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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...
The "dangerous way" the President is using the bully pulpit

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 ...
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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...
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Firefighters’ heroic effort in blaze that cla...

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The "dangerous way" the President is using the bully pulpit

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The "dangerous way" the President is using the bully pulpit

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The “dangerous way” the President is using the bully pulpit

During a conversation with Mark Brzezinski, former member of the National Security Council and U.S. Ambassador to Sweden about President Donald Trump’s statement that suggested a terror attack had occurred in Sweden, Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks: “If indeed there was something pivotal that occurred in Sweden or anywhere else in the world…having to do with our foreign policy, who would be contacted in the White House?” Hear Brzezinski’s answer about the current lack of structure in the Administration relating to foreign affairs and the “dangerous way” the President is using the bully pulpit.

“The enemy of the American people”

“The media: My view is that we need no defense,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle in response to President Donald Trump’s ongoing war with the news media, included a tweet that branded the news media as “the enemy of the American people.” “The problem here, the danger here, is when he says the fake news media is the enemy of the American people. That’s a slow slide to ‘immigrants are the enemy of the American people. Unions are the enemy of the American people. People in Massachusetts and New Hampshire or any other state that didn’t vote for me, Trump, are the enemy of the American people.’ It’s a slow slide to that.” Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation among Barnicle, host Joe Scarborough and The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore about the record subscriptions and ratings the news media is experiencing in the Trump era.

The battle for Mosul

“We are not invading Mosul. The Iraqi Army is invading Mosul. The Iraqi Army is going to have to liberate their country. The Iraqi Army is part of our allies and we have numbers of American troops on the ground as advisors, but this is not our job. It’s the Iraqi Army’s job,” explains Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as he weighs in on President Donald Trump’s comment that he is going to keep the U.S.’s attack on Mosul a secret. Hear from Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and panelists Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Elise Jordan about President Trump’s confusion, contradictions and the battle for Mosul.

“The FBI doesn’t fool around”

“The FBI doesn’t fool around and you don’t get leaks out of the FBI unless there is something to the leaks,” said Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation about the ongoing investigation into the Trump Administration’s contact with Russia during the campaign and currently. “You have FBI field offices in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and FBI counterintelligence teams in Washington, D.C. all honing in on one specific thing: Contacts between Trump’s people during the campaign and the Trump administration today.

You’ve had (National Security Advisor) Mike Flynn already leave because of something having to do with Russia obviously. Now you have the President’s own personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, a lawyer outside of government, acting as de facto Secretary of State. All of this a combustible concoction of chaos. Where is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in all of this?” Hear more about the investigation here and a promise from Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) that “2017 is going to be a year of kicking Russia in the ass in Congress.”

Secretary Mattis and President Trump’s differing views

As the Morning Joe panel discusses NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker’s reporting that Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said the U.S. will not “seize” Iraqi oil, which deviates from President Donald Trump’s often stated desire to keep Iraqi oil, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “General Mattis is absolutely correct. Taking the oil is a war crime. You shouldn’t confuse the first Marine division with Quantrill’s Raiders after the Civil War.” Listen here for more on Secretary Mattis and President Trump’s differing views on taking Iraqi oil.

The Swedish “terrorist attack”

Mark Brzezinski, former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, joins Morning Joe to discuss with veteran columnist Mike Barnicle President Donald Trump’s remarks during a Florida rally that suggested a terrorist attack had occurred in Sweden on Friday night. “If there had been a terrorist attack in Sweden, one of our closest partners, the President would have been briefed on it by his national security team. That couldn’t have happened,” Brzezinski tells Barnicle. The conversation unfolds here.

“Our government continues to be in unbelievable turmoil”

“Senator, in this hurricane of duplicity and incompetence coming out of the White House, sometimes things get overlooked…General Tony Thomas…is quoted as saying this in all of the papers today: ‘Our government continues to be in unbelievable turmoil. I hope they sort it out soon because we are a nation at war.’ How does that strike you coming from a general who is very rarely quoted on anything? And this quote is just dynamite,” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) during a conversation about the resignation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Listen to Murphy’s response here about the kind of comment from a high ranking general that is “not without precedent” but that only comes “once or twice a century.” Is this an opportunity for the new Administration to hit “reset” on foreign policy? Only on MSNBC.

The relationship between the Vice President and the Trump administration

“The relationship between the Vice President of the United States and the Trump administration: It’s now been separated. It’s now been bifurcated because of his lack of knowledge for nearly two weeks. All the people around the President knows – and the Vice President doesn’t know? And he is sitting out there. That’s an issue of competence,” explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel evaluates the status of the relationship between President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence following the White House having kept Pence in the dark about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lying to him about his correspondence with Russia. Tune in to listen to host Joe Scarborough and Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor John Heilemann also weigh in on the current state of the relationship between Trump and Pence.

“They didn’t think anybody would find out.”

During the Morning Joe discussion about the Trump Administration’s relationship with Russia, co-host Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle get to the core of the issue. “They didn’t think anybody would find out,” says Barnicle about National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resignation after having misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about his conversations with Russia. “They don’t think lying is wrong,” says Brzezinski about the Administration, “because we are not seeing anybody held accountable….This looks like the steps leading up to a total meltdown.” Hear the rest of the conversation here.

President Donald Trump and the 9th Circuit Court

Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle talks with Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz about a hypothetical situation of Dershowitz assisting President Donald Trump appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to not reimpose the Trump travel ban due to insufficient evidence. “Write the appeal for us right now. What would you do?,” Barnicle asks. Listen to Dershowitz’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle talks with author Saroo Brierley

“In one of the more powerful scenes in the film, and you view it with great trepidation as a parent–a 5-year-old, terrified on the train. How much of that do you remember and feel?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of author Saroo Brierley, who joined the show to talk about the Oscar-nominated film “Lion,” adapted from his book and life story. Hear Brierley describe the harrowing experience of feeling like he was caged as a little boy and how he followed his heart and dreams to find something he longed for his whole life.

Strong defense of the Constitution

“Senator, it’s great hearing you take the strong defense of the Constitution, and it’s really needed at this point in time. Why are there not more Republican voices in the Senate, like yours, talking about clearly an effort to delegitimatize the judiciary by the President of the United States?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s verbal attack on the judiciary. Listen to Sasse’s strong response here. Only on MSNBC.

President Donald Trump’s mounting controversies

Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle, host Joe Scarborough and the panel on Morning Joe discuss the mounting controversies created by President Donald Trump with his tweets and verbal attacks. “I think you hit a key element of it when you indicated whether anyone around the President is talking to him about this behavior–because this behavior is more dangerous than dynamite. It’s an effort to delegitimatize the judiciary, just as it is an effort to delegitimatize the media. Both efforts are unfortunately, sadly, for us, having some relevance out there in the country, and it’s taking hold a bit, and it is really and truly dangerous,” said Barnicle. Hear more of the conversation here.

“Go ahead make my day.”

During the Morning Joe discussion about the silencing of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren by Republicans for reading a 30-year-old Coretta Scott King letter criticizing the civil rights record of Trump administration Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, host Joe Scarborough likens the situation to a scene from the Tom Hanks movie “Big.” But senior contributor Mike Barnicle says, “You’ve got the wrong movie. It’s Clint Eastwood saying – Senator Warren saying – ‘Go ahead make my day.” Watch here some of the live footage of Sen. Warren being shot down and Scarborough saying the Republicans’ move was “so stupid on so many levels.”

President Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon

While the Morning Joe panel discusses the ever expanding media profile of President Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “Internally there is no match for him in the White House. The cover of Time magazine, permanent seat in the National Security Council; and now he is twined with Cardinal Raymond Burke – 68 years old from St. Louis – who is the equivalent of the Tea Party in the Vatican.” Listen to more of the discussion on how Bannon’s profile has eclipsed the president’s, played out to much fanfare on the most recent Saturday Night Live.

Incompetence v. Ideology

“What we have here is a series of virtual stun grenades called executive orders,” said Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump’s actions in his first week in office, specifically talking about his POTUS’s controversial travel ban for seven countries. “We’re going to have another one tonight in order to distract people: The announcement of a Supreme Court Justice. But in speaking with several people in Washington with expertise in fighting terror in this country, they raise the issue over and over again of incompetence versus ideology. Incompetence– the incompetence in drawing up of the executive order executive order on immigration. And they asked me specifically: `Where was Pakistan of this list? Where was Afghanistan? Where was Kenya?’ Tune in to hear more of the conversation between Barnicle and Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Day 4

During the Morning Joe discussion of President Donald Trump on just his fourth day in office, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle recounts how busy POTUS has been already: “Here’s a list from yesterday. The Keystone pipeline. Mexico – going to build a wall. It’s going to effect immigration. It’s going to affect attention facilities. TPP – that involves China obviously. New settlements in Israel. Chicago – he is going to send the Feds into Chicago to take care of killings. He mentioned the Supreme Court – he is going to have a nominee for the Supreme Court within the next couple of weeks. Theresa May is coming from Great Britain. He threw out voter fraud again – 3 to 5 million more people voted for him and that’s why he didn’t win the popular vote. How about taking nap?,” suggests Barnicle. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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. Hear Mike’s inspiring interview, as well as fascinating interviews with Tom Brokaw, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ken Burns and Maria Shriver on PodcastOne.

How I Got Here

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Trump’s journey to the presidency

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle examine what it was about then Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump that led to him becoming today President of the United States. Says Barnicle:
“You have this big egotistical, headline-grabbing, sprawling guy coming out of Queens with a huge chip on his shoulder, and he came very quickly because of how he behaved and what he said to represent the hopes, and the anger, and the dreams, and a whole jumble of emotions among so many people; but all of that was basically New Haven. It was taking the play and tryouts in New Haven. This is the real deal today.” Hear more of the conversation and discussion of what Trump was able to tap into that resonated with many voters.

How the media has covered President Donald Trump

As the Morning Joe panel discusses how the media has covered President Donald Trump as a candidate, president elect and now as President of the United States, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle has this suggestion: “We have to cover the country rather than cover the candidate himself or now the president. We didn’t do a good job of covering the country.” Listen in on the the animated conversation among Barnicle, and hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough about how the media can best do its job going forward.