National Press Club

Jerry Brown defends National Guard decision amid presidential criticism

April 18, 2018 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

California Gov. Jerry Brown at a Newsmakers event Tuesday defended his decision to restrict members of his state’s National Guard from directly participating in immigration enforcement, pushing back against criticism levied earlier that morning from President Donald Trump.

“Trying to stop drug smuggling, human trafficking and guns going to Mexico to the cartels, that to me sounds like fighting crime,” Brown said. “Trying to catch some desperate mothers and children or unaccompanied minors coming from Central America, that sounds like something else.”

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Kalb Report: A bleak future for U.S.-Russian Relations

April 18, 2018 | By Gil Klein | Gilbert.klein@me.com

Try as he might, moderator Marvin Kalb could not get any one of his four guests on Monday’s “Kalb Report” to give an optimistic prediction on the future of U.S. relations with Russia.

With President Trump in the crosshairs of an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, and with American and Russian interests increasingly at odds in wars hot and cold, the panelists questioned how the situation can turn around.

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Senator Brown pushes pension rescue at Headliners Luncheon

April 13, 2018 | By Lawrence Feinberg | lfeinber@gmail.com

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, made a strong appeal for federal help to prop up industry-wide pension plans for 1.5 million workers and retirees. He said the plans, most established under labor union contracts, are facing insolvency.

Speaking April 12 at a National Press Club Headilners Luncheon, Brown said failure of the plans to pay promised benefits would not only harm those expecting them but would probably trigger a massive taxpayer bailout of the federal agency that insures worker pensions. The agency, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., already is confronting major deficits.

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Trauma surgeons make pitch for gun control at Headliners Newsmaker

April 12, 2018 | By Gwen Flanders | glflanders@gmail.com

Three trauma surgeons made their case for a ban on assault-style weapons at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

The doctors, all former presidents of the Western Trauma Association, discussed why the physicians group unanimously passed a resolution calling for a ban last year.

They cited the level of injury caused by high-velocity bullets fired from a semi-automatic rifle such as the popular AR-15, the gun used by the Parkland, Florida, shooter.

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Nancy Reagan’s press secretary shares inside look at first lady’s life

April 5, 2018 | By Julia Haskins | juliaannehaskins@gmail.com

Walking away from her job as press secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan was one of the hardest things that Sheila Tate ever did, she told a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on April 4.

“She was a much more interesting person than most people knew,” Tate said as she discussed her new book, “Lady in Red: An Intimate Portrait of Nancy Reagan.”

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Centennial of World War I sparks interest in the Great War, museum director says at Newsmaker

April 4, 2018 | By Jean Gossman | jkgossman@yahoo.com

The World War I centennial has spurred a “deep vein of interest” in the United States, with visits to the National World War I Museum and Memorial up by 63 percent, Matthew Naylor, the Kansas City landmark’s president and chief executive, told a National Press Club Headliners Newmaker event on March 29.

Many historians consider the Great War as the defining event of the 20th century and beyond. By the end of the war in 1918, more than 16 million soldiers and civilians had died, and dramatic geopolitical and social upheaval that can still be seen and felt one hundred years later had begun.

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Marine archaeologist addresses NPC American Legion Post 20

March 29, 2018 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Marine Archaeologist Tane Casserley of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of National Maritime Sanctuaries (ONMS) dove into the history of World War II German U-boat operations off the Atlantic Coast at a luncheon meeting of the National Press Club's American Legion Post 20 on March 28 at the Club.

Casserley, whose explorations have taken him to wrecks as deep as 260 feet, focused on the 90 merchant ships, anti-submarine trawlers and four German submarines sunk during World War II along the wreck-rich North Carolina coast.

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'60 Minutes' team discusses 50 years of tradition, groundbreaking journalism at NPC

March 28, 2018 | By Matt Schudel | mattschudel@gmail.com

In the words of Don Hewitt, the founding producer of “60 Minutes,” the secret to the news magazine’s success can be found in four words: “Tell me a story.”

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Swimmer Ledecky tells National Press Club Headliners Luncheon she's going pro

March 26, 2018 | By Bill McCloskey | Bmcclos325@aol.com

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Katie Ledecky is giving up her last two years of college-team eligibility to turn pro so she can enhance her focus on preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, she told a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on March 26.

A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Ledecky said turning pro will allow her to accept paid endorsements and sponsorships, and relieve her of competing in NCAA events.

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Air Force public-affairs restrictions could hinder press coverage

March 20, 2018 | By Adam Konowe | Adam.Konowe@tmp.com

New training requirements for U.S. Air Force public-affairs officials and their commanders could have a chilling effect not just on investigative journalism, but on more benign coverage as well, Jill Aitoro, executive editor of Defense News, told Adam Konowe in the latest edition of Update-1, the National Press Club's podcast.

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