National Press Club

Chertoff Says US Safer Now; Praises Press

September 11, 2008 | By Arnold Donahue

On the eve of the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Michael Chertoff, cecretary of Homeland Security, answered the question he posed: Are we safer now than before 9/11?

He warned that the nation needs to be wary of the twin pitfalls of hysteria and complacency. He cited the measures taken since 9/11 as evidence that the situation had improved: the steps by the U.S. government and American allies, enhanced intelligence, stronger partnerships with allies, and the new department of Homeland Security.

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Jurnos Discuss Obama-McCain Campaign 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

September 11, 2008

Veteran political journalists with experience in covering US presidential campaigns in print, television, and radio will discuss presidential election coverage at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Jon Margolis, former chief correspondent for the Chicago Tribune;
John Mashek, US News & World Report and former political correspondent for the Boston Globe; Christine Dolan, London Mirror and former CNN political director; Jules Witcover, syndicated political columnist;

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Industry Downturn Spurs Gov't Push Back on Info

September 11, 2008 | By Gil Klein

DENVER – Squeezed for profits, news media companies no longer are pushing for access to information as they once did, a panel of Denver journalists said at a National Press Club forum here Tuesday.

“The media seems less and less willing to fight back and to challenge government authority in a legal sense,” said Brad Maass, who leads the investigative team at Denver’s CBS 4.

He was speaking at a National Press Club Centennial Forum on the First Amendment, freedom of the press and the future of journalism. It was held at the Denver Press Club.

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Walters, Albright, Cohen to Roast Amanpour Nov. 21

September 10, 2008

Broadcasting legend Barbara Walters, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen will toast and roast Christiane Amanpour, the National Press Club's 2008 Fourth Estate Award winner, at the dinner in her honor on Nov. 21 at the Club.

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5K Forecast: Lookin' Good for Saturday

September 10, 2008

The weather forcast for Saturday is perfect running weather -- High of 81, low of 71.

If you haven't registered to participate in the Club's 5K Run/Walk, now is the time to sign up. Your $30 will get you a long-sleeve T shirt, a sit-down pancake and egg breakfast, the chance to win prizes if you or your team are fast or large (we're talking numbers, my friends, not what the scale says!), and the chance to win random prizes.

This bears repeating: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RUN! Walkers are, of course, welcome.

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New Seats Available for Pickens Luncheon Sept. 22

September 8, 2008

The speaker luncheon featuring T. Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital Management, has been moved to the ballroom to accommodate additional reservations.

After the luncheon, Pickens will sign his book in the Zenger Room.

To reserve, call 202-662-7501. Member tickets are $16; guests $28; non-members, $35.

To submit a qustion in advance, email with Pickens in the subject line.

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Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff to Speak Wednesday

September 8, 2008

On the eve of the seventh observance of the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centers, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security will tell a National Press Club audience what is being done to guard against another attack.

In a speech entitled, "All of the Above: Our Strategy Against Terrorism", Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will assess the state of the nation's security seven years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The NPC luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Reserve at (202) 662-7501.

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Social Networking & Campaigns: All Revealed Sept. 15

September 8, 2008

Blogs, YouTube and social networking sites are turning into a big factor in this campaign. The Club has gathered some of the top experts on these new media to talk about what impact they are having both on politics and political journalism.

Join us at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, to hear:

Michael Tomasky, editor of, the U.S.-based Web site of The Guardian newspaper of London. It covers American politics and culture

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6 Seats Open for Amish Trip Sept. 20

September 8, 2008

The day trip to Amish Country in Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 20, has proved popular. There are still six seats left, so please make your reservations by the end of this week. And feel free to bring along friends and guests.

Send reservations to Pat Nelson at or 662-7501 by Friday, Sept. 12.

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Trip to Radio & Television Museum, Saturday, Oct. 18

September 5, 2008

Are you a sucker for the technology of your childhood? Fascinated by early radio equipment? Then this is for you.

The History and Broadcast committees are sponsoring a field trip for Club members and their guests to the Radio & Television Museum in Bowie, Md., on Saturday, Oct.18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum features hundreds of early radio and television sets and much area broadcast memorabilia.

Arrive any time in that two-hour window and take your time touring the museum, housed in a red, turn-of-the-century farmhouse.

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