Entries from mikebarnicle
National Baseball Hall of Fame standards

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle as they slam the election standards for the National Baseball Hall of Fame that have excluded certain all-time great Major League Baseball players due to their checkered histories, following the homerun king Barry Bonds and legendary pitcher Roger Clemens being denied entry during their last year of eligibility. “Let’s stop being ridiculous. Admit what happened. Explain what happened and put them in the Hall of Fame where they belong,” says Barnicle about all-time great baseball players who are being denied entry to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Join the conversation here.

Hall of Fame ins and outs

Way Too Early’s Jonathan Lemire and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle pay tribute to Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz, who was just inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame his first time on the ballot, while lamenting that homerun king Barry Bonds and all-time great pitcher Roger Clemens were denied entry during their final year of eligibility. “Bonds and Clemens—they both deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, and they should be in the Hall of Fame,” says Barnicle. “And there should be an asterisk and an explanation of why it took them so long to attain Hall of Fame status on their plaque. You can’t ignore the fact that two of the greatest players in the history of Major League Baseball are now off the ballot after ten years.” Watch more of the conversation here.


Watch this Morning Joe panel—Jonathan Lemire, Ian Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle and David Ignatius—discuss the escalating tensions between the United States and Russia and whether there’s a path to diplomacy, following the release of a news report that indicates President Joe Biden is considering deploying several thousand U.S. troops, as well as warships and aircraft, to NATO allies in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, amid mounting fears of a Russian incursion into Ukraine.

Trump and the January 6th investigation

Tune in for this Morning Joe segment with Joe Scarborough, George Conway and Mike Barnicle as they discuss the Supreme Court refusing a request from former President Donald Trump to block the release of White House records concerning the January 6 attack on the Capitol, effectively rejecting Trump’s claim of executive privilege and clearing the way for the House committee investigating the riot to start receiving the documents. Find out what happens next.

Football making history

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle discuss “the most extraordinary weekend of football” after the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills in thrilling fashion, capping off an NFL Playoffs Divisional Round weekend where every game was won on the final play. “I feel so badly for Major League Baseball and every other professional sport in the wake of what we witnessed as a nation this weekend. It was the greatest weekend of playoff football in history,” says Barnicle. Watch the conversation here.

Morning Joe remembers Meat Loaf

Morning Joe remembers Meat Loaf, the award-winning singer/actor known for his bestselling “Bat Out of Hell” album, who died at 74 years old. Watch this segment that includes an August 23, 2019 interview clip during which veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Meat Loaf about his music, storytelling and approach to live performing. “For years and still up until this moment, I think ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light,’ is one of the greatest songs,” remarks Barnicle upon Meat Loaf’s death. “It’s an epic song—ever sung, ever written, ever composed and the act that Phil Rizzuto was in it—and Phil Rizzuto making the phony apology later that he didn’t really know what the song was all about. It’s just a historic song, a great song. I’m going to play it all day today,” says Barnicle about the song specifically written for New York Yankees announcer Phil Rizzuto using phrases he would actually say while announcing.

The ongoing investigation of Trump

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and The Guardian congressional reporter Hugo Lowell about the sheer exhaustion of covering the continuous investigations into the business dealings of former President Donald Trump and his family, following New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ accusation that Trump’s family business repeatedly misrepresented the value of its assets to bolster its bottom line, saying in court papers that the company had engaged in “fraudulent or misleading” practices for economic benefit.

Who plays the “game” better?

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle discuss “the game of politics” and how Republicans are playing it better heading into the 2022 midterm elections and one year into President Joe Biden’s tenure. “Most Republicans who run for office, they’re better on both sides of the ball—offense and defense. They crush their opponents, and they brag about their accomplishments. The Democrats are unable to do that….They sit there paralyzed by the differences between the progressives and the moderates in both the House and the Senate. But there are deliverables that the President ought to be talking about…things that have helped people, helped families survive through the virus, and it’s still there: The promise is still there, but they seem unable to articulate it, and worse—unable to act on it,” says Barnicle about Democrats touting the achievements of Biden’s first year in office. Watch the conversation here.

The price of lies

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle as they discuss the “grifters” within the Republican Party spreading lies for financial gain after Dr. Anthony Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) sparred during a Senate health hearing where Dr. Fauci said he has received death threats while working to end the pandemic because of Paul’s false claims. Says Barnicle: “They have perfected the easy art of the steal. Push this button on your phone from Rand Paul’s email and you can contribute $5, $10, $15, whatever. Low amounts of money—except they really add up, and they go right into the pockets of these people.”

Help wanted

Morning Joe Mike Barnicle talks with NBC News senior business correspondent Stephanie Ruhle about job opportunities amid the COVID-19 outbreak following the Labor Department having reported that a record 4.5 million people voluntarily left their jobs last November. Find out what kinds of jobs are available now.

The Senate today v. 2007

Watch this Morning Joe conversation as veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) about how he works each day with Republican senators who continue to propagate the lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. “How do you deal with people who…wear the face of hypocrisy when they show up to work every day. How do you do it? How do you engage with them?” Hear Murphy’s response about what a “different place” the U.S. Senate is today than when he joined in 2007 and how he tries to convince Republicans “to get back on board with the rule of law.”

Republicans “off shore”

ICYMI: Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle talk with David Ignatius about former President Donald Trump slamming South Dakota Republican Sen. Mike Rounds, calling him a “jerk” and a “RINO,” one day after Rounds pushed back against the lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. “Donald Trump with almost each political statement that he makes further entrenches himself on this island of egomania that he presides over. The land of common sense is a little offshore and increasingly the population on that area is going to grow,” Barnicle says of the Republican Party.

COVID precautions for children

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb about how to keep babies and preschool children and their communities as safe as possible from COVID as the Omicron variant is driving new U.S. COVID records.

Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy about the competitive nature and motivation behind the success of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird.

Remembering Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Morning Joe remembers former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who died at 82 years old and NFL Hall of Fame coach, broadcasting icon John Madden, who died at 85. Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says of Reid and his influence on American politics: “One thought struck me more than anything else: Why aren’t Democrats as tough today as Harry Reid was when he was the head of the Senate? I think it would be a different country, a different political party, and a different negotiation back and forth between all these conflicting issues if a Harry Reid was still there.” And on Madden: “Everybody in America knows John Madden. He was absolutely incredible. He was the guy who translated the arcane language of pro football into common English so that everybody understood it.”

New book on Trump post-presidency

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and president ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl about Karl’s new book “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” which offers an explosive look at the aftermath of the 2020 election and the events that followed former President Donald Trump’s White House departure. “When you’re sitting with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, after he has left the presidency, did it occur to you, ‘my God, this man was actually president of the United States?’” asks Barnicle. Hear Karl’s response here.

Budget woes amid Build Back Better

“When was the last time—if ever—that a true scalpel, a forensic scalpel, was taken to the budget, the federal budget of the United States of America, including the Defense Department, looking for waste, eliminating it? And what would happen…if this dream ever came true?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of economic analyst Steve Rattner during this Morning Joe conversation about removing wasteful spending within the country’s federal budget. Join the conversation here.

What is wrong with this country?

“What is going on with this country? What is wrong with this country—that people so easily buy into these horrendously false assertions made by people on the make? Joe, Mika, I’ve got to tell you, sitting here listening to it, thinking about it, thinking about your grandchildren—it’s depressing,” says Barnicle during a conversation that began with news of a federal judge having squarely placed the blame for the January 6 Capitol attack on Donald Trump, suggesting that the former president’s role in seeding lies about the 2020 election—and the impact it had on his followers—has been an under-appreciated part of the entire situation, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was confronted by CBS’ Margaret Brennan over his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election results and for continuing to spin lies about the integrity of the vote.

Help wanted

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle discuss the U.S. worker shortage and supply chain issues that are likely to disrupt the holidays unless jobs are filled. “The economy is very healthy and very promising in terms of the next year or so, but the fact that you can’t find people to drive a truck, that you can’t find people to deliver goods to market, the fact you can’t find people to drive school buses in various cities around the country is a deepening and real mystery. People have to get back to work,” says Barnicle. Join the conversation here.

The continuing impact of January 6

“There has been no precedent in this country for the plaintiff, Donald Trump, who continues to wage war against the Constitution, against the rule of law, against one political party in particular, the Democrats, and anything they want to do. What is the larger impact, the political impact of this, within the White House and within the members of the Democratic Party who you speak to, in both the House and the Senate?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of POLITICO White House Bureau Chief Jonathan Lemire during a Morning Joe conversation about the impact the January 6 deadly insurrection has had on the country, as the House investigation continues. Listen to the conversation here.