National Press Club

NAACP president says White House creates atmosphere for domestic terrorism

August 29, 2017 | By Justin Duckham | justin@talkmedianews.com

Derrick Johnson, interim president of the NAACP, said Aug. 29 the Trump White House was responsible for the conditions that led to this month’s deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Unfortunately, this administration has created an atmosphere that has allowed domestic terrorists to exist,” Johnson said at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon.

Various far-right hate groups gathered in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, ostensibly to protest plans to remove a statue of confederate general Robert E Lee from a public park.

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Media have good access, relationships on Capitol Hill, says panel

August 6, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

Reporters generally have good access and relationships with Congressional sources despite a wider environment of hostility toward the media, a panel of media professionals said at a National Press Club Journalism Institute event Aug. 4.

“There is more access today than there ever has been," said Brendan Buck, counselor to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. He noted, for example, that the speaker holds two press conferences every week and that there is a lobby just off the House floor where reporters can interview members.

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American University journalism professor analyzes Trump administration communications

August 5, 2017 | By Adam Konowe | Adam.Konowe@tmp.com

The recent high-profile departures from the Trump administration raises questions about how they're affecting the ability of the White House to communicate with the press and the public.

In the current episode of Update-1, National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Team member Mike Hempen discusses the administration's communications with American University journalism professor Jill Olmsted, a former radio and television anchor and reporter. They talk about the leaks and tweets, the staff changes and what it all means.

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Former head of government ethics office says norms have unraveled under Trump

July 30, 2017 | By Julia Haskins | juliaannehaskins@gmail.com

Walter Shaub says he is using his post-government service to re-establish ethical norms that have unraveled.

Shaub, who spoke at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker July 28, resigned from the Office of Government Ethics months before his five-year term expired, saying he had reached the limits of what he could accomplish at the agency. He is now serving as senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center, an advocacy group.

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Former Census Bureau director says more funding is needed for count

July 28, 2017 | By Varun Saxena | vsaxenaster@gmail.com

On the heels of his unexpected resignation, former U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson called for adequate funding for the decennial count during a July 25 National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker.

Preparations have been underfunded by $200 million so far, and the agency needs to be fully funded soon in order to catch up, he said.

In particular, money is needed for a decentralized marketing campaign to ensure that everyone participates in the survey so that there is not an undercount, he said.

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Trump ban on transgender soldiers awaits written command, U.S. Army chief says

July 28, 2017 | By Jesse Rifkin | jesserifkin01@gmail.com

President Donald Trump’s Twitter announcement that transgender soldiers would be banned from military service has not yet been officially directed, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley said July 27 at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon.

“The military operates off of certain processes," Milley said. "To date, I have yet to receive implementation directives from the Department of Defense. To my knowledge, Secretary Mattis hasn’t received written directives yet. That’s where we are right now, We’ll act when we receive written orders.”

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Conservative Republican group seeks to eliminate independent congressional scorekeeper

July 26, 2017 | By Gwen Flanders | glflanders@gmail.com

The Freedom Caucus, the group of the most conservative members of the House Republican conference, will seek to stop the Congressional Budget Office from offering independent analyses of congressional legislation.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who chairs the caucus, said at a July 24 National Press Club Headliners Luncheon that the group would seek to eliminate 89 jobs and instead have the CBO aggregate estimates made by ideological think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and the Brookings Institution.

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Kornheiser, Wilbon win Club's Fourth Estate Award

July 25, 2017 | By Crystal White | cwhite@press.org

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, award-winning sports journalists and co-hosts of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, will receive the National Press Club’s highest honor, the Fourth Estate Award, on Oct. 4. Kornheiser and Wilbon are the 45th recipients of the award and the first joint recipients. The Fourth Estate Award recognizes journalists who have made significant contributions to the field.

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NPC group gets close-up look at two fierce Civil War battles near Culpeper, VA

July 18, 2017 | By Jim Noone | jnoone@mercuryllc.com

Forty National Press Club members and guests got a close-up look at the historic site of two short but fierce battles near Culpeper, VA, during the Club’s 14th annual Civil War Trip.

The trip, on on Saturday, July 15, was hosted by the Civil War Trust as part of a longstanding payment-in-kind agreement with the Club.

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Independents tout centrist approach at NPC Headliners Newsmaker

July 14, 2017 | By Louise D. Walsh | ldwalsh@earthlink.net

Breaking from traditional party structures can help politicians solve the problems that have put Republicans and Democrats at loggerheads, a panel of politicians from Alaska, Maine and Iowa said Wednesday at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker event.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an Independent, recalled how often he and his Democratic rival for governor agreed with each other in their primary debates.

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