About Jack

Jack is really a storyteller and explorer and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, its his most important tool.  As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world as much as he himself is captivated. 

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I Appear on MSNBC Tonight at 6!

I appear on MSNBC tonight at 6 p.m. e.t. with Ed Schultz to talk about security and the White House breach by that couple at the State Dinner.  In addition, I will be talking Afghanistan.  As a journalist, I will be covering the conflict up close and persona.  I leave for Kabul and Kandahar in a couple of days.

Hope you can catch it!


Rep. Chris Van Hollen is a Very Funny Guy!

Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) is a very funny guy.  And he truly proved it the other day.  He has been a guest of mine on Air America Radio a couple of times and not only has he been a good guest but always had a good sense of humor.  

Because he also happens to be my Congressman, I have regularly messed with him about coming over to dinner.  You know, why doesn't he spend more time with constituents like me, blah blah blah.  The last time he joined me, he was joking about wanting chicken when he came over.  Again, very funny guy.

Anyway, on Wednesday night, the day before Thanksgiving, I'm at MSNBC studios here in Washington DC and getting ready to go on the air.  And out of one of the studios walks Congressman Van Hollen.  He walks up to me, sticks out his hand and says, me and the family are coming over to your house for Thanksgiving tomorrow and we're bringing the entire extended family.  At this point, I'm thinking . . . my wife is going to kill me.

After that, Congressman Van Hollen just laughed.  So did I.  Throughout Thanksgiving, there was  a part of me that kept waiting for the doorbell to ring.  Like I said, a very funny guy!


Jack Rice Interviews Rep. Dennis Kucinich After Obama Speech.


I Appear on MSNBC All Day Saturday!

Things should be interesting on Saturday.  I will appear on MSNBC starting at 7 a.m. e.t. and will be on again and again from 7 a.m. until about noon.  President Obama is preparing to announce his shift in Afghanistan policy. Considering I leave for Kabul and Kandahar, Afghanistan in just a couple of days, I will appear to talk about the implications and the likelihood of success.  

Hope you can catch it.


The Jack Rice Show on Air America Radio.

Listen to The Jack Rice Show which is nationally syndicated on Air America Radio. Monday through Friday, Noon to Three p.m.  and online at  I cover the big issues of the day including the economy, jobs, health insurance reform, Afghanistan and more.  And, of course, I will have the newsmakers on the program and take you to the places themselves.  While I am just back from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I leave for Kabul and Kandahar, Afghanistan in a few days.  

Hope you can catch the program.  If the program is not broadcast in your area, contact your local affiliate and request to today.


Happy Eid al-Adha ( عيد الأضحى‎) to My Muslim Friends.

With Thanksgiving dominating the headlines, I would also like to wish Eid al-Adha ( عيد الأضحى‎) to my Muslim friends.

The strength of our country is that, at our best, we reflect the world and provide all people the opportunity to celebrate their lives and their beliefs.  This certainly applies to Eid al-Adha.  And to those who are too narrow and petrified of that possibility, it is time to grow up and realize we are all part of the same community.


One of My Favorite Photos of Bush- Happy Thanksgiving!

The name of the bird is Liberty.  And President Bush was granting him "a pardon."  I leave the rest to your imagination.  

Nice Reuters photograph. 


One of my Favorite Bush Photos - Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Four years ago, I walked down the stairs on Thanksgiving and saw something I will never forget.  One of the children did this, although nobody ever admitted to it.  I think the girls were all messing we me.  Anyway, every Thanksgiving, I think of this one small event in my past and it makes me truly appreciate all that I have. I took the photo below and wrote this with tears in my eyes shortly afterward. 

They are light brown, suede. As I look closely, I can see the matching stitching along the seams and a piece of braided rope across the middle to make them look good. Turn them over to find what we used to call when I was a kid waffle stomper treads. On the inside, white fleece feels soft to the touch. I'm not sure if it is real or not but I lie to myself and say that it is. I look at the inside label and am sad to see, though not shocked, that they are made in China.

Oh well, not sure if we make anything here anymore. I guess we better get used to that. A matching zipper alongside makes them a little more functional to put on too. Especially if you forget and put your gloves on first. But these boots work for us - or at least for my four children.

Our oldest, the 14 year old, hates the fact that her three younger sisters have the same winter boots that she herself wears. Of course, our 14 year old, like most, hates just about everything everybody does, regardless. But that's still not true. I've seen her smiling when they all put them on at that same time - when no one is looking, of course.
For my part, in some small way, because of her vocal outrage at matching her sisters, and her inner smile, I love the boots even more.
Strange at the things that make you thankful. I must admit that I never would have expected to look in my front room and see four matching pairs of small boots. But here they are.

Far more than I expected. Far more than I deserve.

For this, I am truly thankful.


I Appear on MSNBC Wednesday Night at 6!

I appear on MSNBC tomorrow night with Ed Schultz at 6 p.m. e.t.  As President Obama's team has stated that the President will announce his Afghanistan policy next week, I suspect that will be one of the big issues of the day.  In addition, I expect that we will be talking about jobs and the economy.

Hope you can catch it!