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Eileen McNamara

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.

Latest by Eileen McNamara


A Double Standard For David Petraeus

By Eileen McNamara

The sweetheart deal prosecutors cut with the retired general exposes the hypocrisy and the incoherence at the heart of the U.S. Justice Department’s war on whistleblowers.


Democrats Cave On Deeply Flawed Spending Bill

By Eileen McNamara

The 1,603-page spending bill, crafted behind closed doors and passed on December 11, 2014, will reverse what little progress Democrats have made regulating avaricious bankers and reining in billionaire political contributors.

Election 2014

Charlie Baker’s Fish Tale

By Eileen McNamara

In this week’s gubernatorial debate, the Republican candidate tearfully re-recounted the story of a struggling — and, apparently, impossible to find — fisherman.


Memo To The Vatican: Get Real

By Eileen McNamara

By what measure of rational thought is a draft document that asks about homosexuals — and only asks — whether the Catholic Church is “capable of welcoming these people” a cause for celebration?

Election 2014

Charlie Baker's Hypocrisy On Child Welfare

By Eileen McNamara

It takes no small measure of nerve for a public official with a record of callous indifference to the plight of abused and neglected children to impugn the commitment of a woman who has spent her career championing their cause.


What Is Scott Brown’s Agenda Anyway?

By Eileen McNamara

The former Massachusetts senator sets his sights on the Granite State. But beyond his reflexive renunciation of “Obamacare,” what exactly does he stand for?

Bulger Trial

Courtrooms Dispense Justice, Not Closure

By Eileen McNamara

U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper was wrong to allow relatives of murder victims whom James “Whitey” Bulger was not convicted of killing to address his sentencing hearing.


All Carrot, No Stick: Rethinking Corporate Tax Breaks

By Eileen McNamara

Massachusetts hands out $2 billion a year in corporate tax incentives. But when companies move jobs out of state, slash employee benefits, or otherwise fail to live up to their end of the bargain, officials have little recourse.


The Redemption Of The Man In The Cowboy Hat

By Eileen McNamara

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.


Mr. President, It’s Time To Lead On Gun Control

By Eileen McNamara

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.


George McGovern: The Last Of The Proud Bleeding Hearts

By Eileen McNamara

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?

Election 2012

The Hypocrisy Behind Patrick's DNC Zingers

By Eileen McNamara

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.

Mitt Romney

Ann Hearts Mitt. So What?

By Eileen McNamara

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?


Senior Year: The Hardest Goodbye

By Eileen McNamara

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.

Mass. Senate

Scott Brown's Outrage Is Misplaced

By Eileen McNamara

Sen. Scott Brown calls foul after voter registration forms are mailed to thousands of welfare recipients. Commentator Eileen McNamara calls it a “manufactured controversy.”