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“You have rich people with the specific intent of damaging the free press. Now, it's not going to work with the Times or The Washington Post or NBC, but there are a host of medium-sized papers and websites around this country that could be ended with this,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle to Brian Knappenberger, director of the new documentary “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press,” during a conversation about the wave of hostility toward the press. Listen in on the discussion here and see a few clips from the film.

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The Press Under Siege

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“Senator, let's stipulate that the health care bill is critically important to this country's future, and let's stipulate that everyone ought to be concerned about the potential collusion with regard to Russia in the past election. But, what is your level of concern about the Cardinals: They're 33 and 37. They're four games under 500. You're approaching the all-star break. You need a power bat in the outfield,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) as he teases the Missouri Senator about the St. Louis Cardinals struggling to win ballgames in the first half of the 2017 MLB season. Hear what McCaskill has to say here. Only on MSNBC.

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Health Care, Russia and Baseball

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“Congressman, we understand and respect your commitment to this investigation and to getting to the truth of what happened last fall so that all Americans know about it publicly. But why not focus all of these investigations into one? Into the Mueller investigation which seems to be more independent, less reliant on politics, more focused. Why not do that?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, during a conversation about the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election that are taking place in the House, Senate, and special counsel probe led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. Listen to Swalwell’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

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How Many Russian Investigations?

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“Congressman, let's talk a bit about part of the disappearing base of the Democratic party: Unions. Every election year and every off-election year, you have the heads of unions show up with people like you saying: ‘Yeah, we're with the Democratic Party.’ The membership flees, large portions of the membership flees, when it comes to actually voting for a Democrat. How did you lose them?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) during a conversation about the strained relationship between the Democratic Party and unions. Listen to Ryan’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

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Disappearing Democrats

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During a Morning Joe panel discussion about President Donald Trump’s stance on the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle adds: “The true oddity here is that if (Trump) had won the popular vote and lost the electoral college, he'd be a far happier man today.” Listen in on the conversation with host Mika Brzezinski and historian and Random House executive editor Jon Meacham here.

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POTUS on Russia

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“Do you think the people there in Iowa—hand-picked—just for the President's amusement and entertainment: Do you think they view him as the President of the United States or as an element of theater that they're used to?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Huffington Post senior politics editor Sam Stein during a panel conversation about President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rally in Iowa. Listen to Stein’s response here and the discussion with Elise Jordan, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist.

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Hand-picked in Iowa

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about the myriad of problems with the Senate Republicans' health care bill, ahead of its unveiling, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “The bitter truth is, the harsh truth is that this is the end of the obsession with Obamacare. That's all this health care bill is — giving them the right to go home for July 4th recess and saying: ’I voted to kill Obamacare.’ They don't care what's in it. They don't care about the impact it's going to have on millions of Americans. They just want to be able to say: ‘We killed Obamacare.’” Listen to more of the discussion on the GOP health care bill here with Barnicle, Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski and NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Kasie Hunt.

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“We Killed Obamacare"

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“Senator, so let's stay hyper focused on real life here. Other than your job, and whether you live in Hartford, or Boston or wherever, other than your job one of the things I think concerns a lot of people is the health care plan that they have for them and their families. Now, we don't know much about the health care plan that's being devised in the United States Senate – where you work – but one of the things that has leaked out is that perhaps the Republicans are going to put forward block grants as a package, as part of this health care bill. Could you explain, from your understanding so far of the health care bill, what happens to the poor, the elderly, the young, and the sick, if block grants go to states instead of being part of a national package in the health care bill?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) during a conversation about the Senate Republicans’ health care bill. Listen to Murphy’s response here on the possibly “devastating consequences” ahead.

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Health Care Horrors Ahead?

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“Jeremy, could you please explain for people who might not be familiar with the way the CIA operates or the NSA operates that they are both basically fact-based operations, not spies, not spooks out there whispering in the dark about the Russians?" asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of former CIA and Defense Department Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash during a conversation about the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency. Listen to Bash’s response here about the non-partisan government agencies.

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CIA & NSA Explained

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“Let me ask you a question: Is the priority for Mitch McConnell right now to repeal Obamacare — underline “Obama,” get rid of the last visage of Obamacare and the past president himself? Or is it to pass a bill that's going to help a majority of Americans?" asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin and former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) during a conversation about the Senate Republicans’ health care bill. Listen to their answers here. Only on MSNBC.

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Health Care Goals

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In further discussion about the regrouping necessary for the Democratic Party after its defeat to the Republican Party in all four House special elections, Morning Joe senior contributor remarks: “Democrats would be well advised to go back and look at one of the great speeches Hubert Humphrey gave in his wonderful life about the dawn of life, and the dusk of life. Hear more of the conversation here and more about the immortal words of former Vice President and Democratic Sen. Humphrey.

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Dems Reboot Needed

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“That’s what the Democratic Party has to do: Figure out what to run for rather than against Donald Trump all the time,” explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel weighs in on how the Democratic Party should regroup, following its defeat to the Republican Party in all four House special elections. Listen to more of the discussion with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Barnicle and former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN).

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Dems: Running For or Against?

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During a conversation with Sen. Angus King (I-ME) about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks King what he tells his constituents when he gets back home to New Brunswick, Maine. "How come (Sessions) won't answer your questions?” Hear King’s response here.

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Sessions’ Non-Session

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“China has already established deep roots in both Africa and in South America, while we are still debating the number of troops we might send to Afghanistan – 16 years after that war began. How much of a drain and impact on our role in the nation has our obsession and involvement in Afghanistan meant?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of The London School of Economics fellow Brian Klaas during a conversation about America still being at war in Afghanistan. Listen to Klaas’ response here. Only on MSNBC.

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Defining America’s Role Globally

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"Senator, I don't want to get you in trouble, but I’ve actually seen you smiling, laughing, hanging around – with Democrats. As if you were friendly with them. I've actually seen that with my own eyes. My question to you is: In terms of bipartisanship, in terms of openness, in terms of a welcoming manner, there is a health care bill now being drawn up in the United States Senate – largely by the majority. Nobody knows what's in this bill. How about trying to open the door as a start to like getting together by telling us what's in this bill?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. John Thune (R-SD) during a conversation about the GOP health care proposal. Listen to Thune’s response here.

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Health Care Bill Mystery

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“The fact that Twitter and Facebook are, in parts, elements of social arson - they can ignite things, and people, and whatever you say. You wonder what would the reaction be today on Twitter to FDR's fireside chats. People would make fun of them,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with NBC News senior correspondent Tom Brokaw as the two reflect on our country’s political history. “I think we need — metaphorically — a course in anger management in our political culture,” says Brokaw. Listen in on the discussion here.

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Barnicle and Brokaw

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“We have normalized hatred in this country. That’s the culture that we all now are a part of,” comments Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a discussion with host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough following the shooting attack during a GOP Congressional baseball practice by a gunman who appeared to have targeted the GOP Congress members. Hear the conversation and remarks from House Speaker Paul Ryan about the tragic incident that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition.

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Barnicle: We have normalized hatred

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“Bob Mueller is and always has been a guy of tremendous character first. Bob Mueller graduated from Princeton and didn't upon graduation go on a tour of Europe or drive across country with a couple of friends of his. He went to Vietnam as a young second lieutenant and led a rifle company in Vietnam. He knows what it's like to lose men. He is unafraid in this investigation, and he is there for one thing and one thing only: Fairness and resolution. That's who Bob Mueller is. That’s who he has always been,” explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle about special counsel Robert Mueller, who The Washington Post’s Sari Horwitz reported is investigating President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice in the probe into into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election. Hear more from the panel here.

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Mueller’s Probe Widening

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“The brutal truth is that violence is a part of everyday American life, and the geography of violence is also part of American life,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle. “If you go all the way down the end of the street, where that little league practice field is located, where the Congressman was shot, you're at the edge of the Potomac River. If you stand there and look across the Potomac you're looking at a neighborhood in Washington called Anacostia -- you’re looking at Wheeler Road and Southern Avenue where every day, every day there are parents afraid to let their children out for fear of them getting shot. And when they do get shot, when they do die at the age of nine, 10, 14 -- before their lives have even come to the edge of fruition. Their deaths maybe, maybe get noticed in three agate lines of type in a newspaper – that’s America.” Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation with hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and others about the critical issue of violence and hostile speak in America following the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a Republican Congressional baseball practice by a gunman who appeared to have targeted the GOP members of Congress.

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Violent America

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During the Morning Joe discussion about Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he had not been briefed on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks The New York Times’ security and legal reporter Charlie Savage: “Would [anything] lead you to believe that the Attorney General by recusing himself from the investigation of Jim Comey… would [that] prevent him from receiving a briefing on an act of war against us by Russia?” Listen to Savage’s response here.

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Sessions Says: No Russia Briefing