John O. 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 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.
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.
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.