National Press Club

Former Education Secretary Duncan says Trump authoritarian, doesn't want educated citizens

September 20, 2018 | By Larry Feinberg |

Arne Duncan, who served seven years as President Barack Obama's Secretary of Education, described President Donald Trump as an "authoritarian leader" who calls the press "the enemy of the people" and says he is the only source of truth.

"It's a very, very scary thing," Duncan declared in response to a question at a Headliners Book Event Sept. 20 at the National Press Club.

He said the president "doesn't want independent thinkers" and "only wants people to listen to him."

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EMILY’s List President predicts Kavanaugh allegations will motivate women voters

September 18, 2018 | By Justin Duckham |

EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock predicted Tuesday that the sexual assault allegations facing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could compel more women to head to the polls in the 2018 midterm elections.

“Women voters are pretty riled up right now anyway. That being said, a little more gasoline on the fire is probably pretty good,” Schriock said at a National Press Club Headliners luncheon on Sept. 18. “There is a huge energy by women voters and they’re watching this.”

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Afghanistan War veteran writes ‘Man of War’ to honor his troops

September 17, 2018 | By Mark Krikorian |

As an Army officer in Afghanistan, Sean Parnell read Brad Thor's spy thriller Lions of Lucerne and thought, “if I can make it out of this country alive, I want to write a book just like this.”

The book that resulted, Man of War: An Eric Steele Novel, was the subject of a National Press Club Headliner Book Rap on Sept. 13. Parnell was joined by Jake Tapper of CNN and Club President Andrea Edney.

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National Guard public affairs chief discusses hurricane response, other challenges

September 11, 2018 | By Jim Noone |

The major issue of the moment for the National Guard Bureau, which oversees administration of Army and Air Force National Guard units nationwide, is the potential destructive impact of Hurricane Florence as it barrels toward the Southeast coast of the United States.

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Another educational Civil War tour for Club members in the books

September 9, 2018 | By Ken Dalecki |

Forty-seven National Press Club members and guests enjoyed an educational and entertaining tour Saturday, Sept. 8, of Antietam National Battlefield, the Maryland site of the bloodiest one-day engagement in U.S. military history, in the 14th annual trip hosted for the Club by the Civil War/American Battlefield Trust.

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National Press Club recognizes Capital Gazette staff with President’s Award

September 1, 2018 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

The staff of the Capital Gazette became honorary members of the National Press Club and won the President’s Award last Thursday.

Club President Andrea Edney said that the honor recognized the journalists at the Annapolis, Md., paper for “their extraordinary valor and their inspiring work” following a horrific newsroom shooting on June 28 that killed five of their colleagues.

The staff published the newspaper the day after the tragedy and hasn't skipped a beat while coping with the loss of their friends.

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Sen. John McCain, 1936-2018, last appeared at Club on Veterans Day, 2014

August 25, 2018

U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday at 81, often visited the National Press Club. His final appearance at the Club was at a Book Rap on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014. Here is the The Wire's article on his appearance:


By Mark Krikorian

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Sen. Warren pushes anti-corruption proposals, ducks question on Trump impeachment

August 21, 2018 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., laid out what she called “the most ambitious anti-corruption legislation proposed since Watergate" at the National Press Club Aug. 21, yet could not avoid reporters' questions about President Trump and her own plans for the 2020 presidential campaign.

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Washington Post, McClatchy leaders call for journalist Austin Tice’s freedom

August 17, 2018 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Fred Ryan, publisher of The Washington Post, called for the immediate and safe release of freelance journalist Austin Tice at an Aug. 14 event at the National Press Club marking the sixth year since he was detained in Syria.

“The work of Austin Tice reminds us of the importance, impact and yes dangers of great reporting,” Ryan said at the event, which was cosponsored by the Club and Reporters Without Borders.

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Sean Spicer talks about the press at Club Headliners event

August 14, 2018 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, conceding little in his criticism of the news media, told journalists that journalists need to look at themselves as critically as they look at the Trump administration.

Spicer spoke Monday at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event about his new book, “Briefing: Politics, the Press Corps and the President.”

He rejected his former boss's characterization of the press as the "enemy of the people."

He said he doesn't like it when any group is characterized, "but it goes both ways."

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