National Press Club

Catholics address Pope Francis’ U.S. trip in the context of climate change and poverty

September 16, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Three members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy sought to prepare the way for Pope Francis' U.S. visit by telling a National Press Club Newsmaker Wednesday the papal encyclical on climate change had the human face of some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski, of Miami, the leader of the group, acknowledged they do not know what Francis will say during the six-day papal visit starting next week. "That's above our pay grade, I guess," Wenski said, adding it was clear they assume the pope would focus on the theme of his encyclical, "Laudato Si."

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Public support, political will needed for Mars mission, astronauts say

September 15, 2015 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi |

NASA expects to send humans to Mars within the next two decades, but it can only do so with the green light from Congress and the White House, astronauts told a breakfast crowd at the National Press Club Monday.

Col. Terry Virts, a former Air Force pilot, and retired astronaut Mark Kelly, whose twin brother Scott is currently the subject of a year-long study in space, insisted that public support and political will are key to realizing what would be a very expensive Mars mission.

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Jindal on Trump: "He may be Hillary Clinton's only hope"

September 10, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pipert |

In calculated stinging remarks, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Thursday characterized fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump as "dangerous ... a narcissist ... an egomaniac madman" though at his core he is "insecure and weak."

"Donald Trump is for Donald Trump," Jindal told a news conference at the National Press Club. It was almost certainly the harshest criticism of Trump yet made by members of the vast array of Republican presidential candidates.

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Transportation Infrastructure Panel Advocates Long-term Planning and Funding

September 9, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) and Teamsters President Jim Hoffa urged broad, long-term planning and funding for transportation infrastructure at a Newsmaker event at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Foxx noted that the 34th short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund is now in effect and that, "This is what is slowly killing our transportation system."

But even a solvent Highway Trust Fund is not the goal, but a tool, he said. He offered the goal of reducing congestion and travel times.

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Vilsack urges Congress to reauthorize Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

September 9, 2015 | By Louise Walsh |

“Now is not the time to roll back [child nutrition] standards but to continue our forward movement,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday at the National Press Club. Calling on Congress to reauthorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, Vilsack noted that poor nutrition, food insecurity, obesity and overweight not only impact our children but threaten our economic competitiveness and national security.

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Graham Takes on Iran Deal and Trump During Press Club Appearance

September 8, 2015 | By Ken Dalecki |

GOP presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told a National Press Club luncheon audience Tuesday that the U.S. must accept its "fair share" of refugees from wars in the Middle East or "take down the Statue of Liberty." He also vowed to lead Senate opposition to the nuclear arms deal with Iran, including a government spending shutdown if necessary.

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CNN fields largest, fastest media team in NPC 5K

September 6, 2015 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

CNN fielded the largest and fastest media team in the NPC Beat the Deadline 5K race on Saturday, Sept. 5.

The cable news runners were among the 391 participants who ran and walked a course that stretched from the National Press Building in downtown Washington to Capitol Hill.

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Who knew? Humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish -- So what?

September 3, 2015 | By Lorraine Woellert |

Humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish. What can journalists do to capture that attention?

Plenty. There are a multitude of visual tools that can help us tell stories and make them stick. That was the message from Stacey Miller, a senior manager at Help a Reporter Out, who offered tips at an Aug. 28 National Press Club luncheon.

We’re exposed to more hours of media than there are in a day, Miller said: Twenty-plus hours from the Internet, more than two on our phones and five in front of the TV. “Readers” are now watchers and lookers who constantly are multi-tasking.

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SC Gov. Haley Says GOP Must Change Approach, Scolds Trump for Getting Mad

September 3, 2015 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who described herself a conservative Republican, said her party must “change our approach” to blacks and other minorities by listening carefully to their concerns and trying hard to meet them.

At a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday, Haley said the Republican approach “often appears cold and unwelcoming” to minorities even though Republican policies on jobs, education, and healthcare are aimed at “lifting up all people.”

“That is shameful,” she continued, adding, “It’s on us to communicate … in ways that wipe away the clutter of prejudices.”

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Santorum agrees with Trump on border wall, but wants American workers to build it

August 20, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum proposed before a National Press Club Speakers news conference Aug. 20 slowing the flow of illegal immigrants by building a wall along the border and depriving their children born in the United States of automatic citizenship.

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