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, June 16, 2006
Al-Zarqawi's Death Doesn't Slow War
President Bush says the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi offers an opportunity for Iraq's new government to "turn the tide in this struggle." But, in contrast to his triumphal claims in 2003 about "mission accomplished," Bush has no illusions that the war is over.
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Sunday, May 28, 2006
Tony Snow: New Face, Same Old Spin
WASHINGTON -- The new White House spokesman has been on the job now for two weeks and has held several briefings for the news media. So it's time to give him a preliminary report card. Tony Snow, former Fox Television commentator and talk-show host, is slicker, smoother and more articulate than his two recent predecessors but the content is the same old spin.
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Friday, May 12, 2006
Bush Has Two Views About Leakers
Americans now know there is widespread warrantless wiretapping by their government and that the United States sends detainees to secret prisons abroad. The wiretapping is an illegal invasion of privacy and cannot be justified except in the gravest of national emergencies. There is a special court set up to examine whether those intrusions are justified, but President Bush's surveillance program has brushed aside that requirement.
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Thursday, May 04, 2006
Where Are All the Leaders of Faith?
Where are the activist priests and ministers who took strong stands during the Vietnam War and hit the streets with their protests? Three years into the war against Iraq, the silence of the clergy is deafening, despite U.S. abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and a reported American policy of shipping detainees to secret prisons abroad where, presumably, they can be tortured.
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Saturday, April 08, 2006
Want More Bush? Elect McCain.
WASHINGTON - In his bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain is moving to the right. The Arizona Republican, who failed to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, is the most visible Republican on television, outside the White House, and seems to never pass up an opportunity to appear on Sunday talk shows.
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Friday, March 31, 2006
Bush Takes Potshots at Messenger
WASHINGTON -- President Bush seems to believe the news media's coverage of the Iraq war is why many Americans fail to see that everything is coming up roses there. That's an old ploy: "Kill the messenger who brings the bad news."
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Friday, March 10, 2006
Lap Dogs of the Press
Of all the unhappy trends I have witnessed--conservative swings on television networks, dwindling newspaper circulation, the jailing of reporters and "spin"--nothing is more troubling to me than the obsequious press during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. They lapped up everything the Pentagon and White House could dish out--no questions asked.
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Friday, January 27, 2006
Bush: 'L'etat, C'est Moi'
We are now learning what President Bush considers to be the limits of his power--nothing. In public appearances this week, Bush defended his program of domestic spying without court approval, citing the inherent war powers of the presidency under the U.S. Constitution.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Court Doesn't Need Scalia Clone
If the Senate approves the nomination of Samuel Alito to be a Supreme Court justice, another black-robed clone of Justice Antonin Scalia will be seated on the high bench. With Justice Clarence Thomas in his hip pocket, Scalia in effect has two votes on the nine-member high court.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2005
If Democrats Only Had Some Courage
Washington -- It's about time that the "me too" Democrats, particularly those in Congress who vote with the Republicans so often, stand up and be counted. Too many Democrats are tiptoeing around the major issues facing our nation, afraid to venture out of the mainstream. This is a big mistake at a time when the nation is begging for true leadership.
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