National Press Club

Chicago’s troubled schools making gains, Mayor Emanuel tells Club

June 20, 2017 | By Larry Feinberg |

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a speech at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Tuesday, said his city’s public schools have made substantial gains in the six tumultuous years since he took office. He promised schools would open on time in September despite recent borrowing and a budget impasse between Illinois’ Republican governor and Democratic-controlled state legislature.

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Terrorist battle will rage beyond ISIS, Joint Chiefs chair warns Headliners Luncheon

June 19, 2017 | By Ken Dalecki |

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Americans to be prepared for a long battle with terrorist organizations that will not end with the defeat of ISIS in the Middle East.

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Trump will survive current woes, win second term, Gingrich predicts at Headliners Book Rap

June 16, 2017 | By Wesley G. Pippert | PippertW@missouri

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in a spirited defense of President Trump, predicted at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap Friday that the Republicans may gain seats next year in the congressional elections and called the current Russian investigation "junk."

"I love saying in front of a liberal audience, 'During Trump's second term...'" Gingrich said.

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Ken Burns, Lynn Novick hope their PBS documentary on Vietnam will shift national discourse, they tell Headliners Event

June 14, 2017 | By Kristin Szremski |

Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick want to fundamentally change the national conversation about the Vietnam War, and they’re hoping their new 18-hour documentary on the subject will be the impetus for such a paradigm shift.

The two filmmakers made that clear Wednesday morning at a National Press Club Headliners Event at which they joined retired Air Force Gen. Merrill A. McPeak, who played an integral advisory role in the documentary, producer Sarah Bostein, and National Press Club President Jeff Ballou.

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What’s real? Panel at Club probes ‘fauxtography,’ fake news

June 13, 2017 | By Noel St. John |

Not only are fake news stories a problem on popular and social media, but so are fake photographs, a panel of experts said in a wide-ranging examination of both at a June 12 discussion at the National Press Club.

Opening the session, panel moderator Mickey Osterreicher, lead counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, displayed an image of a man mowing his fenced yard while a tornado touched down in the neighboring field. “Is it real?, Osterreicher asked.

The image was real, said Osterreicher, but many photos are not, he said, citing them as examples of “Fauxtography.”

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What if we’re attacked by nuclear weapons? Journalist Garrett Graff reveals the government’s plans

May 23, 2017 | By Jesse Rifkin |

The U.S. government maintains better contingency plans in place for saving the Liberty Bell than for saving most civilians’ lives in the event of a homeland attack, journalist Garrett Graff contended at the National Press Club in a talk Monday, May 22.

The former editor-in-chief of Politico Magazine and the Washingtonian, Graff was promoting his new book “Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself -- While the Rest of Us Die.”

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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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