National Press Club

Post editor Baron uses Club's Fourth Estate Award dinner to call out Trump

December 2, 2018 | By Wesley G .Pippert |

Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, used the occasion of his receiving the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award Thursday to go after President Donald Trump's attacks on journalism and facts.

“History tells us we can’t always rely on our leaders to safeguard free expression in the cause of truth,” Baron said after receiving the Club's highest honor with Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, at the 46th annual dinner. “Today, we face another threat arguably more pernicious. This one is against the very concept of truth itself."

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Marvin Kalb: With a free press, you are going to be free

November 18, 2018 | By Joe Luchok |

Speaking to an audience at the National Press Club on Thursday, Nov. 15, Marvin Kalb said President Donald Trump’s “attacks on the press are attacks on the foundation of democracy.”

Kalb was discussing his book “Enemy of the People: Trump’s War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy.”

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Legal experts caution House impeachment action, say wait for Mueller

November 16, 2018 | By Kristina Groennings |

Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives in January will need to determine the most prudent means to direct their newfound investigative powers.

A panel of distinguished attorneys, moderated by former National Press Club President Donna Leinwand Leger Thursday and organized by Leinwand Leger and Headliners Team member Aaron Cohen, weighed in on what actions would be most effective and legally sound.

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Psychosocial counselor offers field guide for families, children coping with serious illness

November 15, 2018 | By Louise D. Walsh |

Using her decades of experiences with very sick children and their families, author and psychosocial counselor Joanna Breyer brought her comprehensive field guide for helping families cope to a National Press Club Headliners Book Event on Tuesday.

Club Vice President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, an NPR News health policy and economics correspondent, introduced Breyer and noted how much guidance exists “when you’re expecting a child but where does a parent turn for self-help when their biggest nightmare turns true?”

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World War II Battle for Manila detailed at American Legion Post 20 meeting

November 14, 2018 | By Ken Dalecki |

James M. Scott, author of "Rampage," a stirring account of the 29-day battle for Manila in early 1945, told a Nov. 14 luncheon meeting of the National Press Club American Legion Post 20 that the U.S. Army realized it was occupying a crime scene once the fighting ended.

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NASA scientists look to InSight landing on Mars for clues to planet’s past and our future

November 14, 2018 | By Louise D. Walsh |

InSight, a NASA spacecraft scheduled to land on Mars Nov. 26, aims to answer “critical unknowns” about the Red Planet’s composition in preparation for human habitation, according to a science panel at a National Press Club Headliners event on Tuesday.

“Mars rocks are time machines,” said Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “As I tell my students, no rock has ever lied to me!” he said to laughter.

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VA secretary vows to improve efforts to help active duty military transition to veterans status

November 11, 2018 | By Ken Dalecki |

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie told a National Press Club luncheon audience Friday that he does not expect the upcoming change in control of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Republicans to Democrats to affect efforts to improve services for more than 20 million veterans receiving VA health care benefits.

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Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin reveals 'what real leadership looks like' at Headliners luncheon

November 6, 2018 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Author Doris Kearns Goodwin has thought about leadership for her whole career, she told a Headliners Luncheon audience Monday at the National Press Club.

In her newest book, “Leadership in Turbulent Times.” the acclaimed presidential historian decided to approach the topic by focusing “a lens on the guys I knew the best,” referring to her previous books on former Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.

“I wanted to shine a light on what real leadership looks like,” she said.

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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.

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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.

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