National Press Club

Lawyer, playwright sheds light on Native-American rights at Headliners Newsmaker

January 23, 2018 | By Menachem Wecker

The first draft of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s new play “Sovereignty", premiering Jan. 24 at Arena Stage, was 190 pages. The play, which is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, is so packed with facts and the history of Nagle’s prominent Cherokee family that audience members may leave looking dizzy, admitted the lawyer and playwright at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker on Jan. 23.

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NPC board votes to rescind Charlie Rose's Fourth Estate Lifetime Achievement Award

December 20, 2017 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

The National Press Club Board of Governors voted unanimously at its Dec. 18 meeting to rescind its Fourth Estate Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Charlie Rose in 2014 and the accompanying honorary Club membership.

Allegations about Rose’s conduct, acknowledged in part by him, led three news organizations to sever ties with him. The board concluded such conduct does not represent the values of the Club nor the criteria for the award, which goes to a journalist who “has achieved distinction for a lifetime of contributions to American journalism.”

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Isaacson urges audience to adopt Leonardo da Vinci’s curiosity and observation

December 18, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Walter Isaacson, biographer of Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci, urged a National Press Club audience on Monday to cultivate curiosity and observation as da Vinci did, saying the example changed and enriched the author’s own life.

Speaking at a Dec. 18 Headliners Breakfast book event about his biography of da Vinci, Isaacson pulled out his small, red notebook, the same size as some used by the painter, to encourage the audience to follow suit.

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Democratic strategist Brazile calls Trump 'vulgar,' takes her party politicians to task

December 14, 2017 | By Wesley G. Pippert | Pippertw@missouri.edu

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile told a National Press Club audience Tuesday that President Donald Trump was “vulgar” in his remark about a woman senator, and added she wouldn't object to re-litigating the sexual behavioral accusations against Bill Clinton and Clarence Thomas.

The National Press Club Headliners Book Rap included a conversation with Club President Jeff Ballou, who quickly asked Brazile about Trump’s remark that, in the past, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) “would do anything” to get campaign contributions from him. Some interpreted Trump’s remark as sexually suggestive.

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Agriculture Secretary Perdue says he wants to make USDA the `Amazon of the federal government'

December 12, 2017 | By Amanda Macias | amanda.m.macias@gmail.com

In his first visit to the National Press Club as Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue on Tuesday discussed the importance of encouraging American farmers and inspiring the next generation of agricultural leaders by boosting efficiency and customer focus.

“Every single day, every single American, every single visitor is directly and tangibly affected by the work of our department,” Perdue said at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Dec. 12. “The USDA matters.”

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Andrea Snyder Edney elected 111th National Press Club president

December 10, 2017 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | markschoeff@gmail.com

Andrea Snyder Edney, an editor at Bloomberg News, was elected the 111th president of the National Press Club on Dec. 8, promising that the Club would help “strengthen our journalism community” to respond to an “unprecedented time” in the profession.

Edney, who ran unopposed for the office, won one of several Club officer and board positions that were decided in the Club election, which ran from Nov. 27 through Dec. 8. The races drew a total of 246 online and 36 in-person votes for positions open to journalist members and 180 online and 10 in-person votes for a communicator position.

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California AG: Republicans will have full responsibility for any government shutdown

December 7, 2017 | By Chris Teale | chris.teale55@gmail.com

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) warned that congressional Republicans will have no one to blame but themselves if the federal government shuts down later this week.

At a Wednesday Newsmaker press conference at the National Press Club, Becerra, who was appointed attorney general earlier this year, said it is up to Republicans to govern effectively given they have full control of Congress.

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Bill McCarren honored by Owls for significant contributions to NPC

November 30, 2017

The National Press Club Silver Owls -- those with 25 or more years of continuous membership -- on Thursday evening conferred the Order of the Owl on Club Executive Director Bill McCarren for his many contributions to the Club. The award honors “birds of a unique species, weathered and wise, who have nested at the National Press Club and demonstrated that they give a hoot about Washington Journalism.”

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National Academies call for Congressional and Federal agency action to reduce drug costs

November 30, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report at a National Press Club Headliners event Thursday, entitled “Making Medicines Affordable,” calling for congressional and federal agency steps to lower drug costs.

The report seeks to “address the market failures that currently permeate the pharmaceutical sector,” according to an introduction written by Norman Augustine, chairman of the committee that wrote the report and former chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, who spoke first at the event.

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World Bank president aims to end extreme poverty by 2030

November 21, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, a physician and anthropologist, told a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon Monday that economic growth, stability and investment in people were the “pillars” to meet the Bank’s goals of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting prosperity for the poorest 40 percent of the world’s population.

Extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day, remains the condition of 767 million people, 1.1 billion less than in 1990, he said.

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