National Press Club

Greenspan says he was wrong to think rationality would prevail in the economy

November 7, 2013 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told a National Press Club Book Rap Nov 6 that his new book, "The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting," is a detective story.

Greenspan said that he wanted to discover “step-by-step” how the crisis happened. He started out by believing human rationality would prevail. He began his examination by asking whether this was true.

“I gradually proved to myself that it was wrong,” Greenspan said. “It is an interesting experience to look yourself in the mirror and say you are wrong.”

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Reporters recollect shock, horror of covering Kennedy assassination

November 6, 2013 | By Monica Coleman |

Where were you when John F. Kennedy was shot? Many are remembering because Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death. Reporters who covered the 1963 assassination in Texas shared their experiences at the Club Nov. 4.

“[The Kennedy visit] was the biggest story of the year,” said CBS News senior correspondent Bob Schieffer, who was a cub reporter on the Fort Worth Star Telegram at the time. Presidential travel was rare, he said, indicating the Kennedys were there to raise money for the next election.

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Actress-activist Goldie Hawn speaks up about 'MindUP'

November 6, 2013 | By Richard F. Lee |

Goldie Hawn came to the National Press Club to speak up about MindUP, a curriculum and teaching model for primary school children, at a Nov. 5 Club Luncheon. It’s a cause that’s important to her, and she wants to spread the word about it, she said.

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell calls on Congress to pass budget, fund public lands

October 31, 2013 | By Jennifer Ejim |

Congress must pass a budget that funds successful programs that protect public lands, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a National Press Club audience Thursday, Oct. 31.

President Obama "believes we have a moral obligation to the next generation to leave the land better than we found it,” Jewell said. Congress should also pass "dozens of locally supported bills introduced by both Republicans and Democrats, to protect the places that Americans love the most.”

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Human rights advocate, ex-Army officer point to Iraqi government involvement in Ashraf massacre

October 31, 2013 | By Joe Sparks |

A human rights advocate and former Army officer said they have evidence that the Iraqi government backed a raid that killed 52 unarmed refugees at Iraq's Camp Ashraf.

The revelations came at a National Press Club Newsmaker on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in a report presented by Jared Genser, a human rights lawyer who heads Perseus Strategies, and former Col. Thomas Cantwell, as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited Washington.

The report concludes that Maliki “is responsible for crimes against humanity," Genser said.

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Panel outlines photographers' First Amendment rights

October 29, 2013 | By Jim McCaskill |

Photo journalists are fully protected by the First Amendment, but their rights are not absolute, photographers, police and lawyers explained Oct. 23 at a National Press Club panel sponsored by the Club's Photography Committee and the National Press Photographers Association as party of Free Speech Week.

"Photography is not a crime," moderator Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, said.

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Helmke urges Americans to find common ground between gun rights and gun control to curb gun violence

October 22, 2013 | By Monica Coleman |

Two recent mass shootings and dozens of daily homicides show the United States continues to have a gun violence problem despite drops nationwide in violent crime, Paul Helmke, former CEO of the Brady Campaign/Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said Friday, Oct. 18 at a National Press Club Newsmaker.

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CNN host Piers Morgan tells NPC audience he favors aggressive interviews, loves Twitter

October 20, 2013 | By Jeffery King |

British interviewers are more aggressive and controversial than American TV hosts, CNN host Piers Morgan told a sold-out National Press Club audience Friday, Oct. 18.

Morgan, host of CNN's Piers Morgan Live and a former British tabloid editor, discussed his new book, "Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney," a memoir about his life, career and rise to prominence as a news host in the United States. He was interviewed at the event by Barbara Cochran, president of the board of the National Journalism Institute.

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Players in 'Saturday Night Massacre' recall upholding rule of law

October 20, 2013 | By Jessica Wray

The 'Saturday Night Massacre' that shook the national and started President Nixon's slide to resignation pitted power against rule of law, several of the key players said Oct. 17 at a National Press Club panel commemorating the 40th anniversary of the event.

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Horde of Trekkies hears 'Star Trek' star George Takei defend gay rights at luncheon

October 18, 2013 | By Richard Lee |

Trekkies flocked to the National Press Club to welcome actor, activist and TV cult figure George Takei at a National Press Club luncheon Oct. 18.

The Japanese-American actor's long-running role as Lt. Hikaru Sulu on the 1960s TV series "Star Trek" and the six subsequent, successful Paramount feature films that were an outgrowth of that small-screen phenomenon have made Takei a cult-figure among sci-fi fans.

It was Takei's role as activist and his trademark humor that took center stage in the Club's ballroom, which Takei described as looking like an "elegant Star Trek convention."

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