National Press Club

Budget experts slam Trump's 'Skinny Budget'

March 19, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |,

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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Pelosi and Schumer decry Trump administration's first 40 days

February 27, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich |

President Donald Trump has done little in his first 40 days in office, charged the top two Democratic Congressional leaders at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Feb. 27. And even that little, they said, has favored the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

The appearance by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.)and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) at the Newsmaker was billed as a "prebuttal" for the president's joint appearance before a nationally televised joint session of Congress Feb. 28.

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American Legion National Commander impressed by new VA secretary, but will 'hold his feet to the fire'

February 22, 2017 | By Ken Dalecki |

“We will hold his feet to the fire,” promised American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference Wednesday, Feb. 22, speaking of the Trump administration's new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David J. Shulkin.

So far, however, Schmidt said he has been impressed the newly confirmed secretary, the first non-veteran to hold the VA post.

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Update-1: Former NPC president discusses administration's relationship with press

February 3, 2017 | By Adam Konowe |

What will the Trump administration mean for press freedom?

Will journalists cover the White House differently now that Donald Trump is president?

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