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Lincoln residents to be honored at Boston gal...

Journalist and MSNBC commentator Mike Barnicle and his wife Anne Finucane, Bank of America Vice Chairman, will be honored by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) with its 8th annual Tim Russert Award at the Medicine That Matters Gala on Monday, May 15, at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. BHCHP President Jim O’Connel...
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For The Daily Beast: A Marine, Gone But Not F...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, veteran journalist Mike Barnicle tells the story of Harry K. Tye, a U.S. Marine finally buried this week at Arlington National Cemetery after he was killed in a war – 74 years ago. “On the night that Pfc. Harry Tye was buried, the President of the United States gathered more than a few Senat...
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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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“Senator, I don’t want to get you in trouble, but I’ve actually seen you smiling, laughing, hanging around – with Democrats. As if you were friendly with them. I’ve actually seen that with my own eyes. My question to you is: In terms of bipartisanship, in terms of openness, in terms of a welcoming manner, there is a health care bill now being drawn up in the United States Senate – largely by the majority. Nobody knows what’s in this bill. How about trying to open the door as a start to like getting together by telling us what’s in this bill?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. John Thune (R-SD) during a conversation about the GOP health care proposal. Listen to Thune’s response here.

Barnicle and Brokaw

“The fact that Twitter and Facebook are, in parts, elements of social arson – they can ignite things, and people, and whatever you say. You wonder what would the reaction be today on Twitter to FDR’s fireside chats. People would make fun of them,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with NBC News senior correspondent Tom Brokaw as the two reflect on our country’s political history. “I think we need — metaphorically — a course in anger management in our political culture,” says Brokaw. Listen in on the discussion here.

Barnicle: We have normalized hatred

“We have normalized hatred in this country. That’s the culture that we all now are a part of,” comments Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a discussion with host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough following the shooting attack during a GOP Congressional baseball practice by a gunman who appeared to have targeted the GOP Congress members. Hear the conversation and remarks from House Speaker Paul Ryan about the tragic incident that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition.

Mueller’s Probe Widening

“Bob Mueller is and always has been a guy of tremendous character first. Bob Mueller graduated from Princeton and didn’t upon graduation go on a tour of Europe or drive across country with a couple of friends of his. He went to Vietnam as a young second lieutenant and led a rifle company in Vietnam. He knows what it’s like to lose men. He is unafraid in this investigation, and he is there for one thing and one thing only: Fairness and resolution. That’s who Bob Mueller is. That’s who he has always been,” explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle about special counsel Robert Mueller, who The Washington Post’s Sari Horwitz reported is investigating President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice in the probe into into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election. Hear more from the panel here.

Violent America

“The brutal truth is that violence is a part of everyday American life, and the geography of violence is also part of American life,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle. “If you go all the way down the end of the street, where that little league practice field is located, where the Congressman was shot, you’re at the edge of the Potomac River. If you stand there and look across the Potomac you’re looking at a neighborhood in Washington called Anacostia — you’re looking at Wheeler Road and Southern Avenue where every day, every day there are parents afraid to let their children out for fear of them getting shot. And when they do get shot, when they do die at the age of nine, 10, 14 — before their lives have even come to the edge of fruition. Their deaths maybe, maybe get noticed in three agate lines of type in a newspaper – that’s America.” Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation with hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and others about the critical issue of violence and hostile speak in America following the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a Republican Congressional baseball practice by a gunman who appeared to have targeted the GOP members of Congress.

Sessions Says: No Russia Briefing

During the Morning Joe discussion about Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he had not been briefed on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks The New York Times’ security and legal reporter Charlie Savage: “Would [anything] lead you to believe that the Attorney General by recusing himself from the investigation of Jim Comey… would [that] prevent him from receiving a briefing on an act of war against us by Russia?” Listen to Savage’s response here.

More Troops to Afghanistan?

“Senator…the President of the United States has ceded policy control of Afghanistan to Secretary Mattis. Everyone has great respect for Secretary Mattis, but apparently, there will be an increase in the United States troop level sent to Afghanistan. My question to you is: What do you figure the objective is at this stage of a 16-year-long war? And do you agree with the idea of the President basically sitting on the sidelines as far as Afghan policy goes?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) during a conversation about the ongoing Afghanistan war. Hear Sen. Reed explain why the President’s decision “shows his failure to understand the complexities of these problems and the need for intervention and constant supervision.” Only on MSNBC.

Happy Birthday Mr. President

After watching a Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon clip during which President Donald Trump slipped in his June 14th birthdate at a meeting with Senators, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough wishes the President a happy 71st birthday as show host Mika Brzezinski and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle exchange banter about whether Barnicle should or shouldn’t sing “Happy Birthday Mr. President,” a la Marilyn Monroe for Trump. Watch the conversation here.

Sen. Coons: Sessions was “bobbing and weaving”

“Senator…we had the Attorney General of the United States sitting before a Senate panel trying to get to the bottom of an act of war against us by Russia. And you had the Attorney General consistently refusing to answer questions or being intentionally evasive in answering questions. I’m wondering why no one has raised the issue of citing the Attorney General for contempt,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) during a conversation about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Listen to Coons explain why the situation involving the “bobbing and weaving” AG was “deeply troubling.”

Trump: Health care bill was “mean”

While the Morning Joe panel talks about reports that President Donald Trump told Republican Senators that the House Republicans’ proposed health care bill was “mean,” which contradicts his previous categorization of the bill as “great,” senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “What probably happened is that the President was at one of his golf clubs over the weekend and maybe his caddy complained about the health care bill. That’s the way this thing works.” Hear more of the conversation between Barnicle and host Joe Scarborough here.

Barnicle: Sessions Stonewalls the Investigation

“Clint, it was interesting watching the Attorney General of the United States stonewall a Senate investigation into Russian interference in the basics of our American democracy – our electoral system. It was also interesting to hear the Attorney General say that he had never once been briefed on Russian interventions — hat he reads about it in the papers. That’s where he gets his news….But the split between he and the former FBI Director, Jim Comey, was truly interesting — that he had not spoken to him, and yet signed off on a letter basically indicting Mr. Comey for mismanagement of the FBI,” comments Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle to former FBI Agent Clint Watts during a conversation analyzing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where Sessions was questioned on his reasoning for President Donald Trump firing then FBI Director James Comey. Listen to Watts’ reply here and his condemnation of POTUS and Sessions for attending the “same school for bad leadership and poor judgment.”

POTUS is “doing so many things that violate his oath of office.”

“Brian, does it concern you at all that when people hear about this (law) suit or read about this suit, that there’s a general knowledge that there is a big-league investigation of the President going on in both the Senate and the House and as a major leaguer Bob Mueller conducting his own investigation as special prosecutor and that people would think…’ah man, this is just now all politics. They’re just jumping on this poor guy,’ because the country is divided and a lot of Trump supporters will refuse to believe almost anything said or filed against him. Does that concern you at all?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh during a conversation about Maryland and the District of Columbia filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, based on the claim that POTUS is violating the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause that prohibits the president from accepting payments from foreign governments without the consent of Congress. Listen to Frosh’s response here about his view that POTUS is “doing so many things that violate his oath of office.”

He said, he said

“Are you familiar and could you explain the element of retraction as it’s posed in several state statutes and apparently it’s referenced in the federal code, whereas a witness goes in and says: ‘Oh yeah, by the way, I forgot to tell you when I was last here, I also had dinner with the Bolshoi Ballet and several other Russians.’,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley during a conversation about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on his dealings with Russian officials and whether he intentionally mislead Congress. Listen to Turley’s response here.

Health Care Behind Closed Doors

“How difficult is it, though, to extract information, reportage on what is going on with this (health care) bill in the Senate right now behind closed doors?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace during a conversation about the media coverage for the proposed health care bill. “I would hope that the public would be pretty outraged by how difficult it is to get information,” says Pace. “This is something that affects your life on a daily basis.” Hear more of the discussion here.

Barnicle: “We are not the enemy.”

“Will the county ever be the same again, given what we’re going through right now?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a panel discussion on the future of our country —our politicians, people and the media. “We’re not the enemy,” Barnicle says of the media. “We’re part of the system. We explain – hopefully – truth to people, but people no longer know what truth is. They have their own truth rather than a universal truth.” Hear more of the conversation here.

You Look Mahvelous!

“Your Hair looks great today, Joe. I meant to tell you. I’m so proud to be here with you,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle to host Joe Scarborough as the panel mocks the Trump Cabinet members who took turns, one after the other, praising President Donald Trump at the Trump Administration’s first Cabinet meeting. Hear the adoration heaped upon President Trump and the Morning Joe admonishment that followed.

Health Concerns for POTUS?

“Given your remarks of a few moments ago, are you concerned of the President’s health?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s health. Listen to Pelosi’s response here and the discussion with Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

Barnicle and Rep. Pelosi

“My question to you, Mrs. Pelosi, is the level of expectations in this country about what Washington does is probably a bit a lower today than it was prior to yesterday. What is going to happen to the agenda that both you or even the Republicans have on tax reform, on healthcare, on infrastructure? What’s going to happen?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a conversation about next steps for Congress and the Trump Administration following former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony yesterday. Hear Pelosi’s views on President Trump’s agenda.

“Closed Session” Coming

“Senator, had you or the committee been given a heads up by either Admiral Rogers or DNI Director Coats that they were going to take this position in terms of the questioning?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Angus King (I-ME) during a conversation about Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rodgers refusing to answer questions about the controversy surrounding the Trump Administration and Russia at their Senate hearing. King says he was “incredulous.” Hear more of the interview here and why a closed session is necessary.

Barnicle: “Donald J. Trump Doesn’t Understand”

“If you read Comey’s testimony a second time, slowly, let it sink in, it’s clear that Donald J. Trump doesn’t understand the Presidency, the Congress, the government or the city where he’s now living in – Washington, D.C.,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel looks ahead to former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and reviews Comey’s written opening statement. Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski adds about Trump: “He does not believe the rules apply to him.” Hear the rest of the conversation here.