National Press Club

Screenwriters' quest to learn more about Sen. Ted Kennedy led to Chappaquiddick film

June 4, 2018 | By Kristina S. Groennings |

Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan thought that they were well-informed on all things Kennedy. Their upbringing in Dallas was an immersion in the Kennedy family allure and Camelot myth.

When they found out about the Chappaquiddick tragedy that shaped Sen. Edward Kennedy’s career and changed the course of history, their mission to learn more resulted in a screenplay for a major motion picture, the screenwriters said at a May 31 National Press Club Headliners event.

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PBS and GI Film Festival announce at Newsmaker a partnership to bridge the military-civilian divide

May 24, 2018 | By Louise D Walsh |

Local PBS stations will host live events in 2019 that offer military-themed content from the GI Film Festival (GIFF) in a new partnership to build public understanding of the military experience and bridge the military-civilian divide, the two groups announced Thursday at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker event.

The PBS events, part of the network’s “Stories of Service” initiative, are aimed at alleviating a divide that according to the Defense Dept. is expanding and poses a threat to the viability and sustainability of the current all-volunteer force.

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Don't stereotype voters, authors of book on populist coalition warn at Book Rap

May 24, 2018 | By Joseph Luchok |

Voters should not be typecast, said authors Selena Zito and Brad Todd of voters they interviewed for their book, “The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics,” in a discussion of the book at a National Press Club Book Rap Wednesday evening.

“You get into their lives and find they are not stereotypes,” said Zito of voters in the 2016 presidential election she and Todd interviewed. “They took their vote seriously.”

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Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, honored by Club's Communicator Team, sees positive U.S. future

May 23, 2018 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef |

Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, honored as a “Communicator Legend” by the National Press Club’s Communicator Team at a May 16 dinner at the Club, expressed optimism for a positive future the United States.

“America’s future is strong, he said in remarks upon receiving the tribute, “because of the great diversity of our people, which should be celebrated, and not demonized.”

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'Madam Secretary' star sings, plugs music education in appearance at Club

May 23, 2018 | By Kristina S. Groennings |

Erich Bergen, best known for his portrayal of Blake Moran, assistant and confidant to Téa Leoni on the CBS television series “Madam Secretary,” showcased a different set of skills Tuesday night at a National Press Club Headliners event.

Appearing as comfortable at a grand piano as he does on screen, Bergen belted out “Walking in Memphis” and “Your Song” for a fan-filled audience in the Club’s Fourth Estate restaurant. Before the set he checked the time.

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Ex-Mexican President Fox rips Trump's border wall, trade stances

May 22, 2018 | By Amanda Macias |

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox slammed several of U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policy decisions, including trade agreements and the proposed border wall, at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon Tuesday.

Fox, the 55th president of Mexico, launched his criticism of Trump in his opening remarks, taking a shot at Trump's campaign pledge of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

"Thank you for the invitation, Marta [his wife] and I are glad to be here, I had to jump a wall to be here with you to defend the First Amendment," Fox said.

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Small Business Administration leader McMahon touts impact of tax cuts

May 17, 2018 | By Chris Teale | |

Small businesses already are seeing positive results from the recently passed tax cuts as well as regulatory reform, said Small Business Administration administrator Linda McMahon at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon May 17.

Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act late last year to cut the tax rate for businesses and individuals, among other things. And at the luncheon, McMahon said she has heard from small businesses that they have more customers and more revenue because of the cuts, and as a result now are able to expand and hire more employees.

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Barbara and John Cochran feted at Club's Broadcast/Podcast Team dinner

May 17, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

Broadcast journalists Barbara and John Cochran’s first meetings were straight from the history books: dual assignments to cover the Reagan-Gorbachev summits in Geneva (1985) and Reykjavik (1986).

Three decades later, on May 15, the esteemed couple became the newest journalists to be honored through the National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Team’s “Dinner with Legends” series at the Club.

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Commerce secretary hopeful on trade talks with China, citing Trump, Xi relationship

May 14, 2018 | By Michelle Amber |

As trade talks resume this week between the United States and China, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressed optimism at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon May 14 that the two nations can reach an agreement over numerous issues.

"It is difficult to handicap the outcome,” Ross said, but added he is hopeful that the “strong personal relationship between President Trump and President Xi will facilitate an agreement.”

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Latest Herblock Prize cartoons displayed in Reliable Source

May 12, 2018 | By Peter Urban |

A day after receiving the Herblock Prize for excellence in editorial cartooning, Ward Sutton visited the National Press Club, where four examples from his winning portfolio will be on display through the coming year in the Reliable Source restaurant.

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