National Press Club

Andrea Snyder Edney elected 111th National Press Club president

December 10, 2017 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Andrea Snyder Edney, an editor at Bloomberg News, was elected the 111th president of the National Press Club on Dec. 8, promising that the Club would help “strengthen our journalism community” to respond to an “unprecedented time” in the profession.

Edney, who ran unopposed for the office, won one of several Club officer and board positions that were decided in the Club election, which ran from Nov. 27 through Dec. 8. The races drew a total of 246 online and 36 in-person votes for positions open to journalist members and 180 online and 10 in-person votes for a communicator position.

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California AG: Republicans will have full responsibility for any government shutdown

December 7, 2017 | By Chris Teale |

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) warned that congressional Republicans will have no one to blame but themselves if the federal government shuts down later this week.

At a Wednesday Newsmaker press conference at the National Press Club, Becerra, who was appointed attorney general earlier this year, said it is up to Republicans to govern effectively given they have full control of Congress.

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Bill McCarren honored by Owls for significant contributions to NPC

November 30, 2017

The National Press Club Silver Owls -- those with 25 or more years of continuous membership -- on Thursday evening conferred the Order of the Owl on Club Executive Director Bill McCarren for his many contributions to the Club. The award honors “birds of a unique species, weathered and wise, who have nested at the National Press Club and demonstrated that they give a hoot about Washington Journalism.”

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National Academies call for Congressional and Federal agency action to reduce drug costs

November 30, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich |

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report at a National Press Club Headliners event Thursday, entitled “Making Medicines Affordable,” calling for congressional and federal agency steps to lower drug costs.

The report seeks to “address the market failures that currently permeate the pharmaceutical sector,” according to an introduction written by Norman Augustine, chairman of the committee that wrote the report and former chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, who spoke first at the event.

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World Bank president aims to end extreme poverty by 2030

November 21, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich |

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, a physician and anthropologist, told a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon Monday that economic growth, stability and investment in people were the “pillars” to meet the Bank’s goals of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting prosperity for the poorest 40 percent of the world’s population.

Extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day, remains the condition of 767 million people, 1.1 billion less than in 1990, he said.

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African Union Commission chairperson says no coup in Zimbabwe

November 15, 2017 | By Justin Duckham |

Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission, told a Club Headliners Luncheon Wednesday that the unfolding unrest in Zimbabwe was not a coup.

“The military have reassured us that this is not a coup d’etat,” Mahamat said through a translator. He said a delegation sent to the country provided the information.

According to Mahamat, President Robert Mugabe and his family are safe in the country, a key factor in making that determination.

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African Union Commission chairperson to speak at Wednesday's Headliners Luncheon

November 12, 2017 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission, plans to discuss the role of a united and integrated Africa in the global community at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Wednesday.

Lunch will be served in the ballroom at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for Club members (members may purchase two tickets at this rate) and $39 for all other nonmember tickets.

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Crowds saluting train with Robert Kennedy's body inspired Matthews' new book

November 9, 2017 | By Eleanor Herman |

Chris Matthews, MSNBC host of his program, "Hardball," said at a Nov. 8 National Press Club Headliners Book Rap that photos of crowds saluting the train bearing Kennedy’s body to Washington after his 1968 assassination inspired Matthews's new book, "Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit."

“These are poor people,” he said of the whites and African-Americans lining the train tracks. “They got nothing. And they’re saluting him in this affectionate patriotism... this amazing respect. That’s all gone. The chance of those two crowds getting together politically is gone.”

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VA secretary aims to focus agency on service-connected disabilities, rather than age-related ailments

November 7, 2017 | By Ken Dalecki |

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, Nov. 6, that he aims to focus department efforts on veterans with service-connected disabilities, such as brain injuries and post traumatic stress syndrome, rather than on a growing number of age-related ailments.

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Gottlieb announces FDA steps to address opioid epidemic, nicotine addiction

November 5, 2017 | By Michelle Amber |

Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that FDA is evaluating oxymorphone, an active ingredient in opiods, for qualities that make it more likely to be abused than other drugs. The study is a prelude to considering regulatory action to limit exposure to it, he said at a Headliners Luncheon event Nov. 3.

Gottlieb said the question is whether oxymorphone has qualities that make it “more likely to be abused than other Schedule II opioids, including through illicit routes of administration such as snorting and injection.” He did not indicate when the study might be finished.

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