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“The idea that you need secure communications instruments on your honeymoon. That’s a whole new deal,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during the panel conversation about Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin having requested the use of a government jet for his European honeymoon at $25,000 per hour to attain 'secure communications'. Hear more of the conversation about the controversial spending by Mnuchin and MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan’s opinion that the secure communications need is a “flat out lie."

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High-Flying Mnuchin

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“Carol, you just pointed out that the obvious pattern here would be to try and flip General Flynn using the legal difficulty of his son as a means to help doing that, but in the course of your reporting, did you get any sense of the pace of the investigation in terms of just General Flynn and his activities?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of NBC News national political reporter Carol Lee during a conversation about the Russian probe gaining steam as it relates to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who, new reports show failed to disclose a trip and work he did related to a private proposal to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East. Listen to Lee’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

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New News on Flynn’s Foreign Dealings

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“This isn't about DACA, it's not about Steve King, it's not about Laura Ingraham: It's about Donald J. Trump. He wants a win. He's watched the Cleveland Indians win 21 straight. He likes to be on that side of the aisle. He wants a win, and that's what this is about. He wants a big W on the wall in the Oval Office. And he doesn't care about Schumer, Pelosi, McConnell — nobody. He cares about himself. That's who he is,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel talks about President Donald Trump agreeing with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to work on legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and massively increase border security, but exclude President Trump’s much-promised wall on the southern border. Listen to more of the discussion here. Only on MSNBC.

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Barnicle: “This isn’t about DACA"

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During the discussion with MSNBC Meteorologist Bill Karins, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks: “Bill, in your experience, do you recall a storm with such a damaging shelf life extending through days and hours and still in a sense walloping Georgia and South Carolina?” Hear more about record-breaking Hurricane Irma and the destruction it caused as a Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds.

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Storm for the Ages

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“Kasie, how long is it before the fact that the President of the United States once again does not fully grasp the details of something – an issue, in this case DACA — health care before this. How long is it before (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell and (House Speaker Paul) Ryan finally explode in public about the fact that the President knows very little about what he's pushing?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse course and rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), known as the ‘Dreamers' program. Listen to the conversation here with Barnicle, Hunt and Joe Scarborough.

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POTUS: Reversal on DACA

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As the Morning Joe panel discusses President Donald Trump’s visit to storm-ravaged Texas and his promises of federal aid for the destruction of Tropical Storm Harvey, senior contributor Mike Barnicle says of POTUS: “He showed up. And that's in and of itself something for people to cling to in these desperate times in Texas. Events like this, this hurricane, national tragedies like this, there's usually three stages: There’s the reaction to it, there’s the rescue phase -- which we’re still in the middle of -- and then, most importantly, the recovery stage. The recovery stage is going to be political, it’s going to be enormously costly, it’s going to have a reaction to things like the potential of a government shutdown….That's going to be when we're going to find out is the President capable of strong leadership because he going to have to make choices. Is he going to have to stick with the wall spending? Or is he going say, ‘let's ignore the wall for right now — we have got to get Texas back up on its feet?’"

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Texas Rescue and Recovery

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about Defense Secretary James Mattis freezing President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban, senior contributor Mike Barnicle asks of POTUS: “At one level, a study of the Trump presidency so far, you have to go back to the fallback position and ask yourself: Does he really care about this?” Listen to more of the discussion here about Mattis largely leaving in tact the Obama-era policy on transgender military service members until he can receive input from an expert panel about whether to move ahead with President Trump's ban that would prevent transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

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POTUS Transgender Military Ban Frozen

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“We should point out — to be fair about all of this — that everyone I have spoken to either down there in Texas or in Washington has remarked upon the remarkable job that FEMA is doing here in terms of leading this effort and the remarkable coordination between state and local officials in Texas — in dealing with this the relentless nature of what they’re dealing with — has been a job extraordinarily well done so far,” comments Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel discusses the government’s handling of the deadly crisis in Texas brought about by Tropical Storm Harvey. Listen to more of the discussion here with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Barnicle and Carol Lee, National Political Reporter for NBC News.

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Houston: Help is on the Way

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“The presidency certainly has a learning curve to it. It's something that certainly Donald Trump is unused to knowing anything about -- the Presidency. But human nature doesn't need a learning curve, the idea of empathy doesn't need a learning curve. You either have it internally, instinctively, or you don't have it. And I don't think there's anyone in America or very few people in America watching these scenes who are not stunned by the scope and the relentless nature of this tragedy — and the staff work that was lacking. That’s what struck me yesterday about the President’s inability to mention death and the suffering that’s going on. The staff work concerning Sgt. Steve Perez, 61 years of age, two days after his 61st birthday, drowns. A police officer that the President wasn't told about….The whole day was kind of stunning in his inability….” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel talks about President Donald Trump's visit to Texas in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey’s devastation. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Trump’s Take on Tragedy in Houston

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“The President, unfortunately, is so self-involved that clearly he can't see one aspect of his job – and that's to lead the nation in times of crisis….He's tweeting out book recommendations in the middle of this epic flood,” comments Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel talks about President Donald Trump’s tweets and messaging during Tropical Storm Harvey, which has ravaged large portions of Texas and its residents. Listen to more of the discussion here with Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

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POTUS: Flood of Tweets

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Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks: Is President Donald Trump’s controversial pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio a sign of what’s to come as he exercises his power of pardon? Hear what Axios national political reporter Jonathan Swan and The Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker have to say about what this might mean going forward and for the Russia investigation.

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The Power of Pardon

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tells Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle that the massive floods created by Tropical Storm Harvey have created the need for more boats and high-water vehicles, access to food and water, blankets and medical care, and temporary housing for the thousands upon thousands of residents that have been displaced by the torrential weather plaguing the state.

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What Houston Needs

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During a Morning Joe interview with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo about the ongoing rescue efforts there due to the massive floods created by Tropical Storm Harvey, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks: “Chief, given the sprawl of the urban area of Houston, and the size of your force, and the condition of roadways and flooding — talk a bit about the degree of difficulty in the logistics that you’re encountering now – logistics of rescue operations.” Hear Acevedo’s response: “We feel their pain. I have had officers with tears in their eyes frustrated that they couldn’t do more, more quickly.” Listen in on more of the conversation here.

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Storm Harvey’s Devastation of Houston

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“Donald Trump yesterday refuted what he said on Monday because he felt forced to make that statement on Monday and he resented having to make that statement on Monday because it made him look weak. But Donald Trump is a strong man, and he's going to stick to his beliefs. So, he stood up there yesterday and spoke from his own sense of inner strength. That's what he gave the country: Enormous division, enormous ability for the right wing, Nazis, Ku Klux Klan people to say: “Yeah he’s my guy’,” said Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. "And the Republican legislators and Republican donors — forget them. This is about three things that all begin with C: Character, Courage and Country. It's not about politics now. It's about the country. Every president we've had, has been by definition of being a human being, has had flaws. No president has ever had flaws that so divide the country that we live in. It’s our country — not his.” Listen to more of the discussion here about the fallout from President Donald Trump's impromptu news conference in New York where he blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the "alt-left" on the other side.

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Barnicle: It’s our country — not his

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“This is a side show in a sense, the American Nazi party – the Nazis – in the streets in Charlottesville. Donald Trump is the deal: He gives them voice, he gives them strength, he gives them spine. He’s their President,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel talks about white supremacists cheering President Donald Trump’s impromptu New York news conference, during which POTUS blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the "alt-left" on the other side. Listen to more of the discussion here about how POTUS has empowered Neo-Nazis and white supremacists with his words.

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POTUS Defends White Supremacists

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“This is a resilient country. We have survived, gotten up off the floor after assassinations, during wars, after terrorist attacks, after natural disasters; but, what happened yesterday was quite different. What happened yesterday because of the nature of the media and all of the tools we have available to us today, will live forever….You'll see and remember the President of the United States pouring words like salt on open wounds of race, of class, of gender, of income inequality. You’ll see the President of the United States not only diminishing the office, but diminishing himself by misconstruing history, which he certainly has not read and certainly does not understand,” says Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the panel discussion about President Trump’s impromptu news conference in New York where he blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists with the "alt-left" on the other side. "What we ought to be talking about is the country and the people who represent the country in Washington D.C. because now it’s up to them. What are they going to do? Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, tweeted last night without mentioning the President's name. Put his name on it, Mr. Speaker. It was the President. Put his name on it and do something about it."

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Barnicle: Hold The President Accountable

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"Donald Trump...artfully but fraudulently...managed to, without really saying it, identify with a huge, huge percentage of people in this country who suffered grievous losses in 2008 and 2009: They lost jobs, they lost income, they lost retirement savings, they lost their homes – many of them – and a lot of them also put their sons and daughters at risk of losing them in a war that's being fought for 16 years. These are the people, the composition, the basis of what the Democratic Party used to be, and they fled because of optics,” explains veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as he joins the Charlie Rose panel with Bloomberg View’s Al Hunt and Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, to discuss the current problems facing the Democratic Party. Listen to more of the discussion only on PBS.

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Donald Trump: Artful but Fraudulent

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Joining Charlie Rose to discuss the current issues facing the Democratic Party, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “I think the larger problem for the Democrats is they basically have to answer a question individually and collectively as a party: `Who are you? What do you represent?’ The Democrats...have to get younger. Their message has to be more encompassing. It’s got to be economic. It’s got to be cultural. It's got to be social. It’s got to address things like education reform, what robotics are going to do to your job, what artificial intelligence might do to your children's jobs, what's going on in your kids’ schools. Do you have daycare, can you afford childcare? A whole range of social issues. They’ve got to be unafraid to wade into that.” Hear more of the conversation here with Charlie Rose, Al Hunt of Bloomberg View and Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress only on PBS.

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Democrats: Who Are You?

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“Joe, that trust number and that base number; what are you thinking about if you’re a political adviser to the President of the United States?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of host Joe Scarborough as the panel reviews President Donald Trump’s lowest poll numbers in a CNN survey, which reports that President Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is down to 59 percent and 73 percent of Americans don’t trust most of what the White House says. Listen to Scarborough’s response here.

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Trust in POTUS Down

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“Joe…let me ask you. You're sitting out there in your district or your state. You’re looking at these numbers about your President of the United States. Someone stands up and starts really hammering the President in a town hall meeting. What’s the strength of your reflection and your support for your Republican president?” hypothetically asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of host Joe Scarborough during a panel discussion about President Donald Trump’s sliding poll numbers and the uptick on Republican and constituent frustration with POTUS. Tune in to the conversation here.

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Support Down for POTUS