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Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas announced her retirement Monday, just days after she made controversial remarks about Israel and Palestine.

Thomas, 89, who covered the White House for decades, made her comments during an interview that later was posted online.

Thomas wrote for United Press International for more than a half-century and later for Hearst newspapers, covering every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.

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United Press International (UPI) White House reporter Helen Thomas (C) represented all the regular White House reporters during a boycott of a White House news briefing on October 18, 1982. The briefing by Morton Collins, of the National Venture Capital Association, came after Collins presented President Ronald Reagan with a golden egg award, but the reporters were not permitted to view the presentation. (UPI Photo/Don Rypka/Files)
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