National Press Club

Kalb Report: What to do about the whoppers?

December 6, 2016 | By Gil Klein |

In a presidential debate, what is the moderator’s responsibility to point out obvious lies spoken by the candidates?

That was the central question in Monday night’s The Kalb Report as moderators and organizers of the 2016 debates autopsied the last effort.

Joining host Marvin Kalb were two debate moderators – ABC’s Martha Raddatz and Fox News’ Chris Wallace – as well as Republican Frank Fahrenkopf and Democrat Mike McCurry, the co-chairmen of the U.S. Presidential Debate Commission.

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Panelists credit Trump win to status quo rejection, media savvy, in-depth data

December 5, 2016 | By Lorna Aldrich and Bill McCloskey |,

Widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo, President-elect Donald Trump’s ability to generate old and new media coverage, limited enthusiasm for the candidates and the Republican Party’s in-depth use of data were the factors that led to Trump’s surprise victory, a panel of journalists and party loyalists said at a Dec. 1 National Press Club event.

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MGM chief touts National Harbor casino as boon to regional economy

December 5, 2016 | By Julia Haskins |

MGM Resorts International chairman and chief executive James Murren said Friday that the company's new hotel and casino opening Dec. 8 at National Harbor in Maryland is about more than gambling and promised it would be a boon to the regional economy.

The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor resort will offer a range of retail, dining and entertainment experiences, which Murren said reflects MGM’s growth from a holding company associated with the gaming industry.

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Metro GM Wiedefeld says system will emphasize 'getting trains running on time again'

November 30, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

On his first anniversary as general manager of Washington Metro, Paul Wiedefeld said the troubled system has moved from dealing with safety issues to a focus in the coming year "on getting the trains running on time again."

Wiedefeld was more upbeat in his talk at a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday than he was in a similar talk last March when he said he had found things "much worse than I expected."

"It's unbelievable," said Wiedefeld, previously manager of Baltimore's BWI airport, "what's been accomplished."

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Groups call for action on expiring energy tax credits

November 30, 2016 | By Frank Maisano |

Advocates for renewable energy called on Congress to extend expiring tax credits in the year-end budget at a Nov. 29 National Press Club Newsmaker press conference.

Tax experts and energy industry leaders discussed the intricacies of a potential fix to the tax treatment, which they said has substantial implications for nascent and critically important renewable energy technologies, including fuel cells, geothermal heat pumps, small wind, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), microturbines and thermal energy.

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Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg calls for 'sustained dialogue' to calm political climate

November 29, 2016 | By Ferdous Al-Faruque |

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called for a "sustained dialogue" to calm the tense "current climate of our nation" at a recent event held at the National Press Club.

While much of the country was still reeling from a divisive presidential election that often divided friends and family, Ginsburg spoke at a Nov. 17 private gala hosted by the Sustained Dialogue Institute, where she accepted the group's third National Dialogue Award.

Ginsburg stressed the importance of respectfully engaging with people who hold opposing views.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Centrowitz: Father kept him focused

November 22, 2016 | By Bob Weiner and Ben Lasky |

Matthew Centrowitz, who in Rio this summer became the first U.S. Gold Medalist in the 1500 meter run (the metric mile), told a Newsmaker event at the National Press Club that his father, a two-time Olympian, kept him “focused.” Matt, the father, added: “The Rockefellers probably talked about money, the Kennedys holding office. In our house, we talked about racing splits.”

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NPC Honors Johnny Holliday’s Coast-to-Coast Career

November 22, 2016 | By Adam Konowe |

On Monday night, long-time sports announcer and former Top 40 radio disc jockey Johnny Holliday became the latest “Legend of Broadcasting” honored by the National Press Club’s broadcast/podcast committee.

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EPA Administrator Says Clean-Energy 'Inevitable' No Matter What Trump May Do

November 22, 2016 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

Gina McCarthy, the outgoing Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, declared "the train to a global, clean-energy future has already left the station" and expressed confidence that it would not be derailed by the incoming Trump administration.

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"Smitty" talk dominates Unipressers reunion at the Club

November 20, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

During its glory days, UP (subsequently UPI) was fueled by a host of talented but underpaid and understaffed correspondents, eternally bonded by a sense of esprit de corps.

The brightest star in this constellation was Merriman Smith. When Smitty, as he was almost universally known, died the UPI story identified him as “Merriman Smith, the dean of White House correspondents." The next day, one UPI staffer said the lead should have identified him as, simply and elegantly, “Merriman Smith, the White House reporter." In other words, “THE White House reporter.”

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