Entries from Oct 2015
Branding expert Charles Koppelman talks with Mike Barnicle

Branding expert Charles Koppelman joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe and discusses with Mike Barnicle and the panel the “brands” of the current field of 2016 presidential candidates. Tune in here for his keen observations on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, the nature of luck vs. truth, and the mystery behind the growing support for Dr. Ben Carson.

Mike Barnicle talks with Senator Cory Gardner

Ahead of CNBC’s Republican presidential debate tonight, broadcast from the University of Colorado Boulder, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe to talk with Mike Barnicle about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. “What do you think is the sense among your constituents about the possibility of another, growing, emerging conflict in Iraq and Syria?,” asks Mike. Listen to Sen. Gardner’s remarks on failed U.S. strategies in the Middle East here.

“Politics is about people—you should show a little joy out there.”

“Here’s the trick, you can do all the prancing and dancing against Washington that you want… but you also have to show a little joy in the business that you’re in. Politics is about people—you should show a little joy out there. Trump does show some bizarre form of joy while the others look as if they’re about to have a root canal,” says Mike, continuing the conversation on what sets presidential candidate Donald Trump apart from the rest of the Republican field. Listen to the discussion here only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle evaluates the Republican presidential candidates

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle evaluates the Republican presidential candidates, following Donald Trump’s “locker room” speech in Iowa yesterday: “They seem to be either quiet, afraid, or distant from the electorate. Let’s take Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich… show up tonight in a windbreaker on the stage… and go after someone. You have to win something in order to win the nomination. These guys are campaigning as if they don’t really want to win anything.” Watch the conversation and clips from Trump’s speech in reaction to fellow candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s climbing poll numbers.

Mike Barnicle on the proposed Veterans Access to Hearing Health Act

Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle talks with Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) and First Sergeant Matt Eversmann (Ret.) about the proposed Veterans Access to Hearing Health Act. Learn how the bill intends to tackle logistical nightmares in the Veterans Affairs department to offer combat veterans with hearing issues better access to healthcare. Only on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe to talk with Mike Barnicle about his new book, “Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy.” Mike asks Stiglitz: “For the last 25 to 30 years, we’ve gone from a culture of everybody thinking they can get ahead to a culture of everybody just trying to stay even, week to week. Has the diminution of the power of the American labor movement played much of a role in what is happening?” Listen to Stiglitz’s answer here and follow the rest of the conversation on reversing the growth of income equality.

Mike Barnicle talks with Donald Trump

“Who do you think is your biggest opposition?,” asks Mike Barnicle of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has recently slipped in the polls due to fellow candidate Ben Carson’s increasing popularity. Hear Trump’s answer here. Only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle sums up Donald Trump’s outsider approach

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle sums up Republican candidate Donald Trump’s outsider approach to his campaign: “He came across the 59th Street bridge from Queens… with a monstrous chip on his shoulder about Manhattan and the people who build in Manhattan… and he has that chip on his shoulder today, out in the country.” Watch the conversation here on the unforeseen success of leading Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson and what it means for the political establishment.

The Morning Joe panel on Mike Barnicle’s latest column for The Daily Beast

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the panel discusses Mike Barnicle’s latest column for The Daily Beast, which addresses the ongoing disconnect between American politicians and the men and women who give their lives for our failed policies, such as Sgt. Joshua Wheeler. “By the time Trey Gowdy and Hillary Clinton finished their opening remarks at Thursday’s congressional inquiry on Benghazi, Joshua Wheeler was dead in Iraq half a world away from Washington where policy is set that sends men just like him to the fight. Sgt. Wheeler was a 39-year-old, highly decorated Army veteran of 14 deployments to the long wars waged in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Across the weekend, both sides involved in Thursday’s Benghazi hearings spun their stories hoping for political advantage. On Saturday, largely unnoticed, Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler’s body was returned to the United States of America, his home, land of his birth,” writes Mike. Listen to the conversation here and read the full column at http://thebea.st/1WdWT1E.

For The Daily Beast: Hillary Clinton, Tr...

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 positions declaring that America is the best and strongest nation in the world. And then in order to prove our power we too often send the few, the young and the brave off to fight and die in lands that will remain chaotic, ungovernable and violent for decades to come,” writes Mike. Read the full column on why—from Vietnam to Afghanistan—the disconnect between American politicians and the realities of war is an old story.

Hillary Clinton, Trey Gowdy, and the True Victims of Playing Politics with War

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/25/hillary-clinton-trey-gowdy-and-the-true-victims-of-playing-politics-with-war.html

Mike Barnicle on the marathon questioning of Hillary Clinton

“Eleven hours—it was an amazing performance. The questioning was largely hostile, angry, and disrespectful toward her, the office, and the casualties of Benghazi that day. It was a total collapse of the committee system and the Congress of the United States. If this committee had been in charge of the Watergate hearing, Richard Nixon would have finished his term,” says Mike Barnicle of the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi and their marathon questioning of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday. Hear more about what happened only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle on the support for Ben Carson and Donald Trump

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle assesses the ongoing support for leading Republican presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump: “Some of the things Dr. Ben Carson has said verges on crazy talk and he is right up there in the polls—he’s not going away. I understand the evangelical base and their commitment to [Carson]. Donald Trump’s base—you can see it when you go to Trump rallies—they’re not walking away. There’s going to remain some sense of stability within their candidacies. They have a net to catch them.” Listen to Mike’s comments on the two Republican outsider candidates here.

Mike Barnicle on Benghazi with General Michael Hayden

“Who’s the boss? Who is the person in control on the ground in Benghazi? Who gives the orders? Who gets the orders?,” asks Mike Barnicle of General Michael Hayden (Ret.), former Director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, about the 2012 Benghazi attack, which claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Listen to General Hayden’s response on who had ultimate responsibility in Benghazi and why he believes all those involved, including an American Quick Reaction Force, did everything right on the night of the terror attacks. Only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle on the increasing leadership struggles among Republicans

“I question whether too many people who get elected to Congress want to go to Washington to govern…. They want to go to break down the government,” suggests Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe about the increasing leadership struggles among Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. What is key to governing inside the House? Hear about previous successful House Speakers Tip O’Neill (D-MA) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and discussion on whether Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), should he be elected Speaker, will face the same sour fate as current House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Only on MSNBC.

Tom Brokaw talks with Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle

NBC News’ Tom Brokaw talks with Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle about his reaction to yesterday’s U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing. Listen to Brokaw’s thoughts on the current state of political partisanship here and how it takes away from the daily concerns of hardworking Americans. Only on MSNBC.

“President Ben Carson, really?”

“I like my primary care physician, but I don’t want him to be President of the United States. Everybody says Ben Carson is so likeable—but listen to some of the things he says. President Ben Carson, really?,” says Mike Barnicle of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s surprising popularity, which now has him in the lead in the latest poll out of Iowa. Watch the full conversation on the factors behind Carson’s ongoing success among Republican primary voters here. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle with Kevin Costner and Jon Baird

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle talks with award-winning filmmaker Kevin Costner and writer Jon Baird about the search for Shambhala and the power of great storytelling. Watch the conversation here on the new graphic novel collaboration between Costner and Baird, “The Explorers Guild,” influenced by their mutual yearning for the golden age of adventure stories.

Mike Barnicle with Mike McCaul on Benghazi

“Is there a central point that you’d like to see answered at the end of this day having to do with security at the consulate in Benghazi?,” asks Mike Barnicle of Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), ahead of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony to the United States House Select Committee on Benghazi. Listen to Rep. McCaul, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, discuss his concerns over the possible failures behind the tragedy in Benghazi here. Only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle talks with Barney Frank

Joining MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Barney Frank, former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, gives Mike Barnicle his take on the current political landscape. Watch the conversation between Mike and Frank here and listen to the former longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives share his analysis on Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and more.

Mike Barnicle on the new Barney Frank documentary

Barney Frank, a former prominent member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the new documentary on his life, “Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,” which highlights the time former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill talked to Mike Barnicle about Frank’s “coming out of the room.” Listen to Mike share the story in his best Tip O’Neill impersonation and watch the trailer for the documentary airing on Showtime at http://s.sho.com/1RqPb2U.