Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas was an American author and former news service reporter, member of the White House Press Corps and columnist. She worked for the United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau chief. She was an opinion columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010, writing on national affairs and the White House. Among other books, she was the author of Front Row at The White House: My Life and Times. Helen passed away on July 20, 2013.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Obama Running Scared
A universal health care system based on the single-payer model appears to be a bridge too far for President Barack Obama. A single-payer system, such as Medicare for everyone, would provide health care for all. President Lyndon Johnson had the courage to weigh in with all his clout to win passage of Medicare and Medicaid. President Roosevelt put all his chips on the table to win passage of the Social Security Act that makes the elderly more secure. All around the world, governments have long made medical care available for their citizens. Why not us?
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Friday, March 13, 2009
What are US Goals in Afghanistan?
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is making a big mistake in escalating U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan where he already has acknowledged he doesn't believe victory is possible. We should ask: What are we doing there seven years after the 9/11 attacks by the al-Qaida network? Historically, the country has lacked a strong central government and has been governed by locally strong tribal leaders and warlords.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Obama Pledges Open Government (But We've Heard That Before)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has promised an administration that is open and transparent. I'll believe it when I see it. At a swearing-in ceremony for top officials of the new administration, Obama said: "For a long time now there's been too much secrecy in this city. Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." In executive orders and presidential memoranda, the president is trying to overturn the Bush administration's tight-fisted control over government information that belongs in the public domain.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
44 Takes Office with Blunt Rejection of 43
WASHINGTON -- Looking westward into the sun and speaking to more than 1 million people on the Mall in front of him and to millions more around the world, President Barack Obama delivered a tough inaugural speech that must have made members of the outgoing Bush administration squirm in their chairs. After thanking President George W.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
History Cannot Save Him
WASHINGTON -- As he leaves office, President Bush is passing on to his successor two wars and a growing economic debacle. What a way to go! Because of Bush's policies, the U.S. also is complicit in the Israeli attack on the Palestinians on the Gaza Strip by providing a "made-in-America" high-tech arsenal for the assault and blocking a ceasefire for nearly two weeks, a move intended to help the Israelis consolidate their hold.
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Thursday, January 08, 2009
War Is Hell
WASHINGTON - The Israelis will never find a better friend than President George W. Bush, who has blocked any early call by the United Nations for a ceasefire in Gaza. In doing so, Bush has enabled the Israelis' brutal land, sea and air offensive against the Palestinians, mostly with American-supplied weaponry.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Bush Again Breaks Wall Between Church, State
Is there anything more that the administration can do to ignore the spirit of the U.S. Constitution before President Bush leaves office? The New York Times has revealed that a 2007 memorandum by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel claims that even federal programs subject to nondiscrimination laws can hand out taxpayer money to groups that discriminate in hiring staffers. The memo says the administration can bypass laws that bar giving taxpayer money to religious groups that hire only staff members who share their faith.
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Thursday, October 02, 2008
McCain Surely Needs Lessons in Diplomacy
John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, ridicules as naive his rival Barack Obama's promise to talk to the leaders of the nation's adversaries -- among them Iran and North Korea. So would McCain prefer to keep the U.S. in a state of permanent hostility, possibly leading to war? He falsely claims that Obama would enter a dialogue without preparation. No U.S. leader would come to any summit meeting with a designated enemy without an agenda -- but no responsible leader would fail to seek all possible roads to peace.
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Friday, September 19, 2008
Palin + McCain Equals More Bush
WASHINGTON -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has awesome self-confidence. Chosen by fellow Republicans to be Sen. John McCain's running mate, she told an interviewer: "I'm ready." That confidence reflects her naivete about her role that puts her one heartbeat away from the presidency. In accepting the nomination as veep, she invoked the greatness of President Truman, based on their small-town origins. But anyone who was around during Truman's era knows there is a world of difference between Palin and Truman. Take, for example, humility.
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Friday, May 02, 2008
Bush Admits He Approved Torture
The American people have heard President Bush and his spokespeople say many times that the U.S. government does not engage in torture. Whether Bush was believed or not is another story -- especially in light of the photographic evidence of the abuse of prisoners in Abu Ghraib. It's understood that many of the photos are too sadistically graphic to be made public.
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