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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 ...
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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...

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

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

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

  Baseball is a game of memory, and it returns tomorrow to a place where grass has not yet given way to a carpet. It comes home to a green haven filled with reminders of both heartbreak and happiness, a ballyard called Fenway Park where the cargo of past athletic time refuses to yield to sports’ current themes of greed and arrogance....
 
 
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“Mark, this quote uttered months ago by Steve Bannon that the mission is to ‘deconstruct the administrative state.’ That’s the mission of the Trump administration. If you walk around and do your own grocery shopping and stuff like that, part of it seems to be taking hold. In terms of trying to delegitimatize things, they have basically gone after the Congress, the courts, the regulatory agencies, a large part of the federal bureaucracy, (and) the State Department — has no one working there practically. Is this a plan that is constantly being implemented within the White House? Is it something that they viscerally feel each and every day? ‘Yeah, let’s do this and let’s go after this aspect and we’ll further weaken things,’” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of NBC News Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin during a conversation about the White House’s immediate goals and how, according to Halperin, the pending health care legislation leaves the Administration’s fate hanging in the balance.

The Speaker of the House is slowly becoming unclothed in public

“The Speaker of the House — in some people’s views — is slowly becoming unclothed in public,” said Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle in response to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, during which he said he had no knowledge of any proof to support President Donald Trump’s accusations that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump’s phones. “(Ryan is) supposed to be a very smart guy. He comes out with this health plan — can’t tell you how much it costs. He is asked about the wiretapping tweet issued by the President of the United States a week ago, and he says: ‘Well, we have an unconventional presidency.’ Yeah, I would say so. You’re accusing a former president of being a felon.” Watch highlights from Speaker Ryan’s interview here with John Dickerson.

It’s Day 48

“Robert Costa – is there any sense within the White House that we in the media are literally operating on a different calendar, a different clock than the average American. They have lives, they have kids getting ready to go to school, get breakfast, move through the work day and we articulate a daily crisis in the Trump presidency, which I think probably exists at some level. But (is the Administration) banking on the fact that most people out there assume that (Trump) just finished being inaugurated yesterday? It’s Day 48 of his presidency?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of The Washington Post reporter Robert Costa during a conversation about President Trump’s “confrontational politics.” Hear Costa’s take here.

Questions about the House Republicans’ replacement for the Affordable Care...

On Morning Joe, senior contributor Mike Barnicle talks with Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) about the House Republicans’ replacement for the Affordable Care Act. “Congressman…let’s stick with your district. Let’s talk about a single mom with two kid, Medicaid cuts in the offing, block grants going back to the states. What are you going to tell her when you go home? When she asks you: `What is going to happen to my health care and my children’s health care? What are you going to do about it’?” Listen to Dent’s response, his questions and concerns here.

“If I were a member of Congress, I would be furious at the Republican lead...

On Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough puts into cultural context the problem with the House Republicans’ proposed health care bill by invoking a much-beloved episode of The Simpsons in which Bart Simpson prays for a snow day to get out of a test he has not studied for. “Prayer: the last refuge of the truly desperate.” Adds senior contributor Mike Barnicle: “If I were a member of Congress, I would be furious at the Republican leadership. ’How much is this going to be cost?’ They have no answer. If they oppose the leadership, if they oppose the bill, there is a high chance that a lot of them will get primaried, which is their worst fear. This is the position they’ve been put in.” Hear more of the conversation here among Scarborough, Barnicle and The New York Times’ Nick Confessore.

The House Republicans’ proposed healthcare bill

“Senator. Yesterday, the House, Speaker (Paul) Ryan, the healthcare bill: Does it trouble you at all that this is thrown out and it’s going to be marked up starting today without any estimate of cost? Does that bother you at all?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) during a conversation about the House Republicans’ proposed healthcare bill, which intends to replace the Affordable Care Act. Listen to the conversation and Cotton’s comment that he would like to see the process slowed down to “get it right, instead of get it fast.”

“Everybody doesn’t hate the media. They love the fight.”

As the Morning Joe panel discusses how President Donald Trump’s degrading remarks toward the media have actually helped increase ratings and readership throughout the world of journalism, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “The irony is what has happened — The Times and The Washington Post have returned print journalism to its glory days, glory days.” Hear more of the conversation here and host Joe Scarborough’s observation: “Everybody doesn’t hate the media. They love the fight.”

“The media would be your number one enemy out in the country. People love ...

“If you were going to pick an enemy to pummel, if you were Donald Trump — the media would be your number one enemy out in the country. People love this. People love what he’s doing to the media,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a panel conversation about POTUS supporters. Adds host Joe Scarborough: “They don’t care that he’s lying every day. They want to know: Are we going to get our Supreme Court Justice and especially with business people, they are all lined up behind him. They want the tax breaks, they want the regulatory reform. And here’s a note to Washington: They really don’t care right now about Obamacare.” Listen to more here.

“He shouldn’t lie every day.”

As the Morning Joe conversation continues about President Donald Trump’s accusation that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of his phones in Trump Tower before the election, MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “They are hoping to bury it with time. ‘We are going to have congressional investigations and we will get back to you in September’,” he explains of the Trump Administration’s hope that the issue will disappear. “You’re on to the solution here. There are three phone calls, all he has to make – or all the chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence committees have to make. You call Mike Pompeo, out in Langley, head of the CIA; you call Mike Rogers, head of the NSA; you call Jim Comey, head of the FBI. You bring them in and ask them in public: ‘Did this happen?’ They say, no, no, and no.” Listen to the rest of the discussion and Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough’s suggestion to POTUS: “He shouldn’t lie every day.”

Fox News’ “Outnumbered” coverage of Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski

On International Women’s Day, Morning Joe opens with a conversation about the Fox News’ “Outnumbered” coverage of Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski being upset as she signed off a few days ago. Was she crying, emotional, pissed off, or #sadmad? Listen in on the discussion among Mika, Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle here.

Trump’s separate universe

“Jeremy…we have a President whose past record has been one to create his own separate universe around himself and the Trump organization, and his own sense of reality. So in this situation, given what has happened, who in his party comes to his defense? How do they defend him when he has really created his own separate universe that maybe even they don’t understand?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of The New York Times’s Jeremy Peters during a conversation about the people surrounding Trump who seem comfortable perpetuating the “alternate facts” used to back up his continually unfounded claims.

“American leadership in the world really is wounded now.”

“American leadership in the world really is wounded now,” said Washington Post columnist David Ignatius in response to a question by contributor Mike Barnicle on MSNBC’s Morning Joe about the impact the Trump Administration is having on U.S. status with our European allies. Hear more of the discussion here about what President Donald Trump should be doing to address “problems the world cares about.”

Ben Carson’s inaccurate description of “slaves” as “immigrants”

During a discussion among the Morning Joe panel, Eddie Glaude Jr., Department Chair of African American Studies at Princeton University, unpacked for viewers Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s inaccurate description of “slaves” as “immigrants” in his first speech at the department. Adds senior contributor Mike Barnicle: “One element…is so overlooked in this culture of ours — we do not teach the American story to ourselves. We do not know our own history, really know it.” Listen in on the conversation here.

President Donald Trump’s new travel ban

“Katty Kay, if you look at the second executive order…you have to ask yourself, `Why do we need the ban at all given the stringent immigration screenings that go on right now and have been going on?’ What is really different about this other than the politics of it?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of BBC World News America’s Katty Kay during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s new travel ban. Listen to Kay’s response here on whether the ban is making country more or less safe.

In POTUS We Trust?

“Rick Tyler, you have an Administration that yesterday issued a second and new executive order in immigration. You have an Administration where House Republicans introduced the repeal and replace plan they have been talking about for eight years. And yet, all of this is clouded by the self-tied, self-knotted anchor the President tied around this immediate party’s future. How do you deal with that?” Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle asked of Republican political strategist and MSNBC political analyst Rick Tyler during a conversation about how the Republican Party should deal with President Donald Trump’s unconfirmed claims that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of his phones in Trump Tower before the election. Tyler: “People need to trust what the President says.” Hear the rest of his response here. Only on MSNBC.

Replacing the Affordable Care Act

“Will the same number of people being covered now by Obamacare.. be covered under…this proposed bill? And will the coverage be as fully available as it is now to customers?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean during a conversation about House Republicans releasing the proposed plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Answers Dean: “It’s unbelievable.” Hear who will be hurt by the new legislation, who will benefit and why.

Wiretap of POTUS Donald Trump’s phones in Trump Tower?

During a Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and The New York Times Michael Schmidt, Barnicle asks: “Michael, can the President of the United States order a wiretap on an American citizen?” Listen here for Schmidt’s answer about whether former President Barack Obama could have ordered a wiretap of POTUS Donald Trump’s phones in Trump Tower before the election, as Trump has repeatedly claimed.

The FBI to POTUS: “Stop Lying”

“This is an extraordinary week. I was off for a few days last week on a reporting trip. From Tuesday night from the President’s speech, in which many people thought was the highlight of his early young presidency, this was the return to normalcy, to his normalcy on Saturday morning,” said Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle about POTUS’s unconfirmed claims through Twitter that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of his phones in Trump Tower before the election. “(Trump) basically accused a former President of the United States of committing a felony, and that was followed by the Director of the FBI asking the Justice Department to tell the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, to stop lying. This is going to have to play out in the House or the Senate intelligence committees or a special prosecutor. This is a true crisis of confidence in this young presidency.” Listen to more on the topic with Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough here.

Mike Barnicle on PBS’s Charlie Rose with guest host Jon Meacham

In case you missed Mike Barnicle last night on PBS’s Charlie Rose with guest host Jon Meacham, listen in on the conversation about the mood of the country in this turbulent time of the new Administration under President Donald Trump. “I think a lot of people are nearly exhausted by what has happened in the course of just a little over a month in this presidency,” explains Barnicle. “Obviously, people who voted for Donald Trump are probably somewhat pleased because they regard everything that has happened as something that he had promised would happen and he’s conducting his presidency in that manner. But the level of exhaustion in the country, it’s every day, full of a Niagara of surprises or statements that sometimes shock or sometimes offend, and you wonder – at least I wonder in talking with people – when that level of exhaustion will peak, and what happens to the body politic when it does peak.” Hear more from Meacham, Barnicle and NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell here.

The new civics lesson

After Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough salutes “the members of Congress who are going out and facing the heat” as the panel examines Republican Congress members being confronted at contentious rallies and town halls around the nation about President Donald Trump’s policies, senior contributor Mike Barnicle adds: “I’m saluting that – as well as the crowd. That’s a civics lesson, that is a civics lesson.” Listen to more of the discussion here about people around the country showing up at Congressional offices to weigh in on the legislative process.