National Press Club

Democratic congressional campaign will go national, hit 'toxic' Trump, says chair

July 12, 2016 | By Bob Weiner and Ben Lasky |,

The Democrats’ campaign for congressional candidates in 2016, unlike recent cycles, will feature a “national” message that emphasizes Donald Trump’s “bullying” and “toxic” statements, Democratic Congressional Campaign (DCCC) Chair Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.Mex., told a National Press Club Newsmaker Tuesday.

Lujan said the DCCC will run an “aggressive” campaign with “national ads and staff communicating in the smartest way,” especially with millennials, people of color and women. The campaign will include TV ads, he said, adding that “We’ve only just begun.”

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Libertarian Party nominees promise fair, transparent, honest America with happier people

July 7, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Two former Republican governors -- now running as the Libertarian presidential ticket -- told a National Press Club luncheon audience Thursday the Republican and Democratic parties are out of touch with the American people, and the two of them asked, "give us a chance and we will make a difference."

"Both major parties are struggling to connect with the American public," said former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, the presidential nominee. He said the tone of this election campaign is "often like warfare ... filled with anxiety and fear."

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NTSB chairman: Driverless cars promise to save lives, but there are challenges to overcome

June 30, 2016 | By Gwen Flanders |

Driverless cars have the potential to save thousands of lives by eliminating the main cause of highway crashes –- human error –- National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said Thursday at a National Press Club Newsmakers Luncheon.

But so-called “autonomous vehicles” won’t be cruising the roads anytime soon, Hart said.

“People are underestimating the challenges,” he said. “It’s going to take longer than people are estimating.”

He didn’t offer a timeline but outlined the challenges.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister secures pledge of economic assistance during U.S. visit

June 26, 2016 | By Peter Hickman |

On his first visit to Washington since taking office, the new Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, told a June 16 National Press Club Newsmaker press conference that his country received a pledge of $220 million in economic assistance from the United States during meetings with U.S. officials.

The assistance package was offered by Vice President Joe Biden, Groysman said. His talks with American officials centered on the political situation in his nation, including relations with Russia, which occupies the Crimean Peninsula, part of eastern Ukraine.

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Author says American society is breaking down, but can be put back together

June 23, 2016 | By Keith Hill |

American society is breaking down because people are feeling lost and alienated. If this situation does not change, it could lead to the death of what America is, author and journalist Sebastian Junger said at a June 16 National Press Club Newsmaker.

In his new book, "Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging," Junger discusses the breakdown of U.S. communities and explores what can be learned from tribal societies.

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Military culture slow to change on suicide prevention

June 23, 2016 | By Ken Dalecki |

The U.S. military's "do or die" culture makes it difficult for many service members and veterans to seek the help they need in dealing with depression that can lead to suicide, Kim Ruocco, a leader of a survivors' service organization, said at a June 23 National Press Club Newsmaker event.

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Perez dodges questions about VP chances, slams Trump without naming him

June 22, 2016 | By Michelle Amber |

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez repeatedly declined on June 22 to answer questions about whether he is being considered as a running mate with presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

At a National Press Club luncheon, Perez, who has been mentioned as one of nine possible candidates being considered by Clinton for vice president, would not say whether he is being vetted.

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Author writes about homicide but says he isn’t ‘Castle’

June 22, 2016 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Del Quentin Wilber is nothing like TV’s “Castle,” and the homicide detectives he shadowed for his book joked once that they wish he were, Wilber told a National Press Club Book Rap June 21.

People often ask Wilber how the experiences in "A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad" differs from TV.

“It is completely different than television because these are real people,” Wilber said. “Everyone is real. The victims are real. This is not a game to anybody. Everyone takes this very personally.”

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Investigative journalist, human rights lawyers detail forced organ harvesting in China

June 22, 2016 | By Jesse Rifkin |

Forced organ harvesting in China from members of persecuted ethnic and religious groups is a much more horrific and widespread problem than was previously believed, three co-authors of a new investigative report said at a National Press Club event on June 22.

The stories being suppressed by the Chinese government could at times be stomach-churning.

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Democratic Convention officials emphasize First Amendment rights, safety

June 21, 2016 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Democratic National Convention officials on Tuesday expressed their support for potential protesters' First Amendment rights and promised to ensure their safety at next month's event.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney cited his city's record of handling large events, such as the Occupy protests and the papal visit, while protecting those taking part.

"This is a participatory democracy and the key is to participate," he said at a June 21 National Press Club Newsmakers news conference.

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