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During the conversation about President Donald J. Trump’s ongoing troubles within the West Wing, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “It’s interesting when you think about the role that Republicans – Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Bob Corker, other respected Republicans in the Senate and House – might well have to play as this continues. They might well have to go to The White House to tell the President: ‘Mr. President you’re not only playing with fire – you are on fire. And you’ve got to stay away from Bob Mueller’.” Hear more of the discussion with Nicolle Wallace, John Heilemann, Steve Rattner and Eddie Glaude Jr. only on MSNBC.

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Sink or Swim

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“His problem, the country’s problem, the world’s problem is: The president is the communications director. He’s his own communications director,” explains Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a panel discussion with The New York Times correspondent Michael Schmidt about President Donald Trump’s convoluted interview with the paper and news that a new communications director is about to be named. Watch the exchange here. Only on MSNBC.

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Barnicle: POTUS is his own communications director

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“Admiral, paying attention to events…under this administration, are we not in effect building a freeway from Tehran right into Damascus? Isn't Syria going to end up an Iranian state?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Adm. James Stavridis during a conversation about the Trump Administration’s foreign policy as it applies to Iran and Syria. Listen to Stavridis’ response about the precarious status of foreign policy today.

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Foreign Policy Update

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“Richard Haass, let's start with Syria. A long held understated policy of arming the rebels in the south of Syria has apparently now ended. What does this mean for any strategy going forward?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard N. Haass during a conversation about the Washington Post reporting that President Donald J. Trump has ended the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, which is a move long sought by Russia. Listen to Haass’ response and the strong words of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on the topic. Read The Post’s story here: http://wapo.st/2txlXyd

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The Latest in Syria

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“Jeremy used the phrase ‘palpable sense,’ and I would pose this to you: That you get a palpable sense that everybody out there this morning gassing up their automobiles on their way to work or grocery shopping or whatever -- they don't care that the Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the presidency. What they do care about, then you get a palpable sense of this, is that the entire system is broken, and it poses a threat to people of both parties. Any incumbent, I think, is in dire danger going up into the election year of next year because of the sense that the system is fractured and people on both sides of the aisle do very little to heal it,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters about conservative groups pushing a campaign for tax reform. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Barnicle: The System is Fractured

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During the continuing conversation of the triumphs and trials of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), just diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle: “He's earned every ounce of respect that has been attributed to him….He is a man of character, a man of honor, in an age when we see far too (few) people in public life with the same type of character and honor.” Listen in on the discussion here and host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough’s personal experiences with Sen. McCain. Only on MSNBC.

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Sen. McCain: He’s Earned Every Ounce of Respect

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“What do you do about the whole rationale for the interview? The interview is like mind boggling, really, when you listen to it — it’s such a winding road. But, Michael Schmidt, you were there in the room and (President Trump) started talking at one point about (French) President (Emmanuel) Macron loves to hold his hand. What do you do when you're sitting there in front of the President of the United States and he starts talking about that stuff?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of The New York Times’ Michael Schmidt, who with two colleagues interviewed President Donald Trump this week. Hear Schmidt describe his sit-down with POTUS.

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I Want to Hold Your Hand

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“I don't think I've read an interview with a sitting President of the United States as incredible as this is, given the tentacles of what he said….If you’re listening to the President in the context of everything that’s going on in this White House and has been for six months now, it seems as if the President of the United States is almost a man alone without any real friendships, other than his family,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation about POTUS’ stunning interview with The New York Times’ Michael Schmidt, Peter Baker, and Maggie Haberman. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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“Incredible” NYT Interview with POTUS

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“John McCain has always symbolized character and honor. And I have been fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time with him over the course of the years. I have actually been to the Hanoi Hilton and stood in the small sheltered six-by-six area where he spent seven years as a prisoner of war. My memories of covering politics and political campaign stretches a long ways back, but it’d be hard to top the late fall, early winter of 1999, 2000 in New Hampshire when John McCain was running in the presidential primary up there. He electrified audiences. He became a cult figure. It was the most open and honest campaign in terms of access to the candidate that I have ever encountered, and today…our thoughts and prayers are with him. He is an American nobleman. He is unlike anybody we have on the political scene,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel discusses Sen. John McCain’s important contributions, following the breaking news that Sen. McCain (R-AZ) has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Listen to more of the panel’s thoughts on Sen. McCain here.

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Sen. McCain: 'An American Nobleman'

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“How about hanging a banner in the Senate with the words of (Sen.) Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia: `I did not come to Washington to hurt people’,” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, during a conversation about whether Republican Senators have attempted to engage in a bipartisanship effort to get their GOP health care bill passed. Listen to what Kaine has to say here.

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Sen. Kaine: “Facts Strike Back"

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ICYMI: Hear the Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle and Wendy Sherman about President Donald Trump's second, undisclosed private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit, where a Kremlin interpreter translated for both presidents, according to Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group and editor-at-large for Time magazine.

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POTUS and Russia: Ongoing

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“Prior to his assuming the presidency, a lot of people thought and would say that the presidency will certainly change Donald Trump. Well, it hasn't. It hasn't changed Donald Trump. And now we have an Administration with the Russia stuff, with the meeting with Putin — who (Trump) clearly has an attraction to, maybe because of Putin's strength as a leader — we have the health care debacle, and we have the fact that this Administration is so far a mix of incompetence and indifference to almost everything before it,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the conversation about the revelation that President Donald Trump had a second, private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit, where a Kremlin interpreter translated for both presidents and was the only witness to the exchange. Listen in on more of the conversation.

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POTUS: Unchanged

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“Senator, one of your colleagues, John McCain, beloved by many people, is ill. He is in the hospital. Another one of your colleagues on the House side, Congressman Steve Scalise, who was shot basically because he was a Republican, nearly died, is suffering now from a series of operations because of infections, which are critically and perhaps sometimes really lethally dangerous in terms of gunshot victims. Everyone hopes that both these men succeed, gain great health, and prosper. OK….Do you think most of the people in West Virginia would go for a health insurance policy similar to the ones that Senator McCain and Congressman Scalise have? Why not put that together?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during a conversation about the uneven access to health care that plagues the United States. What will it take to balance the scales? Listen to Manchin’s response here.

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Uneven Health Care Access

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“Could the President of the United States issue a security clearance for me, individually? Is it up to him alone?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Ned Price, former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama during a conversation about whether the White House is bending the rules on security clearances as they apply to Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior advisor, in light of his meeting last summer with a Russian lawyer that has since become the focus of allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Hear Price’s response and explanation of how security clearances work.

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Are Security Clearances Secure?

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“Josh, help me out here. This is the most extensive portrait of Steve Bannon that we’ve had thus far, your book: ‘Devil's Bargain.’ Given his background, given the way he was raised, given what he's done with his life; he's had a lot of success, a lot of opportunity, and yet, everything he seems to speak to, or about, or try to influence people with, is resentment. Where does this resentment come from?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Bloomberg Businessweek senior national correspondent Joshua Green during a conversation about his new book, which contains extensive reporting on White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Listen to Green’s take on Bannon here.

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The Source of Bannon’s Resentment

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“You pick up the feeling out in the ordinary America where most Americans do in fact live, work, breathe, and hope for a better life…that the only people paying attention to Donald Trump and Sean Spicer are lawyers and members of the media. Other than that, people are going through their lives each and every day,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the ongoing conversation about the White House’s shifting reasons for the Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian lawyer during the election process after being promised damaging information on then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Listen to the latest on the topic here.

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Do Americans Care?

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“You get to the point where you wish that we in the media and the United States Senators – all 100 of them – ought to be forced to answer the simple question: Do you believe in effective and affordable health insurance coverage for every American: Yes or no?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation about the uncertain future of health care for Americans after the failure of the Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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GOP Health Care Failure

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“The level of sophistication in many of these campaigns, especially at the presidential level, is astounding. Targeting voters down to a single block — where they live, what their habits are, what they like, what they dislike. And it's always been a wonderment that the Russians were able to so skillfully hone in on specific areas of this country,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the panel conversation on the latest developments in the investigation into the Trump campaigns alleged involvement with Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Fake News from Russia

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In the ongoing discussion of the President’s son - Donald Trump Jr. - and his now-public emails about a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the election process to receive damaging information on then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks MSNBC justice and security analyst Matthew Miller: “With regard to this one young man who is an employee of the federal government working at the White House, Jared Kushner. He has as high a security clearance as you can have, and yet he did not have the judgment after receiving those emails to realize that this was just wrong — that Russia is not our friend; Russia is our enemy. So, what would be the process now of revoking that security clearance?” Hear Miller’s response about the preferential treatment being afforded POTUS’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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Special Treatment for Kushner?

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“I don't know what the exact definition of collusion is. I’m not a lawyer. But I do know what the exact definition of right and wrong is, and this was wrong,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a panel conversion about recently uncovered emails that show that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer during the election process after being promised damaging information on then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "I also know that the emails prove beyond a shadow of the doubt when the President of the United States said in Europe that nobody really knows whether Russia was involved. Well, we now know for sure that Russia was involved, and we now know for sure that Donald Trump Jr. sat there and was willing to participate with Russia.” Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Trump Jr.: Right v. Wrong

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“Bob Bauer, I'd like to ask you on behalf of low IQ people everywhere: I'm sitting in a meeting on June 9th and I’ve got an attorney from Russia coming in, offering potential dirt on an opponent of my father running for President of the United States. Can my defense today be: 'I was just stupid, I didn't know anything about the law.' Is ignorance a defense here?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of attorney and former White House Counsel Bob Bauer as the panel talks about Donald Trump Jr. – President Donald Trump’s son – having emails that spell out a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the election process after being promised damaging information on then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Listen to Bauer’s response here.

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Is Ignorance a Defense?

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“(President Donald Trump’s) biggest nemesis happens to be his oldest son, who can't stop talking it seems. And you have as a result of that...you have the public face of the GOP in the Senate and the House, many people still standing and sort of supporting this; but, you have the private face of the GOP when you talk to these people off camera: They are crazy with doubt,” said Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the panel discussion about the increasing isolation and lack of GOP support for President Trump.

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Words and Tweets Matter

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"What's your sense about the source of these stories, the leaks in these (New York Times) stories. The intelligence community is multifaceted, located geographically distant from one another. What's your sense?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of former FBI special agent Clint Watts during the continuing conversation about the investigation into the Trump family's connections with Russia. Hear Watts’ answer here about the source of the leaks and why there’s “only one way to connect the dots."

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Connecting the Dots

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“I've covered a lot of campaigns. I know a lot of people who work in campaigns. If someone comes into a campaign office to see the campaign manager, or the brother, or the son of the candidate and says: ‘Hey, I have some great stuff from Russia. A Russian guy gave me this stuff.’ And, everything like that: You know what you do? – you call Clint,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as he references former FBI Agent Clint Watts, a panelist on the show, during the ongoing discussion about The New York Times reports that Donald Trump Jr. – President Donald Trump’s son – was told in an email of Russia’s effort to aid the Trump campaign, ahead of Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer he believed would offer him damaging information on then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Listen to more of the discussion here and what might be next in the Trump Administration investigation.

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Donald Trump Jr. and Russia

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“There seems to be a consensus that the President at the G20 meeting was a man alone. The question now is whether the diminished role of America that he defines -- is that going to be forever? What has he done? What has he done to the presidency, to the role of the presidency, the image of the presidency, to the status of the United States and the world with our allies? Are we America alone now as opposed to America first?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel examines President Donald Trump’s performance at the 2017 G20 summit. Tune in to watch ABC Australia’s viral clip in which political editor Chris Uhlmann offers a serious critique of POTUS at the G20 summit.

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POTUS at G20: A Man Alone

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“David, based upon your past reporting, do you think General McMaster and General Mattis are on the same page with regard to the Russians as it seems most of the White House staff are?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with The Washington Post's foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius about National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ position toward Russia and whether they are in agreement with President Donald Trump about how to handle Russian relations. Listen to Ignatius’ response here.

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Russian Relations

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“The tentacles of the Russian story are strangling his presidency in terms of getting anything done legislatively in Congress,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the show’s ongoing conversation about the most recent reports that Donald Trump Jr. – President Donald Trump’s son – secretly met with a Russian lawyer during the election process after being promised damaging information on then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Listen in on the discussion here.

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The Truth About Russia

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While the Morning Joe panel discusses reporting in The New York Times that Donald Trump Jr. – President Donald Trump’s son – met with a Russian lawyer during the election process after being promised damaging information on then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “One of the keys to the story…is the line that `three advisers to the White House were briefed on the meeting,' indicated to The Times that the meeting did occur. That would seem to indicate that they feel that Donald Trump Jr. has placed his father in some position of peril.” Hear more about the story and situation here with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

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Position of Peril?

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The Economist’s U.S. Editor John Prideaux joins the Morning Joe panel to talk about a new special report entitled "Trump's America,” for which Prideaux traveled around the country talking to Trump supporters. “John, did you get the sense …that the average American lives on a different clock than we do in the media? And ... that they feel (President Trump) is shaking up Washington, which they hate more than anything?" asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. Hear Prideaux discuss his findings and read the report here: www.economist.com/trumpsamerica

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The Economist on Trump

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“My question is: Do the Republicans, who intend to vote for this piece of legislation, do they dress up in the kamikaze costumes before they vote or after they vote? Because they're done,” explains Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a panel conversation about whether the Senate Republicans’ health bill has a chance of receiving enough votes to pass. Listen to more of the discussion here with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

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GOP Health Care: Can it Pass?

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“Senator, if you look at the House bill and the Republican bill, you see that the poor, the ill, the elderly, and the addicted really get whacked in both pieces of legislation. So, this question isn't about substance. It's about you in the Senate, not just you specifically, but the United States Senators and Congress people. When normal human beings look at what has been done, they get the sense that you are totally isolated from reality, from the way people live each and every day. What's your response to that?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during an interview about the GOP health care plan devised to replace Obamacare. Listen to Manchin’s response and his invitation here.

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Barnicle: The Poor, Ill and Elderly “Get Whacked"

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“Senator, 10.5 percent of the people in your state are on Medicaid. Kentucky is not far behind - Senator McConnell’s state. The opioid abuse problem in your state and many, many other states is catastrophic. Don't you think in retrospect it would have been a better idea to go about approaching this issue, to have public hearings rather than to have done so much of it behind closed doors? Why did that happen?” Morning Joe’s veteran columnist asks Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) during a conversation about the Senate Republicans’ health care bill, which was kept under wraps while it was being drafted. Listen to Moore Capito’s response here.

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Health Care Behind Closed Doors

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“Where are the Democrats on the insurance companies? They were great on the banks. Guess what: My ATM machine works. My insurance company is constantly aggravating me. It's a bag job that the insurance companies have with this health care legislation,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel talks about the difficulties and flaws of health care legislation with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

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Health Care Hurts

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While the Morning Joe panel examines the lack of support for the Republican's health care plan that was designed to replace Obamacare aka the Affordable Care Act, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “The people drafting this health care bill in both the House and the Senate are so far removed from the reality of everyday life that it is nearly shocking, except when you realize who they are.” Listen to more of the discussion on the “unpopular” and “unappealing” GOP health care bill and President Donald Trump’s lack of involvement in it.

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Hammering Health Care

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about the approval ratings for President Donald Trump and his deal making ability on which he ran his campaign, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “People around the country are slowly going to find out: This president, any president, you're with him either because you fear him or you love him. Nobody fears him and very few people love him – other than his own family and the United States Senate.” Listen to the conversation here with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

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POTUS: Love or Fear?

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“These are not normal times. We know this. But ... one of the elements here is the shadow of Merrick Garland: Shut out from a hearing and just drove the polarization effect up to heights no one has ever seen before. So, neither side is going to come together to really fix this,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the conversation about the GOP Senate health care billl, referencing Senate Republicans’ refusal to consider President Barack Obama’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, which remains a source of animosity between parties in the Senate. Hear the rest of the discussion with former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) here.

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The Garland Effect

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While the Morning Joe panel talks more about the Senate Republicans’ health care bill, following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponing a planned vote on the bill amid a lack of support from some Republican Senators, senior contributor Mike Barnicle comments on the President’s role in the plan. “The President of the United States in this, the hallmark of his early administration, is a nonparticipant. And, they want him to be a nonparticipant. That is astounding when you think of it. This is what he has built his early administration on: He and the Republican Party repealing Obamacare. It's not happening and it might not ever happen.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

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Health Care Woes for All

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“One of the things that is most helpful to the United States and our role in the world is our relationship with other countries, specifically the NATO nations. What, in your view, is the state of America and NATO with regard to Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the safety of Europe?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Adm. James Stavridis and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas during a conversation about the U.S. relationship with The North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the era of President Donald Trump. Hear the their responses about the immediacy of the situation.

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U.S./NATO Relationship

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“Cecile, it's apparent that the Republican Party has had an obsession for seven, eight years now with Obamacare. From your point of view though, what is their apparent obsession with Planned Parenthood?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. Listen to Richards’ response and her caution against putting politics before people.

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Politics v. Planned Parenthood

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“The CIA officially puts ... the Congress on notice and the President on notice in early August last year that Russia has cyber attacked the United States – an act of war. And it seems that there was a level of disinterest in Congress about this. That there was no outcry in Congress about this. All during August, during most of September, until the first week in October, when finally, the White House spoke out about it. So, I don't know where we are on this,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the panel discussion about the U.S. having shown a lack of urgency to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election during the months leading up to the election. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Russia Fatigue?

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“Brian, my belief is that ... this is a premeditated anti-journalism strategy that I fear has taken some hold in this country. Do you buy into that?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sentinel Newspapers executive editor Brian Karem, who clashed with Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a televised press briefing earlier this week. Listen to Karem’s response here and his advice for journalists covering President Donald Trump.

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POTUS v. the Press

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While the Morning Joe panel continues to discuss the Senate Republicans’ health care bill, following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponing a planned vote on the bill amid a lack of support from some Republican Senators, senior contributor Mike Barnicle references his recent interviews with Sen. Angus King (I-ME) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). “Math is the reality here — that's why it's a no vote….With these Medicare cuts, you’re going to have to choose between five days of school or four days of school. You’ve got a special needs child – you’re going to have to worry about what you're going to do with that child because of Medicaid cuts. You’re going to have to worry about: ‘Hey, do I get the Castro pullout couch for grandpa cause he’s coming home from the nursing home with Medicaid cuts. And that's state, after state, after state.” Listen in for more here.

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Medicaid Cuts Proposed

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“Senator, let's talk about another element of the aptly named ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act.’ That's what Republicans are calling this bill. And let's talk about, let’s say, Bridgeport, Connecticut and someone comes up to you and says: ‘You know, I just heard or read bits and pieces about what's going to be cut under this bill if it passes. Should I go out and buy a pull-out couch for dad who might be coming home from the nursing home?’” 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 about some of his constituents who are “freaked out” about potential cuts to Medicaid.

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Health Care Choices

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Following up on the widely watched clash between the Sentinel Newspapers’ Brian Karem and Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ during a press briefing, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “It certainly is short sighted, but it almost assuredly is a strategy. And the Trump Administration has difficulty getting enough votes to pass a health care bill. The Trump administration has difficulty in formulating a policy in the Middle East, but they have a fairly successful strategy of running the press down and it's working to a certain extent. We in the media, when we make a mistake, we report it. You know we make a mistake. When they make a mistake, they say nothing.” Watch the clash between Sanders and the Karem here and join the discussion on the Trump Administration’s contentious relationship with the media.

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Trump v. the Press Continues

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“Grandpa and grandma are coming home to live on the couch downstairs. They’re going to be thrown out of the nursing home,” Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says with sarcasm as the panel discusses the Senate Republicans’ health care bill, which includes “devastating” Medicare and Medicaid cuts that will hurt older, middle income Americans. Listen to more of the conversation here with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough.

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Health Care Not For All

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“The people who need health care the most – the elderly, the poor, the truly ill – are going to be without health care, without heath care policies. That’s the way it looks. This bill is basically immoral in its foundation,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel discusses the Senate Republicans’ heath care bill, which the Congressional Budget Office predicts will leave 22 million more Americans uninsured. Listen to more of the discussion on the GOP health care bill here from hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist.

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Barnicle: GOP Health Care Bill is “Immoral"

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“This has the potential to be a defining moment in the Senate because the vote on this bill – if there is a vote on this bill – is going to be a test of conscience and character for these Senators,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a panel conversation about the Senate Republicans’ health care bill, which the Congressional Budget Office just predicted will leave 22 million more Americans uninsured. Listen to the discussion that ensues after the panel watches clip after clip of President Donald Trump’s previous promises of a health care plan with heart, that is less expensive with premiums and deductibles coming down, as well as no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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Health Insurance Woes

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“Congressman, it's our understanding that your caucus rejected the opportunity to go to the White House and meet with President Trump. What's the reasoning behind that?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) during a conversation about the Congressional Black Caucus declining to meet with President Donald Trump after not receiving any response to letters and policy suggestions sent to POTUS. Hear Richmond’s rationale here.

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Declining POTUS’s Invitation

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“We have some sad news to report. Legendary, and that's really what we mean here, legendary New York reporter Gabe Pressman has died. A New York icon and pioneering reporter; Pressman's local broadcast career spanned six decades. He's credited with being the first television reporter in New York,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as he pays tribute to the illustrious journalism career of New York icon Gabe Pressman, who has passed away at 93 years old. Tune in to the story here.

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Gabe Pressman’s Legacy

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“Germany's role seems to be more important, more critical, to Europe and to the world today than perhaps ever before. What role will Germany play in the world vis-a-vis the United States?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of German Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Wittig during a conversation about Germany’s expanding role on the world stage and the concern about Russian meddling in their upcoming elections. Listen in on the discussion here.

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Germany on the World Stage

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“So, back home, there are a lot of people who call you doctor, because you’re a doctor. What you've read and what you’ve heard about it so far, what does this do positively or negatively for access to care and quality of care?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) during a panel conversation about the Senate Republicans’ health care bill. Listen to Cassidy’s response here.

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The Doctor Is In

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“'The Call of History’ taking a look at President Obama, taking your knowledge of him, having covered him for years. What do you think is going through his mind with regard to past presidents not interfering with current presidencies? How eager is, if he is, to jump in on what's going on?" asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of The New York Times White House correspondent and author of the book “ Obama: The Call of History” Peter Baker during a conversation about former President Barack Obama reaction to the actions of his successor, President Donald Trump. Listen to Baker’s response here.

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The Call of History

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During a Morning Joe discussion with former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson about how the Obama administration dealt with Russian meddling in the presidential election, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks: “On October 7th, you and Jim Clapper issued the statement, the warning, about what Russia was up to. But they come across the bridge from Langley in early August with devastating information about a foreign power literally declaring some form of warfare, cyber warfare, against the United States. What took so long?” Listen to Johnson’s explain why and when the information was released to the public. “It’s not like waking up one morning and issuing a tweet."

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Access Hollywood Trumped Russian Meddling

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“The CIA is very, very obviously trying to keep you from finding out sources and methods. But sources and methods within the Kremlin -- can you address that? Did they have sources within the Kremlin?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of The Washington Post’s national security correspondent Greg Miller in reference to an article that posted just moments earlier about the Obama Administration’s handing of Russia’s meddling in the U.S. elections. Watch the breaking news account here.

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Breaking News on Russia

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“He's the President of the United States. He says: ‘There may be tapes out there, government tapes, who knows.’ He is the President of the United States. He should find out,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel reacts to a “rambling" interview with President Donald Trump during which he confesses he does not knowingly have tape recordings of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, but hints they could exist. Watch the interview with POTUS and listen to the reactions from Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and guest Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard.

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Trump v. Comey Continues

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“Senator, I want to read a letter to you that is in The New York Times, written by a Martin Platt from New York City. It reads: ‘I would propose passing the Republican health care bill without amendment on the condition that all members of the House and the Senate be required to have health insurance as laid out by this plan, and only by this plan, for themselves, their wives or husbands, and their children. This would also apply to the President, the Vice President and their families, as well as all members of the cabinet and all federal employees.’ My question to you sir is: Would you and your family sign up for the bill as proposed right now?" asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Listen to Paul’s answer here.

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Health Care for All

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The Weekly Standard Editor at Large Bill Kristol joins the Morning Joe panel to talk about the Senate Republicans’ health care bill, spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and how soon it might see a vote. “Do you think McConnell will put this on the floor for a vote before July 4th?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. Listen to Kristol’s response here on MSNBC.

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The Summer of Health Care

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As the Morning Joe panel discusses President Donald Trump and comparisons being made to President Richard Nixon, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says about Nixon: “He was a tragic, historic, and an incredibly flawed figure in American history, but he had a certain level of respect for the government, for the Constitution and for the way it applies to the government. And he turned over the tapes, packed his bags, and left." Listen in on more of the discussion here with show hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

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Nixon v. Trump

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about President Donald Trump’s corner-cutting tactics as a businessman and now as President, including his most recent tweet that he has no tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “Once again, we are going to go back to the old standby: He is who he is. He's a 70-year-old guy fixed in his habits. He has been doing this all of his life – all of his life. Real estate deals: Cutting a deal with you. He will try to intimidate you into signing the deal and to short change you in the deal.” Listen to more of the discussion on President Trump here with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Donny Deutsch.

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Trump’s Ongoing Troubles

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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

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“Senator…the President of the United States has ceded policy control of Afghanistan to Secretary Mattis. Everyone has great respect for Secretary Mattis, but apparently, there will be an increase in the United States troop level sent to Afghanistan. My question to you is: What do you figure the objective is at this stage of a 16-year-long war? And do you agree with the idea of the President basically sitting on the sidelines as far as Afghan policy goes?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) during a conversation about the ongoing Afghanistan war. Hear Sen. Reed explain why the President’s decision “shows his failure to understand the complexities of these problems and the need for intervention and constant supervision.” Only on MSNBC.

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More Troops to Afghanistan?

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After watching a Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon clip during which President Donald Trump slipped in his June 14th birthdate at a meeting with Senators, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough wishes the President a happy 71st birthday as show host Mika Brzezinski and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle exchange banter about whether Barnicle should or shouldn’t sing "Happy Birthday Mr. President," a la Marilyn Monroe for Trump. Watch the conversation here.

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Happy Birthday Mr. President

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“Senator...we had the Attorney General of the United States sitting before a Senate panel trying to get to the bottom of an act of war against us by Russia. And you had the Attorney General consistently refusing to answer questions or being intentionally evasive in answering questions. I'm wondering why no one has raised the issue of citing the Attorney General for contempt,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) during a conversation about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Listen to Coons explain why the situation involving the “bobbing and weaving” AG was “deeply troubling."

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Sen. Coons: Sessions was “bobbing and weaving"

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about reports that President Donald Trump told Republican Senators that the House Republicans’ proposed health care bill was “mean,” which contradicts his previous categorization of the bill as “great,” senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “What probably happened is that the President was at one of his golf clubs over the weekend and maybe his caddy complained about the health care bill. That’s the way this thing works.” Hear more of the conversation between Barnicle and host Joe Scarborough here.

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Trump: Health care bill was "mean"

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“Clint, it was interesting watching the Attorney General of the United States stonewall a Senate investigation into Russian interference in the basics of our American democracy – our electoral system. It was also interesting to hear the Attorney General say that he had never once been briefed on Russian interventions — hat he reads about it in the papers. That's where he gets his news….But the split between he and the former FBI Director, Jim Comey, was truly interesting — that he had not spoken to him, and yet signed off on a letter basically indicting Mr. Comey for mismanagement of the FBI,” comments Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle to former FBI Agent Clint Watts during a conversation analyzing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where Sessions was questioned on his reasoning for President Donald Trump firing then FBI Director James Comey. Listen to Watts’ reply here and his condemnation of POTUS and Sessions for attending the “same school for bad leadership and poor judgment."

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Barnicle: Sessions Stonewalls the Investigation

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“How difficult is it, though, to extract information, reportage on what is going on with this (health care) bill in the Senate right now behind closed doors?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace during a conversation about the media coverage for the proposed health care bill. “I would hope that the public would be pretty outraged by how difficult it is to get information,” says Pace. "This is something that affects your life on a daily basis.” Hear more of the discussion here.

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Health Care Behind Closed Doors

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“Are you familiar and could you explain the element of retraction as it's posed in several state statutes and apparently it's referenced in the federal code, whereas a witness goes in and says: ‘Oh yeah, by the way, I forgot to tell you when I was last here, I also had dinner with the Bolshoi Ballet and several other Russians.’,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley during a conversation about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on his dealings with Russian officials and whether he intentionally mislead Congress. Listen to Turley’s response here.

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He said, he said

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"Will the county ever be the same again, given what we’re going through right now?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a panel discussion on the future of our country —our politicians, people and the media. “We're not the enemy,” Barnicle says of the media. "We’re part of the system. We explain – hopefully – truth to people, but people no longer know what truth is. They have their own truth rather than a universal truth.” Hear more of the conversation here.

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Barnicle: "We are not the enemy."

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“Your Hair looks great today, Joe. I meant to tell you. I’m so proud to be here with you,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle to host Joe Scarborough as the panel mocks the Trump Cabinet members who took turns, one after the other, praising President Donald Trump at the Trump Administration’s first Cabinet meeting. Hear the adoration heaped upon President Trump and the Morning Joe admonishment that followed.

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You Look Mahvelous!

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“Brian, does it concern you at all that when people hear about this (law) suit or read about this suit, that there's a general knowledge that there is a big-league investigation of the President going on in both the Senate and the House and as a major leaguer Bob Mueller conducting his own investigation as special prosecutor and that people would think…’ah man, this is just now all politics. They're just jumping on this poor guy,’ because the country is divided and a lot of Trump supporters will refuse to believe almost anything said or filed against him. Does that concern you at all?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh during a conversation about Maryland and the District of Columbia filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, based on the claim that POTUS is violating the Constitution's Foreign Emoluments Clause that prohibits the president from accepting payments from foreign governments without the consent of Congress. Listen to Frosh’s response here about his view that POTUS is “doing so many things that violate his oath of office."

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POTUS is “doing so many things that violate his oath of office."

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“Given your remarks of a few moments ago, are you concerned of the President's health?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s health. Listen to Pelosi’s response here and the discussion with Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

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Health Concerns for POTUS?

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“My question to you, Mrs. Pelosi, is the level of expectations in this country about what Washington does is probably a bit a lower today than it was prior to yesterday. What is going to happen to the agenda that both you or even the Republicans have on tax reform, on healthcare, on infrastructure? What's going to happen?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a conversation about next steps for Congress and the Trump Administration following former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony yesterday. Hear Pelosi’s views on President Trump’s agenda.

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Barnicle and Rep. Pelosi

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The Morning Joe show opens today with review and discussion of fired FBI Director James Comey’s written opening statement, which gives a vivid preview of what Comey plans to speak on as he testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Senior contributor Mike Barnicle comments: “Comey cannot only write, but when you read that - it is literally, the opening argument to a jury, it’s a prosecutor's opening argument where he spells out a story with a beginning, a middle, and the end: ‘That was the last time I spoke to the President'.” Listen to more of the conversation with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski here.

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James Comey’s Written Opening Statement

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“Senator, had you or the committee been given a heads up by either Admiral Rogers or DNI Director Coats that they were going to take this position in terms of the questioning?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Angus King (I-ME) during a conversation about Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rodgers refusing to answer questions about the controversy surrounding the Trump Administration and Russia at their Senate hearing. King says he was “incredulous.” Hear more of the interview here and why a closed session is necessary.

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“Closed Session” Coming

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“If you read Comey's testimony a second time, slowly, let it sink in, it's clear that Donald J. Trump doesn't understand the Presidency, the Congress, the government or the city where he's now living in – Washington, D.C.,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel looks ahead to former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and reviews Comey’s written opening statement. Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski adds about Trump: “He does not believe the rules apply to him.” Hear the rest of the conversation here.

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Barnicle: “Donald J. Trump Doesn’t Understand"

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"The underlying theme here that is truly interesting is: Where is the courage on the part of the Republicans in the United States Senate? When do they summon enough courage to make a statement about what is going on to our country and their party,” asks Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a panel conversation about former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and what he might reveal. Listen in on the discussion here.

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Republican Responsibility?

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During the Morning Joe panel discussion about the ongoing chaos within the Trump Administration, including the revelation that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had offered his resignation to President Trump amid classes with POTUS, explains senior contributor Mike Barnicle: “There's also two other elements in this. One is the increasing fear that a lot of people have: Are they damaging their reputations by their alignment with what's going on? And two: Are they eventually going to have to be saddled with increasing legal fees to defend themselves against whatever internally is going on now and will become public eventually?” Listen to more of the conversation here.

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Damage Control

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During the Morning Joe discussion of the barrage of news coming daily from within the Trump Administration, the latest being reports that then-FBI Director James Comey said to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he didn’t want to be left alone with President Donald Trump again, in light of President Trump asking Comey to end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, senior contributor Mike Barnicle teases: “Willie and I have this thing. I’m sort of like Comey and Jeff Sessions with Willie.” Watch the top of the show here.

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News Non-Stop

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“All of this - clearly an attempt to get us off of the Russia thing. To paraphrase the immortal words of Joe Lewis: ‘You can run, but you can’t hide.’ Russia is a self-inflicted wound on this Administration,” comments Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the panel discussion speculating whether President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement was an attempt to deflect attention from the Russia investigations surrounding the Trump campaign and Administration. Watch the conversation here.

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'You can run, but you can’t hide'

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“Yesterday was sad. It was depressing. It was cynical. It was a verbal portrait filled with half-truths and no truths -- a verbal portrait of America in retreat played out by a man with little understanding of history or our role on the world stage. And for that 38 percent: All I can say is get ready 38 percent – Trump supporters – to buy solar panels made in China at Home Depot in about 10 years. That’s what we are looking forward to,” said Morning Joe's senior contributor Mike Barnicle during the panel discussion about President Donald J. Trump's announcement a day earlier that he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. Watch the entire exchange here.

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Barnicle: "Yesterday was Sad"

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During the continuing discussion of the ongoing Russia controversy surrounding President Donald J. Trump and his Administration, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “You have Russian bankers, you have the Russian Ambassador, you have the Trump son-in-law, you have a sitting presidency, the Obama Administration still in office while this incoming Administration is trying to establish a secret back channel to prevent the existing American government from finding out what they're planning, plotting, talking about. This is incredible. It’s just absolutely mind-boggling.” Hear the whole conversation here.

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Barnicle: “It’s Mind-Boggling"

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“Mr. Secretary, none of us here have a clue as to the daily tick-tock of the presidency in that Oval Office. You do. Could you school us on the importance of managing a president's time? What happens during the course of a day? And what could be done to sort of minimize the chaos that seems to surround this Oval Office?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of former White House Chief of Staff James Baker during a conversation about the importance of resolving internal White House conflicts and efficiently handling President Donald J. Trump’s time. Listen to Baker’s advice here.

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"The Tick-Tock of the Presidency"

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"One thing is clear to a lot of people surrounding this, including people involved in the investigation: At the base level there is an inordinate fear of (former National Security Adviser) Michael Flynn in this Presidency – an inordinate fear,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel analyzes the investigation into possible links between Russia and President Donald J. Trump’s campaign. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Fear of Flynn

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“This Niagara of Russian stories we get seemingly every hour of every day is clearly interrupting this Presidency from goals and objectives that (President Donald Trump) ought to be concentrated on. There was a horrific bombing yesterday in Kabul, Afghanistan. We have the Paris Accord. How much time has he spent listening to truly, truly well-informed people about both sides of this? I don't know,” explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel discusses the continuing Russia investigation swirling around President Donald Trump and his Administration. Listen to more from Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough.

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Russia Derails Other Plans

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“The fact is that the Trump White House today is totally preoccupied with one thing. It's not the Paris Accord. It's not Afghanistan. It's Russia and their involvement in Russia, and the President's personal involvement in Russia. If you look at his tweets just over the past couple of days - there's one tweet where he basically accuses John Brennan and James Clapper of lying under oath. It's just absurd, the continuation of this spectacle involving Russia,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel discusses the ongoing investigation into Russia. Listen to the discussion here.

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Unrelenting on Russia

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“There's no good news for The White House at all - whenever the word Russia comes up,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation about former FBI Director James Comey’s scheduled testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week. “Comey’s testimony next week certainly will be must-watch TV.” Listen in on more of the conversation that followed the announcement by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer that all Russia-related questions will now be referred to attorney Marc Kasowitz.

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New White House spokesman on Russia?

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“Senator, when you go home to your state, eyesight alone will tell you – and tell anyone actually – that your state is afflicted with some problems: Rural poverty, drug addiction. When you look at the bill that came over from the House – the health care bill – and think about people in need of basic health services, basic human needs: Food stamps, things like that. Is your level of frustration with public life at its height right now? Has it ever been higher? How do you handle it?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during a conversation about the House Republicans’ health care plan. Hear Manchin make his case for his state, and its citizens. “It is hurtful,” Manchin said of the Republican healthcare plan. “I’ve never see this kind of insensitivity.” Watch the exchange here.

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Sen. Manchin: “It is Hurtful"

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In an interview with Congressman Jim Hines (D-CT), Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks that in light of the health care bill that passed the House without additional funds for cancer, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's research, “has it ever occurred to you perhaps to ask some of the people on the other side of the aisle who are in support of positions like this: ‘How were they raised’?” Hear Hines’ response here.

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Rep. Hines on Healthcare

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Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) his position on the report that General Joseph Dunford and Secretary James Mattis will recommend to President Donald Trump that an additional 5,000 American troops be sent to Afghanistan. "You're the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee. Could you tell us what is the objective behind additional troops at this point in time? And what would your position be on the insertion of additional troops?” Hear Reed’s response here and why he believes the US counterterrorism position in Afghanistan is “critical."

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More Troops to Afghanistan?

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Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle speaks with The New York Times' Michael Schmidt about a secret document that officials say played a key role in then-FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable. “Michael, pursuing the FBI angle in this and the FBI’s involvement in this, the timing of the document: It's an email from Debbie Wasserman Schultz to someone who supposedly works for an organization funded by George Soros. Why did it take so long to conclude that it was a fake?” asks Barnicle. Hear Schmidt’s response here.

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FBI Finds Document a Fake

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“Elise, your party, and Joe’s party – Republicans. What is the mindset of people drafting this bill that has now popped out of the House and is over in the Senate? Medical programs, drug abuse programs, opioid treatment programs have been severely cut. What are they thinking about there?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan during a conversation about the House Republicans’ proposed health care plan. Listen to Jordan’s response here on MSNBC.

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What are they thinking?

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“You can track all of the candidates' prior statements about the media: ‘The media is against us. The media is against you, the people,' and it leads inevitably to something like this. And it also leads inevitably to such a pathetic statement that the campaign released, which discounts the one thing that the media, the press is after – truth. It completely discounts the truth of what happened...Where is the assault charge? That's what I want to know,” comments Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the conversation about Montana Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte’s alleged “body-slam” of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs after questions about the Republican healthcare plan. Hear more of the discussion here about how President Donald Trump branding the media as “enemy of the people” has helped create an animosity toward the press.

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Slamming the Press?

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“It’s an American flag tie,” proudly says Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as he responds to host Joe Scarborough’s teasing about about his shirt and tie combination at the top of today’s show. What do you think of the patriotic, colorful combo?

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Memorial Day Weekend Attire

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“Is it that the Russians are so skillful or that their intended targets are such dupes?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of former FBI Agent Clint Watts during an interview about Russia’s ability to use individuals for meddling in the affairs of other countries, following former CIA Director John Brennan’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee where he suggested that Russia might have lured Trump campaign associates onto a “treasonous path.” Listen to Watts’ response here about the Russians’ tactics and motives.

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Treasonous Path

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“The tragedy of the Trump presidency thus far is: This is Day 125 and there are 60 million people out there who for various reasons – fear, anxiety, anger, whatever – voted for him. (They) invested their fears, their hopes, their dreams in his presidency, in the hope of getting something done that would improve their lives, and that appears not going to be able to happen,” explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a lengthy panel discussion about Trump’s motivations and leadership with hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Jon Meacham.

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The Tragedy of the Trump Presidency Thus Far

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“You've got two men here, the Pope and the President, both pulling their individual institutions in different ways. The Pope pulling the Catholic Church even further toward the least among us, helping the least among us in the Third World, in the United States – everywhere. And you have the President of the United States pulling a portion of his political party even further to the right -- in direct opposition to what the Pope believes. How does that work out in a conversation?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Father James Martin during a Morning Joe panel discussion about President Donald Trump’s visit to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. Hear Martin’s thoughts here.

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The President and the Pope

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During a Morning Joe conversation with Axios co-founder/CEO Jim Vandehei about President Donald Trump’s ongoing unpopularity and the impact it may have on upcoming political races, senior contributor Mike Barnicle asks: “Do you find it striking though that with a lot of Republican Senators – at least to my view – and a lot of members of the House, there is no striking defense of the President?” Listen to Vandehei’s response here.

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Trump’s Influence on Upcoming Races

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“Senator, what's your sense of your colleagues on the other side of the aisle? How will they deal with this blatant hypocrisy coming from a Republican administration and a Republican president?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, which contradicts some of his own campaign promises. “The harm is real and the claim that it comes into balance is a scam,” said Van Hollen. Click to hear more of Van Hollen’s comments.

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Trump’s Budget Proposal: The Harm is Real

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“Senator…Secretary Mattis and General Dunford are scheduled any day now to provide the President with a recommendation for inserting maybe as many as 5,000 more troops into Afghanistan, 16 years after that war began. What is the objective, and would you be in favor of additional troops?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). Listen to Coons’ response here.

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More Troops to Afghanistan?

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“Tom, this is not the first President of the United States you've seen mired in controversy and scandal at home and using a foreign trip abroad to enhance his prestige and make him feel better obviously about himself and his Administration. What happens when Donald Trump returns home?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw in reference to President Donald Trump's first overseas trip of his presidency. Hear what Brokaw has to say about what happens when “reality kicks back in again” for Trump.

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Trump’s Reality Check

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“Mr. Ambassador, there is clearly a mood, an almost a euphoric mood in Israel and among Israel’s diplomats like yourself, about this trip of President Trump to your country. Part of it, though, seems to some observers, rooted in a resentment of Barack Obama's administration. Can you explain the difference between Barack Obama's administration and his attitude toward Israel, and President Trump's attitude toward Israel?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon during a conversation about Israel / U.S. relations. Hear Danon’s response here.

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President Trump's Attitude Toward Israel

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn invoking the Fifth Amendment in response to a subpoena for documents from a Senate panel probing Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, senior contributor Mike Barnicle offers: “General Flynn, he has an absolute right and his lawyers are absolutely correct to invoke the Fifth Amendment. And in an odd way, I'm told by two people who were involved in this investigation that he is kind of in a strong position right now to get immunity because to move this investigation forward, you've got to speak to General Flynn. He has a story to tell, as his lawyer said, and he has got to tell that story.”

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Immunity for Flynn?

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In the ongoing discussion on Morning Joe about the intelligence community resources dedicated to investigating possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “There are better, more important things for our intelligence services and the intelligence services of countries around the globe to be doing rather than here, domestically, being preoccupied with what the President says or doesn't say.” Listen to more of the discussion here as it contrasts the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, that left 22 dead and scores injured to the Trump/Russia investigation at home.

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US Intel into Russia is Trumping Priorities

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As the Morning Joe panel marvels that President Donald Trump apparently does not know that Israel is located in the Middle East and ponders if his recent statements are “malicious” or “plain stupid,” the show’s senior contributor Mike Barnicle adds: “Is it part Captain Queeg? Is it part John Gotti? We now have to ask how much a part of it is Chauncey Gardiner? Because that's where we are on this…Israel has been in the Middle East for quite some time.” Listen to Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough’s take on Trump: “We’ve gone from ‘Being There’ to ‘Dumb and Dumber’."

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Trump’s Middle East Mistake