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For The Daily Beast: The Boston Neighborhood ...

“Many have asked and wondered how or why such an exceptional guy like General Kelly would take the task of trying to turn the absurdly incompetent, chaotic Trump presidency into a functioning vehicle. And the answer is simple and obvious: Because he loves this country and does not want to have it fail or falter at the gate of a future fil...
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Lincoln residents to be honored at Boston gal...

Journalist and MSNBC commentator Mike Barnicle and his wife Anne Finucane, Bank of America Vice Chairman, will be honored by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) with its 8th annual Tim Russert Award at the Medicine That Matters Gala on Monday, May 15, at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. BHCHP President Jim O’Connel...
“Appalling” veteran cuts proposed under Trump

For The Daily Beast: A Marine, Gone But Not F...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, veteran journalist Mike Barnicle tells the story of Harry K. Tye, a U.S. Marine finally buried this week at Arlington National Cemetery after he was killed in a war – 74 years ago. “On the night that Pfc. Harry Tye was buried, the President of the United States gathered more than a few Senat...
“Appalling” veteran cuts proposed under Trump

For The Daily Beast: Jimmy Breslin, the Peopl...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle pays tribute to legendary New York City columnist Jimmy Breslin, who died Friday at the age of 88. “He stood for the vulnerable and used the voice contained in his talent to call out the political people and anyone else who abused or ignored the poor, the disenfranchised, anyon...
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How I Got Here

The latest episode of How I Got Here features award-winning journalist and Morning Joe regular Mike Barnicle talking to the show’s creators, his son Tim Barnicle and Harry Hill, sharing stories from his youth in Fitchburg to his days in Washington D.C., his years as a celebrated newspaper columnist for The Boston Globe and much more...
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For the Daily Beast: The Dead Patriots and th...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle paints a haunting picture of the harsh, cold reality of war for fallen soldiers and their families – buried in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery — to heed a message to President Donald Trump about the significance and responsibility that now rests upon his shoulders as he ful...
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2017 In three words

As 2016 is almost a wrap, the Morning Joe team and frequent guests gave their take on “2017 In three words.” Hear how Mike Barnicle, Willie Geist, Elise Jordan, Donny Deutsch, Mark Halperin, Arianna Huffington, the Rev. Al Sharpton, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and others summed up what may lie ahead.
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Mike Barnicle remembers astronaut John Glenn&...

In memorializing astronaut John Glenn and highlighting his longtime friendship with his military buddy, baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams, Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “Ted Williams always said that if he had not been the greatest hitter who ever lived, he would have stayed in the Marine Corps and been the grea...
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For The Daily Beast: Joe Biden—the Closer—Is ...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle writes about his experience as he accompanied Vice President Joe Biden to a rally in Biden’s home state of Pennsylvania. “He is a joyful, hands-on, shoulder-punching, hugging, smiling guy whose idea of a great day is a crowd, an event, a few laughs, and ...
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For the Daily Beast: Take This Quiz Before Yo...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, MSNBC senior columnist Mike Barnicle asks readers to take a look at the attributes they would want to see in the next president — before they cast their vote. “I don’t want anyone rushing into the polling booth without thinking about the choice,” writes Barnicle. He provides a li...
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For The Daily Beast: I Asked Gary Johnson Abo...

With all the press and social media coverage that followed Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson not being able to answer Mike Barnicle’s question on Morning Joe about Aleppo, Mike weighs in on the deeper meaning of the question, putting it into context, and explaining its overarching significance for all the preside...
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For The Daily Beast: John Timoney: A Policema...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle writes about the extraordinary life of his friend and top cop John Timoney, an Irish immigrant who curbed crime as Chief of the New York Police Department, Philadelphia Police Commissioner and most recently Miami Police Department Chief. Barnicle juxtaposes Timoney’s life and l...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
“Appalling” veteran cuts proposed under Trump

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...
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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...
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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
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
“Appalling” veteran cuts proposed under Trump

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“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...
“Appalling” veteran cuts proposed under Trump

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...
“Appalling” veteran cuts proposed under Trump

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  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...
“Appalling” veteran cuts proposed under Trump

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“Appalling” veteran cuts proposed under Trump

“What we do know, David, is because he went to military school, Donald loves, loves, loves the military and loves, loves, loves our veterans. And, so therefore, he must have really plunged forward with greater vigor with veterans programs than Barack Obama ever did. No?” veteran columnist Mike Barnicle sarcastically asks of David Cay Johnston, author of the book “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America,” during a conversation about President Donald Trump and the distrust that surrounds him. Listen to Johnston’s response here.

The White House v. The Truth

As the Morning Joe panel discusses Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) challenge to President Donald Trump to “close the deal” on immigration, saying the White House should be leading in negotiations, not taking to Twitter to blast negotiators, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “The White House is having trouble handling this because it involves the truth….Lindsey Graham is one of the few Republicans who recognizes that demography, political demography, is destiny, and you’ve got to be a more inclusive party. He’s trying to do that with his support for DACA and an immigration bill; but, he’s alone, practically.”

Immigration Up Close and Personal

During the Morning Joe panel discussion about yesterday’s tearful deportation of Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old Detroit resident who emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 10, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says:
“That is not the United States of America….You wonder how many of these United States Senators, especially people like Tom Cotton, how many United States members of the Congress, House of Representatives, how many of them have ever been to a citizenship ceremony, and watched people literally in tears of joy, of becoming United States citizens?” Hear more of the conversation here with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and John Heilemann.

Barnicle: POTUS “100 percent unreliable” as a dealmaker

“What we’ve been talking about today is something that’s both consistent, it’s historical, and it’s been out there for 30 or 40 years. All of you Republican senators, Republican members of the House, come to New York, talk to anybody in the business community, anybody in the financial services community, and they will tell you: You’re dealing with a person, a President of the United States, who is totally 100 percent unreliable in any deal you talk about,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel discusses President Donald Trump now much debated “sh**hole” comment about Haitian and African countries during a meeting last week about immigration policy with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. Listen to more of the discussion here with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist.

POTUS needs propping up

“You have a President of the United States who needs to be propped up and steered toward positions that he just has no idea about the elements of the position. In this case, it’s immigration. But, he’s got be propped up by fellow conservatives who then lie about it – what occurred – and take it to where they want him to go,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about the two GOP senators – Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia – who denied hearing President Donald Trump refer to Haiti and African nations as “sh–hole countries” during a meeting about immigration policy with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. Listen to more of the discussion here with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Race relations: Time to continue that journey

“We’ve been talking about race and Martin Luther King today. We’ve come so far in this country. It’s time to continue that journey. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to continue it, apparently, without the President of the United States leading the charge,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel shares its final thoughts.

Immigrants: The Face of Our Nation

“Anand, when I’m looking at you, I’m looking at the face of this nation — this huge, sprawling homogeneous nation. And we all know now, we’re all familiar, except for a few Cabinet secretaries and a couple of United States Senators, with the phrase that came out of the Oval Office last week. And yet there is an element here that would suggest that we should not be so much worried about the language the President uses as the reality of what he’s doing: ‘You’re from Haiti, get back there.’ ‘You’re from El Salvador, get out now.’ Things like that — the behavior of this administration,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle to NBC News political analyst Anand Giridharadas as they discuss President Donald Trump’s statements toward immigrants. Listen to the conversation and Giridharadas’ sharing of Martin Luther King’s sentiment that “good people are the wind beneath’s evil’s wings.”

The Economist: ‘Is the Trump Presidency really this bad?’

The Economist’s Washington correspondent Jon Fasman joined the Morning Joe panel to talk about his cover story: “One year old: Is the Trump presidency really this bad?” Asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Fasman:
“Can we retrieve, can we repair the damage that’s been done thus far….?” Hear Fasman’s response and why The Economist has written repeated that President Donald Trump “doesn’t have the temperament or the judgment to lead a great country.”

What’s Wrong with the Republican Party?

“Elise, you have a piece in TIME magazine this week, ‘I’m a Republican,’ that’s the title of it. ‘I’m a Republican, What Is Wrong With My Party?’ What is wrong with your party?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of MSNBC political analyst and TIME contributor Elise Jordan during a conversation about President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, following President Trump having referred to Haiti and African nations as “sh–hole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. Listen to Jordan’s response here about Trump and his supporting Republicans who are “chipping into the soul of American values that we hold dear.” Only on MSNBC.

POTUS: Ignoring the scab of race

During the ongoing Morning Joe discussion of the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s having referred to Haiti and African nations as “sh–hole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “The most concerning thing is in this big sprawling, hugely diverse country we have a president for the first time in our history who not only ignores talking about the scab of race and the history of race, he pokes, and prods, and rips the scab off. And when you rip a scab off, what do you do? You scratch a sore. People scratch a sore. And he has a specific percentage of the population that he is encouraging to scratch the sore of race: His base. He does it nearly every day.” Hear more of the conversation here.

POTUS: Playing to our divisions

“This is a president who plays to divisions in this country, rather than the country as a whole. And now the divisions are so wide that they extend well beyond the President of the United States. You’ve got a sitting senator, David Perdue, referring to Dick Durbin as an individual, not using his name as most senators do, not saying…’Dick Durbin either didn’t hear what he thought he heard,’ but he’s saying ‘that individual, that individual.’ Further polarization in our politics,” comments veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a Morning Joe conversation with Vanity Fair special correspondent Gabriel Sherman about President Donald Trump, following Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) having criticized Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) description of President Trump referring to Haiti and African nations as “sh–hole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. Hear from Sherman about Trump’s “fixed and retrograde ideas about race in America.”

Barnicle: ‘We have never been here before’

“Joe, this is a sobering and necessary discussion that we’re having right now. I would submit that we, as a country, collectively as Americans, have never been here before, where we are today. We’ve never been in this position. This is a country, this is a republic, created and born with the scab of racism on it due to slavery, due to people being brought to this country in chains as slaves. And every president that we have had, even many whom people disagreed with politically, including Richard Nixon, have always reverted to the principle focus of a presidency and that is to bring a country together in times of strife, in times of trouble or conflict, real or potential — with the exception of one president, this President, the incumbent president, who goes out of his way to provoke and tear at that scab of race, to tear at that scab that creates divisions in this country rather than bringing the country together….It is up to us, as individuals, as Americans, to stand for the character, the morality and the reputation of who we are as a country and who we are as individuals; but, we have never, ever, been here before,” explains veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel discusses the state of the country post President Donald Trump’s having referred to Haiti and African nations as “sh–hole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. Listen to more of the conversation here. Only on MSNBC.

POTUS: Cult of Personality

“Michael, we now have a…cult of personality more than it is a presidency. It’s rooted around celebrity rather than competence. How long will it take, if it does take, to repair the damage that’s being done by this sort of cult of personality presidency?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of TIME contributing editor Michael Duffy as the Morning Joe panel talks about President Donald Trump. Listen to Duffy’s response here.

Trump’s Legal Team

“The continued disparagement of the FBI and thus the Justice System in this country is truly truly damaging. It’s incendiary,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation about President Donald Trump slamming the Trump-Russia Dossier in a morning tweet. Listen in as Barnicle and the New York Times Washington correspondent Michael Schmidt discuss what this means for Trump’s relationship with his legal team.

Trump Talk on Hillary Clinton

While the Morning Joe panel talks about President Donald Trump’s penchant for continuing to talk publicly about former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “His inability to, in a phrase, ‘let it go,’ is both troubling, mystifying and sort of understandable at another level. He clearly can’t get over the fact that she got a lot more votes than he did.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist. Only on MSNBC.

Barnicle: “Sally Yates is a truly noble, heroic figure”

MSNBC justice and security analyst Matthew Miller and Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle respond with disgust to the revelation in Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” that President Donald J. Trump called former acting Attorney General Sally Yates the “c-word” during a conversation with his former chief strategist Steve Bannon. Barnicle says Yates is “a truly noble, heroic figure who was acting attorney general and had the courage to go into the White House and say: ‘Hey, you better watch out for Mike Flynn because he is subject to blackmail’.” Listen in to the conversation about how Yates tried to help the White House and was unceremoniously terminated for her service.

Trump’s Global Impact

Listen in as Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle talks with Brian Klaas, author of “The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy,” about how the dysfunctional and erratic Trump Presidency is changing the way the U.S. is perceived on the global stage and what it means for our democracy. Only on MSNBC.

Barnicle: POTUS is “simply unfit to be president”

As the Morning Joe panelists discuss journalist Michael Wolff’s explosive new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” documenting the first year of President Donald J. Trump’s presidency and revealing bombshells about his Administration, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle comments: “The White House now no longer has staff members. The White House now has only witnesses….We now have a preponderance of evidence that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, is simply unfit to be president.” Listen to more of the conversation here only MSNBC.

The “national experiment” that is Trump

Listen in to the exchange between Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham about the “national experiment” and unprecedented waters President Donald Trump is wading in as he taunts North Korean President Kim Jong Un with a tweet that his “Nuclear Button” is “much bigger & more powerful” than the one controlled by President Jong Un. Only on MSNBC.

POTUS: Mine is Bigger Than Yours

During the Morning Joe conversation about President Donald J. Trump’s schoolyard Twitter war of words with North Korean President Kim Jong Un, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “It’s uncomfortable to talk about, but the President of the United States puts stability on the table as an issue. Issuing a tweet like that, potentially talking about nuclear war, I mean, come on.” Listen to more of the discussion here.