Category: College of General Studies

Charlie Baker’s Impending Fashion Faux-Pas

January 26th, 2015 in 2015, Blogs, Boston Magazine, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Rare is the day that a middle aged white dude gets ridiculed for not wearing a fleece vest. But such is the plight of Charlie Baker in the hours leading up to his first blizzard as governor…

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Chabot: Charlie needs to prove he can weather storm

January 26th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

The blockbuster storm set to slam the Bay State tonight will be Gov. Charlie Baker’s biggest test since he’s taken the Corner Office — and he’ll be taking it on without the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency vest that let TV viewers know Gov. Deval Patrick was ready to battle Mother Nature…

Expert quote:

“This is what makes or breaks governors. Patrick really knew how to wear that vest, he projected authority and urged everyone to be calm, and Baker needs to take a page from that book.”

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Obama’s State of Union Delivers ‘Cleaned-Up’ Version of Foreign Policy

January 22nd, 2015 in 2015, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

The foreign policy US President Baraсk Obama outlined in his State of the Union address contrasts sharply with ground reality, from the Middle East to Afghanistan, experts told Sputnik…

Expert quote:

“And he [Obama] also made a point that in terms of foreign policy it’s the long game that he is aiming for. He is not going to respond to headlines. What he is saying is that, in order to have an effective foreign policy you have to show results and stick with it over several years, if not decades.”

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Star guests at State of the Union let politicians put faces on policy goals

January 21st, 2015 in 2015, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, Washington Times 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Cheryl Strayed, whose book about a life-defining trek along the rugged Pacific Crest Trail became a best-seller, asked Congress on Tuesday to protect those natural resources so future generations can find themselves in nature also…

Expert quote:

“The State of the Union has basically evolved into these big commercials. The ancillary benefits here are jumping off the coattails of the president and being brought into the limelight. They’re going to bask in the reflective glow of the president and his agenda.”

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Time of transition for Mass. on Capitol Hill

January 11th, 2015 in 2015, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

As a state with a proud congressional history, including more House speakers than any other state, as well as the legacy of longstanding lawmakers like the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts has always stood tall on Capitol Hill.

Expert quote:

“In some ways Massachusetts might be strengthened, at least in his district, because of his unique personal background. The Obama administration might lean on him as a voice for the administration in Congress. He’s a compelling figure and the Republicans will have to tread lightly around him given his experience.”

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End of an era: Deval Patrick is done with his governorship

January 8th, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, College of General Studies, Fred Bayles, Metro, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication
Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

As Gov. Deval Patrick leaves office to make way for Governor-elect Charlie Baker, the legacy of the state’s first black governor has been opened up to debate…

Expert quotes:

Bayles:

“One could say he was a fairly good steward during a time of national economic crisis. But I don’t think they’re going to be building lots of statues of him.”

Whalen:

“The judiciary may be his long standing legacy. Historically when you thought of Massachusetts judges, you thought of old Brahmin stock whose family can be traced back to the Mayflower. Now, the judiciary reflects Massachusetts as it is, which is incredibly diverse. He has set himself up for national office if he chooses to do so.”

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The art of not-quite-running for president

December 16th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

With his announcement that he will “actively explore” a run for president, former governor Jeb Bush has joined an already-crowded group of “active explorers,” including Rand Paul and Scott Walker

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What’s next for Deval Patrick? Departing Massachusetts governor doesn’t rule out presidential bid after 2016

December 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

On Jan. 8, the day Republican Charlie Baker is sworn in as the Massachusetts governor, Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick and his wife, Diane, are planning to leave for “a long, warm weather nap,” Patrick said Monday…

Expert quote:

“If you watch him do a media interview, presidents can only hope to be that smooth.”

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Challenges for the US election campaign 2016

December 15th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Two years is a long way to go, though not enough, at this juncture of the policy of the United States.But in those two years will be defined core issues: which country will receive in 2017 successor President Barack Obama and what issues will have had to show as more robust than its competitors…

Expert quote:

“Things improve to the point that within a couple of years could have full employment, when they begin the Choices:. if you are a candidate and you think the theme of the campaign will be the economic recovery will not have much to talk about if there is full employment a Republican candidate would face many limitations when the economy recovers.”

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Luis Tiant Deserves A Place In Baseball’s Hall Of Fame

December 5th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Tom Whalen, WBUR 0 comments

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By Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

“Never make predictions, especially about the future.” These pearls of wisdom came from the lips of the late, great baseball manager Casey Stengel, a seven-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees…

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