Insisting his recent troubles have nothing to do with his decision, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray secures a new job in Worcester and a quiet exit from Beacon Hill.
Eileen McNamara teaches journalism at Brandeis University. A Pulitzer Prize-winning former columnist for The Boston Globe, she is working on a biography of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
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Three men were murdered last month in Boston’s lower-profile neighborhoods. They are just as deceased as the bombing victims. Read anything about them?
Babson College is defending its selection of Kerry Healey as its next president. So is Eileen McNamara, who says objections to the former lieutenant governor “ring hollow.”
In the competing narratives of cowardice and courage emerging from the Boston Marathon bombings, perhaps none is as powerful as the story of Carlos Arredondo.
Once a staunch opponent of gay marriage, the Ohio Republican says he now supports same-sex nuptials after his son told him he was gay.
The Boston-New York pontifical pennant race is over. Can we go back to bickering about baseball now?
This is a classic case of selective outrage, says Eileen McNamara.
One of the potential bidders for the Globe just adopted a policy of screening political ads for ‘negativity’ at one of his other papers. If the move reflects his journalistic philosophy, Aaron Kushner is not our man.
Sexual assault on campus should be treated not as an infraction of the college handbook, but as a criminal act.
The Boy Scouts of America announced it is considering a retreat from its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members. But not so fast, says Eileen McNamara. It’s not the bold move they want you to think it is.
Reject her legal rationale. Question her prosecutorial discretion. But let’s stop the slander that U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has blood on her hands for the suicide of Aaron Swartz.
President Obama promised to run the most transparent White House in history. But we know as little now about targeted killings by drone strikes as we did about torture under George W. Bush.
We value the president’s heartfelt tears for those slaughtered in Newtown. But his compassion will do nothing to stop the next massacre that is surely coming if we continue to skirt serious gun control in this country.
Fresh off his move back to Boston, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has wasted no time wading into the political fray. Eileen McNamara takes issue with several comments he made this week to the Boston Herald.
Forget re-election plans. It is time for Mayor Tom Menino to retire. He and Boston will both survive.
If Paula Broadwell is a punch line, the tawdry joke is of her own making. Women should be as furious at her careless folly as they are at Petraeus’ preening arrogance.
It wasn’t the first post-factual presidential campaign, after all. The outcome of election 2012 confirmed that voters still know a lie when they hear one.
The former Democratic presidential nominee and U.S. senator spoke truth to power, unafraid to prescribe bold action in the face of seemingly overwhelming social problems. Who has the guts to do that now?
Eileen McNamara wonders why anyone is shocked by Mitt Romney’s latest private comments when he has been saying the same thing in public all along.
Reality is in short order at conventions. But Eileen McNamara says even the casual viewer could see obvious parallels between Patrick’s governorship and that of the Republican predecessor he was so keen to mock.
It’s nice that Ann Romney loves her husband – but, asks commentator Eileen McNamara, what’s that got to do with his ability to govern?
After graduation, a new place will, and should, beckon. Eileen McNamara says it’s not until the final return to college, that our children really leave home.
Sen. Scott Brown calls foul after voter registration forms are mailed to thousands of welfare recipients. Commentator Eileen McNamara calls it a “manufactured controversy.”
Eileen McNamara says if Mitt Romney loses New Hampshire, it won’t be because of his Jet Ski.