National Press Club

Actor and radio host Astin emphasizes preparation and research for public discourse

October 28, 2014 | By Sean Lyngaas |

Actor and radio host Sean Astin underlined the importance of research and preparation as he described his experience of public discourse at the National Press Club Oct. 27.

His celebrity, he said, has “bought a seat at the influencers table. And I may not be able to win a hand, but I’m going to sit down and play because…it’s my God-given, natural and constitutionally-protected right to try.”

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National Press Club Mourns Loss of Ben Bradlee

October 21, 2014 | By Myron Belkind |

The National Press Club mourns the loss of Ben Bradlee, who leaves a legacy of unparalleled journalism achievements as editor of The Washington Post.

He will be remembered as a leader, a legend in journalism and among the greatest newspaper editors of all time.

Our profession has lost an advocate who raised the standards of journalism throughout his career and who will be particularly remembered for all that he and The Washington Post achieved on every major story of his tenure as editor including Watergate and the Pentagon Papers.

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Woodward and Bernstein say Nixon administration corruption far deeper than Watergate

October 21, 2014 | By Gilbert Klein |

The corruption of the Nixon administration was far deeper than the Watergate scandal, reporting legends Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein told host Marvin Kalb Monday night.

“You listen to the tapes, and the hate and the rage and the using the power of the presidency to settle scores goes on endlessly,” said Woodward, referring to the secret presidential tapes that he and Bernstein have listened to over the years.

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Priest barred by Vatican sees change in Catholic Church through voices of lay people

October 21, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

On the eve of an 18-city tour of the United States, Tony Flannery, an Irish priest barred from priestly ministry by the Vatican in 2012, told an Oct. 21 National Press Club Newsmaker audience that change in the Catholic Church would occur through the voices of lay people.

“I be an enormous believer in the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit working through the voice of the ordinary people,” he said.

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Olympic committee president calls preventing sexual abuse most important role

October 21, 2014 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Scott Blackmun, president of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), told a National Press Club Luncheon Oct. 21 that one of the USOC's most important roles now is to combat sexual abuse among athletes and create a safe and healthy setting for sports.

"There is no agency or commission today that is responsible for the safety and well-being of young athletes," he said.

Blackmun, who joined USOC in 1999, said, "perhaps most importantly, we need to have a dialogue about the role we each have to play in creating a healthy setting for sport."

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Perez sidesteps rumors he might be Attorney General, urges 'shared prosperity'

October 20, 2014 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi |

Amid speculation that he might replace departing Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez dodged questions on the subject at a National Press Club luncheon Oct. 20.

"My singular focus is on the job of being at the Department of Labor," he told a laughing room when asked about the most pressing issues at the Department of Justice.

Perez hailed Holder's achievements, saying that he "stood up for voting rights" and "commonsense criminal justice reform," but also faced backlash.

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Voter ID laws a matter of debate as experts argue their case at NPC Newsmaker

October 16, 2014 | By Joseph Sparks |

Voter identification laws' effects on turnout, and whether these laws disenfranchise voters, were the focus of a spirited debate among two election experts at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Thursday, Oct. 16.

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Kennedy Center's Rutter promises push against Washington's conservative tastes

October 15, 2014 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Deborah Rutter, the new president of the Kennedy Center, told a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday that she will try to push Washington and the Center into new areas of interest and service.

"I'm told Washington is very conservative in their tastes," Rutter said in one of her first public appearances since becoming president in September. "I'm going to push you on that.”

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Experts disagree on merits of concealed guns, favor restricted permits

October 9, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Gun experts, speaking at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Oct. 9, disagreed on the effects of citizens carrying concealed guns while agreeing that permits to carry them are appropriate if properly restricted.

George Lyon, one of the litigants whose suit led to the overthrow of the D.C. ban of carrying weapons, emphasized the benefits of armed citizens while Paul Helmke, former president and chief executive officer of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, focused on the risks.

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Activist urges alternative strategy to U.S.-Russia relations, and nuclear disarmament

October 8, 2014 | By Joshua Higgins |

With ongoing crises ranging from terrorism to Ebola, policymakers, the media and the public are overlooking a threat that could wipe out the entire human race, a 1985 Nobel Peace Prize nominee said at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday.

That issue, Helen Caldicott said, is nuclear war.

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