National Press Club

Former head of government ethics office says norms have unraveled under Trump

July 30, 2017 | By Julia Haskins |

Walter Shaub says he is using his post-government service to re-establish ethical norms that have unraveled.

Shaub, who spoke at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker July 28, resigned from the Office of Government Ethics months before his five-year term expired, saying he had reached the limits of what he could accomplish at the agency. He is now serving as senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center, an advocacy group.

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Former Census Bureau director says more funding is needed for count

July 28, 2017 | By Varun Saxena |

On the heels of his unexpected resignation, former U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson called for adequate funding for the decennial count during a July 25 National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker.

Preparations have been underfunded by $200 million so far, and the agency needs to be fully funded soon in order to catch up, he said.

In particular, money is needed for a decentralized marketing campaign to ensure that everyone participates in the survey so that there is not an undercount, he said.

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Trump ban on transgender soldiers awaits written command, U.S. Army chief says

July 28, 2017 | By Jesse Rifkin |

President Donald Trump’s Twitter announcement that transgender soldiers would be banned from military service has not yet been officially directed, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley said July 27 at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon.

“The military operates off of certain processes," Milley said. "To date, I have yet to receive implementation directives from the Department of Defense. To my knowledge, Secretary Mattis hasn’t received written directives yet. That’s where we are right now, We’ll act when we receive written orders.”

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Conservative Republican group seeks to eliminate independent congressional scorekeeper

July 26, 2017 | By Gwen Flanders |

The Freedom Caucus, the group of the most conservative members of the House Republican conference, will seek to stop the Congressional Budget Office from offering independent analyses of congressional legislation.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who chairs the caucus, said at a July 24 National Press Club Headliners Luncheon that the group would seek to eliminate 89 jobs and instead have the CBO aggregate estimates made by ideological think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and the Brookings Institution.

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Kornheiser, Wilbon win Club's Fourth Estate Award

July 25, 2017 | By Crystal White |

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, award-winning sports journalists and co-hosts of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, will receive the National Press Club’s highest honor, the Fourth Estate Award, on Oct. 4. Kornheiser and Wilbon are the 45th recipients of the award and the first joint recipients. The Fourth Estate Award recognizes journalists who have made significant contributions to the field.

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NPC group gets close-up look at two fierce Civil War battles near Culpeper, VA

July 18, 2017 | By Jim Noone |

Forty National Press Club members and guests got a close-up look at the historic site of two short but fierce battles near Culpeper, VA, during the Club’s 14th annual Civil War Trip.

The trip, on on Saturday, July 15, was hosted by the Civil War Trust as part of a longstanding payment-in-kind agreement with the Club.

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Independents tout centrist approach at NPC Headliners Newsmaker

July 14, 2017 | By Louise D. Walsh |

Breaking from traditional party structures can help politicians solve the problems that have put Republicans and Democrats at loggerheads, a panel of politicians from Alaska, Maine and Iowa said Wednesday at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker event.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an Independent, recalled how often he and his Democratic rival for governor agreed with each other in their primary debates.

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WWII Midway veteran recounts epic battle

July 13, 2017 | By Kenneth Dalecki |

Capt. John "Jack" Crawford, 98, a veteran of the Battle of Midway that turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific in favor of the U.S., recalled his role in the epic sea clash at an open meeting of NPC American Legion Post 20 on Thursday, July 13.

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Amtrak CEO Charles Moorman defends against Trump’s proposed 13% transportation budget cuts

July 12, 2017 | By Jesse Rifkin |

The Trump administration’s proposal to end all federal support for Amtrak’s long-distance rail service would be “extraordinarily problematic,” Amtrak CEO and President Charles Moorman said Wednesday at the National Press Club.

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would slash the federal transportation budget by 13% and completely eliminate all federal subsidies to Amtrak’s long-distance rail service. Those subsidies account for 45% of the program’s operating budget. Without the subsidies, Amtrak would have to eliminate service to 220 cities, Moorman said.

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Washington Post column highlights Club history with presidents

July 7, 2017 | By Wire staff report |

A recent National Press Club event that explored the Club's relationship with past presidents, among other historical high points, was captured this week in a Washington Post story.

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