National Press Club

Sasse doubts Trump will face major GOP challenger in 2020

October 31, 2018 | By Michelle Amber |

President Donald Trump is unlikely to face a major GOP challenger in 2020, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-NE, said Wednesday at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon.

Trump “has basically captured the majority of the Republican Party over the course of the last two and one-half years, Sasse said. "The Republican electorate is pretty comfortable with the anti positions” that Trump takes on a lot issues.

Read more

Vaccine expert Paul Offit takes on anti-vaccine celebrities, politicians in new book

October 30, 2018 | By Eleanor Herman |

When Paul Offit was five years old, he tied a towel around his neck, leaped into the air, tried to fly like Superman, and hit the ground hard.

“That didn’t prove that I could never fly like Superman,” he explained to an audience at a Headliners’ Book Rap Oct. 29 at the National Press Club. “Just that I didn’t fly during that attempt."

Offit, now a doctor and an award-winning expert on vaccines, immunology and virology, told the story to illustrate why scientists are often careful about what they say.

Read more

Host and founder of The Young Turks blasts mainstream media, touts role of digital media in progressive movement

October 28, 2018 | By Kristina S. Groenning |

Cenk Uygur, host and founder of progressive digital news outlet The Young Turks, delivered a blistering attack on the mainstream media Friday at the National Press Club.

Uygur railed against what he described as a mainstream media beholden by corporate money to the status quo.

Read more

Air & Space Museum’s restoration to revive enthusiasm for space, says director

October 24, 2018 | By Bill Miller |

A seven-year restoration of the National Air and Space Museum on Washington’s National Mall, scheduled to begin this fall, aims to rekindle the enthusiasm for space exploration that gripped America with Apollo moon landing program 50 years ago, the museum’s new director, Ellen Stofan, told a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon Oct. 22.

Calling the landing in 1969 “history’s biggest achievement,” Stofan said the Apollo program’s “level of excitement and engagement is what I want people to feel when they visit the Air & Space Museum.”

Read more

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.

Read more

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."

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more