National Press Club

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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Kalb Report: How Trump’s gotten into our heads

April 12, 2017 | By Gil Klein |

President Donald Trump is trying to demonize news reporting to shape the information reaching the public so that it only makes him look good -– and it won’t work, CNN’s Jake Tapper and the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold told host Marvin Kalb on the latest edition of The Kalb Report April 8.

Just days after the program on April 10, Fahrenthold won the Pulitzer Prize for his presidential-campaign stories that probed Trump’s charitable giving.

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IRS Commissioner shares insights on 2017 tax filing season, hopes for future of tax code

April 5, 2017 | By Talia Schmidt |

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen spoke to a full house at a National Press Club Luncheon April 5 about his pride in the successful tax filing season every year of his almost-four-year tenure and his desire to see the tax code simplified.

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Trumka calls on Trump to choose workers over Wall Street

April 4, 2017 | By Michelle Amber |

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka April 4 called on President Donald J. Trump to decide who he stands with -— the coal miners and other American workers who he promised to help during his campaign or Wall Street tycoons who “are rigging the economy at our expense.”

Speaking at a National Press Club luncheon, Trumka said, “this decision will be the single greatest test of his presidency.”

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Renowned journalist Marvin Kalb warns of Trump’s challenge to America’s free press

April 3, 2017 | By Gil Klein |

By attacking a free press, President Trump is threatening to turn the American democracy into an authoritarian state, veteran newsman and National Press Club Fourth Estate Award-winner Marvin Kalb said in a special presentation to Club members Thursday.

“It may be too dramatic to say that American democracy rests in the hands of a free, though at the moment, uncertain press, but I believe it does,” Kalb said. “I also believe that the press will ultimately prevail in this dangerous, running war the president has launched.”

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