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Life of Former U.S. House Speaker “Tip” O'Neill

Boston
Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Journalists and political commentators reflect on the life and legacy of former U.S. House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill at an event marking the 100th anniversary of his birth. Panelists include long-time Boston columnist Mike Barnicle, and MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who was a press aide to Speaker O'Neill in the 1980s. The discussion took place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. “Tip” O’Neill served in the U.S. House from 1953-87 and was House Speaker from 1977-87. He died in 1994 at the age of 81. 

Updated: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 10:58am (ET)

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