BostonGlobe.com Political Headlines - August 21, 2014 August 22, 2014 Here are the top political headlines from BostonGlobe.com today: Campaigns’ messages geared toward women: Female voters have surged into starring roles as the gubernatorial campaign has jumped onto the airwaves. Jim O’Sullivan reports. James Foley killing decried, US says rescue bid failed: American ground forces had attempted to rescue the N.H. reporter and other Americans earlier this summer in Syria. Bryan Bender and Zachary T. Sampson detail the latest. In Middlesex DA bid, Michael Sullivan relies on family: Sullivan comes from a long line of politicians and is the latest leader from a family that has held county office since 1936. Maria Cramer reports. Galvin to launch inquiry into lobbyist: Secretary of State William Galvin criticized Attorney General Martha Coakley’s handling of a case involving a prominent lobbyist. David Scharfenberg details the story. At health care forum, Coakley defends Partners deal: The attorney general defended her decision to allow Partners HealthCare to acquire South Shore Hospital and Hallmark Healthcare. Joshua Miller details the latest. Landsmark appointment to BRA board back on track: The nomination comes as the Boston College of Architecture president resolved issues with the school. Beth Healy reports.