National Press Club

American Legion National Commander impressed by new VA secretary, but will 'hold his feet to the fire'

February 22, 2017 | By Ken Dalecki |

“We will hold his feet to the fire,” promised American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference Wednesday, Feb. 22, speaking of the Trump administration's new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David J. Shulkin.

So far, however, Schmidt said he has been impressed the newly confirmed secretary, the first non-veteran to hold the VA post.

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Update-1: Former NPC president discusses administration's relationship with press

February 3, 2017 | By Adam Konowe |

What will the Trump administration mean for press freedom?

Will journalists cover the White House differently now that Donald Trump is president?

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NPC's Fourth Estate holds successful dinner featuring Marcus Samuelsson

February 1, 2017 | By Susan Delbert, NPC executive chef |

Marcus Samuelsson, renowned Food Network personality and New York restaurant chef, launched his new cookbook, The Red Rooster Harlem Cookbook, at a Wine Dinner in the Fourth Estate restaurant at the National Press Club on Jan. 30.

Speaking to a sellout crowd, Chef Marcus discussed not only his new Harlem restaurant and the internationally-inspired mix of foods to follow, but also the political aspects of food choices.

Ron Brooks, representing Country Vintner Distributors, discussed the Italian and American wines chosen to complement Chef Marcus’ menu. Below is the menu:

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National Press Club issues statement on the passing of Mary Tyler Moore

January 27, 2017

The following statement on the passing of Mary Tyler Moore was issued today by National Press Club President Jeff Ballou:

"We were sad to hear of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore who visited the Press Club on several occasions to discuss the many charitable causes she supported. We were pleased that she was once a speaker for our world-renowned Luncheon programs. Members and staff have fond memories of her visit.

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Sesno tells National Press Club audience asking questions, listening is important

January 26, 2017 | By Louise Walsh |

Just like his book title, Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions and Spark Change, veteran journalist Frank Sesno asked many questions in his riveting National Press Club conversation with former NPC President Mark Hamrick on Jan. 24.

“I challenge people to ask themselves: ‘What kind of listener are you?’” asked Sesno, a former CNN anchor, White House correspondent and White House bureau chief. “Are you an interrupter” or someone who must fill every empty space?

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Watching towers fall influences founder

January 23, 2017 | By Mark Krikorian |

"They're going to blame us. And it's going to get much worse."

That's what Amani Al-Khatahtbeh's father told her as they watched the planes slam into the Twin Towers on TV on 9/11 when she was in fourth grade in New Jersey. The experience shaped Al-Khatahtbeh's life. It led her, eventually, to start the blog and then to write Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age, which she discussed at an National Press Club Book Rap on Jan. 18.

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NPC President Ballou touts Club camaraderie, press protections in inaugural speech

January 16, 2017 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi |

The 110th National Press Club President has pledged to bring his hometown “Pittsburgh values” and their “winning tradition” to Washington, focusing on strengthening the Club for the future, enhancing the membership experience, and going the extra mile when the craft of journalism is threatened.

Al-Jazeera Media Network news editor Jeff Ballou took his oath of office on his late mother’s bible at his sold-out inauguration the night of Saturday, Jan. 14. Congratulatory video messages came in from Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and Ballou’s beloved Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Ranking Democrat Neal urges Republicans to reform Obamacare, tax code

January 15, 2017 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

The ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, at a National Press Club Newsmaker, urged Republicans to abandon their years-long quest to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- and instead work with Democrats to fix it.

"It is short-sighted to start anew," Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts said Thursday, Jan. 12, at the NPC. "They need to work with us to improve upon what we already have."

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HHS Secretary Burwell praises Affordable Care Act, discusses its future

January 9, 2017 | By Julia Haskins |

Coming up on her last few days as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sylvia Burwell spoke at a National Press Club luncheon Jan. 9, extolling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and warning against its repeal without a comprehensive, timely replacement.

The health care law resulted in numerous successes, the outgoing HHS Secretary said, pointing to expanded coverage that led to historically low uninsured rates. According to her, that momentum represents a stark difference to the period before the ACA was implemented.

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Panel: Activists will look to civil disobedience to challenge Trump

January 8, 2017 | By Julia Haskins |

Civil disobedience will be a key tactic for protestors challenging the incoming Trump administration, according to a panel of activists speaking at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Friday.

The speakers, all of whom have supported or engaged in civil disobedience, spoke to the importance of strategic resistance.

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