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During the Morning Joe discussion about the Trump Administration’s relationship with Russia, co-host Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle get to the core of the issue. “They didn’t think anybody would find out,” says Barnicle about National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resignation after having misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about his conversations with Russia. "They don’t think lying is wrong,” says Brzezinski about the Administration, "because we are not seeing anybody held accountable….This looks like the steps leading up to a total meltdown.” Hear the rest of the conversation here.
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"They didn’t think anybody would find out."

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Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle talks with Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz about a hypothetical situation of Dershowitz assisting President Donald Trump appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to not reimpose the Trump travel ban due to insufficient evidence. “Write the appeal for us right now. What would you do?,” Barnicle asks. Listen to Dershowitz’s response here. Only on MSNBC.
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President Donald Trump and the 9th Circuit Court

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“In one of the more powerful scenes in the film, and you view it with great trepidation as a parent--a 5-year-old, terrified on the train. How much of that do you remember and feel?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of author Saroo Brierley, who joined the show to talk about the Oscar-nominated film “Lion,” adapted from his book and life story. Hear Brierley describe the harrowing experience of feeling like he was caged as a little boy and how he followed his heart and dreams to find something he longed for his whole life.
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Mike Barnicle talks with author Saroo Brierley

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“Senator, it's great hearing you take the strong defense of the Constitution, and it's really needed at this point in time. Why are there not more Republican voices in the Senate, like yours, talking about clearly an effort to delegitimatize the judiciary by the President of the United States?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s verbal attack on the judiciary. Listen to Sasse’s strong response here. Only on MSNBC.
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Strong defense of the Constitution

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Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle, host Joe Scarborough and the panel on Morning Joe discuss the mounting controversies created by President Donald Trump with his tweets and verbal attacks. "I think you hit a key element of it when you indicated whether anyone around the President is talking to him about this behavior--because this behavior is more dangerous than dynamite. It’s an effort to delegitimatize the judiciary, just as it is an effort to delegitimatize the media. Both efforts are unfortunately, sadly, for us, having some relevance out there in the country, and it's taking hold a bit, and it is really and truly dangerous,” said Barnicle. Hear more of the conversation here.
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President Donald Trump's mounting controversies

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During the Morning Joe discussion about the silencing of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren by Republicans for reading a 30-year-old Coretta Scott King letter criticizing the civil rights record of Trump administration Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, host Joe Scarborough likens the situation to a scene from the Tom Hanks movie “Big.” But senior contributor Mike Barnicle says, "You’ve got the wrong movie. It’s Clint Eastwood saying – Senator Warren saying – ‘Go ahead make my day.” Watch here some of the live footage of Sen. Warren being shot down and Scarborough saying the Republicans’ move was “so stupid on so many levels."
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"Go ahead make my day."

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While the Morning Joe panel discusses the ever expanding media profile of President Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “Internally there is no match for him in the White House. The cover of Time magazine, permanent seat in the National Security Council; and now he is twined with Cardinal Raymond Burke – 68 years old from St. Louis – who is the equivalent of the Tea Party in the Vatican.” Listen to more of the discussion on how Bannon’s profile has eclipsed the president’s, played out to much fanfare on the most recent Saturday Night Live.
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President Donald Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon

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"What we have here is a series of virtual stun grenades called executive orders,” said Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump’s actions in his first week in office, specifically talking about his POTUS’s controversial travel ban for seven countries. "We're going to have another one tonight in order to distract people: The announcement of a Supreme Court Justice. But in speaking with several people in Washington with expertise in fighting terror in this country, they raise the issue over and over again of incompetence versus ideology. Incompetence-- the incompetence in drawing up of the executive order executive order on immigration. And they asked me specifically: `Where was Pakistan of this list? Where was Afghanistan? Where was Kenya?' Tune in to hear more of the conversation between Barnicle and Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
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Incompetence v. Ideology

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During the Morning Joe discussion of President Donald Trump on just his fourth day in office, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle recounts how busy POTUS has been already: “Here’s a list from yesterday. The Keystone pipeline. Mexico – going to build a wall. It’s going to effect immigration. It’s going to affect attention facilities. TPP - that involves China obviously. New settlements in Israel. Chicago - he is going to send the Feds into Chicago to take care of killings. He mentioned the Supreme Court - he is going to have a nominee for the Supreme Court within the next couple of weeks. Theresa May is coming from Great Britain. He threw out voter fraud again - 3 to 5 million more people voted for him and that’s why he didn’t win the popular vote. How about taking nap?,” suggests Barnicle. Listen to more of the discussion here.
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Day 4

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Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle examine what it was about then Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump that led to him becoming today President of the United States. Says Barnicle: "You have this big egotistical, headline-grabbing, sprawling guy coming out of Queens with a huge chip on his shoulder, and he came very quickly because of how he behaved and what he said to represent the hopes, and the anger, and the dreams, and a whole jumble of emotions among so many people; but all of that was basically New Haven. It was taking the play and tryouts in New Haven. This is the real deal today.” Hear more of the conversation and discussion of what Trump was able to tap into that resonated with many voters.
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Trump's journey to the presidency

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As the Morning Joe panel discusses how the media has covered President Donald Trump as a candidate, president elect and now as President of the United States, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle has this suggestion: “We have to cover the country rather than cover the candidate himself or now the president. We didn’t do a good job of covering the country.” Listen in on the the animated conversation among Barnicle, and hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough about how the media can best do its job going forward.
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How the media has covered President Donald Trump

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Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Council on Foreign Affairs President Richard Haass discuss whether the Trump Administration should make immediate changes in how government departments are organized with Barnicle suggesting it might be time to streamline and Haass taking an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” position. Hear their conversation here. Only on MSNBC.
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"If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it"

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Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle analyze President-Elect Donald Trump's nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos’s underwhelming - if not embarrassing - performance at her confirmation hearing where she was questioned by Republican and Democrat Senators alike. “You had Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – very intense, very ideologically-driven grilling of Betsy DeVos. Then you had Chris Murphy from Connecticut ask the question – the sidewalk question: Guns in schools, which stunned everyone watching - her response.” Watch the Morning Joe conversation here.
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Betsy DeVos’s underwhelming - if not embarrassing - performance

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“One of the Vice President’s gifts is that he has a Home Depot mentality,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle about Vice President Joe Biden and his concern during the presidential race of 2016 that Republican candidate Donald Trump could win the election. "He goes home every weekend to Wilmington, Delaware, and he will go to Home Depot himself to pick up a hammer or something like that. He’s got that instinct – that sidewalk level, gut instinct. And he was deeply bothered and cognizant of the fact prior to the election that, that thing was going south.” Tune in to hear more of the conversation about prominent Democrats who may have warned early that the election was not going their way.
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Joe Biden's Home Depot mentality

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During the Morning Joe discussion of President Barack Obama’s final news conference and handling of the transition, senior contributor Mike Barnicle said: “There was a particular moment in that press conference when he went on for two or three minutes with rhetoric that if (Democratic presidential nominee) Hillary Clinton had used the same rhetoric during the course of her campaign it may have had a different result. The election may have had a different result because he addressed those left behind and lost in the system who feel that their children have been neglected and won’t do as well as they have done in this country. He was talking to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin.” Tune in to listen to hear the conversation among the Morning Joe panel: host Joe Scarborough, The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters and Barnicle about President Obama’s role as the outgoing commander in chief.
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President Obama’s role as the outgoing commander in chief

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“That was quite a display yesterday from the outgoing President of the United States,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle about President Barack Obama’s final news conference. "It encapsulated so much about who that man is. You had a combination of eloquence, thoughtfulness, compassion, and most importantly respect for the office; and an understanding and a communicative ability to tell people the weight of the office, including to the incoming administration. Quite a display.” Hear more from Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and the panel here.
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Mike Barnicle on President Barack Obama’s final news conference

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Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough got the show going this morning by renaming it "Washington’s Hair Club for Men,” comparing and contrasting New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters’ well-coiffed hair with that of the other male panelists. Said senior contributor Mike Barnicle: “I was one of the original members of the club.” Listen in to the conversation and co-host Mika Brzezinski's ribbing of Scarborough and his own well-styled hairdo.
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Washington’s Hair Club for Men

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As Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, the show’s senior contributor Mike Barnicle and Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin discuss President Barack Obama’s legacy — from high marks on the economic side to hits on foreign policy — Barnicle says: “When history is written... saving the economy is going to be a huge, huge story. Much bigger than it is right now.” Tune in for the conversation here.
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President Barack Obama’s legacy

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“It seems there is more than a bit of irony here in a commutation for Chelsea Manning from a president who has presided over an administration that has been fierce in its going after leakers – fierce,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle to BBC News Washington D.C. correspondent Katty Kay during a conversation about President Barack Obama’s decision to shorten the prison sentence of former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years in jail for giving classified info to WikiLeaks. Barnicle suggests the timing was intentional, as President Obama is holding his final press briefing today, during which he is sure to be asked about it.
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President Obama shortens Chelsea Manning's prison sentence

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“Some of these nominees, the lack of preparation, really good preparation, prior to their appearance at these hearings is kind of surprising. Who would not have guessed that Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut would ask a question about guns in schools...and you don't have an adequate answer for that? I mean, that's surprising,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a discussion about how President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations have underperformed at their Senate hearings, particularly Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos. Tune in to hear Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin add their opinions to the mix.
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Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations underperforming at their Senate hearings