National Press Club

Press Building beefs up security for Sept. 11 anniversary

September 9, 2011

Please plan for possible delays from extra security measures being instituted at the National Press Building in the days before and after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Starting Thursday night, Sept. 8, the building is asking everyone who enters the lobby to provide an ID and to sign in and state their destination.

These measures are expected to cause lines to form at key traffic times, such as morning and noon and when big events are taking place at the National Press Club. People without ID or who refuse to sign in may be turned away by security.

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Satirist Terry Pratchett introduces latest 'Discworld' book, 7 pm Oct. 14

September 1, 2011 | By Emily Whitten |

Terry Pratchett will discuss his latest book, “Snuff: A Novel of Discworld,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the National Press Club ballroom.

As a fundraiser for the Club’s Eric Friedheim Library, this is a ticketed event. You may purchase tickets and books at The printed receipt will serve as a voucher and must be presented at the event check-in.

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Roemer blasts Obama, GOP contenders for allowing special interest money to corrupt Washington

August 16, 2011 | By Sarah Jones |

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, a Republican presidential candidate, said President Barack Obama is the worst example of how politicians allow special interest money to corrupt and influence the political system in Washington.

“Selling important jobs like a third world nation is not good for America," Roemer said during an Aug. 15 Newsmaker. "Both sides do it. I don’t mean to pick on the president. He’s the worst, but both sides do it.”

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Giuliani luncheon on Sept. 6 nearing sellout; reserve tics now

August 15, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Only a few spaces remain for the National Press Club luncheon featuring former two-term New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Giuliani, who received international recognition for his leadership after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, will assess U.S. security as the 10-year anniversary of the strikes on the World Trade Center and Pentagon approaches.

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David Brooks to roast Jim Lehrer at Oct. 28 dinner

August 15, 2011 | By Pat McMurray |

David Brooks, a national columnist and television commentator, will roast Jim Lehrer at the Oct. 28 National Press Club Fourth Estate Award dinner in honor of the longtime host of the PBS NewsHour.

Brooks, a New York Times columnist, provides weekly political analysis and commentary on national campaigns for the NewsHour. Brooks is currently paired with columnist Mark Shields, who will also be among Lehrer's roasters.

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Term 'drone' falling out of favor, not the sky

August 15, 2011 | By Peter Hickman |

Please don't call them drones. The preferred term is Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) -- and they do more than stalk terrorists, a panel of specialists told a Newsmaker audience on Aug. 10.

The experts said that robots on the ground, in the air and in the water have been used not only in military situations but also in helping with environmental and humanitarian disasters, such as the Japanese earthquake and resulting tsunami and nuclear dangers, the Haitian earthquake and the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Former Club President Allan Cromley dies

August 10, 2011 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Former National Press Club President Allan Cromley died Aug. 8 after a three-month battle with pneumonia and an esophageal ailment.

Cromley, who led the Club in 1968, established the Silver Owls. He was instrumental in keeping the Club functioning during the upheaval following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Presidential candidate Roemer to assail corrupting influence of anonymous campaign donations, 10 am Aug. 15

August 10, 2011 | By Patti Giglio |

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, a Republican presidential candidate, will assert that large, anonymous campaign donations and special-interest money remain a corrupting influence on politics at a Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15.

Roemer plans to cite specific examples from the campaigns of his Republican opponents and that of President Barack Obama.

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Groundbreaking war photography exhibit opens at Club

August 10, 2011 | By Jackie Spinner |

Conflict Zone, a groundbreaking combat photography exhibit, will be on view from Aug. 8 to Aug. 29 at the National Press Club.

The show is being sponsored in Washington by the Independence Fund, The Washington Post Company and the National Veterans Art Museum.

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GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson to address Aug. 19 luncheon

August 8, 2011 | By Rachel Ray |

Gary Johnson, former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico and GOP presidential candidate, will speak at the National Press Club on Aug. 19.

He will deliver a speech entitled “Republicans and Social Issues: We are Either for Limited Government -- or Not."

Johnson, 57, the founder of one of New Mexico’s largest construction companies and a consistent advocate for the legalization of marijuana, will tout New Mexican job growth under his leadership.

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