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Watch this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about the poll numbers continuing to show presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election. “All the Biden campaign has to rely on now—in addition to Joe Biden himself, the candidate, the man, the human being—is the refrain, ‘are you better off today than you were in March?’,” says Barnicle, referencing one of the most important campaign questions of all time and the unprecedented devastation of COVID-19. “The element of loss in this country is playing a role in every single state that we have talked about this morning and it's jarring to think about it: We have 150,000 Americans dead. We have four and a half million Americans infected, by far the largest number in the world—of any country in the world. And within that framework, we have a president of the United States who seems unable to speak about what loss means to families in this country.” Join the conversation here.

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Are you better off now than you were in March?

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Iranian-American actor/comedian Maz Jobrani joins Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle to talk about the inspiration for his work and how far the industry has come in writing roles for Middle Eastern actors in the 22 years he’s been in the business. Watch the conversation here.

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Actor/comedian Maz Jobrani talks about his career

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Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party and widow of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, about how we can honor the legacies of her husband and the late Rep. John Lewis, who served together in Congress and fought for justice, voting and human rights.

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Honoring our past

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Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle outlines the three main issues in the 2020 presidential race: COVID-19, race equity and Donald Trump during this Morning Joe conversation with host Joe Scarborough about the polls showing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden leading President Trump in key battleground states.
"Donald Trump is the clear pivotal figure in this campaign and his incompetence in running this country, in dealing with the virus, I think, is probably the number one issue that's going to keep this race separated for the winner, Joe Biden,” says Barnicle. Join the conversation here.

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Trump v. Biden

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Watch this Morning Joe segment in which contributor Mike Barnicle repeatedly asks Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), House Intelligence Chairman, if the reports are true that Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has become a tool for "laundering" a foreign interference campaign aimed at damaging presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Listen to Schiff’s response here and additional discussion about a public letter from Democratic leaders that asked the FBI for an urgent briefing arising from concern that members of Congress are being targeted by a foreign operation intended to influence the 2020 presidential election.

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FBI called for help on foreign interference in the upcoming election

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W"Despite what Donald Trump thinks about the American people, most Americans think he is a weak leader—that he has downplayed the threat of coronavirus, that he has stoked racial tensions,” said Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, a voter-centric progressive advocacy organization, during a Morning Joe conversation with veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. Watch more of their discussion about Priorities USA’s polling and what they have learned about Republican efforts to “screw with” the upcoming general election through efforts to suppress and intimate voters.

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Priorities USA: Most Americans think Trump is a “weak leader"

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Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, John Heilemann and Mike Barnicle sound the alarm bells as they discuss President Donald Trump's threats to send unidentified federal troops to various U.S. cities to quell protests like in Portland, Oregon, where Trump has already sent federal officers and video captured them beating and pepper spraying a Navy veteran, Christopher David, there. “We should all be freaking out about this,” said Heilemann.

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“Trump's Troops” invade Portland

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Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about the urgent need for Congress to increase federal funding to keep the upcoming U.S. general election safe amid COVID-19 concerns and the persistence of foreign interference.

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Keeping U.S. elections safe

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“John Lewis was what America aspires to be. Donald Trump is what America is slowly becoming. John Lewis marched forward every day of his life toward equality for everyone, regardless of color, faith, gender, belief, ideology, anything. John Lewis marched forward. Donald Trump doesn't like John Lewis's America. Donald Trump is uncomfortable in John Lewis's America. Donald Trump fights everything that John Lewis stood for….John Lewis believed in moving forward, in going onward with faith in this country. Donald Trump has faith only in himself,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during this conversation with co-host Mika Brzezinski and The New Yorker’s David Remnick as they remember the life of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis and all that he stood for.

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Remembering John Lewis

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“People will gamble on Powerball tickets, Mega Millions tickets. They’ll bet on horse races and ball games. But they will not gamble with their children's health and safety, and that is something that the Administration, the President of the United States is going to inevitably bump into….School openings, I think, is going to be a real pivotal point and it's coming up very quickly,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during this Morning Joe conversation with Mika Brzezinski and Washington Post associate editor Eugene Robinson about the ongoing debate over whether schools should reopen in the fall amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

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Should schools reopen this fall?

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“The President of the United States took a medical emergency—a virus, an epidemic, a global epidemic—that is crippling the United States of America, and he turned it into simplified stupid things like, ‘don't wear a mask, wear a mask, hey, it's all up to you.’ There has been no effective leadership out of the Oval Office in this country, and that is I think the defining factor in why we are losing, losing the war against COVID-19,” veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during this Morning Joe conversation with Mika Brzezinski in reference to a new Washington Post report that juxtaposes President Donald Trump’s leadership amid the coronavirus pandemic with those of other world leaders.

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POTUS v. Other world leaders

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"This is a very personal presidency…as we have all found out to our great sadness and chagrin. Roger Stone got his sentence commuted by the President of the United States for not flipping and cooperating with prosecutors, which would’ve exposed the President to a charge of perjury had he done so,” explains Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as he and Mika Brzezinski discuss a National Review op-ed that calls President Donald Trump’s decision to commute the sentence of his former campaign adviser and longtime friend Roger Stone on seven felony crimes “an indefensible commutation.” Watch more of the conversation here.

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National Review: an indefensible commutation

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“We are all in the middle of a true medical emergency, an epidemic, coast-to-coast epidemic. States putting up staggering numbers: Florida, Houston, Texas, Indiana over the weekend, parts of Minnesota, California, Arizona. And the President views this medical emergency—this true epidemic—as a political issue. It is not. It is a medical issue, and he has not stepped up as a leader in terms of helping to define what people have to do, what various governors in various states ought to do. We have not heard a single real word from him about leadership in this epidemic and that's his bigger problem,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with Mika Brzezinski and Jonathan Lemire about President Donald Trump canceling a planned rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, due to concerns that COVID-19 fears and a forecasted thunderstorm would lead to low attendance.

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The President Canceling Plans

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ICYMI: Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) about the need for the HEROES Act, a federal stimulus bill currently stalled in the Senate that would help Americans who are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage and face eviction or foreclosure amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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Is more help on the way?

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Morning Joe veteran columnist and Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, discuss the fact that a more assertive set of specific guidelines from the CDC would make a significant difference in lowering the COVID-19 infection rate. Osterholm asserts that moral leadership across government and the health care field is needed to convince Americans that they must take COVID-19 seriously and distance as well as wear masks to slow the infection rate or “the next year is going to be one ongoing tragedy.” Watch the conversation here.

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COVID-19 not yet seen as important

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Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) joins Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle to talk about the peaceful protests in his state following the “senseless murder of George Floyd,” a police killing that has brought to the forefront the long overdue need to address the underlying racism that plagues our country. Watch their discussion here.

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Maryland Governor talks protests

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Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) talks with Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle about the sentiment within New York's 11th congressional district, which includes Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn, regarding the possibility of evictions from homes and schools not reopening in the fall amid the coronavirus outbreak in America. Listen to Rose’s urgent plea for federal investments in communities, in infrastructure and in making sure people are not evicted from their homes. “We have to win this thing."

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How to get America back on track

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Watch this Morning Joe conversation between Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence pressuring schools to fully reopen this fall amid the coronavirus outbreak and continual spike across America and the fact that some hospitals in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey along with other states have suffered a lack of personal protection equipment for doctors and nurses. “That's an incredible portrait of incompetence,” says Barnicle about the lack of PPE equipment available for frontline workers.

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Coronavirus continues to wreak devastation

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Morning Joe’s Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle talk baseball and the viability of a 2020 MLB season amid the coronavirus pandemic, following MLB teams being forced to cancel practices after failing to receive COVID-19 testing results, players contracting the virus and more. “I think the season is jump ball right now,” says Barnicle. Join the conversation here.

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Baseball: “The season is jump ball right now"

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Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and former RNC chairman Michael Steele as they discuss Barnicle’s latest op-ed for the Daily Beast titled “An Independence Day Wish for the Disunited States of America,” which examines the divisiveness propagated by President Donald J. Trump, most recently during his Fourth of July speeches at Mount Rushmore and the White House, and implores each of us to “think and remember not so much who we are but who we really want to be.” Join the conversation here and read the column: https://bit.ly/2Z1SVVn

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The Disunited States of America