National Press Club

Misty Copeland protests National Endowment for the Arts elimination under Trump

April 17, 2017 | By Jesse Rifkin |

Arts funding by taxpayers and the federal government should be maintained in the face of defunding threats, American Ballet Theater Principal Dancer Misty Copeland said Monday at the National Press Club.

“Of course I’m not happy,” Copeland lamented in criticizing the Trump administration’s proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). “Right now is an even more important time for artists to have a voice, and to stand up for what’s right for this country.”

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Kalb Report: How Trump’s gotten into our heads

April 12, 2017 | By Gil Klein |

President Donald Trump is trying to demonize news reporting to shape the information reaching the public so that it only makes him look good -– and it won’t work, CNN’s Jake Tapper and the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold told host Marvin Kalb on the latest edition of The Kalb Report April 8.

Just days after the program on April 10, Fahrenthold won the Pulitzer Prize for his presidential-campaign stories that probed Trump’s charitable giving.

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IRS Commissioner shares insights on 2017 tax filing season, hopes for future of tax code

April 5, 2017 | By Talia Schmidt |

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen spoke to a full house at a National Press Club Luncheon April 5 about his pride in the successful tax filing season every year of his almost-four-year tenure and his desire to see the tax code simplified.

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Trumka calls on Trump to choose workers over Wall Street

April 4, 2017 | By Michelle Amber |

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka April 4 called on President Donald J. Trump to decide who he stands with -— the coal miners and other American workers who he promised to help during his campaign or Wall Street tycoons who “are rigging the economy at our expense.”

Speaking at a National Press Club luncheon, Trumka said, “this decision will be the single greatest test of his presidency.”

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Renowned journalist Marvin Kalb warns of Trump’s challenge to America’s free press

April 3, 2017 | By Gil Klein |

By attacking a free press, President Trump is threatening to turn the American democracy into an authoritarian state, veteran newsman and National Press Club Fourth Estate Award-winner Marvin Kalb said in a special presentation to Club members Thursday.

“It may be too dramatic to say that American democracy rests in the hands of a free, though at the moment, uncertain press, but I believe it does,” Kalb said. “I also believe that the press will ultimately prevail in this dangerous, running war the president has launched.”

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Journalism Institute receives $25K donation to scholarship fund from NBC News, MSNBC

April 3, 2017 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute will receive an unexpected contribution of $25,000 to its Diversity Scholarship fund from NBC News and MSNBC.

"MSNBC's gift goes to the heart of one of our core beliefs for many years, supporting talented future journalists who reflect our society's rich diversity. We are grateful that NBC News shares our vision to be the world's leading professional organization for journalists,” said NPC President Jeff Ballou.

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DeGette optimistic about future of bipartisan health care talks

March 30, 2017 | By Shelby Ostergaard |

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., minority chief deputy whip, said she optimistic about bipartisanship in remarks made at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

“Democrats and Republicans can and should work together on solutions for our healthcare system,” she said just days after the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a Republican effort to replace the Affordable Care Act, was abruptly pulled from the floor of Congress due to lack of support.

“Disease doesn’t just strike Democrats or Republicans,” she said. “It strikes everyone.”

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Dickson discusses Durocher at Club Book Rap

March 27, 2017 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

Other than an umpire's call against his team, if there was one thing Leo Durocher detested was the spotlight shining on anyone other than him.

In a Book Rap on Wednesday to talk about his latest tome, "Leo Durocher: Baseball's Prodigal Son," veteran baseball author and Club member Paul Dickson said Durocher's drive to hog the spotlight led to feuds with such luminaries as Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth and Ernie Banks. He called the Hall of Fame manager "probably the most interesting character and most controversial character in baseball."

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Pfizer CEO bashes Obamacare, defends drug pricing at NPC

March 27, 2017 | By Varun Saxena |

Pfizer CEO Ian Read gave a tough assessment of the insurance industry and the Affordable Care Act while defending the pharmaceutical industry’s aggressive pricing practices at a March 23 speech at a National Press Club luncheon.

Read said Pfizer has not taken a position on the Republican’s now unsuccessful attempt to repeal and replace the ACA, but indicated the elimination of the Obama-ere healthcare reform is not a great concern.

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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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