tom donilon http://ripr.org en Rhode Island and Leibovich's `This Town' http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-and-leibovichs-town <p>John O.&nbsp; Pastore was a legendary Rhode Island political figure, the son of immigrants and the first Italian-American elected as a governor and a U.S. Senator. A dominant figure in state politics, Pastore had a distinguished 26-year tenure&nbsp; in the Senate and never lost an election in a long career that began in the doldrums of the Great Depression in the General Assembly and ended with his decision in 1976 to retire rather than run again for a seat he would have easily kept.</p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:24:40 +0000 Scott MacKay 20238 at http://ripr.org Providence native Tom Donilon leaving as Obama national security adviser http://ripr.org/post/providence-native-tom-donilon-leaving-obama-national-security-adviser <p>Providence native Tom Donilon, a graduate of LaSalle Academy, is resigning as President Obama’s national security adviser. He is slated to be replaced by Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials have announced.</p><p>Rice, 48, an outspoken diplomat and Obama political ally, was the president’s first choice for secretary of state. She lost a shot at the job after harsh criticism from Republicans over her account of the deadly attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:46:24 +0000 Scott MacKay 16390 at http://ripr.org