National Press Club

New book depicts National Press Building as hotbed of espionage

October 1, 2018 | By Michelle Amber |

Since it was built in 1927, the National Press Building has been a hotbed of espionage, housing some professional spies pretending to be journalists as well as some journalists who dabbled in espionage by cooperating with intelligence services, author Steven Usdin said at a Sept. 28 National Press Club Headliners book event.

The Press Building has been the home of many foreign newspapers, many of whom employed intelligence officers, Usdin said during a discussion of his new book, Bureau of Spies: The Secret Connections Between Espionage and Journalism in Washington.

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Press triumphs in NPC 'Press vs Politicians' Spelling Bee

September 29, 2018 | By Julia Haskins |

It was a W-I-N for journalists: The Washington press corps secured its third consecutive victory against lawmakers at the National Press Club's annual Press vs Politicians Spelling Bee Sept. 27, with Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post clinching the championship title.

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Air Force Secretary Wilson highlights plans to expand the air force at Club luncheon

September 26, 2018 | By Ken Dalecki |

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson reiterated Trump Administration plans to expand the Air Force to counter growing military challenges from Russia and China during a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon address on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Wilson, a former National Security Council staffer and Congresswoman from New Mexico, commended Congress for being on track to pass a budget likely to include significant increases in defense spending that will help her department improve readiness, increase the number of air squadrons and build air power cooperation with allies.

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The box had a yellow ribbon and bow around it: What led to Dan Abrams' new book

September 25, 2018 | By Joseph Luchok |

Speaking at the National Press Club on Sept. 24 about his new thriller, Dan Abrams explained that what prompted him to write “Lincoln’s Last Trial” was the discovery of a box, with a yellow ribbon and bow around it, in a garage.

The box contained transcripts of a murder trial in 1859 with Abraham Lincoln as the defense lawyer, Abrams said.

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Craigslist founder Craig Newmark: Investigative reporting is 'immune system of democracy'

September 24, 2018 | By Chris Teale |

Investigative reporting is critical to protecting democracy, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark said at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon Sept. 24.

Newmark spoke just a day after announcing he would be investing $20 million in a new investigative journalism nonprofit called The Markup, a collaboration with former reporters from ProPublica. He said that work from what was traditionally print publications is vital given the rise of deception and misinformation that often comes from the highest levels of government.

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New quotas undermine independence of immigration judges, union head says

September 22, 2018 | By Michelle Amber |

The independence of immigration judges is being threatened by new quotas and deadlines being implemented Oct. 1 by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Judge Ashley Tabaddor, a federal immigration judge in Los Angeles, told a National Press Club Headliners news conference Sept. 21.

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Former Education Secretary Duncan says Trump authoritarian, doesn't want educated citizens

September 20, 2018 | By Larry Feinberg |

Arne Duncan, who served seven years as President Barack Obama's Secretary of Education, described President Donald Trump as an "authoritarian leader" who calls the press "the enemy of the people" and says he is the only source of truth.

"It's a very, very scary thing," Duncan declared in response to a question at a Headliners Book Event Sept. 20 at the National Press Club.

He said the president "doesn't want independent thinkers" and "only wants people to listen to him."

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EMILY’s List President predicts Kavanaugh allegations will motivate women voters

September 18, 2018 | By Justin Duckham |

EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock predicted Tuesday that the sexual assault allegations facing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could compel more women to head to the polls in the 2018 midterm elections.

“Women voters are pretty riled up right now anyway. That being said, a little more gasoline on the fire is probably pretty good,” Schriock said at a National Press Club Headliners luncheon on Sept. 18. “There is a huge energy by women voters and they’re watching this.”

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Afghanistan War veteran writes ‘Man of War’ to honor his troops

September 17, 2018 | By Mark Krikorian |

As an Army officer in Afghanistan, Sean Parnell read Brad Thor's spy thriller Lions of Lucerne and thought, “if I can make it out of this country alive, I want to write a book just like this.”

The book that resulted, Man of War: An Eric Steele Novel, was the subject of a National Press Club Headliner Book Rap on Sept. 13. Parnell was joined by Jake Tapper of CNN and Club President Andrea Edney.

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National Guard public affairs chief discusses hurricane response, other challenges

September 11, 2018 | By Jim Noone |

The major issue of the moment for the National Guard Bureau, which oversees administration of Army and Air Force National Guard units nationwide, is the potential destructive impact of Hurricane Florence as it barrels toward the Southeast coast of the United States.

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