National Press Club

Muslim scholar touts Marrakesh Declaration on rights of religious minorities in bid to win war of ideas against ISIS

May 15, 2016 | By Varun Saxena

The Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities will help the liberal interpretation of Islam prevail in the “market of ideas” amid increasing violence in the Middle East led by the Islamic State, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Muslim scholar Aziza al Hibri said Tueday at the National Press Club.

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Historian David McCullough says Trump's rise baffles him

May 12, 2016 | By Gil Klein |

Looking through the lens of his long view of American history, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough told host Marvin Kalb Thursday that Donald Trump’s rise to be the presumptive Republican nominee baffles him.

“How does the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower even consider nominating a man who has risen to his prominence and wealth by television shows and owning gambling casinos?” he replied to Kalb’s question asking how the American political experiment could produce Trump.

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Owls hear Mark Russell's scathing take on this year's election

May 4, 2016 | By Gil Klein |

The National Press Club's Silver Owls crowded into the ballroom May 3 to hear political satirist Mark’s Russell’s scathing take on this year’s presidential election.

With the crowd made up mostly of Owls, who have been members for more than 25 years, Russell called the gathering “The post-White House Correspondents Dinner for those who were in bed by 10 p.m. last Saturday night.”

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Model law enforcement program offers ways to work with mentally ill suspected offenders

April 28, 2016 | By Chuck Porcari |

Law enforcement personnel in Fairfax County, Va., are receiving specialized training giving them tools to defuse potentially violent situations involving mentally ill citizens, before force becomes necessary, county law enforcement leaders told a Newsmaker at the National Press Club on Thursday.

The “Diversion First” program, which county officials see as a national model, is designed to change the way that officers on the street and deputies in the jail interact with suspected offenders who have mental health and emotional issues.

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Update-1 podcast covers Fijian cyclone’s impact on residents and media

April 26, 2016 | By Adam Konowe |

Cyclone Winston, the worst storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, is the focus of the latest Update-1, the National Press Club’s podcast. Winston had sustained winds of 185 miles an hour and killed 42 people. It also destroyed thousands of homes in Fiji, left many people without water and electricity, and forced tens of thousands of Fijians to live in evacuation centers.

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Beloved member and former National Press Club president Art Wiese dies, age 69

April 22, 2016 | By Thomas Burr |

A message from NPC president Thomas Burr:

It's with a heavy heart that we report today that former National Press Club President Art Wiese, a long-time supporter of the journalism craft, has passed away.

Art was a friend to all and a valued member of the National Press Club and the journalism community at large. While we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his life achievements and his contributions to the world around him.

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Kalb Report: Judy Woodruff explains challenges of covering Trump’s unique campaign

April 21, 2016 | By Gil Klein |

Donald Trump is posing a major conundrum for the news media that is trying to figure out how to cover him, Judy Woodruff, co-anchor of the NewsHour on PBS, told host Marvin Kalb Wednesday night.

“He is by definition a non-politician,” Woodruff said on the Press Club’s The Kalb Report. “So we’ve struggled to figure out how do you cover somebody who is so outspoken, who doesn't care what the Republican establishment thinks of him, takes on the news media directly, uses language that we sometimes can’t repeat on television.”

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Amb. DeTrani sees N. Korea, cyber attacks as top U.S. security challenges

April 21, 2016 | By Ken Dalecki |

North Korea poses the "most serious" security threat facing the U.S. and its allies, Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, president of the Daniel Morgan Academy, told a packed audience at an April 21 meeting of the NPC's American Legion Post 20.

DeTrani, a former president of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and high-ranking CIA official, gave a sweeping tour of security challenges facing the nation.

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Commerce Secretary Pritzker defends Trans-Pacific trade pact at NPC luncheon

April 18, 2016 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, strongly defending the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, predicted it would be ratified by Congress this year despite criticism from the leading contenders for both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.

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Women of the Senate inspire author to research, write book about female influence

April 14, 2016 | By Gabby LaVerghetta |

Jay Newton-Small, Washington correspondent for Time Magazine, was inspired to her write Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works after writing a story about the women of the Senate coming together to end the federal-government shutdown of 2013, she told a National Press Club Book Rap April 13.

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