National Press Club

VA Secretary Wilkie eyes further steps to address mental health

November 10, 2019 | By Justin Duckham |

By next March, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will develop a fresh approach to tackling the various mental health issues that have long posed a threat to former service members, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie told a National Press Club luncheon on Friday.

“I have asked us to take a deep dive into mental health, into addiction and into homelessness —that tragic continuum that leads to so many tragedies,” Wilkie said. “I am confident that we will have a new direction.”

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James Reston Jr. calls his diary of Nixon's impeachment "a template" for what we'll see in next six weeks

November 7, 2019 | By Mark Krikorian |

After FBI director James Comey was fired by President Trump in May 2017, James Reston Jr. asked himself, "Didn't I write something about the last six weeks of the Nixon administration?" He began rooting through his papers "and out dropped this diary."

That diary has now been published as "The Impeachment Diary: Eyewitness to the Removal of a President," and was the subject of a National Press Club Headliners book event Nov. 6.

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Communicators' Summit cites PR hits and misses, gives science-based tips on handling crises

November 2, 2019 | By Louise D. Walsh |

Homer Simpson and Spock appeared at the National Press Club’s 2019 Communicators' Summit Oct. 31 as playful, fictional stereotypes of two different brain-wirings. Also serving as teaching tools at the event were Twitter's new political ad ban, Gulf Oil, the viral video of Dr. David Dao forcibly dragged from his United Airlines flight, a plea for more love and trust in communications and a mercifully brief mention of Hegelian dialectics as a guide in hard times.

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Heads of physician organizations call for tougher regulation of e-cigarettes

October 31, 2019 | By Aaron Cohen |

Three of the nation’s largest physician organizations -- all helmed by women doctors from Georgia -- urged the federal government, at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Wednesday, to tightly regulate e-cigarettes, which are used increasingly by both youth and adults to vape tobacco.

The impetus for their call is the limited science around electronic cigarettes, a highly unregulated environment, 34 recent deaths and more than 1,600 cases lung injury associated with e-cigarettes.

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Democratic candidate Williamson seeks change in budget allocations, mindsets

October 27, 2019 | By Pat Sherr |

Marianne Williamson, a Democratic candidate for president, advocated change in government budget allocations and mindsets at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker event Oct. 24.

Asked about her lack of political experience, she responded, “Experienced politicians brought us here and created Donald Trump.”

She said she is advocating for the people in order to end poverty, hunger and violence. She cited three million abused children and more millions hungry and homeless every day. She called for moral and ethical leadership to help and serve the people.

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Newt Gingrich tells audience he wrote book because he was wrong

October 24, 2019 | By Joe Luchok |

In conversation with NPC President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak at the National Press Club on Wednesday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said he wrote Trump vs China: Facing America’s Greatest Threat because he was wrong thinking China would become a more open society through interaction with the democracies.

Gingrich explained that China is expanding in the South China Sea, establishing control of ports around the world and continuing to suppress its people in China.

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Booker calls unity through diverse coalitions key to Democratic election success

October 24, 2019 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, said at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker Wednesday that he is the unifying Democratic presidential candidate who can unite the party and defeat President Donald Trump.

“At this moral moment in America, I am the best leader to unite the entire party,” Booker said. “I can and have united progressives and moderates.”

Booker will not engage in personal attacks on other candidates for “the sake of winning a short term polling boost," he said.

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Yang outlines problems, solutions to deal with 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'

October 22, 2019 | By Michelle Amber |

Contending that the United States is in the midst of the “greatest economic transformation” in its history, Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate on Monday outlined the problems caused by the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and his proposed solutions.

Addressing a National Press Club Newsmakers event, Yang said that increased automation and technology will result in millions of jobs being lost in the next decade and the country needs to start now to figure out how to help those millions transition to the new economy.

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National Press Club honors Voice of America's Amanda Bennett with Fourth Estate Award

October 21, 2019 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

The National Press Club honored Amanda Bennett, who is capping an illustrious career in journalism as director of Voice of America (VOA), at an elegant dinner Thursday as the recipient of its 2019 Fourth Estate Award.

Sandy Rowe, former editor of the Portland Oregonian, introducing Bennett, said she had ”a profound sense of story … (commitment to) demands of excellence … and of herself, not at all.” Bennett, she said, “elevates everything she touches” and “sees you as better than you are.”

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Rep. Elijah Cummings dies at 68, gave last major public speech at Press Club in August

October 17, 2019 | By Bob Weiner |

“Coming from sharecropper parents to speaking at a sold-out National Press Club luncheon, I’ve come a long way," Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, said at an Aug. 7 National Press Club Luncheon.

Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, died Thursday at 68. The House Oversight Committee is one of three committees involved in the current Trump impeachment inquiry.

“We are better than this,” Cummings said during his August appearance referring to the current vitriol in the nation.

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