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“We've been talking about race and Martin Luther King today. We’ve come so far in this country. It's time to continue that journey. Unfortunately, we're going to have to continue it, apparently, without the President of the United States leading the charge,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel shares its final thoughts.

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Race relations: Time to continue that journey

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“Anand, when I'm looking at you, I'm looking at the face of this nation -- this huge, sprawling homogeneous nation. And we all know now, we're all familiar, except for a few Cabinet secretaries and a couple of United States Senators, with the phrase that came out of the Oval Office last week. And yet there is an element here that would suggest that we should not be so much worried about the language the President uses as the reality of what he's doing: 'You’re from Haiti, get back there.’ ‘You're from El Salvador, get out now.’ Things like that -- the behavior of this administration,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle to NBC News political analyst Anand Giridharadas as they discuss President Donald Trump’s statements toward immigrants. Listen to the conversation and Giridharadas’ sharing of Martin Luther King’s sentiment that “good people are the wind beneath’s evil’s wings."

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Immigrants: The Face of Our Nation

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The Economist's Washington correspondent Jon Fasman joined the Morning Joe panel to talk about his cover story: “One year old: Is the Trump presidency really this bad?” Asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Fasman: “Can we retrieve, can we repair the damage that’s been done thus far….?” Hear Fasman’s response and why The Economist has written repeated that President Donald Trump “doesn't have the temperament or the judgment to lead a great country."

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The Economist: 'Is the Trump Presidency really this bad?'

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“Elise, you have a piece in TIME magazine this week, 'I'm a Republican,' that's the title of it. 'I’m a Republican, What Is Wrong With My Party?' What is wrong with your party?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of MSNBC political analyst and TIME contributor Elise Jordan during a conversation about President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, following President Trump having referred to Haiti and African nations as "sh--hole countries" during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. Listen to Jordan’s response here about Trump and his supporting Republicans who are “chipping into the soul of American values that we hold dear.” Only on MSNBC.

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What’s Wrong with the Republican Party?

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During the ongoing Morning Joe discussion of the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s having referred to Haiti and African nations as "sh--hole countries" during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “The most concerning thing is in this big sprawling, hugely diverse country we have a president for the first time in our history who not only ignores talking about the scab of race and the history of race, he pokes, and prods, and rips the scab off. And when you rip a scab off, what do you do? You scratch a sore. People scratch a sore. And he has a specific percentage of the population that he is encouraging to scratch the sore of race: His base. He does it nearly every day.” Hear more of the conversation here.

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POTUS: Ignoring the scab of race

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“This is a president who plays to divisions in this country, rather than the country as a whole. And now the divisions are so wide that they extend well beyond the President of the United States. You've got a sitting senator, David Perdue, referring to Dick Durbin as an individual, not using his name as most senators do, not saying…'Dick Durbin either didn't hear what he thought he heard,' but he's saying ‘that individual, that individual.’ Further polarization in our politics,” comments veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a Morning Joe conversation with Vanity Fair special correspondent Gabriel Sherman about President Donald Trump, following Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) having criticized Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) description of President Trump referring to Haiti and African nations as "sh--hole countries" during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. Hear from Sherman about Trump’s “fixed and retrograde ideas about race in America."

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POTUS: Playing to our divisions

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“Joe, this is a sobering and necessary discussion that we’re having right now. I would submit that we, as a country, collectively as Americans, have never been here before, where we are today. We've never been in this position. This is a country, this is a republic, created and born with the scab of racism on it due to slavery, due to people being brought to this country in chains as slaves. And every president that we have had, even many whom people disagreed with politically, including Richard Nixon, have always reverted to the principle focus of a presidency and that is to bring a country together in times of strife, in times of trouble or conflict, real or potential -- with the exception of one president, this President, the incumbent president, who goes out of his way to provoke and tear at that scab of race, to tear at that scab that creates divisions in this country rather than bringing the country together….It is up to us, as individuals, as Americans, to stand for the character, the morality and the reputation of who we are as a country and who we are as individuals; but, we have never, ever, been here before,” explains veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel discusses the state of the country post President Donald Trump’s having referred to Haiti and African nations as "sh--hole countries" during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. Listen to more of the conversation here. Only on MSNBC.

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Barnicle: ‘We have never been here before'

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“Michael, we now have a...cult of personality more than it is a presidency. It’s rooted around celebrity rather than competence. How long will it take, if it does take, to repair the damage that's being done by this sort of cult of personality presidency?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of TIME contributing editor Michael Duffy as the Morning Joe panel talks about President Donald Trump. Listen to Duffy’s response here.

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POTUS: Cult of Personality

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“The continued disparagement of the FBI and thus the Justice System in this country is truly truly damaging. It’s incendiary,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation about President Donald Trump slamming the Trump-Russia Dossier in a morning tweet. Listen in as Barnicle and the New York Times Washington correspondent Michael Schmidt discuss what this means for Trump’s relationship with his legal team.

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Trump’s Legal Team

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about President Donald Trump’s penchant for continuing to talk publicly about former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “His inability to, in a phrase, 'let it go,' is both troubling, mystifying and sort of understandable at another level. He clearly can't get over the fact that she got a lot more votes than he did.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist. Only on MSNBC.

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Trump Talk on Hillary Clinton

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“This is a never-ending investigation. (The President’s lawyers) are not going to go in there later this week and ask for and get from (Special Counsel Robert) Mueller's team the idea that this investigation is going to end quickly,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about an upcoming meeting between White House lawyers and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s office and an NBC News report showing the FBI last year warned then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump that foreign adversaries, including Russia, would likely try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign. Listen to more of the discussion here with NBC’s Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Carol Lee.

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The Never-Ending Investigation

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“I would urge people to look up the definition of ‘coup.' It’s the violent overthrow of an existing government, and that word is being loosely bandied about by people who ought to know better,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as he weighs in on President Donald Trump’s allies feverishly attacking special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe while the Morning Joe panelists share their final thoughts. Listen in on the conversation about the potentially dangerous comparisons being made between the FBI and the KGB.

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Morning Joe: Final Thoughts

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Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and Steve Rattner look ahead to President Donald Trump’s unveiling of his administration's national security strategy and how he might handle mentioning the dismantling of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Trump did early in his presidency and Rattner says was one of the “worst” policy decisions ever. Hear more about the U.S.’s economic and national security here.

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Economic security is national security

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During the Morning Joe conversation about the lack of historical precedent for the upcoming vote on the $1.5 trillion GOP tax bill, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “This is the most far-reaching tax legislation in over 30 years. It's a generational change in terms of what is going to happen to people down the road because of this tax bill being passed. The Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Richie Neal, got this bill – this tax bill – to look at for the first time one hour before it was introduced. And I would ask our financial expert, Rattner, how many public hearings do you recall being held on this far-reaching piece of legislation?” Hear more of the discussion here.

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GOP Tax Plan: “Generational Change"

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about the possibility of President Donald Trump pardoning his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “If he accepts the pardon, my understanding is it ruptures his deal – his signed deal – with the prosecutor Robert Mueller, which would then put his son in jeopardy.” Listen to more of the conversation here about Flynn.

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Pardon Me?

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The hardest job in this country is being poor, and tax bills like this ensure that poverty for many, many people is going to be both a life sentence and a death sentence. And we ignore it,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about the GOP tax plan. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Being Poor: Life sentence and death sentence

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“Here’s where the Republicans really get crushed. The front page of the Financial Times headline reads: ‘US companies set for big profit windfall from tax overhaul.’ Young people out there working, suburban families struggling to make ends meet, they know, and they're going to find out, that the tax cut that they get is pretty much meaningless in terms of their everyday lives. But they also know the reality: That the big companies that they work for, the conglomerates that they work for, the companies' profits are going to soar,” comments veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about the GOP tax plan and the ways in which the Republican Party is alienating voters. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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The GOP Tax Plan

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“The bill is an insult to common sense. Drive me through your district…the impact of basically the removal of Obamacare, health care, to I assume many people in your district, and the impact of really ignoring or not doing very much, as much as we should do, about the opioid crisis, which I assume is devastating parts of your district. What's happening?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) during a Morning Joe conversation about the GOP tax plan, health care, and handling of the opioid crisis. Listen to Ryan’s sobering response here.

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Ohio’s Tax Woes

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“Leigh, in the reporting out of the White House about the call yesterday between President Trump and President Putin, they led with the fact that the call was made in order for President Trump to say thank you to Putin for mentioning the great American economy. And yet, Wall Street—so skittish about so many elements each and every day—seems not to have reacted to an incredibly powerful indictment of policy-making as appeared in The Washington Post yesterday. What is going on there?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Fortune assistant managing editor Leigh Gallagher as the Morning Joe panel discusses a Washington Post report about the Trump Administration structuring President Trump’s intelligence briefings to avoid upsetting him. Listen to the conversation here.

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Trump Thanks Putin

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about Omarosa Manigault Newman, a White House aide and former "Apprentice" contestant, being forced out of her job in the Trump Administration, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “This whole thing gets to the level and the caliber of talent throughout the executive branch. There were some wonderful and exceptionally good people working in the White House. There are also some people who you wouldn't hire, and she happens to be one of them.” Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Omarosa is Fired!