National Press Club

Venezuelan journalist addresses his nation’s crisis and challenges to press freedom

May 22, 2017 | By Louise D. Walsh |

As Venezuela moves closer to political and economic collapse, the head of Radio Caracas Television told a National Press Club audience on May 18 that his country will very soon need assistance for “food, medicine and public order.”
Marcel Granier, RCTV’s CEO, gave his perspective on the Venezuelan crisis and spoke of the necessary tension between government and the press. He was asked about any parallels to the United States.

“Right now, we have a country with no institutions,” he said. “At any time, the armed forces in Venezuela can collapse.”

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Authors tell Rap Clinton campaign was ‘Shattered’ regardless of outcome

May 22, 2017 | By Joseph Luchok |

The title of the book detailing the history of the campaign for president by a former First Lady, senator and Secretary of State was going be "Shattered" whether Hillary Rodham Clinton won or lost, Amie Parnes told a sold-out National Press Club Book Rap May 18.

Parnes and her co-author, Jonathan Allen, said their title worked either way -- If Clinton won it would be that she shattered the glass ceiling and if (when) she lost it was a shattered campaign. The complete title of the book is "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign."

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Garrow tells Book Rap he interviewed 1,000 people for biography

May 13, 2017 | By Joe Motheral |

Historian David J. Garrow estimates he interviewed around 1,000 people to obtain the information to write his biography of former President Barack Obama.

“A tax person on Chicago’s South side had a list of people that had been provided by Barack,” Garrow told a National Press Club Book Rap on May 11.

For “historical purposes you need to find everyone you can,” Garrow said of the process he took to research the 1,400-page Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.

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British ‘voice for those who do not have a voice' opposes imposing Syrian regime change

May 13, 2017 | By Mark Krikorian |

Religious leaders from the region torn by the Syrian civil war oppose regime change from the outside, a humanitarian and member of the British House of Lords told a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference on May 9.

Baroness Caroline Cox of Queensbury came to the Club directly from the Syria-Lebanon border, and visited several cities in Syria itself last fall. She met with Muslim, Christian and Yazidi religious leaders and ordinary citizens.

Their main message to her was to let the people of Syria work out their own destiny.

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Council on Foreign Relations President Haass gives Trump mixed report card

May 8, 2017 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, told a National Press Club Breakfast May 8 that President Donald J. Trump has injected "uncertainty and instability" into U.S. foreign policy but he credited Trump for his actions in Syria and in dealing with North Korea.

Haass, in a sweeping discussion of global politics for Club members sponsored by the Headliners Team, said a "certain predictability" was required to being a successful world leader.

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Press Freedom experts: Trump's harsh tone toward media takes toll at home, abroad

May 4, 2017 | By Justin Duckham |

On the first World Press Freedom Day under President Donald J. Trump, media advocates gathered at the National Press Club May 3 to warn that the president’s harsh rhetoric toward the press is taking its toll both at home and abroad.

Speaking on the first of three panels marking the day, Delphine Halgand, the U.S. director of Reporters Without Borders, pointed to the organization’s annual press freedom index released last week showing that the United States has fallen two places to become 43rd on the list of countries that support a free press.

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Wrongly convicted man recounts ordeal at "Anatomy of Innocence" Book Rap

May 4, 2017 | By Eleanor Herman |

Jerry Miller, who served 24 years in prison and a year on parole for a rape, robbery and assault he did not commit, said he is not angry but expressed concern for other innocent people in the prison system.

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North Korea expert addresses NPC Legion Post on No. 1 national security risk

April 30, 2017 | By Ken Dalecki |

North Korea is "the number one national security issue that has to be addressed," Joseph DeTrani, former U.S. Ambassador to the Six Party Talks with that country, told a luncheon meeting of National Press Club American Legion Post 20 on Friday, April 28.

DeTrani, a veteran diplomat and national security expert, participates is occasional meetings with the rogue regime's vice minister for foreign affairs in non-governmental contacts to keep a door open to the reclusive and unpredictable nuclear power.

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Reporting on the turbulent Trump administration

April 19, 2017 | By Tierney Plumb |

Journalists are facing a gamut of unprecedented challenges during President Donald Trump's administration: denied access, outright falsehoods, and lack of available information, to name a few.

On Wednesday, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the Club’s professional training affiliate, joined forces with another non-profit dedicated to journalism education, the National Press Foundation, to host a half-day symposium on covering politics in the era of "fake news".

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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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