Mike Barnicle discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

For The Daily Beast: Does Donald Trump Have a...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike writes about Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s attack on the family of Army Captain Humayun Khan, killed in Iraq in 2004 at the age of 27. Mike writes: “Here in the middle of an American summer one of the candidates to become Commander in Chief has proven with word...
Mike Barnicle discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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...
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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...
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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...
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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. ...
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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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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
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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...
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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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 ...
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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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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 ...
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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...
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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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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
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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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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 ...
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‘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.
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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...
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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 discusses the ongoing controversy in Syria

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle discuss the ongoing controversy in Syria and the growing ramifications of the hands-off stance the United States has taken.“Through our inaction we have walked and talked ourselves globally into a situation in Syria that is now the fuse of Syria [and] entwines nearly all of Europe… and a huge part of the civilized world,” says Barnicle, who goes so far as to say that the way in which the United States has handled the instabilities were, in retrospect, “a huge, huge mistake. A huge error.” Watch the conversation here. Only on MSNBC.

Morning Joe final thoughts (and jests)

With just more than 10 weeks until the general election, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle converses with NBC News Correspondent Jacob Soboroff about his recent on-site work with voters in swing states. Barnicle asks: “I wonder, are Jacob and the guy on the bike are still friendly?” Hear their exchange here.

Mike Barnicle on the continued investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) joins Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle to discuss the continued investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ongoing email scandal. As agencies continue to investigate the issue, Barnicle asks Chaffetz: “Off of what you’ve read, off of what you know, would you be inclined to pursue a perjury indictment against Secretary Clinton?” Hear Chaffetz’s response and the ensuing discussion here on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on “googling” Hillary Clinton’s physical fitness

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle express their surprise that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has suggested that citizens “google” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s physical fitness as he and other surrogates for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggest Clinton is not healthy enough to run for president. “Rudy says you should google it,” says Brzezinski. Adds Barnicle: “Do 9/11 truth, Rudy, and find out what’s on the Internet.”

Mike Barnicle talks about the disenfranchised Trump supporters

“We’re surrounded in this country by millions and millions of people who feel … that small pieces of their lives have been slowly stolen from them in plain sight over the past three decades while public officials from the President on down to governors and the senators have said or done nothing on their behalf,” says Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle describing supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. How do these fractures and losses figure in the upcoming election? Hear the rest of the conversation between Barnicle and Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski here.

Mike Barnicle on Hillary Clinton’s ongoing email scandal

With a growing interest centering on the controversy surrounding former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and his potential mishandling of emails, Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle zeroes in on the important difference between email set ups for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Sec. Powell. “The biggest distinction, the only distinction, the most important distinction is that General Powell, Secretary Powell, never had his own personal server. That’s the biggest difference.” Listen in here for the rest of the conversation on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on suggestions to Trump to build African American support

The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson joins veteran columnist Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe to discuss what Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump could do to boost his appeal with black voters, whose support is only in the single digits. Suggests Barnicle: Trump “could walk 65 blocks north of where he lives on 5th Avenue into the heart of Harlem, take off the jacket that he always wears, the hat he always wears, and spend the day walking around with actual human beings, African American human beings, and talking to them about their lives.” Hear Robinson’s response to that strategy here.

Mike Barnicle asks if Donald Trump cares about the Republican Party

As talk focused on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his approach to sensitive issues and topics, MSNBC senior contributor Mike Barnicle asks: “In the larger question in terms of this candidate caring about things, does he care about the Republican Party?” Listen in on discussion only on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s first ad of the general election

Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle and Joe Scarborough discuss Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s first ad of the general election. It only “increases the level of awareness of the tragedy that is this year’s national election — presidential election,” says Barnicle. “A lot of people — a lot of Republicans — view this election as a referendum on the future of the Republican Party.” Barnicle goes as far as to describe the imminent election as a “pending, looming disaster.” Hear the rest of the conversation here.

Truth vs. Fiction in the race for the White House

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward joins Morning Joe and talks with host Mika Brzezinski and panelist Mike Barnicle about the media’s responsibility in reporting on the presidential campaign, specifically on the irresponsible statements made by Republican nominee Donald Trump. “He says one outrageous thing after another, nearly every single day,” says Barnicle. “Are we playing it too loosely by branding it as just another campaign statement? Or should we be looking more and more at who this man really is on the stage, on the campaign stage, as he just disassembles language in front of us?” Hear Woodward’s answer here and the rest of the conversation about truth v. fiction when it comes to presidential rhetoric.

Mike Barnicle on the worries of Donald Trump’s intelligence briefing

Morning Joe’s veteran columnist and panelist Mike Barnicle talks with Ret. Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the CIA, about the intelligence briefing that both candidates for president have already or will receive soon. Asks Barnicle: “Is there any level of discomfort within you — having led the NSA, having led the CIA, and having sat there with the President of the United States who looks at the full presidential daily briefing — knowing Donald Trump will receive a partial intelligence briefing?” Hear what Gen. Hayden is most concerned about and the “very severe” political penalties that could result. Only on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric

The Morning Joe panel and Rick Tyler, former communications director for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, discuss Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s ongoing divisive rhetoric, the weight of his words and who will “babysit” him through the rest of his campaign and into the presidency, should he win in November. Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “For some people there was a very worrisome nugget in an NBC poll that 72 percent of registered Republicans still don’t believe (President) Barack Obama is a citizen of the United States.” And he asks of Tyler: “Does that trouble you at all in terms of the storyline of the legitimacy of this president and the legitimacy of past presidencies? That’s where Trump is going when he says it is a rigged election.” Hear Tyler’s answer and the rest of the conversation here.

Mike Barnicle on the ongoing scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s leaked ...

Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle and Willie Geist discuss the ongoing scandal surrounding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails with a spotlight on the question: Did donors to the Clinton Foundation influence U.S. policy through the State Department when Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State? The answer so far: No. Hear more of the conversation here and Barnicle’s view that the campaign for Republican presidential challenger Donald Trump has missed a critical opportunity because “the Trump campaign couldn’t get off a dime to go after it. They’re so incompetent.”

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s potential impact on the future of the GOP

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle speaks with Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor at Random House, about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s potential impact on the future of the GOP. Asks Barnicle: “Has there ever been anything close to this in history?” Hear Meacham’s response here on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on the power of words and the media

Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel discuss the power and impact of both the words of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the influence of the media in his campaign. “Do we legitimize Donald Trump’s performances, and they are performances, by trying to be objective … by bending over backward for it?”

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s remark about the 2nd Amendment

“Donald Trump’s candidacy… is now toxic to democracy,” says Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle in reference to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s controversial suggestion of halting his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton by way of 2nd Amendment. Hear the rest of the conversation here.

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s attacks on the current leadership in Washington...

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle discuss Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s ongoing attacks on the current leadership in Washington. “His track has always been the outside or against Washington,” says Barnicle. “He’s basically saying they gave you Iraq, they gave you the Middle East that we have today.” See the rest of the conversation on Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle talks with Scott Rigell on the fracturing in the Republican party

As the presidential election draws closer, the fracture within the Republican Party appears to be widening with U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) officially announcing plans to vote for the Libertarian Party’s presidential ticket and resigning from his local Virginia GOP as a result of the perceived danger posed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Veteran columnist and Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle asks Rigell: “Why would (Trump) be dangerous?” Hear Rigell’s response here on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on the potential of a Trump comeback

Following a recent poll showing that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump trails his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton by 13 points, RealClearPolitics’ senior elections analyst Sean Trende and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle discuss the potential of a Trump comeback as candidates have done in elections past. “In 1988, the big difference there is something that doesn’t exist today: The Bush campaign had extraordinary discipline,” explains Barnicle. Hear the rest of the conversation here.

Mike Barnicle talks with Frank Bruni about his column “Hillary’s Summer of...

On Morning Joe, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle talks with journalist Frank Bruni about his recent column for The New York Times: “Hillary’s Summer of Love” that suggests that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “is the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton. He’s definitely the strangest. With his fits of pique, spasms of ignorance and flashes of demagogy, he has turned the G.O.P.’s favorite bogeywoman into its summer crush. I haven’t seen a love story this unlikely since “Harold and Maude,” writes Bruni. But when speaking of Trump, Barnicle says: “He has a base of voters that aren’t … going to go anywhere but with him and for him and by creating this sense… that the election is rigged he is setting up another illegitimate presidency.” Listen in on the conversation here on MSNBC.