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Mike Barnicle, the Boston newspaper columnist-turned-MSNBC analyst, held aloft his cellphone when asked over breakfast to explain the success of Politico, the 24/7 politics site and newspaper that was greeted with skepticism upon its 2007 launch.

"They're first on this," Barnicle said, phone hovering over omelet. "They got here first and are still dominant. And this is a habit harder to break than crack cocaine."

The habit is a function of a feverish quest to break news, offer analysis and profile the multiplicity of actors in the political realm, be they saints, sinners or somewhere in between. And there's not much better time to inspect the operation of what's become a must-scan politics site than during the massively chronicled American rite of a political convention (yes, with 15,000 credentialed media).

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Mike Barnicle, the Boston newspaper columnist-turned-MSNBC analyst, held aloft his cellphone when asked over breakfast to explain the success of Politico, the
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Americans in despair "want to feel a little hope for their children." (22 July 2016)

Trump was consistent in his message throughout his campaign, panelist Mike Barnicle remarked, but added that Americans in despair "want to feel a little hope for their children."

In the national media's coverage of Donald Trump's marathon acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, there was arguably one descriptor that ruled them all: "Dark."

"Donald Trump Takes America on a Journey to the Dark Side," read NBC News' headline.

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Trump was consistent in his message throughout his campaign, panelist Mike Barnicle remarked, but added that Americans in despair want to feel a little
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Live from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the Morning Joe panel analyzes Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's speech. "The question is: Are we, as a country, as people, going to be able to live through this campaign -- 90 days of back and forth without some sense of hope about what this country is?" asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. "I get Trump's speech last night. I fully get it. But ... he wasn't talking about the country that I live in. I don't know a lot of people who wake up every day so afraid -- so afraid of everything. 'Oh, should we go outdoors today because there is crime all around and we are weaklings in the world?' We are not weaklings in the world. We just are not," said Barnicle to rousing applause from the live audience. Follow the rest of the conversation here.
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On Morning Joe live from Cleveland, Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and the panel talk about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's dark, fear-focused acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention. "He played to type last night," said Barnicle. "There are no surprises in what he said, nor where there any surprises really in how he said it. That's how he has won thus far, and clearly, that's his plan to win in the fall. The fear thing, I think, is tough to read. There's a lot of anxiety in the country. People feel they have lost a lot. They have lost 401(k)s here in Cleveland. They were decimated in 2008 and 2009. The foreclosure crisis, no doubt about that. You want to feel a little hope for your children. That's where the fear thing comes into play." Listen in for more of the conversation here.
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Veteran columnist and MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel discuss last night's speech by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Night Three of the Republican National Convention saying that Cruz “was oozing smugness.” During his speech, Cruz goes so far as to draw boos from the crowd present at the convention. Listen in on the conversation here.
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With a recent poll in Michigan showing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leading her Republican challenger Donald Trump by 42% to 39%, Morning Joe’s veteran columnist and contributor Mike Barnicle describes this presidential race as the “unpopularity contest” in which America is waiting “to see which of these two hugely unpopular candidates emerges with the presidency.” Follow along with the conversation here.
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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 dealt with and taken care of by mid-afternoon on January 20, 2017 if only we will be smart enough to make him president.”

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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
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Donald Trump's convention speech did exactly what it was supposed to do, MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough declared Friday.

"It just may be the speech that millions and millions of people in middle America have been waiting to hear for a very long time," the former congressman said before a live audience in Cleveland Friday morning.

"I don't know if they expected sunshine and flowers," he continued. "It was a dark speech. We have been saying for two months now, with everybody's low approval ratings that you're not going to win the presidency. You're going to disqualify the other candidate . . . Everybody is acting so shocked that conventions are sometimes negative."

Veteran columnist and Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle, however, said that he found that Trump focused on fear, and he thought that was "tough to handle."

"It's tough to read," said Barnicle. "There's a lot of anxiety in the country. People feel they have lost a lot. They have lost 401(k)s here in Cleveland. They were decimated in 2008 and 2009. The foreclosure crisis, no doubt about that. You want to feel a little hope for your children. That's where the fear thing comes into play."

Still, Barnicle said, "you can't cover the country in a blanket of fear."

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Donald Trump's convention speech did exactly what it was supposed to do, MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough declared Friday. It just may be the speech
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Live from Cleveland, the Morning Joe panel continues the discussion about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's "dark" acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention that attempted to tap into the emotions of fearful or anxious citizens. Says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle: "My instinct is that ... crime, people getting killed -- it's been going on for decades right in front of us. But we have never had Twitter...Instagram. We have never had things popping up in a second (on social media). And we have never had a country where the majority of people walking around are staring at their phones instead of looking at the country around them." Hear the rest of the conversation and with whom Trump's messages most resonated -- and why. Only on MSNBC.
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On Morning Joe, veteran columnist and contributor Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel talk about the response from political leaders to Senator Ted Cruz’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Without endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Cruz delivers a speech in which he “stepped all over the Mike Pence story” and even drew boos from the crowd. Follow the conversation here on Trump and his vice presidential running mate Indiana Gov. Pence.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sets off alarm bells in the political world with recent NATO comments that America would only intervene if those allied countries had “fulfilled their obligations to us.” His foreign policy approach counters the mutual defense stated in NATO, which was invoked after 9-11. Veteran columnist and Morning Joe panelist Mike Barnicle weighs in on the recent remark by opining that “Trump is focusing on the political level” as compared to the strategic level, which resonates with voters. Hear more of the conversation here.
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In the aftermath of the assassination of three Baton Rouge police officers, Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel talk about how this season’s political figures have responded to the recent spate of attacks on police, including Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s criticism of the current leadership. Barnicle disagrees, referencing President Barack Obama's recent speeches that call for unity in the wake of police shootings: “You should be glad he’s the President of the United States because he sets the right tone.” Listen in to the conversation here, only on MSNBC.
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Mike Barnicle is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist, radio personality, and social and political commentator. A regular on MSNBC’s highly rated morning program Morning Joe, Barnicle is best known for his street-smart, straightforward commentary and writing style that gives voice to “every man.” With insight, perspective, and an incisive wit, Barnicle can be irascible and colorful, sarcastic and skeptical, but ultimately seeks to find the good in people.

The Massachusetts native has written more than 4,000 columns collectively for The Boston Globe, and New York Daily News, where he rose to prominence with his hard-hitting and often heart-wrenching must-read columns that closely followed the triumphs, travails and ambitions of Boston’s working and middle classes. Barnicle’s articles and commentary have also been published in Time magazine, Newsweek/The Daily BeastThe Huffington Post, ESPN The Magazine, Grantland and Esquire, among others.

Barnicle previously hosted a popular morning drive-time talk radio program on WTKK-FM in Boston, where he was The Voice of New England. For many years he has also been a frequent guest on Imus in the Morning, where his “Barnicle’s View” was heard three days a week.

Barnicle lends his unique perspective and vivid presence to the screen, page and airwaves. His award-winning television documentaries include Armed and Dangerous, which examined the proliferation of guns in the U.S., and Justice on Trial, an exposé on the Massachusetts judicial system.

An avid Boston Red Sox fan, Barnicle often comments on the team and baseball in columns, radio shows, and on TV. He was an integral part of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Tenth Inning.

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Mike Barnicle has written more than 4,000 columns collectively for "The Boston Globe," and "New York Daily News."
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