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  • Helen Thomas Honored… by the PLO!

    04/02/2012 9:48:41 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 14 replies
    WorldJewishDaily ^ | Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - Nisan 10, 5772 | Staff
    Former White House Reporter Awarded for Being Friend to Palestinians Helen Thomas, who covered the White House for 50 years before being forced to resign over anti-Semitic comments, can add another distinction to her resume, reports Haartez. The Lebanese-American reporter was honored by the Palestinian Authority on Sunday for her, “long career in the field of journalism, during which she defended the Palestinian position every step of the way.” Perhaps the most famous member of the White House press corps, Thomas was forced to resign in 2010 after she said to a reporter on camera regarding the Jews in Israel,...
  • Helen Thomas Won't Have Her Own Table at White House Correspondents Dinner

    03/27/2012 3:42:27 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 39 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 27 Mar 2012 | Eddie Scarry
    Journalist Helen Thomas put in a request in February that she have her own table at this year‘s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Unfortunately for her, she was denied by the White House Correspondents’ Association, which Thomas once presided over. “I would appreciate — particularly this year as we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of women being admitted to the WHCA dinner — to share this celebration with my family and close friends one last time,” she wrote in a letter to the WHCA board.
  • Helen Thomas: "Low Capital Gains Tax Rate Leads to Loss" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    02/03/2012 1:00:29 PM PST · by seanmerc · 19 replies ^ | 2 Feb 2012 | Helen "When I Was Younger" Thomas
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finally released his tax returns last week, revealing that less than 14 percent in federal taxes was paid, of his more than $20 million income earned last year. Once again, the question Warren Buffett first asked this past summer is being raised: Why do the super wealthy in this country pay less in taxes than the working class? How do people making millions of dollars a year pay roughly 15 percent in taxes, while someone with a salary of $100,000 per year will pay as much as 28 percent in taxes? This is because of...
  • Helen Thomas: "Changing the State of Our Union" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    01/26/2012 3:28:17 PM PST · by seanmerc · 22 replies ^ | 26 Jan 2012 | Helen "More Responsive" Thomas
    President Barack Obama painted the state of the union as strong and safe in his third address to the nation, but glossed over solutions to some of the nation's biggest problems. The President, running for reelection, touched base on all major issues including the economy, energy, regulation, immigration and education. He exuded confidence and laid out many points he is expected to hit on the campaign trail. Although Obama has failed in the past at every attempt to work with the Republicans in the Congress, he still attempted to reach out to the opposition. Most Republicans and Democrats could agree...
  • Helen Thomas: "Candidates Collide" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    01/06/2012 1:11:49 PM PST · by seanmerc · 23 replies · 1+ views ^ | 5 Jan 2012 | Helen "Senior Moments" Thomas
    The leading Republican candidates made their last-minute blitz for supporters in Iowa. They each personalized their credentials. The election struggle was a classic, with the candidates trying to out-rival each other over their dedication to conservatism. A call for smaller government, lower taxes, and balancing the budget topped the agendas of nearly all the ultra-conservative candidates. One wonders why they seek to be at the helm of a powerless federal government. Candidate Ron Paul hopes to eliminate the Social Security system, which has been in effect since 1935 when former President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed the Social Security Act in...
  • Helen Thomas Denounces DC Greed, Fear, War-Mongers [calls for revolution]

    12/19/2011 2:00:31 PM PST · by seanmerc · 39 replies
    Justice Integrity Project ^ | Dec 2011 | Andrew Kreig
    Pioneering White House correspondent Helen Thomas told a National Press Club audience Dec. 7 that the country is endangered by what she called government leaders' greed, fear, and subservience to war-mongers. “I came here in 1943,” she told a dinner audience of 30, “and I don’t think I’ve ever seen our country so bereft of ideals and ideas. I don’t see anything on the horizon that can pull us out. I hope I’m wrong.” Shown at left in a 2009 photo courtesy of Wikipeda, she described current leaders as weak and selfish. The self-described liberal doled out criticism to all...
  • Helen Thomas: "Why Iraq?" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/05/2011 1:01:58 PM PST · by seanmerc · 34 replies ^ | 1 Dec 2011 | Helen "Tangled Web" Thomas
    The U.S. is pulling its troops out of Iraq by the end of the year. Well, not quite.There will still be a large group of soldiers left behind to train Iraqis and to repair the war-damaged sites. Now, will someone from the White House hierarchy, past or present, please tell the American people why we invaded Iraq in March 2003? The truth and nothing but the truth - that will be the day. Why are we still speculating on the reasons we went to war in the first place, other than to hunt down and kill Saddam Hussein, the brutal...
  • Helen Thomas: "Nukes & Iran: Who Will Step In?" [WARNING: DISTURBING, GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    11/16/2011 12:41:13 PM PST · by seanmerc · 37 replies ^ | 10 Nov 11 | Helen "Nuclear Watchdog" Thomas
    U.S. leaders haven't spoken of disarmament lately. Why not? Iran is on the verge of creating a nuclear weapon. This is bad news for the U.S. and Israel, who have warned Tehran against holding nuclear power. The U.S. needs to step in and mollify at the crucial moment. Israel has been able to sabotage any Iranian progress in developing nuclear prowess, but no one has produced a key to a more peaceful route to reconciliation. So where are the peacemakers? Israel wants the U.S. to step in or even lead the way to block Iran's new nuclear ambitions. Iran, which...
  • Helen Thomas: "Ending the Wars?" [WARNING: Graphic Images and Liberal Lunacy]

    07/13/2011 5:55:23 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 33 replies
    Falls Church News-Press ^ | 7 Jul 11 | Helen "Loose and Flexible" Thomas
    President Barack Obama is finally setting goals to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan. It's about time. Americans are coming around to the futility of all that killing and dying. The timetables are admittedly loose and flexible. Some interests would keep us in the hostile sites forever. We still have troops in Japan and Germany - thousands of soldiers are still there, so many years after World War II ended. We also have 700 military outposts around the world, some big and some small. Why? We have yet to hear the real reason we invaded Iraq. I have heard several...
  • Helen Thomas Sees Lack of Courage in Obama [WARNING: Graphic Images]

    06/29/2011 1:08:03 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 42 replies ^ | 27 Jun 11 | R. Mitchell
    Helen Thomas is troubled by the lack of leadership from the top in Washington. At an appearance at Busboys and Poets bookstore on Sunday, Thomas was asked her opinion on the state of the country. "I went through the Great Depression, World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Vietnam and now Iraq and Afghanistan. What the hell is going on? Don’t we ever learn anything? I think that we are — there is no inspiration from the top. President Obama doesn’t have enough courage to do the right thing. And I think there is no real leadership in this country and there...
  • Helen Thomas: "The U.S.-Israeli Relationship" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    06/01/2011 1:49:39 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 25 replies
    Falls Church News-Press ^ | 26 May 2011 | Helen "Time Is Not On My Side" Thomas
    President Barack Obama took a giant and courageous step when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to call. He literally told the Israeli leader where to jump. Actually, he told Netanyahu that the 1967 borders should be the starting point for peace negotiations with Palestinian leaders. As expected, the Israeli leader rejected the proposal outright. Why? Because of the "facts on the ground" - facts incidentally created by the Israelis, who have illegally usurped land and water from the Palestinians, by sheer military aggression. Israel now has 78 percent of Palestinian land, taken in violation of the international law that...
  • Helen Thomas: "Finding Economic Solutions" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    05/16/2011 10:48:02 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 13 replies
    Falls Church News-Press ^ | 12 May 2011 | Helen "Chips Are Down" Thomas
    The Republicans have tough solutions to meet the nation's financial crisis. The GOP leaders at first targeted their favorite nemesis - Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and Social Security. But then reality set in, and they retreated from major hopes of serving those programs at the altar of fiscal reform. Then, too, they may have been influenced by the national election in 2012. There is also the obvious input of the Tea Partiers who became incensed when the GOP appeared to be backing away from slashing social programs that help the poor and sick. Social Security, dating back to 1935, a...
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama Takes a Stand on Libyan Revolt" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    03/31/2011 1:53:14 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 37 replies
    Falls Church News-Press ^ | 31 Mar 2011 | Helen "Revolting Mass" Thomas
    President Obama has finally taken a stand in favor of the revolt of the masses in Libya. It's good and wise, but not, he said, a stand to depose of Muammar Gaddafi by military means. Obama hopes to force his ouster by other means. Obama's goals - using jet air strikes and missiles to help the out-gunned - is aimed at saving lives. "Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries," Obama said in a national televised address Monday night, "but, the United States is different." He also noted that he was not...
  • Helen Thomas to Playboy: Jews 'own the White House'

    03/18/2011 11:38:53 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 80 replies · 2+ views
    Politico ^ | 18 Mar 2011 | Keach Hagey
    Helen Thomas is not sorry, nor were the comments that ended her career accidental. “I knew exactly what I was doing – I was going for broke,” she told Playboy in the magazine’s April interview. “I had reached the point of no return. You finally get fed up … I finally wanted to speak the truth.” Thomas, of course, left her perch as the dean of the White House press corps last year after telling a rabbi and blogger that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to “Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else.” Her...
  • Helen Thomas Wants Apology from White House [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    03/18/2011 1:35:06 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 64 replies
    Editor and Publisher ^ | 17 Mar 2011 | Allan Wolper
    Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas told a national conference of campus journalists that President Obama owes her an apology for his criticism last year of her comments about Israel. "I want an apology from the president," Thomas, 90, said Tuesday to the hundreds of student journalists and their advisers attending the keynote session of the annual spring convention of College Media Advisers (CMA) at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Shin Inouye, director of specialty media in the presidential press office, said the White House would not comment on Thomas' demand for a presidential apology.
  • Helen Thomas Doubles Down: ‘I Should Have Said Russia, Too’[WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    03/08/2011 11:21:44 AM PST · by seanmerc · 72 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 17 Feb 11 | Alana Goodman
    During an interview with Joy Behar last night, Helen Thomas made it clear that she was standing behind her statements that Israeli Jews should “go back” to Germany and Poland. However, she did make a couple of additions to the list of countries that Jews should “return” to, such as Russia and the United States. “They’ve been free ever since,” said Thomas, referring to the Jews after the Holocaust. “They didn’t have to go anywhere really, because they weren’t being persecuted anymore, but they were taking other people’s land.” A visibly uncomfortable Behar then asked Thomas whether she considered herself...
  • Report: Helen Thomas accused SPJ officer of working for the Israeli government after losing award

    03/04/2011 11:55:17 AM PST · by seanmerc · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3 Mar 11 | Jeff Poor
    The fall of Helen Thomas has been a storied and sad tale and almost every day it seems like another chapter is added. An article by Michael Miner, which appeared in the March 3 Chicago Reader, detailed some of the fallout that occurred following the Society of Professional Journalists’ decision to retire its “Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement.” The story describes some of the internal friction within the SPJ over the decision to retire the award, but also pointed out Thomas’ reaction to that decision. It wasn’t pretty. (h/t Alana Goodman, Commentary magazine) According to Miner’s article, in a...
  • Rosie O’Donnell Meets Helen Thomas [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    02/28/2011 8:02:23 PM PST · by seanmerc · 33 replies
    Falls Church News-Press ^ | 23 Feb 11 | Nicholas F. Benton
    No stranger to controversy for speaking her mind, Rosie O'Donnell was one of the few to offer veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas comfort last summer, when Thomas retired under fire for speaking out against Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands in a manner that was falsely alleged to be anti-Semitic. O'Donnell sent Thomas, now age 90, flowers in sympathy for the highly upsetting incident and, along with President Jimmy Carter, was one of only a handful of her longtime colleagues and friends to reach out to her. So, it turned out to be quite the unexpected encounter at the studios...
  • Helen Thomas' Name Plate Back at White House

    01/27/2011 1:01:02 PM PST · by seanmerc · 34 replies
    Falls Church News-Press ^ | 27 Jan 11 | Falls Church News-Press
    News-Press columnist and legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas has had the name plate affixed to her historic front row center seat in the White House press briefing room returned, albeit mysteriously, the news outlet Mediaite has reported. The item disappeared last August with apparently no one in the White House press office or with the White House Correspondents Association aware of it. Last week, following the report that Thomas had been hired by the News-Press and is seeking a renewal of her White House press pass, the name plate has suddenly reappeared, equally mysteriously.
  • [Helen] Thomas returns to the press's trenches [BARF AND ANTI-SEMITISM ALERT]

    01/10/2011 1:26:55 PM PST · by seanmerc · 14 replies
    Washington ComPost ^ | 10 Jan 11 | Washington Post
    Why, at age 90, and after a devastating departure from her last job, is Helen Thomas returning to the battlefield of punditry? [SNIP] We spoke to Thomas on Friday, a day after she emerged from seven months of unwilling retirement with a new column in the weekly Falls Church News-Press. While she initially agreed to speak only about her new gig, Thomas was the one to bring up the circumstances that led to her downfall - her videotaped comments that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine." She told us her words were "distorted": "I didn't tell the Zionists...
  • Helen Thomas: "Privatizing Social Security Again?" [Warning: Graphic Images]

    01/06/2011 11:25:10 AM PST · by seanmerc · 38 replies
    Falls Church News-Press ^ | 6 Jan 11 | Our favorite newsbabe, Helen "You can't get rid of me!" Thomas
    This year, 2011, marks the beginning of baby boomers receiving Social Security checks and they should be alerted of past perennial Republican attempts to partially privatize the program. Heaven forbid that plans prevail to invest a certain amount of those checks in the stock market, as many pension plans have taken a bath in the current meltdown. While there have been past GOP plans to partially privatize the program, fortunately they have all failed. So far the Social Security trust fund remains tempting for the gamblers and other risk takers on the market. As a Detroiter, I remember the Great...
  • Helen Thomas returns to journalism

    01/06/2011 11:16:52 AM PST · by seanmerc · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6 Jan 11 | Michael Calderone
    After a seven-month retirement, Helen Thomas has a new journalism gig: columnist for the Falls Church News-Press in Virginia, as the ARLnow blog in Arlington, Va., reports. The 90-year-old retired from Hearst newspapers in June after a media uproar over controversial comments she made about Israel. That move sent shock waves through the press corps and left White House reporters scrambling to see who'd get Thomas' front-row seat in the briefing room. So why'd the News-Press give her another chance?
  • SPJ keeps Helen Thomas award alive, despite second anti-Semitic outburst

    01/03/2011 12:02:11 PM PST · by seanmerc · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3 Jan 2011 | Matthew Boyle
    Former White House correspondent and columnist Helen Thomas’s anti-Semitic remarks haven’t stopped the Society of Professional Journalists from eliminating or renaming its “Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award,” which recognizes individuals “for a lifetime of contribution to the journalism profession.” SPJ, which has come under fire for recommending that journalists use the phrase “undocumented workers” rather than “illegal immigrants,” still advertises the award named for the disgraced former Hearst Newspapers columnist. The group reportedly considered eliminating or renaming the award following Thomas’s original remarks — when she said Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine” — but has yet to...
  • Ray Hanania: "Pro-Israel activists launch all-out war against Helen Thomas and American Arabs"

    12/14/2010 11:11:07 AM PST · by seanmerc · 32 replies
    swnewsherald online ^ | 14 Dec 10 | Ray Hanania
    Pro-Israel activists launch all-out war against Helen Thomas and American Arabs It is all out war between Jews and Arabs. Make no mistake about it. American Jewish organizations have launched a vicious campaign to silence Helen Thomas, the 91 year old, 80 pound champion of Palestinian and Arab rights who fearlessly has chosen to take on one of the most powerful organizations in America. Thomas has criticized and denounced Zionism, a political movement with headquarters in new York City. The purpose of the organization is to champion the interests of a foreign country, Israel.
  • Helen Thomas calls group's criticism of opinions 'intimidation'

    12/08/2010 12:28:32 PM PST · by seanmerc · 38 replies
    8 Dec 10 | Niraj Warikoo
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  • "Helen Thomas: Jooooos run the world, or something"

    12/03/2010 12:22:06 PM PST · by seanmerc · 68 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3 Dec 10 | Ed Morrissey
    Just in case one tended to think that Helen Thomas’ anti-Semitic rant last June was just a momentary lapse or comment taken out of context, her latest public appearance puts the case for her bigotry beyond doubt. The Detroit Free Press reports on Thomas’ remarks at a workshop that focused, ironically, on anti-Arab bias. She told the group that “Zionists” control US foreign policy and “other institutions,” and that they own Hollywood, Wall Street, Congress, and the White House
  • Helen Thomas Headlining Arab-American Workshop

    11/12/2010 10:40:51 PM PST · by seanmerc · 20 replies
    TPM ^ | 11 Nov 10 | Eric Lach
    Six months after her legendary journalism career ended when she said that the Jews should leave Israel and "go home" -- comments she later apologized for -- Helen Thomas will give the keynote address at a workshop hosted by Arab Detroit. The event is called "Images and Perceptions of Arab Americans: The New America: Mom, Apple Pie, and Arab Bashing."
  • ABC's "World News": Helen Thomas Retired Because Of "Age And Outrage"

    06/07/2010 11:29:50 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 40 replies · 113+ views ^ | 7 Jun 10 | Real Clear Politics
    In the opening of ABC's "World News," anchor Dianne Sawyer says Helen Thomas retired because of "age and outrage." No mention of her anti-Semitic remark.
  • Glenn Beck: "Helen Thomas really gets ugly"

    06/07/2010 4:09:24 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 52 replies · 137+ views ^ | 7 Jun 10 | Glenn Beck
    GLENN: I think we have to start with Helen Thomas. Didn't think those words would ever come out of my mouth. Here's Helen Thomas on Israel. REPORTER: Any comments on Israel? We're asking everybody today. HELEN THOMAS: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. REPORTER: Ooh. Any better comments than that? HELEN THOMAS: Remember these people are occupied and it's their land, not German, it's not Poland. REPORTER: So where should they go? What should they do? HELEN THOMAS: Go home. REPORTER: Where's home? HELEN THOMAS: Poland, Germany. REPORTER: You say Jews go back to Poland and Germany....
  • Helen Thomas: "Save Social Security-President Obama May Cut Social Security" [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    06/03/2010 1:01:33 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 76 replies · 1,936+ views ^ | 3 Jun 10 | Helen "Impossible--and Costly" Thomas
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Say it isn’t so, Mr. President. You surely are not going to make a deal with Republicans to cut Social Security benefits, are you?</p> <p>Here’s word from The Nation Magazine: “The President intends to offer Social Security as a sacrificial lamb to entice conservative deficit hawks into a grand bipartisan compromise in which Democrats agree to cut Social Security benefits while Republicans accede to significant tax increases to reduce government red ink.”</p>
  • MUST SEE VID: Anti-Semite Helen Thomas Calls Flotilla Incident A "Deliberate Massacre"

    06/01/2010 1:37:23 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 38 replies · 1,087+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 1, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Helen Thomas at White House briefing: "The initial reaction to the flotilla massacre, deliberate massacre, an international crime, was pitiful. What do you mean you regret something that should be so strongly condemned, and if any other nation in the world had done it, we would have been up in arms? What is this ironclad relationship where a country that deliberately kills people."
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama’s News Conference Shows Accountability In Action" [WARNING: Graphic Images]

    05/28/2010 3:49:57 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 41 replies · 1,492+ views ^ | 27 May 10 | Helen "Full-Scale" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- At last! President Barack Obama held a full-scale White House news conference Thursday, his first since July 22. His record on presidential news conferences has been abysmal. True, he held a forgettable news conference on Feb. 9, the day the government was shut down because of blizzards. Very clever. He is considered a great communicator. So what’s the deal? He is surely well-primed on the issues and headlines of the day. Speeches and well-placed interviews won’t cut it. He should be quizzed, as he was Thursday by reporters trying to get to the bottom of the Obama administration’s...
  • Helen Thomas: "The Price of War - Hamid Karzai Visits Washington" [WARNING: Graphic Images]

    05/21/2010 7:19:14 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 14 replies · 739+ views ^ | 19 May 10 | Helen "Surrender Monkey" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai got a close look at the cost of war and American sacrifices last week in a rare travel schedule for a visiting head of state. The administration of President Barack Obama rolled out the red carpet as a peace offering to gloss over the public friction that caused the proud Karzai earlier this year to threaten to join the Taliban -- the enemy. Or is the enemy al-Qaida? Or both? Between meetings with administration officials, the Afghan leader’s orientation visit included a trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where wounded U.S. soldiers from...
  • Helen Thomas: "An Eloquent Defense Of American Democracy" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES, BARF ALERT]

    05/06/2010 1:50:21 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 25 replies · 747+ views ^ | 6 May 10 | Helen "Precious Thing" Thomas
    An Eloquent Defense Of American Democracy Obama Also Notes Harshness Of Public Discourse Helen Thomas, Hearst White House columnist WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is so divided that it seems to me that the nation has lost its compass. Even in times of national crisis, including the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War and a string of scandals such as Watergate, the political center has held together. But now I’m not quite so sure. President Barack Obama has been most conciliatory as he seeks the middle ground on a host of issues, even to the point of caving to...
  • Helen Thomas: "Faltering U.S. Schools Are National Disgrace" [GRAPHIC IMAGES, LIBERAL LUNACY]

    04/28/2010 3:28:09 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 39 replies · 903+ views ^ | 28 Apr 10 | Helen "National Disgrace" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama needs to wake up to the fact that the nation’s school systems are going down the drain. Thousands of teachers are facing a payless summer. Millions of school children are looking at a drop in educational standards and bigger classes. We are depriving students of their right to a decent education. Granted that school systems are under state control, the federal government needs to step up and help them overcome their financial woes. Aren’t the schools too important to fail? U.S. priorities are to spend billions every week for the unjustified and unexplained wars in...
  • Helen Thomas: "Time To Stand Up To Wall Street" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES, COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA]

    04/22/2010 12:58:32 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 30 replies · 814+ views ^ | Helen "Pinch Myself" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell met with two dozen top Wall Street executives recently and got his marching orders: Just say “no” to any new regulations designed to prevent another Great Recession, the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression in the 1930s. But something happened soon afterward. Faced with the politically tough strategy of defending Wall Street amid widespread public anger, McConnell stepped back and has begun talking about how a bipartisan bill to regulate Wall Street is likely to emerge from the Senate. I bet he got some strong advice from fellow Republicans, especially those facing...
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama Should Name a Liberal" [to the Supreme Court] [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    04/15/2010 2:09:25 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 32 replies · 913+ views ^ | 15 Apr 10 | Helen "Stinging Dissent" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- The forthcoming departure of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is a great loss to the country, especially to progressives. Stevens, a Republican, was appointed to the high court in 1975 by President Gerald Ford. Over the next 35 years, he grew in office and eventually adopted liberal views about the death penalty, abortion rights, protection of gay rights and curbing executive power. Stevens is brilliant, eloquent, outspoken and unafraid to change his mind, as evidenced by some of his votes on the court. He voted in favor of affirmative action, after first questioning it. He declared that...
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama Learning To Be A Strong President" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES and BARF ALERT]

    03/31/2010 1:03:50 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 43 replies · 1,161+ views ^ | 31 Mar 10 | Helen "Mindless" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is learning to be a strong president. Yes, he can. When Obama took office, it wasn’t clear whether he had any firm principles. This perspective grew when he seemed oblivious to the harsh reality that Republicans weren’t going to sign on to his health care plan, no matter what. Obama became the Great Compromiser when he watered down his original concepts in a vain effort to appease his opponents, even though they had zero interest in working with him. The president had a light-bulb moment, at least publicly, earlier this week when he was interviewed...
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama's Priorities - Guns-Or-Butter Debate Under Way" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    03/17/2010 4:43:16 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 19 replies · 778+ views ^ | 17 Mar 10 | Helen "Group Think" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- Billions are being spent for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we have stingy budgets for the stubborn needs on the home front. Thousands of teachers have been laid of, schools closed and homes foreclosed all over the country. Banks are holding back on loans to small businesses and the jobless rate remains stubbornly high. Call it a "recession" or a "depression," we know there is great deprivation in the lives of millions, especially those who have lost their jobs. In many ways, President Barack Obama has run up against a Republican iron curtain in his attempts...
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama Skewers Insurers" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES][BARF ALERT]

    03/10/2010 4:24:34 PM PST · by seanmerc · 37 replies · 1,261+ views ^ | 10 Mar 10 | Helen "Final Chapter" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- Finally! President Barack Obama has at last zeroed in on the greedy health insurance companies and their opposition to health reform. It’s about time. The president also seems to have awakened the public to the fact that congressional Republicans have mounted a solid wall of resistance to serious efforts at improving the American health care system. Obama is now in the final chapter of his year-long effort to win legislation that would make health insurance affordable and accessible to more Americans, 46 million of whom lack coverage. The Republicans have been admirable for their party discipline: They have...
  • Helen Thomas: "Hillary The Hawk - Clinton Gets Cues From President Obama" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    02/24/2010 4:23:47 PM PST · by seanmerc · 36 replies · 1,179+ views ^ | 24 Feb 10 | Helen "Hezbollah Point of View" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is finding her voice in the world of foreign affairs -- and it’s the sound of hawk-speak, filled with threats and warnings. She has warned that Iran is becoming a military dictatorship. She is trying -- with some success -- to persuade U.S. allies to support stronger sanctions against Teheran. There’s no sign that the U.S. is about to invade Iran but there’s tons of speculation that the Pentagon has been tasked to figure out what bunker-buster bombs would do to Iran’s underground nuclear industry and whether such an attack would help or...
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama’s Impossible Dream-Republicans Think Democrats Are On The Run" [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    02/18/2010 12:03:44 PM PST · by seanmerc · 39 replies · 1,584+ views ^ | 18 Feb 10 | Helen "Political Theater" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- Enough already. President Barack Obama’s admirable quest for bipartisanship is a voice crying in the wilderness. Oh yes, he has another chance at bat when he hosts a summit meeting Feb. 25 at Blair House, the president’s guest house across the street from the White House. He has invited the leaders of both parties to the televised meeting designed to "jump start" the discussion about health care reform. Obama said he does not want the talks to devolve into political theater. "I want a substantive discussion," he said. The summit follows Obama's televised sparring with House Republicans at...
  • Helen Thomas: "Wars In Our Time - Obama Is Now A 'War President'" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    02/03/2010 2:10:20 PM PST · by seanmerc · 43 replies · 1,499+ views ^ | 3 Feb 10 | The only reporter to have interviewed all 44 US Presidents, the one and only HELEN THOMAS!!!
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama does have a foreign policy. It’s called war. Unfortunately, the president has not defined any real difference between his hawkish approach to international issues and that of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush. Where’s the change we can believe in? Bush left a legacy of two wars, neither of which was ever fully explained or justified. Obama has merely picked up the sword that Bush left behind in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both wars lack a formal congressional declaration of war. In the struggle against terrorism one might say, "Who cares?" Well, one group that...
  • Helen Thomas: "GOP Medical Wrecking Ball-Washington, As The Nation, Is Fragmented" [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    01/27/2010 3:26:37 PM PST · by seanmerc · 40 replies · 839+ views ^ | 27 Jan 10 | Helen "Wrecking Ball" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama set a goal to change the way Washington works. That was a far-fetched dream, to say the least, at a time where there is no comity in the country and no move toward political reconciliation. The Washington scene -- reflective of the nation -- is fragmented between nay-saying conservatives who seem against every thing, and liberals and moderates in search of a middle ground. It seems impossible to find that mythical location. The divisions are propelled by anger, dissatisfaction and undoubtedly some fear of the future. Obama is the fall guy for this, raising Republican...
  • Helen Thomas: "Democrats Get Wake-Up Call-President Obama Has Learned Hard Lessons" [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    01/22/2010 3:03:53 AM PST · by seanmerc · 45 replies · 1,562+ views ^ | Helen "Beleaguered" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is a much wiser man as he starts his second year in office. When he arrived at the White House, Obama inherited an insurmountable legacy of a deep recession and two wars in the Middle East. These are issues hardly adaptable to instant solutions for an impatient public. He was flying high as a presidential candidate offering "change" from the heavy hand of conservatives empowered from the days of Ronald Reagan, who had turned the country to the right. Since those halcyon inaugural days the president surely has learned that there is no such thing...
  • Helen Thomas: "The Threats From Terrorism, Bubbles" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    01/14/2010 2:55:21 PM PST · by seanmerc · 45 replies · 1,720+ views ^ | 13 Jan 10 | Helen "Hezbollah point of view" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- No one in the Obama administration is going to acknowledge that our foreign policy in the Middle East has alienated many Arabs. The U.S. pro-Israel policy and our shocking neglect of the beleaguered Palestinians underlie almost every initiative or tactical tilt that comes out of Washington. President Barack Obama and his predecessors in the White House have scored domestic political points by embracing this world view. This is one vantage point that is truly bi-partisan, to the point where no one discusses it. Michael Scheuer, a former CIA specialist on the al-Qaida terrorists, complained on C-SPAN recently that...
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama’s Honeymoon Is Over" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    01/06/2010 6:18:40 PM PST · by seanmerc · 75 replies · 3,321+ views ^ | 6 Jan 10 | Helen "Insatiable" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- The chorus of loud criticism of President Barack Obama is a reminder that every new occupant of the White House has a presidential learning curve. There is no such thing as an instant president. They all have to learn the hard way. Fans and foes alike seem to be ganging up on the newcomer as he approaches his first anniversary in office. Hopeful Republican antagonists are wondering whether he can win a second term -- premature as that speculation may be. Some one-time Obama supporters are disillusioned because of the great expectations fostered by Obama’s soaring rhetoric during...
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama Is No FDR - Republican Mission Is To See Obama Fail [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/25/2009 1:01:29 AM PST · by seanmerc · 58 replies · 3,369+ views ^ | 24 Dec 09 | Helen "The Grinch" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- The spirit of Christmas seems to have escaped Congress, maybe even the country. Have you ever encountered such mean spiritedness and political conniving as are now on display on Capitol Hill? In the past, we have had great philosophical divisions in the struggle for civil rights, especially when southern legislators ran the show. In praise of democracy, fortunately they lost. And of course there also was the "red scare" fomented by Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis., in the 1950s when he led the commie-hunting movement that ended up victimizing government officials, academia and Hollywood. We recovered from that, too....
  • Helen Thomas: "Who Is President Obama? The Time Has Come For Obama To Get Tough" [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/17/2009 12:08:51 PM PST · by seanmerc · 65 replies · 2,714+ views ^ | 16 Dec 09 | The only reporter who has interviewed all 44 US Presidents, the inimitable HELEN THOMAS!!!
    WASHINGTON -- After nearly a year in office, the defining political image of President Barack Obama has yet to emerge. Is he a hawk or dove, a liberal or a moderate? His Nobel Peace prize speech exposed his ambivalence. He harkened back to the Roman Catholic theologians to defend his "just war" in Afghanistan -- but he also expressed his ideals for a better world. Measuring Obama’s performance is truly in the eyes of the beholder. To those who were enthralled with Obama’s eloquence in the presidential campaign, reality is setting in. News flash: He doesn’t walk on water. But...
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama Is Now Called A 'War President'"-Escalates War in Afghanistan [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/10/2009 7:16:07 AM PST · by seanmerc · 45 replies · 2,195+ views ^ | 9 Dec 09 | Helen "Quagmire" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama had a golden opportunity to become a peacemaker compared to his hawkish predecessor. But he has let that opening evaporate by escalating the war in Afghanistan. Now he is called a "war president" -- a dubious title that former President George W. Bush personally embraced after starting two devastating wars, one in Afghanistan, the other in Iraq. In both cases, the U.S. is touting its exit plans. In Iraq, Obama has declared a victory and plans to pull out many troops next year, though leaving thousands behind to secure the Baghdad government. In Afghanistan, Obama...