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 28, 2004
Democrats Need to Hang on to Values
Democrats who joked about fleeing to Canada after the re-election of President Bush should stick around and stick to their values. President Bush appears likely to launch vigorous policy assaults that Democrats will need to counter. The Bush drive to privatize Social Security and his eagerness to stack the U.S. Supreme Court with right-wing justices are two instances where the loyal opposition of the minority Democratic Party will be essential.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Arafat Was a Man of His People
WASHINGTON -- This is a requiem for Nobel Peace Prize winner Yasser Arafat, the fallen leader of the benighted but unbowed Palestinian people. He never achieved an independent state for his people or the return of thousands of exiled Palestinians to their homeland, but there was no question he was their unchallenged spiritual and political leader.
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Friday, November 12, 2004
Attack on Fallujah Can't Be Justified
Do Americans of good conscience really believe that we are making the United States more secure by bombing and killing the people of Fallujah? That's the justification President Bush and his hawkish circle have given for their brutal offensive against the Sunni stronghold as they push ahead for the total military occupation of Iraq.
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Friday, November 05, 2004
Light Shed on Questions About War
WASHINGTON -- There is new information on two abiding mysteries about the Iraq war: How many Iraqis have been killed? And why did President Bush order a U.S. attack on Iraq in the first place? Last week, U.S. and Iraqi researchers -- writing in the respected British medical journal, The Lancet -- estimated that the Iraqi death toll associated with the invasion and occupation of Iraq was about 100,000 "and may be much higher."
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Saturday, October 30, 2004
Bush Win Would Mean Dark Times
The presidential election on Tuesday is one of the most crucial in American history. There are many reasons -- in foreign policy and on the domestic front -- why President George W. Bush should not be reelected. Among them is the dominance of the radical right in his advisory councils, who are taking the United States down the wrong road at the start of the 21st century.
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Thursday, October 14, 2004
What's Wrong With Being Liberal?
There he goes again. President George W. Bush, having run out of attack slogans, has gone back to the old Republican standby of accusing his opponent, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., of being a liberal. What's wrong with that? It's ironic that the Bush 43 is accusing Kerry of being a "tax-and-spend liberal." This is the same president whose legacy will include a huge budget deficit that will be with us long after he has left office.
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Friday, October 08, 2004
Scaring Voters to the Polls
WASHINGTON - Someday President Bush may have to explain why he really went to war against Iraq. But you won't hear it with his re-election at stake and his credibility on the line. Public opinion polls continue to show a tight presidential race, which suggests to me that voters have devalued the importance of credibility in top government officials.
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Friday, October 01, 2004
Elections Watched by Foreign Observers
WASHINGTON -- It may come as a surprise to American voters but two international groups will be observing the fairness of our Nov. 2 elections. Does this have anything to do with the 2000 election fiasco? You bet.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Kerry Deals Away his Ace in the Hole
It appears American voters have little choice between the presidential candidates in the November election when it comes to the disastrous war against Iraq. Both President Bush and his rival, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., seem to think it was worth the 932 American lives (so far) and thousands of U.S. wounded to get one man behind bars -- Saddam Hussein.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Institutions, not People, Get the Blame
We now live in a world where leaders escape blame for misguided wars or scandals. Instead, official inquiries point the finger at government institutions and agencies, lack of congressional oversight and low-ranking soldiers. Those in charge get a free pass. That may be why President Bush, former President Clinton and a host of military commanders are heaving big sighs of relief. So is British Prime Minister Tony Blair who, in two major inquiries, was found blameless for using flawed intelligence to justify helping the United States attack Iraq.
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