National Press Club

DeGette optimistic about future of bipartisan health care talks

March 30, 2017 | By Shelby Ostergaard | shelbyostergaard@gmail.com

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., minority chief deputy whip, said she optimistic about bipartisanship in remarks made at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

“Democrats and Republicans can and should work together on solutions for our healthcare system,” she said just days after the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a Republican effort to replace the Affordable Care Act, was abruptly pulled from the floor of Congress due to lack of support.

“Disease doesn’t just strike Democrats or Republicans,” she said. “It strikes everyone.”

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Dickson discusses Durocher at Club Book Rap

March 27, 2017 | By Jonathan D. Salant | jds15@aol.com

Other than an umpire's call against his team, if there was one thing Leo Durocher detested was the spotlight shining on anyone other than him.

In a Book Rap on Wednesday to talk about his latest tome, "Leo Durocher: Baseball's Prodigal Son," veteran baseball author and Club member Paul Dickson said Durocher's drive to hog the spotlight led to feuds with such luminaries as Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth and Ernie Banks. He called the Hall of Fame manager "probably the most interesting character and most controversial character in baseball."

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Pfizer CEO bashes Obamacare, defends drug pricing at NPC

March 27, 2017 | By Varun Saxena | vsaxenaster@gmail.com

Pfizer CEO Ian Read gave a tough assessment of the insurance industry and the Affordable Care Act while defending the pharmaceutical industry’s aggressive pricing practices at a March 23 speech at a National Press Club luncheon.

Read said Pfizer has not taken a position on the Republican’s now unsuccessful attempt to repeal and replace the ACA, but indicated the elimination of the Obama-ere healthcare reform is not a great concern.

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Budget experts slam Trump's 'Skinny Budget'

March 19, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

The Trump administration's budget document with its cuts in domestic non-defense programs to offset an increase in defense expenditures is not a real budget because it lacks economic projections and contains $18 billion of unspecified cuts, a panel of veteran budget analysts said Friday at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference.

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O'Rourke skewers both sides of the political divide at his book event

March 17, 2017 | By Eleanor Herman | elherman@aol.com

P.J. O’Rourke, The New York Times best-selling author of twenty books and former editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, gave an equal-opportunity skewering to all sides of the political spectrum while discussing his newest book, "How the Hell Did This Happen: The Election of 2016." at a National Press Club book event March 16.

“Imagine playing a round of golf with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,” he said “The scorecard would end up on Hillary’s email server. Trump would nudge the ball with his foot to create an alternative fact.”

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Actors Equity President opposes defunding federal arts grants, cites job creation

March 16, 2017 | By Jean Gossman | jkgossman@yahoo.com

Kate Shindle, president of the Actors’ Equity Association, spoke against defunding the National Endowment for the Arts at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference March 16.

The “intersection of art and commerce” driven by NEA grants not only provides Americans cultural enrichment, it is an “economic engine for growth and jobs,” she said.

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Mexican presidential contender deplores Trump's immigration policies and proposed wall

March 15, 2017 | By Tierney Plumb | tierney.plumb@gmail.com

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leading contender in Mexico's 2018 presidential election, spoke against President Donald Trump's immigration policies and proposed border wall at a National Press Club Newsmaker event March 15.

“Trump is blaming migrants for problems in the U.S., and we are not going to permit this,” he said. “In the end it’s Neo-fascism.”

The problems in the U.S. stem from “great inequality” and its tax system, which he hoped will become “more progressive and fair to all Americans.” Bad government and income distribution are to blame, he added.

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Panel on cyber security urges encryption to protect sources, but warns of vulnerabilities

March 14, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Despite its potential vulnerabilities, reporters should use encrypted communication to protect their sources, an expert panel on cyber security urged at a March 13 event at the National Press Club sponsored by the Club’s Journalism Institute and the Professional Development Committee.

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Symposium probes balancing facts with context, press and president relationship

March 13, 2017 | By Louise Walsh | ldwalsh@earthlink.net

Fact-checkers, former White House officials and working journalists weighed the balance between facts and context in reporting and compared present and past relationships between the press and presidents at the 2017 Missouri-Hurley Symposium at the National Press Club March 9.

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City planners call infrastructure improvements critical; don't know Trump's plan

March 7, 2017 | By Robert Weiner and Ben Lasky | weinerpublic@comcast.net, laskyben@gmail.com

President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan could make critical improvements in the nation’s decaying infrastructure, the chief city planners of Philadelphia, Washington, and New York City told a National Press Club Newsmaker March 7.

Club President Jeff Ballou opened the program by asking how the real infrastructure need meshes with “what President Trump laid out.” Anne Fadullon, Philadelphia’s Director of Planning and Development, offered, “We have no more information than you do.”

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