National Press Club

Author Mark Leibovich: NFL maintains hold on American imagination

October 13, 2018 | By Joe Luchok |

Despite many problems plaguing professional football, the NFL continues to have a "hold on the American imagination," author Mark Leibovich told a National Press Club audience Oct. 11.

In a discussion of his new book, “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times," Leibovich said the appeal of football is that it is “a great reality show,” and fans never know what is going to happen next.

As a recent example of a surprise, he pointed to Vontae Davis, a defensive back for the Buffalo Bills, retiring at halftime of a game.

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House Speaker Ryan worries about 'divisiveness' seeping deeper into society

October 9, 2018 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan told a National Press Club audience Oct. 8 the nation is experiencing "a lot of divisiveness" but that Congress continues to work in a bipartisan way.

He also addressed criticism that he does not stand up to President Donald Trump forcefully enough by saying that he tries to influence Trump through "good relationships" and "private conversations."

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Kornacki cites '90s political wars as start of America’s deep political divide

October 8, 2018 | By Kristina Groennings |

On the day before the Senate voted largely along party lines to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, MSNBC host and NBS News national political correspondent Steve Kornacki told a National Press Club audience that America's deep political divide began to form more than 20 years ago.

The political wars of the 1990s and Newt Gingrich’s redefinition of the Republican strategy fostered a party-versus-party mentality that fully crystalized in the stark contrast of red and blue states in the 2000 election, Kornacki asserted.

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Al Jazeera chief calls for global effort to protect journalists

October 3, 2018 | By Justin Duckham |

Acknowledging the pressures facing both his network as well as reporters across the globe, Mostefa Souag, the acting director general of Al Jazeera, said Tuesday that media organizations need to cooperate in order to ensure journalists’ safety.

“I am not talking about just the [Middle East] region,” Souag said during a National Press Club Headliners luncheon. “I am talking about worldwide media institutions. We need to work together.”

Souag suggested that this effort could begin with a conference to develop a comprehensive strategy.

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Task force proposes reforms to government ethics, rule of law

October 2, 2018 | By Chris Teale |

A nonpartisan task force unveiled 11 proposals to strength and codify government ethics and the rule of law at a Tuesday morning press conference at the National Press Club.

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Kalb Report: Dealing with the Trump reality show

October 2, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

Is Trump good for ratings while being bad for journalism?

Nearly two years into the Trump administration, journalists are still struggling to determine how to cover this president who has broken all of the rules of communicating with the people and who is fighting to undercut the legitimacy of any news organization that dares to criticize him.

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New book depicts National Press Building as hotbed of espionage

October 1, 2018 | By Michelle Amber |

Since it was built in 1927, the National Press Building has been a hotbed of espionage, housing some professional spies pretending to be journalists as well as some journalists who dabbled in espionage by cooperating with intelligence services, author Steven Usdin said at a Sept. 28 National Press Club Headliners book event.

The Press Building has been the home of many foreign newspapers, many of whom employed intelligence officers, Usdin said during a discussion of his new book, Bureau of Spies: The Secret Connections Between Espionage and Journalism in Washington.

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Press triumphs in NPC 'Press vs Politicians' Spelling Bee

September 29, 2018 | By Julia Haskins |

It was a W-I-N for journalists: The Washington press corps secured its third consecutive victory against lawmakers at the National Press Club's annual Press vs Politicians Spelling Bee Sept. 27, with Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post clinching the championship title.

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Air Force Secretary Wilson highlights plans to expand the air force at Club luncheon

September 26, 2018 | By Ken Dalecki |

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson reiterated Trump Administration plans to expand the Air Force to counter growing military challenges from Russia and China during a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon address on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Wilson, a former National Security Council staffer and Congresswoman from New Mexico, commended Congress for being on track to pass a budget likely to include significant increases in defense spending that will help her department improve readiness, increase the number of air squadrons and build air power cooperation with allies.

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The box had a yellow ribbon and bow around it: What led to Dan Abrams' new book

September 25, 2018 | By Joseph Luchok |

Speaking at the National Press Club on Sept. 24 about his new thriller, Dan Abrams explained that what prompted him to write “Lincoln’s Last Trial” was the discovery of a box, with a yellow ribbon and bow around it, in a garage.

The box contained transcripts of a murder trial in 1859 with Abraham Lincoln as the defense lawyer, Abrams said.

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