20

October 18, 2017 | By Robert Weiner |

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim plans to appear at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Nov. 20 in the Club’s Holeman Lounge to outline recent trends in the global economy.

Kim, the bank's 12th president, is also expected to discuss new ways to help women entrepreneurs and the role of the private sector in maximizing development finance.

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Pussy Riot, Azar Nafisi among the artists, authors at Burning to Tell You: Critical Conversations with Risk-Taking Artists, Oct. 28

October 17, 2017 | By Jackie Kasuya |

Join the NPC Events Team, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (The Lab) at Georgetown University and The Artist Partner Program at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland for Burning to Tell You: Critical Conversations with Risk-Taking Artists at the National Press Club on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m in the Ballroom.

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Know Your Reporting Rights: Learn when to not back down, Oct. 20

October 17, 2017 | By Julie Schoo |

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute during Free Speech Week on Friday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., for an important discussion on the First Amendment and reporters’ rights that will be streamed on Facebook Live at

This event in the Club's Murrow Room is free to attend but reservations are required. Tickets can be reserved online.

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Last chance to register: Developing credible content amid ‘fake news,’ Oct. 18

October 15, 2017 | By Paul Minehart |

Leading experts will share insights on producing content suited to the unique strengths of different digital, online and social media channels, as well as emerging technologies, at the National Press Club Communicators Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

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FDA commissioner Luncheon rescheduled for Nov. 3

October 15, 2017 | By William Pierce |

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, plans to appear at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Nov. 3 to discuss the agency's agenda and related issues.

Gottlieb was scheduled for a Sept. 29 Luncheon, which had to be postponed.

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