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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Friday, October 20, 2006
Law Legalizes Shameful Treatment
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has signed the law that legalizes the administration's shameful treatment of detainees suspected of terrorism. The same measure also empowers the president to define torture. It's a sad legacy for the U.S. and its already-tarnished world image.
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Saturday, October 07, 2006
Past Comes Back to Haunt Us in Form of Kissinger
WASHINGTON - Say it isn't so. Hawkish Henry Kissinger is advising President Bush about Iraq war strategy? This is déj à vu all over again. The former secretary of state -- who served in that job from 1973 to 1979 and previously from 1969 as national security affairs adviser -- inspires too many bad memories of the Vietnam War.
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Friday, September 15, 2006
Bush's Iraq Rationalization is Lame
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is relying on a slender thread to justify its disastrous war in Iraq: Saddam Hussein is now in jail. "The world is safer because Saddam Hussein is no longer in power," President Bush insists, because "he was a clear threat."
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Friday, August 25, 2006
Warrantless Wiretap Program in Doubt
WASHINGTON - "There are no hereditary kings in America and no powers not created in the Constitution." That eloquent putdown of an imperial presidency was the essence of a ruling by U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, who declared President Bush's warrantless wiretap program was unconstitutional.
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Friday, August 18, 2006
Bush Tampers with War Prisoner Rights
Why does the Bush administration insist on tinkering with the long-established laws on military conduct and treaties of this land? Bush administration officials are drafting amendments to the 1996 War Crimes Act to immunize political appointees, CIA officials and former military personnel from criminal prosecution for humiliating or degrading treatment of prisoners of war. The War Crimes Act makes it a felony to violate the Geneva Conventions. Those treaties govern military conduct in wartime and were ratified in 1949 in the aftermath of World War II.
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Friday, August 11, 2006
Rice is in Way over Her Head
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has flunked her first foreign policy crisis in the Middle East. She went to the turbulent region last month in the early days of the war that began when Hezbollah forces in Lebanon crossed into Israel and kidnapped two Israeli soldiers.
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Friday, August 04, 2006
Voting Iraq War Up or Down
The political fate of Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman will be on the line in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Connecticut, an election that has become a referendum on the war in Iraq. Lieberman, an all-out supporter of President Bush's policies in Iraq, is being challenged by an anti-war political novice who is giving Lieberman -- a three-term senator and his party's vice presidential nominee in 2000 -- a run for his political life.
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Friday, July 21, 2006
Bush Far From Neutral Player in Mideast
President Bush has abdicated the United States' role as an honest broker in the Middle East crisis exploding on two fronts, Lebanon and Palestine. In failing to call for a U.N-sponsored cease-fire between Hezbollah and Israel, Bush has lost his credentials as a neutral player. In the Arab world, he is viewed as a cheerleader for the Israeli side, not a cheerleader for peace.
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Friday, July 14, 2006
Bush Needs Lesson in Statesmanship
President Bush has discovered diplomacy and is saying goodbye to his disastrous pre-emptive military policy. But, as he says so often, diplomacy is "hard work." The escalating violence in the Iraq war -- now in its fourth year with no end in sight -- may have led to a grand awakening on Bush's part.
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Friday, July 07, 2006
Bush Thinks He Can Rule By Fiat
President Bush is learning that there are limits to presidential power. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the president has used his commander-in-chief hat to expand his imperial reach beyond what the U.S. Constitution has prescribed.
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