National Press Club

Prince Ali Hussein to discuss FIFA soccer scandal at luncheon, Dec. 4

November 30, 2015 | By Lori Russo - |

Prince Ali Al Hussein, FIFA presidential candidate and son of King Hussein of Jordan, will speak at a National Press Club luncheon this Friday, Dec. 4. Prince Ali will address FIFA’s recent corruption scandal and share his vision for how the organization can create a governing body worthy of the "world's game" of soccer.

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New Smithsonian leader to speak at luncheon, Dec. 8

November 29, 2015 | By Amy Henderson |

David Skorton, new secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will outline his plans for the institution at a National Press Club luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

A board-certified cardiologist, and the first physician to lead the Smithsonian Institution, Skorton previously was the president of Cornell University.

The 13th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Skorton will use his talk to explore the theme "What Do We Value," as he takes the helm of of the 169 year-old institution of museums and research programs that span the globe.

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This week in National Press Club history

November 24, 2015 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Nov. 22, 1932: President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt is the first VIP invited to speak at the Club at a dinner less than three weeks after winning the first of his four elections. The Speakers Committee is created soon after. The format changes in 1934 to a luncheon format better suited to the afternoon news cycle and attracts prominent national figures in government (Secretary of State Cordell Hull) and the arts (filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille (“The Ten Commandments”) and Upton Sinclair, author of The Jungle, a grim expose of conditions in meat packing plants.)

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Upcoming National Press Club Luncheons

November 22, 2015 | By Melinda Cooke |

Dec. 2:
This event is in the Holeman Lounge
Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force
Topic: Budget cuts, sexual assaults and other issues facing the Air Force
To purchase tickets, click here.

Dec. 4:
Prince Ali Al Hussein of Jordan, presidential hopeful for soccer's international governing body and son of King Hussein of Jordan
Topic: TBA
Credentialed media must RSVP here

Dec. 8:
This event is in the Holeman Lounge
Dr. David J. Skorton, Secretary, Smithsonian
Topic: TBA
To purchase tickets, click here.

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Jordanian prince to talk about soccer scandal at Dec. 4 luncheon

November 19, 2015 | By Lori Russo |

Prince Ali Al Hussein, who is looking to head soccer's international governing body and is the son of Jordan's King Hussein, will speak at a Club Luncheon Friday, Dec. 4. He will talk about creating an institution to regulate soccer in the wake of the recent corruption scandal involving the sport's current leadership.

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Reliable Source to host jazz night and holiday buffet Dec. 17

November 19, 2015 | By Mesfin Mekonen |

Club members and their guests are invited for the annual holiday buffet and music by the popular the Greater U Street Jazz Collective on Dec. 17.

The buffet dinner will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. with holiday cuisine. The Greater U Street Jazz Collective will begin its performance in the Truman Lounge at 6:30 p.m.

Menu to follow.

Reservations are encouraged for this event by contacting at 202-662-7443 or e-mail

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Former Senate leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott to appear at Jan. 19 Book Rap

November 18, 2015 | By Jan King |

Former Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle plan to discuss their new book, "Crisis Point: Why We Must -- and How We Can -- Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America," at a Book Rap Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Rooms.

From opposite sides of the aisle, Lott, a Republican from Mississippi, and Daschle, a Democrat from South Dakota, both served as majority leaders. Their book analyzesg the current polarization of our political parties that has currently made governing so difficult.

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Tickets still available for Soledad O'Brien lunch on Friday

November 18, 2015 | By Amy Henderson |

Tickets remain for Friday's Broadcast Committee's Prime Time lunch with Soledad O'Brien.

O'Brien's career in journalism has evolved as the way we gather and consume news and information has changed. Perhaps best known for her role as anchor and documentary host on CNN and NBC, she formed the Starfish Media Group in 2013 to produce and distribute stories that she said she felt most passionate about. She is also a reporter for HBO RealSports and Al Jazeera, and an anchor for National Geographic Bee.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich to outline national security strategy, noon Nov. 17

November 16, 2015 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, will outline a national security strategy that involves rebuilding the U.S. military, “reinvigorating” diplomatic alliances and renewing a commitment to “fundamental Western values” in a speech at the National Press Club at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

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Father talks about effort to bring abducted son home, 10 am Nov. 17

November 15, 2015 | By Tony Gallo |

Chris Brann plans to tell of his ongoing struggle to bring his abducted 5-year-old son home from Brazil publicly for the first time at a Club Newsmaker event on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Murrow Room.

Like all Newsmaker events, this press conference is open to credentialed press and Club members free of charge. No advance registration is required.

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