June 7th, 2010
07:55 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Lt. Gen. James Clapper

President Obama called him one of America's "most experienced and most respected intelligence professionals." Obama nominated the top Pentagon official to be the new director of national intelligence on Saturday.

Clapper, who retired from the Air Force in 1995 after a 32-year career, was head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from September 2001 to June 2006.

Clapper would replace Dennis Blair, who resigned at the end of last month. Obama said he'll be looking for Clapper "to ensure that we have the most capable and efficient intelligence community possible."

If confirmed, Clapper will become the nation's fourth director of national intelligence in five years. The position was created after the September 2001 attacks to oversee the 16 agencies of the U.S. intelligence community.

CNN: Obama nominates new director of national intelligence

Helen Thomas

The legendary White House correspondent has retired, the Hearst Corp. said Monday,  in the wake of controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians.

Thomas recently said that Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and that the Jewish people should go home to "Poland, Germany ... and America and everywhere else."

CNN has learned that Thomas also was dropped by her agent Nine Speakers Inc. on Sunday, and Craig Crawford, who co-authored "Listen Up, Mr. President" with Thomas, said in a blog post that he "will no longer be working with Helen on our book projects."

Thomas apologized for her comments that she made to Rabbilive.com about Israel.

Thomas, 89, has been considered the "dean" of the White House press corps after decades covering the presidency. As a syndicated columnist for Hearst newspapers, she held a privileged seat in the front row of the White House press briefing room, where she regularly fired sharp questions on the major issues of the day at White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

CNN: Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas retiring

Jimmy Buffett

The singer-songwriter says that nothing really bothers him.

The Pensacola (Florida) News Journal reports that Buffett stood with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist this weekend to announce he still plans to open his $50 million, 162-room Margaritaville Beach Hotel on Pensacola Beach next weekend.

CNN reports that tar balls already have washed up on beaches there in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

"I've been through hurricanes, earthquakes, been shot at by the Jamaican SWAT teams. Nothing really bothers me," Buffett said. "We're going to be open for business come hell or high water. People in the Panhandle are tough people."

According to the newspaper, Buffett - in flip-flops, shorts and shades - also said the oil disaster should prompt Americans to pursue solar and wind power and cut down on oil use.

Pensacola News Journal: Buffett says coast will survive oil spill

CNN's complete coverage of oil disaster

Cindy Lee

The Kalamazoo Central High School Class of 2010 valedictorian will give her speech Monday from the same podium as President Obama.

Obama will deliver the commencement address there because the Michigan high school won this year's Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.

The Kalamazoo (Michigan) Gazette reports that Lee was born in Tucson, Arizona, to South Korean parents, who returned home when Lee was in preschool. They came back to the U.S. in 2006 and a year later left Lee with her brother, a Western Michigan University student, so she could finish her education here.

According to the newspaper, Lee plans to attend Kalamazoo University and become a surgeon.

"I'm like, ooh," Lee told the paper. "By coming to Kalamazoo Central, I've had every opportunity I could imagine."

Kalamazoo Gazette: Valedictorian to run shoulders with President Obama

Paige Price

Charlie Sheen will stand before a judge Monday afternoon to plead guilty to charges stemming from a Christmas morning argument with his wife in Aspen, Colorado, a prosecutor said.

If the judge accepts the plea agreement, the television star would spend the next month as a theater intern by day and a jail inmate at night. The proposal includes a month of community service for Sheen, 44, working with Theatre Aspen, according to Price, the theater's artistic director.

"We've often been in a position of helping people fulfill their community service, but he would be our highest profile intern," Price said.

Sheen, who began acting professionally in 1974, may teach master classes for professional actors working during Theatre Aspen's summer productions. The summer plays include "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!" - billed as "a clever musical which follows the fate of the Big Bad Wolf."

Price said, "There's no part in that for him."

CNN: Charlie Sheen's sentence could include theater internship

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. pawelek

    test comment

    June 7, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
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    June 7, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joan

    I cannot believe Hearst is allowing her to keep her job. Had she said all Blacks need to go "home" to Africa or all Asians need to go back to the far east or all Hispanics need to go back to their ancestral grounds, we wouldn't be having this conversation. Helen Thomas has not been a reporter for a very long time. She is a columnist spouting her own opinion from the coveted front row of the White House Press Room. PLEASE send her off into retirement so I no longer have to look at her crypt-keeper face or hear/read her bigoted thoughts. In fact, can we please send her back to Palestine?

    June 7, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. manny

    he has to be....Just look at his head, who wouldn't choose that guy as "head of intelligence" he literally looks like a head of intelligence.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Henry Miller

    Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and the people occupying the territory stolen from the Palestinians in 1948 should go back to wherever they came from. Thomas has nothing to apologise for–she's absolutely right.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Joel Miller

      Not a solution Henry. Here's what is wrong with it.

      1) Half of the Jews in the region don't have ancenstry in Europe, but come from North Africa and the middle east
      2) There were Jews living in the region prior to 1948 and there has been a continuous Jewish presence there for over 3,000 years even though they were a minority much of that time.
      3) The Europeans wouldn't take the refugees back in many cases and displacing 2 or 3 million people is not only wrong but problematic for European countries. When Jews returned to Poland after the war, many were killed. The Poles did not want to give up the property Jews left behind and were steeped in 800 years of brutal hatred of Jewish people.

      The solution to the problem in the region will have to be fair to all parties living there. Hopefully it will be democratic. But Helen Thomas' solution is about just as fair and workable as sending all the descendants of Europeans currently living in North America back to where their ancestors came from.

      June 7, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Henry Miller


      The problem is that, after WWII, the Allies devised the first unworkable solution: the creation of Israel on territory already a sovereign state. You're right, though, that as much as it eases my outrage at that arrogant bit of theft to suggest it, sending the Jews "home" won't work as a political solution. What would work would be for the the
      US to quit blindly supporting Israel, thereby tacitly endorsing their lethal boorishness, and make them face alone the consequences of their behaviour. Without US economic and military aid, I suspect Israel couldn't maintain it's highly aggressive stance in the region.

      June 7, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Clint04

    Back to the books, you failed. No capitalization to start with, & no punctuation to end it.

    D- 🙂

    June 7, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Linda Ferris

    Well, age does tend to loosen up our ability to control a few things. Some experience incontinence, Helen has loose tongue syndrome that is not particularly politically correct. But, is it untrue? Has she revealed the dirty little secret that many people harbor and have avoided saying??? I'd love to see her host Saturday Night Live. I can see the promo now: "Hell (en) on wheels. H.T. unplugged." Who cares?

    June 7, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. DHoke

    Lets change term to mexican or black and then we can hear the outcry. No more hypocrisy, fire her now.

    June 7, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rico

    More puppet appointments; great. Since when does a FREE PRESS involve 'selective journalism'? The real enemy isn't Mrs. Thomas, it's the YELLOW JOURNALISM for which Hearst is (in)famous.

    Or maybe it's "cool" to put a million and a 1/2 defenseless Palestinians into a giant concentration camp and mow them down like fish in a barrel.

    Too many people don't know about the U.S.S. LIBERTY being attacked in 1967 by Israel aka the Berzerker Zionist (Irgun) terrorist groups. Oh, and Hamas is a DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOV'T, so shutty!

    Rahm Emanual, White House chief of staff? Dual U.S./Israeli citizen who openly fought with the IDF a few years back. His father, was a member of IRGUN and is infamous for murdering 100's of women and children. Nice guys...

    Then, you've got Michael Chertoff, former head of Fatherland Security, his parents were founding members of MOSSAD, and he has a contract for implementing all the airport naked body scanners (thanks to the FBI-sponsored Underwear Bomber) that give you cancer and leave nothing to the imagination. But I'm sure that's just a cutesy little coinky-dink; nothing to worry over. Move along; these aren't the Zionists you are looking for.

    Israel is a Terrorist State...bottom line. They are THE biggest nuclear threat in the M.East (400 bombs). Iran can't even make bomb materials and you've got the BILDERBERGERS giving the green light for war with Iran.

    And the LOGAN ACT Violators along with the other Global Elite are struggling to maintain the Euro.

    Ha ha...you will never get your NEW WORLD ORDER, you vinegar and water flushes!


    And just remember Zionists and Globalists:

    the answer to "1984"...

    is 1776!

    The Revolution isn't coming...it's already HERE!!!!

    Power to the People!

    June 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
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