Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Donald Trump to America:...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle writes of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump: “He is a Hall of Fame salesman, always pushing the perfect product, the only item that exists in his mind: himself. He views himself as the answer to everything that ails or angers us. Any ill at all, he tells us, will be dea...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: In Dallas, Our President...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike highlights President Obama’s moving speech in Dallas “because of gunshots in the night, gunshots fired by a racist, gunshots that killed five police officers and broke another piece of a nation’s troubled heart. “If you heard him, watched him, listened – really listened – yo...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: The Real Reason We Will ...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle weighs in on the amazing life of the late, great Muhammad Ali and fondly recalls one day 36 years ago, when he spent a day with The Greatest Of All Time. “Muhammad Ali is dead. Who he was and is, a complete man in full, complicated, courageous, charming, multi-dimensional, rema...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

THROUGH HISTORY WITH STYLE

THE BOSTON GLOBE BY MIKE BARNICLE THROUGH HISTORY WITH STYLE Jun 9, 1980 Ali had a cold. It had kept him up most of the night and now, just past 7 on Saturday morning, he was sitting in the kitchen of his friend, George Butler, in Marblehead, holding a bottle of pills in the palm of his hand. “One every 12 hours,” he mumbled. ...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: America Is Still a Gift ...

On this Memorial Day, Mike Barnicle’s latest column for The Daily Beast suggests cutting through the toxicity clogging our collective culture to remember those who died giving back to our country, including his own uncle – the one he never knew – Lt. Gerald J. Barnicle: “Killed in action… Battle of MidwayR...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: The Timeless Beauty of B...

In his latest column for the Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle celebrates Major League Baseball’s opening day and reflects upon the enduring allure of the sport. “That’s one of the great gifts of this, the greatest of all games, baseball: it allows you, still, to lose yourself in a dream, to feel and remember a season of life when summer never s...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: What Bobby Kennedy Would...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle resurrects a prescient message delivered by Bobby Kennedy to an angry America in 1968 — one that serves as a much needed distinction and reminder of what true leadership and greatness really mean in a time of increasing violent tensions, currently at campaign rallies for Republ...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: The Two Americas Behind ...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle writes about the not-so-surprising success of presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders, who are appealing to the prevailing mood of people living in small towns, medium size cities and rural enclaves across America, who have been abandoned or marginalized by the ...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: The Man Who Will Not Bow...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle writes about his first-hand experience during South Carolina’s Republican primary and the rage and despair being fed to voters by most presidential candidates. “Listening to some of the Republican candidates for President is like eavesdropping on men trying to earn their letter sweat...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: They Vote for Trump and ...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle boils down his recent experiences in New Hampshire and highlights the palpable similarities between the supporters of last night’s primary winners, Donald J. Trump and Bernie Sanders. “Both, in their own way, speak to the volatility rumbling beneath the surface of daily l...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Christie on Rubio: ̵...

Ahead of the presidential primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Mike Barnicle’s latest column for The Daily Beast takes a look at the Republican governors on the ballot—Ohio Governor John Kasich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush—and how their office may help them respond better to voter concerns. R...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Iowa’s History of Welcom...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle profiles a pocket of diversity in Des Moines, Iowa, leading up to today’s caucuses there. “For weeks now and nearly every day as people finally begin to vote, the one common thread that has united Republicans has been the fear that immigrants are destroying the country, standing in t...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Bernie Mania is Real and...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle takes a look at a struggling America—from the dwindling middle class comprised of families living paycheck-to-paycheck to the marginalized residents of Flint, Michigan, who don’t have safe water to drink—and the people finding hope in the presidential campaign of a 74-year-old ...
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Trent Lott & Tom Daschle discuss “...

This Thursday, at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate in Boston, don’t miss Mike Barnicle in conversation with Senator Trent Lott and Senator Tom Daschle. Click here to RSVP: http://bit.ly/1UatHc8
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Requiem for a Union Boss...

In Mike Barnicle’s latest column for The Daily Beast, he writes about the beloved Boston firefighter and union leader Mike Mullane, who died recently at age 68. Mullane was the longest serving member of the International Association of Fire Fighters. “For more than a decade now, unions in America have been under a more sustain...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: My Christmas Wish: Stop ...

In the most recent column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle hopes that the upcoming holiday serves as a much needed reprieve from the cartoonish, yet dangerous, lowest-denominator presidential campaigns of fear that have consumed American politics this year. “Thankfully, it’s Christmas Week, and the fires of their ambition will be ...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: The Only Thing They’re S...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle examines the current culture of fear that has permeated our everyday lives and the people who are pushing it. “We have ‘a clockwork orange’ parade of candidates seeking to capitalize on the legitimate worry many have about where the world is headed. In the days since a matched ...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Ground Zero For Election...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike takes a close look at a serious national problem that is overwhelming the small state of New Hampshire—cheap heroin. “The issue of overdoses, death, the availability of heroin and its impact has created a ripple effect on the presidential primary campaign. The immediacy of a needle and a $10 ...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Will Syria Be Obama̵...

In today’s column for The Daily Beast, Mike ponders whether President Barak Obama’s recent decision to send special forces into Syria will wind up being a lot like the mistake made 50 years ago in another conflict in a far off land. Read the column here. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/01/will-syria-be-obama-s-vi...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Hillary Clinton, Trey Go...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike shines the spotlight on the true consequences of failed politics and war—most recently personified by the death of Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, a 39-year-old, highly decorated Army veteran of 14 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. “It is an old story. Political people give speeches and espouse posit...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Ben Carson Gives New Mea...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle applies some movie analogies to the latest absurd remarks made by Dr. Ben Carson, the perplexingly popular Republican presidential candidate. “His supporters list several reasons why they would consider voting for him: ‘He seems like a nice man. He speaks softly. He is a ...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

Mike Barnicle’s Advice To Hillary’s Suffering...

Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle tells Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton how to improve her campaign. Read his recommendation here in The Daily Caller. http://dailycaller.com/2015/09/15/mike-barnicles-advice-to-hillarys-suffering-campaign-clean-house-video/#ixzz3lvG0gWPq
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: What Will Joe Biden Do?

“It seemed like the welcome mat to 2016 was rolled out for the grieving Vice President this week. Will he go for it?,” ponders Mike Barnicle in his latest column for The Daily Beast. Following a moving and insightful interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” this week, Barnicle continues to cover the topic of whether o...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: As Thousands Drown Tryin...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle reflects on the current immigration crisis across the Mediterranean and Europe—embodied by the recent image of a three-year old boy from Syria lying dead on the beach—and questions whether the U.S. could still be considered a guiding light for the most persecuted and endangered peopl...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: When Will We Take Violen...

In his most recent column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle reflects on violence across this country—from this week’s shocking murders of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward during a live morning newscast to the unending homicides witnessed in America’s harshest neighborhoods every day, year after year. “There are blocks upon c...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Sorry Folks, Donald Trum...

In the latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike explains Donald J. Trump’s familiarity, contrast with fellow candidates, and accessibility with voters, all of which continue to fuel his campaign for President of the United States. “Donald’s success isn’t that much of a mystery. He says a lot of outrageous things along with some truly absur...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Authentic Biden Vs. Hill...

Amid new speculation that Vice President Joe Biden will make another run for the presidency, Mike Barnicle’s latest column for The Daily Beast takes a close look at VP Biden’s character—one forged by tragedy, loss, family, and faith—and contrasts it with that of Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton. “He is, perhaps, the lea...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Our Cynical Politicians ...

In Mike Barnicle’s latest column for The Daily Beast, he describes the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 and the jubilant, all-too-rare example it provides of seeing the world coming together for a common good. Mike reminds us that the greatest disability is fear: “…there were the Iraqis and the Americans, the French, an...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Trump Awakens Kerry’s Vi...

In Mike Barnicle’s latest column for The Daily Beast, he shines a spotlight on Secretary of State John Kerry’s outrage over Donald J. Trump‘s charge that Senator John McCain is not a war hero. Quoting a conversation with Kerry, Mike writes: “John and I have some serious differences on a lot of things but he is nothing ot...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: The Heroes And Villains ...

In Mike Barnicle’s latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike writes of riding the subway train in New York City: “In addition to being the quickest way to travel to different neighborhoods, (it) is also the ultimate democracy,” Mike also points out the dangers faced by subway passengers on any given moment and the uncertainty of...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Faith and Grace in the F...

For The Daily Beast today, Mike Barnicle references the forgiveness offered by Nadine Collier to the South Carolina church shooter who took the life of her mother. He writes, “It is easier in many places to get a gun or an assault rifle than it is to obtain a credit card or a driver’s license. And it is not much of a problem to get ...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: He’s the Vice President,...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle captures the spirit in which many mourners came out to support Vice President Joe Biden and his family as they grieve the loss of son Beau Biden. “He is a family man who knows what it’s like to lose something you love in life. I’ve always loved him. He’s one of us. He’s a norma...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: A Dea...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle juxtaposes the lives and death sentences of Pfc. John Hart, 20, killed outside Baghdad, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the now convicted and sentenced Boston Marathon bomber. Unfortunately, it will be Tsarnaev’s name in the news over the next few years, when our focus should be on reme...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: When Marilyn Mosby’s Cou...

Writing for The Daily Beast, Mike tells us more about Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, who Friday announced that six Baltimore police officers would face felony charges in the death of Freddie Gray. The young lawyer’s own cousin, Diron Spence, was gunned down more than 20 years ago on the street in Boston. Spence and Gray, both y...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: The GOP Clown Show’s Alt...

Writing for The Daily Beast from Nashua, New Hampshire, Mike juxtaposes the priorities of the GOP presidential hopefuls in town for the Republican Leadership Summit with those of some local residents hopeful for a more optimistic future. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/19/the-gop-clown-show-s-alternate-reality-in-new-hampshi...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Why Is The GOP So Angry ...

For The Daily Beast, this Easter Mike ponders why so many Republicans are hopping mad. “The fury of some like Ted Cruz is understandable. It’s fueled by his massive ego and outsized ambition along with his personal belief that he is so smart and the rest of us are so pedestrian that he can manipulate opinion to win the Republican no...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: A Boston Cop Shooting an...

For The Daily Beast, Mike weighs in on the tragic shooting of a decorated Boston Police Department (Official) officer this weekend by a career criminal and how the gunfight is viewed by bystanders, despite the camera that captured it all. “The truth today is that one young police officer, brave and without fear, fights for his life ...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Watching MLK from Vietna...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike tells the moving story of one marine who knows all too well the long road President Barack Obama was referring to in his speech yesterday marking the the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/08/watching-mlk-from-vietnam-s-rice-padd...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: How We Know Boehner Does...

From the battle to fund the Department of Homeland Security to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech and the far-right future of the Republican party, Mike Barnicle tries to make sense of the inner turmoil swarming around Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). “Boehner isn’t crazy. He’s just scared and powerless. He’s frightened [House Rep...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Rudy Giuliani’s Raging B...

Mike’s latest article for The Daily Beast. He writes about former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his recent self-inflicted knock out. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/22/rudy-giuliani-s-raging-bull.html
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Kayla Mueller: The Best ...

The 26-year-old aid worker taken by ISIS left Arizona to help a people suffering through civil war. Now, her courage should remind us of all the good we’re still capable of. The 26-year-old aid worker taken by ISIS left Arizona to help a people suffering through civil war. Now, her courage should remind us of all the good we’re still capa...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: What ‘American Sni...

Lost in the right/left debate over the new Clint Eastwood film is how few Americans fought this century’s wars, and how the suffering of their families has often gone unnoticed. During the course of any normal day I usually pay more attention to assembling a grocery list than I do to reading movie reviews, although there are a more than a...
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For The Daily Beast: Meet Cardinal Raymond Bu...

Pope Francis demoted the reactionary Burke, but that hasn’t stopped him popping off about how the Church panders to radical feminism. Cardinal Raymond Burke is a 66-year-old guy who lives in Rome, dresses like Queen Elizabeth, and talks like someone who majored in misogyny at some bogus, backwoods, Bible-banging tent school. Until Pope Fr...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Extremism Is Our Untreat...

It all started back in November 1979. We couldn’t do much about extremism then, and it seems we can do even less now. By early November 1979, America was exhausted. The ever-shrinking president, Jimmy Carter, had been attacked by a rabbit while running and that July had taken to the television to tell us the country was suffering from a b...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Mario Cuomo, Always Movi...

His ambition for himself wasn’t great enough (he should have run!), but his ambition for America was as noble as a politician’s could be. I looked up to Mario Cuomo the first time I ever met him. He was standing in the batter’s box at Joe DiMaggio Park in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco on the July morning of the day he was ...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

Mike Barnicle tells the story of the Bedford ...

On Morning Joe, marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Mike Barnicle tells the story of the Bedford Boys, 19 young soldiers from a small Virginia town who lost their lives in the battle that spelled the beginning of the end for Hitler’s Third Reich.
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Any Outrage Out There fo...

Will those who protested Eric Garner’s death rush to the side of Rafael Ramos’ two sons, or Wenjian Liu’s widow, married only two months? Now, in New York City, where tourists are often surprised by the relative sense of safety on streets and subways, it is Officer Rafael Ramos, 40 years old, and his partner, Wenjian Liu, 32, who cannot b...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Dick Cheney’s Creepy Tor...

A new movie and a visit to the 9/11 memorial remind us what’s at stake when America doesn’t live up to its ideals. On a Saturday buffeted by a cold December wind, thousands strolled with somber step through one of New York City’s two historic cathedrals. Outside, hundreds more waited patiently in a long line to enter; once inside, their v...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Human Moments at the Eri...

The story of a mother, her son, the police who protected them, and the peaceful protest that brought them all together. Alice Domingues came through the big crowd gathered last Wednesday night at New York City’s Columbus Circle, a container of Starbuck’s hot chocolate in her right hand as she held her son Micah’s hand even more firmly wit...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Daily Beast: Freedom From Fear for Dr...

Meet the children at a small Catholic school in Massachusetts who will directly benefit from President Obama’s executive order. So here they were, some of the people Barack Obama was telling the country about Thursday night, seated, smiling, clearly happy, and outfitted splendidly in the first-grade classroom at Lawrence Catholic Academy,...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

For The Atlantic: Postcard From New Hampshire...

Riding around Manchester with Lou D’Allesandro as he rounds up votes and frets over Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s chances against Scott Brown MANCHESTER, N.H.—Here he is in his campaign headquarters, the front seat of his Toyota Camry, driving along downtown Elm Street, past banks reluctant to lend, storefronts somewhat empty, and ...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

‘The Glove’ narrated by Robert Re...

Inspired by an essay by Mike Barnicle. Produced by his sons Nick Barnicle, Colin Barnicle and colleague Jeff Siegel. Narrated by Robert Redford. A winning combination to commemorate the 4th of July holiday only on ESPN.
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

IN A SPECIAL MORNING JOE PROGRAM ON D-DAY: A ...

In a special Morning Joe program on D-Day: A Celebration of Heroes, Mike speaks with 94-year-old veteran Lawrence Brannon from Morristown, TN, whose days have been forever shaped by what happened in Normandy seven decades ago. “It was…hell,” says Brannon. “I lived 1,000 years that day.” Adds Mike: “Those who died in Europe ser...
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MIKE JOINED ESPN RADIO’S THE SPORTING LIFE TO...

Mike joined ESPN Radio’s The Sporting Life to reflect upon the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. “There are going to be a lot of poignant moments at the conclusion of this year’s Marathon. Obviously many people will be thinking about those who died…but more specifically [about] the youngest…of the victims. Martin...
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A Year After Bombings, Boston Comes Back R...

> This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I’m Scott Simon. Boston Strong has become an American phrase over the past year after bombs exploded at the finish line of last year’s Boston Marathon. Three people were killed – Krystle Marie Campbell, who was 29, Lu Lingzi, a graduate student from China, and Martin William Richa...
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

The Timeless Beauty of Baseball

Put on a glove, watch a game, and the years fall away, time stands still, and the joy of baseball reminds you again of life’s eternal sweetness. It could be in a bottom bureau drawer beneath some old tee shirts, sweat pants that no longer fit or laundered dress shirts purchased during the first Reagan administration and not worn since the...
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BARNICLE BROTHERS’ ONE FUND CHARITY VID...

By Jason Mastrodonato / MLB.com BOSTON — Brothers Colin and Nick Barnicle have long been in the field of video production, where they’ve found plenty of success and gratification, including “Down the Line,” a behind-the-scenes documentary on Boston’s Fenway Park released in 2011. So when the tragic bombings t...
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IRAQ WAR AT 10

Early Wednesday, the day after the nation paused to remember a war that began exactly a decade ago, the grass and ground in Arlington National Cemetery was still soft as a sponge from the rain that fell Monday evening. As always, it was quiet as a cathedral with the only noise billowing from passenger jets that leaned into the cloudless s...
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A PROMISE TO THE CHILDREN OF NEWTOWN

Now we witness a regiment of the wounded, the survivors, burying a whole company of the young dead in a small New England town filled with a grief that simply cannot be measured. Monday’s dead babies were Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, both 6 years old. Tuesday’s funerals saw James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos, again, only 6, their small coffi...
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ONE DEATH IN AFGHANISTAN: BEN SKLAVER’S STORY...

Last week, Laura and Gary Sklaver buried their oldest boy, Ben, who was 32 when killed by a suicide bomber in the remote village of Murcheh in the distant land of Afghanistan. Ben was a captain in the U.S. Army. Now he has become one of 804 Americans, 37 from Connecticut, to lose their lives in an expanding war that belongs mostly to the ...
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Tito and Theo – Grantland

Tito Francona is tired. He is sitting at his desk in the manager’s office located at the far end of a small locker room in a ballpark — Fenway Park — approaching its 100th birthday. He is wearing white uniform pants, a red hot-top and black spike-less athletic shoes, a Red Sox cap on his hairless head. And he is staring at a cluster...
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The Afghan War Through a Marine Mother’s Eyes...

Mélida Arredondo, of Roslindale, Mass., center, holds boots worn by her son, Marine Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, as she joins demonstrators in Boston Dec. 2 in opposition to President Obama’s plan to commit an additional 30,000 troops to the war in Afghanistan. Josh Reynolds / AP Nearly everyth...
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Barnicle on Kennedy: Of Memory and the Sea – ...

Here was Ted Kennedy, 74-year-old son, brother, father, husband, Senator, living history, American legend. He was sitting on a wicker chair on the front porch of the seaside home that held so much of his life within its walls. He was wearing a dark blue blazer and a pale blue shirt. He was tieless and tanned on a spectacular October morni...
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Boston getting used to idea of beating New Yo...

How did this happen? Was there a specific date, a single event that erased the burden of history and allowed the weight of municipal inferiority to be lifted from the shoulders of every fan in New England who has been witness to decades of humiliation delivered by New York teams? Think about it. Saturday, the Patriots play the Giants at e...
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When murder’s not enough; Grim details just w...

  This time, homicide came to a quiet cul-de-sac in a peaceful suburb, apparently driven by a growing wave of debt built on delusion that collapsed into a despair so deranged that the only escape route Neil Entwistle could allegedly think of was to grab a gun and kill his wife and 9-month-old daughter as both slept in a rented home o...
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A Bit of Humor Goes A Long Way – Boston Globe...

BELFAST — It is a balmy, lemon-yellow evening and I am standing outside a large glass and cement structure called Waterfront Hall, completed last year along the River Lagan in Belfast where people have the capacity to loathe a stranger based solely on beliefs or a baptism. Community input here means a funeral or a fire, yet it occurs to m...
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Getting a fix on the real thing – Boston Glob...

  Like most major American cities, Boston is like a layer cake. Some elements are as obvious to the eye as frosting while others remain obscured by simple geography. Yesterday, for example, a gray Monday, if you walked from the Public Garden to Kenmore Square and back along Newbury Street you could easily think the city was filled by...
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Silent Dreams Coming True – Boston Globe

  Hong’s incredible journey began on the day 11 years ago when he sat confined to the dust of his fishing village near Can Tho in Vietnam and suddenly heard someone mention America. Of course, Hong did not actually hear what the person was saying because he has been deaf since birth. But he sure did understand the primitive sign lang...
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Firefighters’ heroic effort in blaze that cla...

“I was driving the chief,” Walter Cobe was saying. “We got there just as Engine 48 pulled up. It was maybe three or four minutes after the alarm was sounded. I jumped out of the car and one of the people standing outside said there was kids still inside so I went right up the ladder.”     Walter Cobe is 5...
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A HERO IS FOREVER

When the old man swung the imaginary bat through the fresh air of a clear, sunlit afternoon, the weight and dust of all the years fell away like marbles toppling off the edge of a three-legged table. Adults clapped. Little kids hung from the rail and sat atop a parent’s shoulder. Some men and women, of a certain age, and with a cert...
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We died for the 4th of July – Boston Globe

  It’s the Fourth of July weekend. A time when much of America marches and sings and stops to do all sorts of different things for all kinds of reasons. Where are you today? At the beach? On the front step? Down the Cape? Up in Vermont? Just sitting around the house hoping the sun will clear that clutter of clouds and provide you wit...
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The clock takes a holiday at Fenway – Boston ...

  Baseball is a game of memory, and it returns tomorrow to a place where grass has not yet given way to a carpet. It comes home to a green haven filled with reminders of both heartbreak and happiness, a ballyard called Fenway Park where the cargo of past athletic time refuses to yield to sports’ current themes of greed and arrogance....
 
 
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Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

On Morning Joe, the conversation turned toward Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia following what appears to be a push at the Republican National Convention to be more ‘pro-Russia.’ “I want to see his tax returns to see if he ever made any money there,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle addressing previous statements by Trump that he had made money in Russia. “We should see his tax returns; he owes it to us.” Listen in to the rest of the discussion here on MSNBC about what appears to be an apparent link between Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Mike Barnicle on FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s moving speech at the DNC

In stark contrast to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the audience at the Democratic National Convention with a call to action and a statement that the best days of the United States are ahead of us. Morning Joe panelist and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle said of the speech: “I have never seen a speech given the presentation from a non-politician. The speech was about our children, the speech was about us more than about politics.” Hear the rest of the conversation here about FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s moving speech here. On MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on Sanders supporters heckling the former DNC chair

On Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, talk on the Morning Joe set in Philadelphia turned to former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s speech and the ensuing disruptions from supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders outraged over her recent email scandal. Says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about Schultz’s decision to address the convention: This is an example of when “someone’s ego stands in front of common sense. Her ego was so involved in who she is that she didn’t recognize the reality of it.” Listen in on how the Morning Joe panel viewed her taking the floor today. On MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on the highs and lows of Day 1 of the DNC

On Morning Joe live from Philadelphia, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the show’s panel discuss the highs and the lows of yesterday’s Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention. “Last night will be remembered forever because of the First Lady of the United States of America,” says Mike Barnicle of Michelle Obama’s inspiring speech on opening day of the DNC. Hear the rest of the conversation here.

Mike Barnicle talks with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney about police relations

Live from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the Morning Joe panel speaks with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney about the city’s relationship between its police and the public. Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “The biggest disruption between citizens and police is the tidal wave of guns that arrive in cities.” Kenney talks about his city’s challenges when it comes to gun violence. “We have carnage here.” Hear the rest of the conversation on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on Vladamir Putin’s possible intrusion in the U.S. political...

On Morning Joe, the conversation turned toward Russia’s potential role in aiding the campaign of Republican Donald Trump and hurting that of Democrat Hillary Clinton by hacking into the DNC’s emails, leading to the ouster of chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “People in the State Department are fearful everyday of the Russians; they hacked into the White House,” says Barnicle in regard to Russian president Vladamir Putin’s possible intrusion in the U.S. political election. Follow the MSNBC discussion here.

Mike Barnicle: “The job is to elect Hillary Clinton.”

As the talk centered on the DNC convention this week in Philadelphia, veteran columnist and MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel of experts discuss what it will take for the Democrats to win the general election this fall and how the party can move beyond the most recent email scandal that led to the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Ego plays a role in this, obviously her own ego…the job is to elect Hillary Clinton,” says Barnicle. Follow the conversation here.

Mike Barnicle on the recent email scandal involving DNC head Debbie Wasserman Sc...

With the first day of the Democratic National Convention officially underway, MSNBC contributor and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the show’s panel of experts discuss the recent email scandal involving DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz and what her place may be at this week’s convention as the Democrats attempt to put on a unified front and support candidate Hillary Clinton. “What’s wrong with the person who did not go in that room and say ‘Debbie, you’re gone!” asks Barnicle. Hear the rest of the conversation here.

How Politico is covering the 2016 political conventions

Mike Barnicle, the Boston newspaper columnist-turned-MSNBC analyst, held aloft his cellphone when asked over breakfast to explain the success of Politico, the 24/7 politics site and newspaper that was greeted with skepticism upon its 2007 launch.

“They’re first on this,” Barnicle said, phone hovering over omelet. “They got here first and are still dominant. And this is a habit harder to break than crack cocaine.”

The habit is a function of a feverish quest to break news, offer analysis and profile the multiplicity of actors in the political realm, be they saints, sinners or somewhere in between. And there’s not much better time to inspect the operation of what’s become a must-scan politics site than during the massively chronicled American rite of a political convention (yes, with 15,000 credentialed media).

How Politico is covering the 2016 political conventions

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For The Daily Beast: Donald Trump to Ame...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle writes of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump: “He is a Hall of Fame salesman, always pushing the perfect product, the only item that exists in his mind: himself. He views himself as the answer to everything that ails or angers us. Any ill at all, he tells us, will be dealt with and taken care of by mid-afternoon on January 20, 2017 if only we will be smart enough to make him president.”

Donald Trump to America: Be Afraid, Very Afraid. And Then Vote For Me.

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“We are not weaklings in the world. We just are not.”

Live from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the Morning Joe panel analyzes Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech. “The question is: Are we, as a country, as people, going to be able to live through this campaign — 90 days of back and forth without some sense of hope about what this country is?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. “I get Trump’s speech last night. I fully get it. But … he wasn’t talking about the country that I live in. I don’t know a lot of people who wake up every day so afraid — so afraid of everything. ‘Oh, should we go outdoors today because there is crime all around and we are weaklings in the world?’ We are not weaklings in the world. We just are not,” said Barnicle to rousing applause from the live audience. Follow the rest of the conversation here.

Americans in despair “want to feel a little hope for their children.”...

Americans in despair "want to feel a little hope for their children."

Trump was consistent in his message throughout his campaign, panelist Mike Barnicle remarked, but added that Americans in despair “want to feel a little hope for their children.”

In the national media’s coverage of Donald Trump’s marathon acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, there was arguably one descriptor that ruled them all: “Dark.”

“Donald Trump Takes America on a Journey to the Dark Side,” read NBC News’ headline.

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Mike Barnicle: “Trump focused on fear” which was “tough to han...

Mike Barnicle: "Trump focused on fear" which was "tough to handle."

Donald Trump’s convention speech did exactly what it was supposed to do, MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough declared Friday.

“It just may be the speech that millions and millions of people in middle America have been waiting to hear for a very long time,” the former congressman said before a live audience in Cleveland Friday morning.

“I don’t know if they expected sunshine and flowers,” he continued. “It was a dark speech. We have been saying for two months now, with everybody’s low approval ratings that you’re not going to win the presidency. You’re going to disqualify the other candidate . . . Everybody is acting so shocked that conventions are sometimes negative.”

Veteran columnist and Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle, however, said that he found that Trump focused on fear, and he thought that was “tough to handle.”

“It’s tough to read,” said Barnicle. “There’s a lot of anxiety in the country. People feel they have lost a lot. They have lost 401(k)s here in Cleveland. They were decimated in 2008 and 2009. The foreclosure crisis, no doubt about that. You want to feel a little hope for your children. That’s where the fear thing comes into play.”

Still, Barnicle said, “you can’t cover the country in a blanket of fear.”

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Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s “dark” acceptance speech at th...

Live from Cleveland, the Morning Joe panel continues the discussion about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s “dark” acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention that attempted to tap into the emotions of fearful or anxious citizens. Says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle: “My instinct is that … crime, people getting killed — it’s been going on for decades right in front of us. But we have never had Twitter…Instagram. We have never had things popping up in a second (on social media). And we have never had a country where the majority of people walking around are staring at their phones instead of looking at the country around them.” Hear the rest of the conversation and with whom Trump’s messages most resonated — and why. Only on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s dark, fear-focused acceptance speech at th...

On Morning Joe live from Cleveland, Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and the panel talk about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s dark, fear-focused acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention. “He played to type last night,” said Barnicle. “There are no surprises in what he said, nor where there any surprises really in how he said it. That’s how he has won thus far, and clearly, that’s his plan to win in the fall. The fear thing, I think, is tough to read. There’s a lot of anxiety in the country. People feel they have lost a lot. They have lost 401(k)s here in Cleveland. They were decimated in 2008 and 2009. The foreclosure crisis, no doubt about that. You want to feel a little hope for your children. That’s where the fear thing comes into play.” Listen in for more of the conversation here.

Mike Barnicle on Ted Cruz not endorsing Donald Trump

On Morning Joe, veteran columnist and contributor Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel talk about the response from political leaders to Senator Ted Cruz’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Without endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Cruz delivers a speech in which he “stepped all over the Mike Pence story” and even drew boos from the crowd. Follow the conversation here on Trump and his vice presidential running mate Indiana Gov. Pence.

Mike Barnicle on Ted Cruz “oozing smugness” during his RNC speech

Veteran columnist and MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel discuss last night’s speech by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Night Three of the Republican National Convention saying that Cruz “was oozing smugness.” During his speech, Cruz goes so far as to draw boos from the crowd present at the convention. Listen in on the conversation here.

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s comments regarding NATO

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sets off alarm bells in the political world with recent NATO comments that America would only intervene if those allied countries had “fulfilled their obligations to us.” His foreign policy approach counters the mutual defense stated in NATO, which was invoked after 9-11. Veteran columnist and Morning Joe panelist Mike Barnicle weighs in on the recent remark by opining that “Trump is focusing on the political level” as compared to the strategic level, which resonates with voters. Hear more of the conversation here.

Mike Barnicle describes this presidential race as the “unpopularity contest”

With a recent poll in Michigan showing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leading her Republican challenger Donald Trump by 42% to 39%, Morning Joe’s veteran columnist and contributor Mike Barnicle describes this presidential race as the “unpopularity contest” in which America is waiting “to see which of these two hugely unpopular candidates emerges with the presidency.” Follow along with the conversation here.

Mike Barnicle on the Baton Rouge police assassinations

In the aftermath of the assassination of three Baton Rouge police officers, Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel talk about how this season’s political figures have responded to the recent spate of attacks on police, including Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s criticism of the current leadership. Barnicle disagrees, referencing President Barack Obama’s recent speeches that call for unity in the wake of police shootings: “You should be glad he’s the President of the United States because he sets the right tone.” Listen in to the conversation here, only on MSNBC.