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Eric Lach

Eric Lach is a reporter for TPM. From 2010 to 2011, he was a news writer in charge of the website?s front page. He has previously written for The Daily, NewYorker.com, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at ericl@talkingpointsmemo.com

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Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas announced today that she is retiring after covering 10 presidents, following a political firestorm over her comments about Jews, Palestinians and Israel.

Thomas' role as the dean of the press corps has long been held in high regard even as her presence at the White House waned as she approached the age of 90 and was sometimes caught speaking about politically charged topics. Her focus of the last few years has been the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and when questioning President Obama and administration officials, she has asked why those countries have been "occupied." She was a vocal critic of President George W. Bush, and the presidential tradition of calling upon Thomas at White House press conferences also has become less frequent.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: COVERING THE PRESIDENT: HELEN THOMAS AND THE WHITE HOUSE]

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In Netflix's awesome presentation on the future of its business, it forecasts DVD shipments peaking in the next three years. After that, it's another 20 years before DVDs die.

Lucky for Netflix, it has a kick-butt streaming service which is boosting its subscriber base. As the DVDs go away, the growth in streaming is going to sustain Netflix. (At least, that's the plan.)

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Jenny Sanford, who knows a thing or two about South Carolina sex scandals, has come out in support of South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, who's been fighting off claims of affairs by two GOP operatives.

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Former Rep. Tom Campbell has gone back on the air in California, with an ad trumpeting a recent poll that shows him beating Sen. Barbara Boxes (D-CA) in a head-to-head general election match-up. As the June 8 Republican Senate primary approaches, Campbell has struggled with his limited financial resources, but his latest ad asks voters to look past frontrunner Carly Fiorina's deep pockets.

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