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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Sunday, November 25, 2007
US Friends and Foes Grabbing Power
WASHINGTON -- While President Bush has been distracted with his unpopular war against Iraq, friends and foes are busy grabbing power to perpetuate themselves in office. Among them are Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan; Russian President Vladimir Putin; Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia. There is little the United States can do about the drift toward authoritarian rule.
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Friday, November 02, 2007
Giuliani Follows Hard-Liners' Script
What planet is Rudy Giuliani living on? The Republican presidential aspirant wants to widen the Mideast war by bombing Iran. The Iraqi debacle obviously has taught him nothing. It's not enough that we destroyed Iraq and killed thousands of Iraqis. Now, the former New York City mayor wants the U.S. to expand President Bush's disastrous policies in the region -- and also to continue the war against Iraq.
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Friday, October 12, 2007
US Torture Tactics Shame Us All
Thank goodness for whistle-blowers, those public servants who think Americans should know the harm that is being inflicted in our name. Some of those high-minded officials recently revealed to The New York Times that the Bush administration has abandoned its 2004 legal opinion that torture is "abhorrent" and instead has resumed "brutal interrogations."
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Friday, October 05, 2007
The Democrats Who Enable Bush
President Bush has no better friends than the spineless Democratic congressional leadership and the party's leading presidential candidates when it comes to his failing Iraq policy. Those Democrats seem to have forgotten that the American people want U.S. troops out of Iraq, especially since Bush still cannot give a credible reason for attacking Iraq after nearly five years of war. Last week at a debate in Hanover, N.H., the leading Democratic presidential candidates sang from the same songbook: Sens.
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Friday, September 21, 2007
Bush Not Interested In His Report Card
As if there were any doubt, a new book titled "Dead Certain" asserts that President Bush is deeply convinced that he did the right thing by invading Iraq.The book, by Robert Draper, national correspondent for GQ magazine, is important, as the president -- who does not like to "navel gaze" -- uses his interviews with the author to explain himself and some of the public perceptions of his presidency. Most of them seem right on. Draper said Bush is revered by his staffers, who are pained that not everyone shares their admiration for their boss.
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Friday, September 07, 2007
Snow Drifts Out of White House
WASHINGTON -- It's getting lonelier at the top for President Bush as his key staffers head out the door. The latest to clean out his desk is White House press secretary Tony Snow, who had been a commanding presence at the White House briefing podium since taking the job in April 2006. Snow -- who recently suffered a return of colon cancer and has undergone a regimen of chemotherapy -- told reporters he had to replenish the family coffers and was leaving because "I ran out of money." He plans to hit the lecture circuit, probably write his memoirs and help others fight cancer.
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Thursday, August 16, 2007
Dean Warns Democrats Against Overconfidence in 2008
Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is warning Democrats not to be too overconfident about their election prospects in 2008. Dean expresses optimism that the Democrats will keep control of Congress and also win the White House but then he injects a note of caution. "This election is far from over," Dean said. "Republicans are good at winning elections. They've got lots of money. They are very tough."
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Friday, August 10, 2007
Yet Again, The Democrats Roll Over
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has the Democrats' number on Capitol Hill. All he has to do is play the fear card and invoke the war on terror and they will cave.What's more, the president has found out that he can break the law and the rubber stamp Democratic Congress will give him a pass every time. The fear of being branded "soft on terrorism" was enough to make the Democrats capitulate once again to the Bush administration's demands.
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Thursday, July 05, 2007
High Court Takes Giant Steps Backward
WASHINGTON -- The new Supreme Court is more conservative than it has been in decades. It's also meaner. It is a dream come true for Republican presidencies dating back to the "strict constructionist" court aspirations of President Richard Nixon and now made possible by the conservative George W...
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Saturday, June 30, 2007
As Clinton Flip-Flops, Where Does She Stand?
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has great political skills, but her war-and-peace compass leaves something to be desired. Clinton has blown hot and cold on Middle East issues, including Iraq and the Palestinian-Israeli dispute. She is at best pragmatic. Principles? Well, that's another story. Before and during her early years in the White House, she supported Palestinian statehood, but she apparently forgot this after successfully running for senator from New York as a Democrat. The rest is history.
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