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During a Morning Joe conversation centered on an editorial in the English-language Chinese newspaper the Global Times about China's increased pressure on North Korea to end provocations, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations: "I'm wondering, given that there's fairly optimistic tones in that editorial… and at the same time…we have the Vice President of the United States on the deck of an aircraft carrier in Tokyo Bay sort of rattling sabers. What story is best for us?” Listen to Haass’ response here and his praise for the Trump Administration following President Donald Trump's first face-to-face meeting with China’s leader Xi Jinping earlier this month.
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China / U.S. Relations

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During the Morning Joe conversation about the ouster of top-rated cable news host Bill O’Reilly from Fox News after the disclosure of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him and reported payouts, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle comments: “You can't underestimate the political, cultural impact that Fox News and Bill O'Reilly has had on this country...an extraordinary impact on further dividing America politically, categorizing America politically.” Listen in on the conversation as the rest of the panel weighs in on the significance of O’Reilly’s dismissal, which came also after advertisers stopped supporting O’Reilly’s show.
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Bill O’Reilly

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“You want someone opposed to war, go to the Pentagon (and) talk to people like General (James) Mattis, General H.R. McMaster. Read McMaster’s book ‘Dereliction of Duty,’ which outlines the incredible flaws, and human failure, and cowardice at the command level in the 1960s in Vietnam,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) about National Security Advisor McMaster and Secretary of Defense Mattis. Watch the discussion here.
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Barnicle recommends 'Dereliction of Duty’ by H.R. McMaster

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During the continuing Morning Joe discussion about President Donald Trump’s inner circle and the fate of White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who is “bound with unrelating anger at so many things,” veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks of NBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin: “Where is Paul Ryan in all of this — dealing with the Freedom Caucus and helping this administration? Has he just disappeared?” Hear the conversation here. Only on MSNBC.
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All the Presidents’ Men?

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While the Morning Joe panel analyzes the situation facing White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on the heels of butting heads with others in the Trump Administration, including POTUS, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “(Bannon) works for the President of the United States. You can't walk around Washington, D.C. leaking stuff about how you made (Trump) president and now you’re manipulating his presidency, and you’re molding his thought process because it's yours.” Tune in to hear NBC News correspondent Katy Tur share what an ally of Bannon told her about the White House chief strategist’s current status.
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"I like Steve, but..."

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“Admiral, given that sentiment you just expressed, given your military career, given your knowledge of General (James) Mattis: The day after is always a most critical moment in terms of like 59 Tomahawk missiles or cruise missiles being sent over there. What does it do? What did that do? And what is it doing now to alter what we do on the ground vis-à-vis Russia and other nations in Syria?,” asks Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, during a conversation about the White House’s strategy for dealing with Syria following the missile strike. Listen to Stavridis’ response here on MSNBC.
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Next for Syria?

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“Congressman, let’s take those two countries: Syria and Iraq, as well as Afghanistan. We’ve been at war for 16 years in Afghanistan, 14 years in Iraq. You have spent an enormous number of years on the ground in Iraq. So when you go home on weekends to Salem and have town meetings in the North Shore in Massachusetts and a parent comes up to you and asks you: ‘I have a 19-year-old son. He's a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. He's in Iraq today; he might go to Syria tomorrow. Why is he there?’ What do you say?” asks Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Marine Corp. veteran and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, during a conversation about the U.S. military possibly going into Syria following President Donald Trump’s missile strike there. “It's a good question and I do get that question a lot,” responded Moulton, who called for a strategy for Syria before troops are sent in.
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A U.S. Plan Needed in Syria

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The Morning Joe panel discusses a report in The Washington Post that the FBI — as part of its investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia — had obtained a secret FISA warrant last summer to monitor the communications of Carter Page, at the time an adviser to then presidential candidate Donald Trump. Explains veteran columnist Mike Barnicle: “You do not get a FISA warrant on a whim or a suspicion. You have to have probable cause. The FBI in this case apparently had probable cause. Then you go to the FISA Court, comprised of judges. I couldn't name the judges on the FISA Court. They go to great lengths to really disguise who the FISA Court judges are, and they, thus, get a warrant to look at Carter Page.” Listen to more from Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and author Jon Meacham.
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FBI/FISA/Trump Campaign

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While the Morning Joe panel reacts to the viral video of officers dragging a United Airlines’ passenger off a plane against his will after refusing to leave because the flight was overbooked, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “One of the untold stories in this country -- and it’s untold because it happens so frequently, so often, every day -- is the status of commercial flight in America. It is horrendous.” Listen in on the conversation among hosts Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough and regulars Willie Geist and Barnicle about how the airline industry has changed dramatically since deregulation and consolidation.
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United Debacle

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“The most endlessly fascinating topic that all of us witness each and every day (is) human nature…and reading between the lines of every Steve Bannon story, you clearly have a man here who thinks he created a presidency,” said Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation about the tension within the inner circle of the Trump Administration. “Then you take the jump into the White House where you now have President Donald Trump and you have Steve Bannon thinking, because he created the presidency, it's now his job and he has the authority to mold and manipulate the presidency.” Listen in on the conversation between Barnicle and host Joe Scarborough about the role of White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon in the Trump White House.
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Bannon’s White House?

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[starttext]
“Syria was a serious mistake that the Obama administration made in retrospect,” said Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with host Joe Scarborough and Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, about support for the Trump Administration’s recent strike against Syria in the wake of a chemical attack on civilians by President Bashar al-Assad. Tune in to hear more on the current state of the ongoing conflict with Syria.
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The Plan for Syria

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As the Morning Joe panel discusses reports that three White House staffers helped House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) obtain politically useful information for President Donald Trump, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle comments: “The Nunes piece is going to get even more interesting and more baffling than it is now.” Listen to more of the conversation on the story that three White House staffers -- identified by The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal — were involved in the handling of intelligence files that were shared with the Nunes and showed that Trump campaign officials were swept up in U.S. surveillance of foreign nationals.
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“The Nunes piece is going to get even more baffling than it is now.”

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[starttext]
“You have adults running the Senate Intelligence Committee Investigation. That’s the big difference between them and the House,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel discusses the testimony from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s first hearing into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Listen to former FBI agent Clinton Watts in response to questions by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) explain how Russia has actively attempted and succeeded in influencing President Donald Trump.
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Russia has actively attempted and succeeded in influencing President Donald Trump

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[starttext]
Bringing back a Morning Joe segment called “Why We Love John McCain,” the panel weighs in on the latest tell-like-it-is moment for the Arizona Republican, who last week on MSNBC's For the Record with Greta insulted North Korean President Kim Jong Un by calling him a “crazy fat kid.” Explains Barnicle: “That's why he's always been a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize-- you know, speaking frankly to the world. We love John McCain. And in an odd, predictable way, I think he’s in the midst of his finest hours as a public servant. He is taking on the Trump Administration whenever he perceives them as going in the wrong direction. He's speaking out, and he is being John McCain.” Tune in for more of the conversation, including McCain’s responses to North Korea, and host Joe Scarborough’s agreement with Barnicle’s assessment.
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“Why We Love John McCain”

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[starttext]
While the Morning Joe panel discusses the multi-front war President Trump faces on his major initiatives, most notably the now indefinitely blocked travel ban, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “Forum shopping has been going on through several administrations, not just this one. I think what differentiates this one is that initially this began with a couple of guys, who — ostensibly work for the White House, work for President Donald J. Trump — sat down on the weekend after the Inauguration and on a paper napkin, perhaps, outlined a tough immigration policy. And that got this thing thrown off the tracks, followed by the constant refrain of Russia, followed by the constant Tweets that get the President in hot water. And now what surfaces really at the core of all of this is the competence of the White House staff.” Listen to the conversation among Barnicle, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and NBC News senior political analyst Mark Halperin here.
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The competence of the White House staff

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[starttext]
“Mark's focus group was truly reflective of what you hear out in the country, with people saying: ‘ Hey, pump the brakes. The guy hasn't been president for 70 days.’ They are not as worried as we get sitting here every day talking about these epic issues, like Russia and the House and Senate investigations. But it all leads to the fundamental question beneath Donald Trump, basically a non-ideological guy, basically a Democrat before he assumes office as President of the United States. How did he manage to sit there by himself and allow people like Steve Bannon strip him of his identity?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a panel discussion based around footage from NBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin’s “The Circus” series on Showtime, which features Halperin going to Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire to hear views on President Trump and the current political landscape. Watch the segment here.
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President Trump and the current political landscape

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[starttext]
“Who can go into the President of the United States, who can walk into the Oval and say: ‘Mr. President you’re wrong?’ Even if you had a Jim Baker walking into the office, you have to have someone who is receptive to hearing that kind of counsel, and I don’t think - it appears - that the President of the United States is receptive,” said Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation among the show’s co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski about White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his credibility and stability. Hear more of the conversation and Barnicle’s idea on another way the media might cover the White House press briefings.
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Sean Spicer's credibility and stability

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[starttext]
While the Morning Joe panel questions the stability and competence of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, following Spicer’s recent lashing out against reporter April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, in a heated press briefing exchange, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “There is a part of me that has great sympathy for (Spicer) because he’s got in an audience of one that he is dealing with: the President of the United States, but he clearly does not have the temperament to be Press Secretary.” Listen in the conversation among Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Barnicle and MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki about Spicer’s abusive and condescending behavior.
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Sean Spicer clearly does not have the temperament to be Press Secretary

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[starttext]
While the Morning Joe panel discusses how longtime Washington insiders, particularly Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), are dealing with President Donald Trump and his administration, senior contributor Mike Barnicle says: “They are so insulted by the level of incompetence that they’ve dealt with -- that they’re dealt every day from the White House staff. They’re living in a state of shock.” Listen to more of the conversation with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough on Sen. McConnell and Washington’s establishment here.
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A State of Shock

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[starttext]
“David, we keep hearing that there's another issue, at least in speaking with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. An umbrella issue hanging over all of this: And it is competence. The competence of this young administration. Sixty five, Sixty six days into the Administration — everything they've touched thus far has had a level of incompetence to it, including intel,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle in conversation with The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about President Donald Trump’s low approval ratings and the need to reboot on a number of issues. Listen in to the discussion here.
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The incompetence of the new administration

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[starttext]
As the Morning Joe panel unpacks the ongoing controversy and demands for recusal of House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes (R-CA), senior contributor Mike Barnicle comments: “The House investigation is over. One of the questions that ought to be answered is: Who signed (Nunes) into the White House. You've got to be signed in. You can’t just walk onto the grounds of the White House.” Listen to more of the discussion here with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and contributors Nicholas Confessore from The New York Times and Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies.
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"You can’t just walk onto the grounds of the White House."

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[starttext]
“Joe, it’s a tsunami of events, almost unparalleled--certainly in recent American political history. When you get the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA), doing what he did, which is tantamount to a prosecutor in a capital murder case, leaning over, and telling his co-counsel: ‘Hey, I’ve just got to go across the hall and talk to the defendant. I have a couple of tips that might help him out.’ It's just staggering, beyond belief,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as he and host Joe Scarborough weigh in on Nunes’ defense of President Donald J. Trump’s unsupported wiretap allegations against former President Barack Obama. Listen in on ht the conversation here.
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Devin Nunes' defense of President Donald J. Trump's unsupported wiretap allegations

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/03/president-abraham-lincoln-was-republican.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2w4k6vfgb0endofvid
[starttext]
The Morning Joe panel reacts to President Donald J. Trump's speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner, in which he suggests that most people don’t know that President Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. “Someone should really build a memorial to Lincoln after hearing that. I never knew that," says Mike Barnicle, sarcastically. Listen to President Trump’s comments about Lincoln here and go along for the ride with Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist.
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President Abraham Lincoln was a Republican

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[starttext]
“How do you get people to stay home in places like southern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, northern Kentucky?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of bestselling author J.D. Vance, whose book "Hillbilly Elegy” examines poverty and economic malaise among America’s white working class. Vance has just joined forces with Revolution LLC, the D.C.-based investment firm founded by AOL co-founder Steve Case. The two will work together to grow investments in startups outside the Silicon Valley and New York City tech bubbles, which received the bulk of VC funding.
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Mike Barnicle talks with bestselling author J.D. Vance

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[starttext]
As the Morning Joe conversation continue about the impact of New York City newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, who died Friday at age 88, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “A century from now, historians will look at Jimmy Breslin's columns to get a handle of what life was like in the mid to late 20th century, early 21st century. Dan Barry’s obit in The New York Times was so spectacular. One line sums everything up about Jimmy's writings and how he changed column writing in newspaper, and it is that Breslin inspired every emotion but indifference….He was a magical, magical writer. I cannot say enough about him.” Tune in here for more from Barnicle and The Washington Post's columnist David Ignatius on Breslin and the late rock ’n roll great Chuck Berry.
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Breslin inspired every emotion but indifference. He was a magical, magical writer

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[starttext]
As the Morning Joe panel memorialize the late, great columnist Jimmy Breslin and rock ’n roll pioneer Chuck Berry, veteran columnist and MSNBC regular Mike Barnicle contributes about Breslin’s style of reporting: “You have to witness things visually and then report them in the newspaper the next day. It’s sadly true, that art and that technique, that's disappearing in newspapers today.” Listen in on the conversation here with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson.
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Jimmy Breslin’s style of reporting

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[starttext]
Live from Newton, Mass., Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle talks with host Mika Brzezinski about the legacy of legendary New York City newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, who died Friday at age 88. “He was a columnist for the ages,” says Barnicle, a veteran newspaper columnist. "There was never one like him before, and there will never be another one like him again, and that’s not really hyperbole. What Jimmy Breslin did for American newspapers was miraculous. It was like reading a fine novel in about 900 words. The electricity of the thought. His reporting was remarkable and his writing skill was incredible.” Listen in for much more from Barnicle on Breslin: “A man of many emotions….He was what life is all about: A huge roller coaster of emotions."
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Mike Barnicle on the legacy of newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin

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[starttext]
During a Morning Joe discussion of President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, branding and marketing expert Donny Deutsch recalls a comment that veteran columnist and Morning Joe regular Mike Barnicle made during Trump’s run for the White House. “Mike Barnicle, during the campaign, said: ‘One thing about this President-elect is there doesn't seem to be any empathy there.' And there is no empathy in this budget. On top of idiocy, there is no soul in there,” says Deutsch. “This president only bets on the present day. I don’t think this guy gives a damn what he leaves in his wake.” Hear more of the conversation and co-host Joe Scarborough’s opinion on the budget proposal, which he tweeted from his vacation.
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President Donald Trump’s First Budget Proposal

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[starttext]
During the Morning Joe discussion with Congressmen Will Hurd (R-TX) and Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) about their bipartisan road trip from Texas to Congress, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks them about their music choices during the 36-hour drive, much of it live-streamed on Facebook and Periscope. “Guys, let's get down to the nitty gritty. A long car trip, the two of you in the car together. Let's get to the playlist, you know the music. Who picked it? Were there any fights about it?” asks Barnicle. Hear from the Congressmen about the playlist created by O’Rourke, a singer and guitarist in the band Foss before his life in politics. What songs made the cut, what didn’t? Find out here.
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The 36 Hour Road Trip Playlist

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[starttext]
During the Morning Joe discussion about Dina Powell, President Trump’s senior counselor for economic initiatives, being named a deputy national security adviser for strategy, senior contributor Mike Barnicle says: “Her selection will make you a lot less nervous about what goes on in the National Security Council.” Listen here for more from hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist about their knowledge of Powell.
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Dina Powell in the National Security Council

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[starttext]
While the Morning Joe panel discusses President Donald Trump now backpedaling on his wiretap accusations against President Barack Obama, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “We have got to stop acting so surprised at (Trump’s) behavior. This is his pattern for his entire professional life since he began as a developer in New York with the phrases, the spin, the misdirection….What he is doing is damage to his own presidency because the main ball game here is healthcare, and by keeping the light on this problem he is taking it off of healthcare.” Listen to more of the discussion on Trump here with host Mika Brzezinski, NBC’s Willie Geist and the BBC World News America’s Katty Kay.
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President Donald Trump backpedals on his wiretap accusations

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[starttext]
While the Morning Joe panel analyzes a drop in President Donald Trump’s approval ratings and the issues front and center for his Administration, senior contributor Mike Barnicle comments: “The bottom line is kind of instructive for people in the news business because the President of the United States, no matter what those numbers show, when he goes to his base in Nashville, Tennessee - he’s not losing much support in the people who put him in office.” Listen to more of the conversation with NBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin, who attended the President’s rally in Nashville.
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A drop in President Donald Trump’s approval ratings

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[starttext]
Final thoughts on Morning Joe ranged from President Donald Trump temporarily coming out ahead on his tax return issue, the potential of a serious investigation into the Trump campaigns alleged ties to Russia and the health care issue of repeal and replace. Says senior contributor Mike Barnicle: “I just cannot get over the fact that the drafters of the House bill seemingly just ignore or can't hear the numbers of people who have health insurance for the first time who might be losing health insurance.” Listen in on the conversation here.
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Final thoughts: Trump's tax return issue, Russia, and health care

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[starttext]
“Senator…You can go home a lot to a state filled with hard-working people, veterans, miners who have seen their companies close and leave the state, and it's a state that went overwhelmingly for Donald J. Trump for president. So, when you go home, how do you speak to people who voted for Trump, who under this proposed healthcare bill will have very little access to opioid clinics, rehab facilities. What do you tell them other than `You’re probably going to die if you get sick'?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during a conversation about the House Republicans’ proposed healthcare bill, which has been widely criticized. Listen to Manchin’s response here and his advice for President Donald Trump: “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater."
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"Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater."

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[starttext]
“David Ignatius, I am wondering in the course of you talking to your many, many sources in Washington, D.C., if you have run across the following possibility for Director Comey's hesitancy, his reluctance, his stringing out when he is going to say whatever it is he says, and it is this: That in the course of an investigation that began with one thing, Russia, they might be now a couple of investigations going on, and that Director Comey is reluctant to really come out in full public view for fear of giving up sources and methods involved in a multiple investigation,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius during a conversation about why FBI Director James Comey has not answered ongoing questions about the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia. Listen to Ignatius’ response here.
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The Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia

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[starttext]
"Why don’t you just hit them with a subpoena?" asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, during a conversation about why the Justice Department has delayed its rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s unsupported claims that his predecessor, President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of phones in Trump Tower before the election. Listen to Schiff’s response and what he believes will happen next in this ongoing saga.
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"Why don’t you just hit them with a subpoena?"

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“Senator….Take me to Greenville, South Carolina. We are talking about someone 65, 66 years of age looking at potentially losing a lot of health benefits; and we’re looking at a maybe 27, 28-year-old single mom with a couple of young kids living on the margin. What specifically would you propose to do to the House bill when it comes to the Senate to take care of the problems of people like that?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) during a conversation about the House Republicans’ proposed healthcare bill, which intends to replace the Affordable Care Act. Listen to Graham’s response and advice for President Donald Trump on how to handle the health care crisis in this country.
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Health Benefits

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/03/we-need-answers.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq0DR3dbeT8endofvid
[starttext]
While the Morning Joe panel looks ahead to FBI Director James Comey’s closed-door briefing about President Donald Trump’s alleged campaign ties to Russia with the top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, senior contributor Mike Barnicle asks the questions: “What is going on within the FBI and specifically with Director Comey? I know no one who knows Jim Comey who doesn't give him the highest of marks for integrity and character, but he had this conversation with Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on March 2nd. It's March 15th today. What is going on here? If he has the answers, why don't we have the answers sooner? Why does he have these press conferences as he had last October, 10 days before the election? Why do we have this tease, this build up? I don’t comprehend this.” Listen in to more on the situation here.
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We Need Answers

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[starttext]
While the Morning Joe panel discusses a new Wall Street Journal article about the motivations and vast influence of White House Chief Strategist Steven Bannon in the Trump Administration, senior contributor Mike Barnicle says: "A huge portion of what he stands for, what he articulates, is driven by resentment, which is sort of an admirable thing on the one hand when you consider he feels very strongly about what happened to his dad and his dad's life savings. On the other hand, what he now articulates nearly every day and the President helps him articulate this: ’Restoring the coal mines, restoring the factories in New England, the manufacturing base in this country throughout the middle West. If you talk to ordinary people who live in those regions, they know that’s not going to happen.” Listen to more of the discussion with host Mika Brzezinski.
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Steve Bannon’s Motivations

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[starttext]
“The Speaker of the House — in some people's views — is slowly becoming unclothed in public,” said Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle in response to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, during which he said he had no knowledge of any proof to support President Donald Trump’s accusations that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump’s phones. “(Ryan is) supposed to be a very smart guy. He comes out with this health plan — can't tell you how much it costs. He is asked about the wiretapping tweet issued by the President of the United States a week ago, and he says: ‘Well, we have an unconventional presidency.’ Yeah, I would say so. You’re accusing a former president of being a felon." Watch highlights from Speaker Ryan’s interview here with John Dickerson.
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The Speaker of the House is slowly becoming unclothed in public

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[starttext]
"Mark, this quote uttered months ago by Steve Bannon that the mission is to ‘deconstruct the administrative state.’ That's the mission of the Trump administration. If you walk around and do your own grocery shopping and stuff like that, part of it seems to be taking hold. In terms of trying to delegitimatize things, they have basically gone after the Congress, the courts, the regulatory agencies, a large part of the federal bureaucracy, (and) the State Department — has no one working there practically. Is this a plan that is constantly being implemented within the White House? Is it something that they viscerally feel each and every day? ‘Yeah, let's do this and let’s go after this aspect and we’ll further weaken things,’” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of NBC News Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin during a conversation about the White House’s immediate goals and how, according to Halperin, the pending health care legislation leaves the Administration’s fate hanging in the balance.
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Deconstruct the administrative state

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[starttext]
Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle and Mark Halperin discuss the gulf - “so wide it’s unbridgeable,” says Halperin, between the Senate and House on the proposed “confusing and expensive” health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Hear their conversation here. Only on MSNBC.
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Repealing and replacing Obamacare

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/03/its-day-48.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn3yFSiOZCEendofvid
[starttext]
“Robert Costa - is there any sense within the White House that we in the media are literally operating on a different calendar, a different clock than the average American. They have lives, they have kids getting ready to go to school, get breakfast, move through the work day and we articulate a daily crisis in the Trump presidency, which I think probably exists at some level. But (is the Administration) banking on the fact that most people out there assume that (Trump) just finished being inaugurated yesterday? It’s Day 48 of his presidency?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of The Washington Post reporter Robert Costa during a conversation about President Trump’s “confrontational politics.” Hear Costa’s take here.
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It’s Day 48

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[starttext]
On Morning Joe, senior contributor Mike Barnicle talks with Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) about the House Republicans' replacement for the Affordable Care Act. “Congressman…let’s stick with your district. Let’s talk about a single mom with two kid, Medicaid cuts in the offing, block grants going back to the states. What are you going to tell her when you go home? When she asks you: `What is going to happen to my health care and my children's health care? What are you going to do about it'?” Listen to Dent’s response, his questions and concerns here.
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Questions about the House Republicans' replacement for the Affordable Care Act

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[starttext]
On Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough puts into cultural context the problem with the House Republicans’ proposed health care bill by invoking a much-beloved episode of The Simpsons in which Bart Simpson prays for a snow day to get out of a test he has not studied for. “Prayer: the last refuge of the truly desperate.” Adds senior contributor Mike Barnicle: "If I were a member of Congress, I would be furious at the Republican leadership. ’How much is this going to be cost?’ They have no answer. If they oppose the leadership, if they oppose the bill, there is a high chance that a lot of them will get primaried, which is their worst fear. This is the position they’ve been put in.” Hear more of the conversation here among Scarborough, Barnicle and The New York Times' Nick Confessore.
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"If I were a member of Congress, I would be furious at the Republican leadership."

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[starttext]
“Senator. Yesterday, the House, Speaker (Paul) Ryan, the healthcare bill: Does it trouble you at all that this is thrown out and it's going to be marked up starting today without any estimate of cost? Does that bother you at all?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) during a conversation about the House Republicans’ proposed healthcare bill, which intends to replace the Affordable Care Act. Listen to the conversation and Cotton's comment that he would like to see the process slowed down to “get it right, instead of get it fast.”
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The House Republicans’ proposed healthcare bill

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[starttext]
As the Morning Joe panel discusses how President Donald Trump’s degrading remarks toward the media have actually helped increase ratings and readership throughout the world of journalism, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “The irony is what has happened — The Times and The Washington Post have returned print journalism to its glory days, glory days.” Hear more of the conversation here and host Joe Scarborough’s observation: “Everybody doesn’t hate the media. They love the fight."
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“Everybody doesn’t hate the media. They love the fight."

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[starttext]
“If you were going to pick an enemy to pummel, if you were Donald Trump — the media would be your number one enemy out in the country. People love this. People love what he’s doing to the media,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a panel conversation about POTUS supporters. Adds host Joe Scarborough: “They don’t care that he’s lying every day. They want to know: Are we going to get our Supreme Court Justice and especially with business people, they are all lined up behind him. They want the tax breaks, they want the regulatory reform. And here's a note to Washington: They really don’t care right now about Obamacare.” Listen to more here.
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"The media would be your number one enemy out in the country. People love this."

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[starttext]
As the Morning Joe conversation continues about President Donald Trump’s accusation that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of his phones in Trump Tower before the election, MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “They are hoping to bury it with time. ‘We are going to have congressional investigations and we will get back to you in September’,” he explains of the Trump Administration’s hope that the issue will disappear. “You’re on to the solution here. There are three phone calls, all he has to make – or all the chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence committees have to make. You call Mike Pompeo, out in Langley, head of the CIA; you call Mike Rogers, head of the NSA; you call Jim Comey, head of the FBI. You bring them in and ask them in public: ‘Did this happen?’ They say, no, no, and no.” Listen to the rest of the discussion and Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough’s suggestion to POTUS: “He shouldn’t lie every day."
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“He shouldn’t lie every day."

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[starttext]
On International Women's Day, Morning Joe opens with a conversation about the Fox News' “Outnumbered” coverage of Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski being upset as she signed off a few days ago. Was she crying, emotional, pissed off, or #sadmad? Listen in on the discussion among Mika, Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle here.
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Fox News' “Outnumbered” coverage of Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/03/president-donald-trumps-new-travel-ban.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o5yTpSBMd0endofvid
[starttext]
“Katty Kay, if you look at the second executive order…you have to ask yourself, `Why do we need the ban at all given the stringent immigration screenings that go on right now and have been going on?' What is really different about this other than the politics of it?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of BBC World News America’s Katty Kay during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s new travel ban. Listen to Kay’s response here on whether the ban is making country more or less safe.
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President Donald Trump’s new travel ban

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/03/in-potus-we-trust.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnslQqBqnB0endofvid
[starttext]
“Rick Tyler, you have an Administration that yesterday issued a second and new executive order in immigration. You have an Administration where House Republicans introduced the repeal and replace plan they have been talking about for eight years. And yet, all of this is clouded by the self-tied, self-knotted anchor the President tied around this immediate party's future. How do you deal with that?” Morning Joe's Mike Barnicle asked of Republican political strategist and MSNBC political analyst Rick Tyler during a conversation about how the Republican Party should deal with President Donald Trump’s unconfirmed claims that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of his phones in Trump Tower before the election. Tyler: “People need to trust what the President says.” Hear the rest of his response here. Only on MSNBC.
[endtext]

In POTUS We Trust?

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/03/trumps-separate-universe.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPaWjKXph2oendofvid
[starttext]
“Jeremy…we have a President whose past record has been one to create his own separate universe around himself and the Trump organization, and his own sense of reality. So in this situation, given what has happened, who in his party comes to his defense? How do they defend him when he has really created his own separate universe that maybe even they don't understand?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of The New York Times’s Jeremy Peters during a conversation about the people surrounding Trump who seem comfortable perpetuating the "alternate facts” used to back up his continually unfounded claims.
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Trump's separate universe

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/03/american-leadership-in-world-really-is.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwFEpmAoEY0endofvid
[starttext]
“American leadership in the world really is wounded now,” said Washington Post columnist David Ignatius in response to a question by contributor Mike Barnicle on MSNBC’s Morning Joe about the impact the Trump Administration is having on U.S. status with our European allies. Hear more of the discussion here about what President Donald Trump should be doing to address “problems the world cares about."
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“American leadership in the world really is wounded now."

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/03/replacing-affordable-care-act.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp2GnLyOHAEendofvid
[starttext]
“Will the same number of people being covered now by Obamacare.. be covered under…this proposed bill? And will the coverage be as fully available as it is now to customers?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean during a conversation about House Republicans releasing the proposed plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Answers Dean: “It’s unbelievable.” Hear who will be hurt by the new legislation, who will benefit and why.
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Replacing the Affordable Care Act

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[starttext]
During a discussion among the Morning Joe panel, Eddie Glaude Jr., Department Chair of African American Studies at Princeton University, unpacked for viewers Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s inaccurate description of “slaves" as “immigrants” in his first speech at the department. Adds senior contributor Mike Barnicle: “One element…is so overlooked in this culture of ours — we do not teach the American story to ourselves. We do not know our own history, really know it.” Listen in on the conversation here.
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Ben Carson’s inaccurate description of “slaves" as “immigrants”

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/03/wiretap-of-potus-donald-trumps-phones.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpx0a1EdPo0endofvid
[starttext]
During a Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and The New York Times Michael Schmidt, Barnicle asks: “Michael, can the President of the United States order a wiretap on an American citizen?” Listen here for Schmidt’s answer about whether former President Barack Obama could have ordered a wiretap of POTUS Donald Trump's phones in Trump Tower before the election, as Trump has repeatedly claimed.
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Wiretap of POTUS Donald Trump's phones in Trump Tower?

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/03/the-fbi-to-potus-stop-lying.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB0x0mUptmcendofvid
[starttext]
“This is an extraordinary week. I was off for a few days last week on a reporting trip. From Tuesday night from the President's speech, in which many people thought was the highlight of his early young presidency, this was the return to normalcy, to his normalcy on Saturday morning,” said Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle about POTUS's unconfirmed claims through Twitter that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of his phones in Trump Tower before the election. “(Trump) basically accused a former President of the United States of committing a felony, and that was followed by the Director of the FBI asking the Justice Department to tell the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, to stop lying. This is going to have to play out in the House or the Senate intelligence committees or a special prosecutor. This is a true crisis of confidence in this young presidency.” Listen to more on the topic with Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough here.
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The FBI to POTUS: “Stop Lying”

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[starttext]
In case you missed Mike Barnicle last night on PBS’s Charlie Rose with guest host Jon Meacham, listen in on the conversation about the mood of the country in this turbulent time of the new Administration under President Donald Trump. “I think a lot of people are nearly exhausted by what has happened in the course of just a little over a month in this presidency,” explains Barnicle. "Obviously, people who voted for Donald Trump are probably somewhat pleased because they regard everything that has happened as something that he had promised would happen and he’s conducting his presidency in that manner. But the level of exhaustion in the country, it's every day, full of a Niagara of surprises or statements that sometimes shock or sometimes offend, and you wonder – at least I wonder in talking with people – when that level of exhaustion will peak, and what happens to the body politic when it does peak.” Hear more from Meacham, Barnicle and NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell here.
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Mike Barnicle on PBS’s Charlie Rose with guest host Jon Meacham

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[starttext]
During a Morning Joe conversation based on a new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll that sets President Donald Trump’s approval ratings at 43 percent, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “If you listen out there, I think the most significant difference between the Obama numbers early in his presidency and Trump’s numbers right now is the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over the country and over the Trump administration. You hear more people say…‘what do you think he is going to do?’…than you hear anything else about him. More than you hear anything about him saying anything about fake news or immigration; you hear: ‘What do you think is going to happen?’.” Listen to more of the discussion about Trump among hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and the Morning Joe panel here. Only on MSNBC.
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POTUS Approval Ratings

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/02/our-job-in-media-is-pretty-simple.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKrqgYQnsucendofvid
[starttext]
“Our job in the media is pretty simple: It's to - as best we can - ignore all the `fake' media charges and even 'enemies of the American people,’ and just do our jobs. The cost of immigration - what is going to be the cost of implementing this? The financial cost, the human cost - what is going to be the cost and the impact of any tax reform package? And just do it every day with details – every single day,” said Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle during a discussion among the panelists about President Donald Trump’s controversial statements and policies.
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"Our job in the media is pretty simple."

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[starttext]
After Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough salutes “the members of Congress who are going out and facing the heat” as the panel examines Republican Congress members being confronted at contentious rallies and town halls around the nation about President Donald Trump’s policies, senior contributor Mike Barnicle adds: “I’m saluting that – as well as the crowd. That's a civics lesson, that is a civics lesson.” Listen to more of the discussion here about people around the country showing up at Congressional offices to weigh in on the legislative process.
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The new civics lesson

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/02/staffing-nsc-under-lt-gen-hr-mcmaster.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ehm8f-WGbMendofvid
[starttext]
During the ongoing discussion about President Donald Trump’s new selection for National Security Advisor, the Morning Joe panel discussed how staffing might change under Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. “I have been told repeatedly over the past five years by the Republican administration under George W. Bush and especially under Barack Obama's administration: The NSC staff is too large, too unwieldy, too bureaucratic. And whether General McMaster can do anything about thinning that down, that is going to remain a question that is going to be resolved,” said veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. In conversation with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, Barnicle asks: “Specifically, have you heard anything about his ability to pick his own people?,” Hear more of the comments and Ignatius’s response here. Only on MSNBC.
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Staffing the NSC under Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/02/support-for-army-lt-gen-hr-mcmaster-as.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ERe0yZvOWYendofvid
[starttext]
“The relief is palpable. Just a huge, huge collective sigh of relief among establishment circles,” said Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of the across-the-board support for President Donald Trump’s selection of Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor. "We tend in this culture of ours to put people in boxes. ‘Oh, he's a member of the military, we'll put him in this box.’ But, McMaster like several other high-ranking officers in both the Marine Corps and Army, especially, have quite an intellectual approach to international policy, foreign policy, and their own grasp of warfare, which is their business.” Tune in to hear praise for McMaster from both sides of the aisle and how his selection will impact the Trump Administration.
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Support for Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/02/the-dangerous-way-president-is-using.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6KW1g3EEkMendofvid
[starttext]
During a conversation with Mark Brzezinski, former member of the National Security Council and U.S. Ambassador to Sweden about President Donald Trump’s statement that suggested a terror attack had occurred in Sweden, Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks: "If indeed there was something pivotal that occurred in Sweden or anywhere else in the world...having to do with our foreign policy, who would be contacted in the White House?” Hear Brzezinski’s answer about the current lack of structure in the Administration relating to foreign affairs and the “dangerous way” the President is using the bully pulpit.
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The "dangerous way" the President is using the bully pulpit

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[starttext]
Mark Brzezinski, former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, joins Morning Joe to discuss with veteran columnist Mike Barnicle President Donald Trump’s remarks during a Florida rally that suggested a terrorist attack had occurred in Sweden on Friday night. “If there had been a terrorist attack in Sweden, one of our closest partners, the President would have been briefed on it by his national security team. That couldn’t have happened," Brzezinski tells Barnicle. The conversation unfolds here.
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The Swedish "terrorist attack"

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[starttext]
As the Morning Joe panel discusses NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker's reporting that Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said the U.S. will not “seize” Iraqi oil, which deviates from President Donald Trump's often stated desire to keep Iraqi oil, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “General Mattis is absolutely correct. Taking the oil is a war crime. You shouldn’t confuse the first Marine division with Quantrill’s Raiders after the Civil War.” Listen here for more on Secretary Mattis and President Trump’s differing views on taking Iraqi oil.
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Secretary Mattis and President Trump’s differing views

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[starttext]
“The FBI doesn't fool around and you don't get leaks out of the FBI unless there is something to the leaks,” said Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation about the ongoing investigation into the Trump Administration’s contact with Russia during the campaign and currently. “You have FBI field offices in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and FBI counterintelligence teams in Washington, D.C. all honing in on one specific thing: Contacts between Trump's people during the campaign and the Trump administration today. You've had (National Security Advisor) Mike Flynn already leave because of something having to do with Russia obviously. Now you have the President's own personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, a lawyer outside of government, acting as de facto Secretary of State. All of this a combustible concoction of chaos. Where is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in all of this?” Hear more about the investigation here and a promise from Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) that "2017 is going to be a year of kicking Russia in the ass in Congress."
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"The FBI doesn't fool around"

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[starttext]
“We are not invading Mosul. The Iraqi Army is invading Mosul. The Iraqi Army is going to have to liberate their country. The Iraqi Army is part of our allies and we have numbers of American troops on the ground as advisors, but this is not our job. It's the Iraqi Army's job,” explains Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as he weighs in on President Donald Trump’s comment that he is going to keep the U.S.’s attack on Mosul a secret. Hear from Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and panelists Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Elise Jordan about President Trump’s confusion, contradictions and the battle for Mosul.
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The battle for Mosul

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/02/the-enemy-of-american-people.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwIFqgJT3YUendofvid
[starttext]
“The media: My view is that we need no defense,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle in response to President Donald Trump’s ongoing war with the news media, included a tweet that branded the news media as “the enemy of the American people." "The problem here, the danger here, is when he says the fake news media is the enemy of the American people. That's a slow slide to ‘immigrants are the enemy of the American people. Unions are the enemy of the American people. People in Massachusetts and New Hampshire or any other state that didn't vote for me, Trump, are the enemy of the American people.’ It's a slow slide to that.” Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation among Barnicle, host Joe Scarborough and The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore about the record subscriptions and ratings the news media is experiencing in the Trump era.
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"The enemy of the American people"

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Before heading into a commercial break, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough asks the show’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle to quickly inform the panel and viewers about a story in The Washington Post that details the security needs of President Donald Trump and his family. Said Barnicle: "It’s a big one: ‘Trump travels come at a high cost’.” Barnicle goes on to tell of the report, which explains how the unusually elaborate lifestyle of America's new first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials to the tune of as much as hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a four-year term. Hear the rest of the conversation here.
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Trump travels come at a high cost

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

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“Senator, in this hurricane of duplicity and incompetence coming out of the White House, sometimes things get overlooked...General Tony Thomas...is quoted as saying this in all of the papers today: ‘Our government continues to be in unbelievable turmoil. I hope they sort it out soon because we are a nation at war.’ How does that strike you coming from a general who is very rarely quoted on anything? And this quote is just dynamite,” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) during a conversation about the resignation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Listen to Murphy’s response here about the kind of comment from a high ranking general that is “not without precedent” but that only comes “once or twice a century.” Is this an opportunity for the new Administration to hit “reset” on foreign policy? Only on MSNBC.
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"Our government continues to be in unbelievable turmoil"

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“The relationship between the Vice President of the United States and the Trump administration: It's now been separated. It's now been bifurcated because of his lack of knowledge for nearly two weeks. All the people around the President knows – and the Vice President doesn’t know? And he is sitting out there. That’s an issue of competence,” explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel evaluates the status of the relationship between President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence following the White House having kept Pence in the dark about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lying to him about his correspondence with Russia. Tune in to listen to host Joe Scarborough and Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor John Heilemann also weigh in on the current state of the relationship between Trump and Pence.
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The relationship between the Vice President and the Trump administration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, during a panel discussion about Mike Allen’s interview with President-elect Donald Trump for the newly launched Axios AM newsletter, says: "It reminds me of something that Mike Barnicle said ...before Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States. He said: At some point everybody gets the briefing and when they get the briefing it changes them.” Listen in on more of the conversation here about Trump’s “unusually subdued” nature and “somber tone” during Allen’s interview, which Morning Joe senior contributor Barnicle calls out as "among the more encouraging reports."
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The Briefing

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“The ripples of relief began in Washington and extend around the globe – specifically to Europe with the testimony of General (James) Mattis, General (John) Kelly, and Congressman (Mike) Pompeo. Each three in their own ways in the testimony, in the questions and answers that they were providing to the committees, looked professional, responsible, not crazy. They weren’t going to do anything off the cuff, and I think they gave a great degree of confidence to the people who are going to be voting on their nominations as well as to our allies overseas - especially Mattis on the Iran Treaty,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle about the Trump Cabinet confirmation hearings happening this week. Hear more of the conversation here.
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Mike Barnicle on the Trump Cabinet confirmation hearings

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“Wrong venue, wrong time…Important content, but it basically should’ve been given two years from now as he launches his campaign for president,” said Morning Joe senior correspondent Mike Barnicle during a panel discussion about Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s decision to break precedent by testifying against his Senate colleague Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) nomination for Attorney General, which led many to believe Booker was using his speech in a calculated attempt to launch his bid for the 2020 presidential election. Listen to more on the situation here.
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“Wrong venue, wrong time."

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“Yesterday was a new low…for all of us in this nation. When you have the President-Elect of the United States basically comparing intelligence professionals to Nazis. That has taken this into another realm entirely,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a heated discussion with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough about President-elect Donald Trump’s contentious relationship with the intelligence community and the fresh start he will get next week. Hear more of the conversation here.
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Another Realm Entirely

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Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle says it was “good parenting” to have children watch President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address from Chicago. "That was a spectacular moment. You had the President of the United States going out the door…and the speech was – I thought – spectacular in the sense that it wasn’t a partisan speech. It wasn’t about yesterday. It was more about tomorrow. And it was directional and optimistic for the country.” Listen in on more of the conversation here.
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President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address

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“Here is the killer quote…from Paul Ryan, when asked about his replacement plan (for Obamacare), he said: ‘You’ll see it as the weeks and months unfold.’ For those who don’t have health insurance that’s a long, long time. Who has a plan?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a conversation with MSNBC political correspondent Kasie Hunt about House Speaker Paul Ryan saying Republicans have a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act at a press conference in Capitol Hill but then refusing to provide any specific details when asked by a reporter at the event. Hear which politician Hunt says may hold the answer. Only on MSNBC.
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Paul Ryan on Obamacare

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“Stop it,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle with a grin as the show’s staff teases him about being “legendary” yet again during the introduction of the panelists. Watch the footage of the “legendary” Mike Barnicle sitting through another round of banter.
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“Stop it.”

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As the Morning Joe panel discusses the desire some Republican politicians have for immediately rescinding the Affordable Care Act despite not yet having an alternative program to replace it, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “One of the principal messaging points of the Republicans who want to just repeal Obamacare right now…is that `health care costs have gone up. Instead of $112 a month you’re not going to be charged $175.’ These are people – a huge percentage of them – who have never had healthcare.” Tune in to listen to the conversation and Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough explain why revoking the Affordable Care Act without a replacement program would ultimately hurt the Republicans in coming elections.
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Affordable Care Act

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“One of the principal things that President-elect Trump is going to have to deal with is China’s increasingly growing sphere of influence in Africa, in the south China Sea, in South Asia. They are going to dominate much of Africa. China is back in the game,” explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a conversation about the foreign affairs challenges that await President-elect Donald Trump. Listen to more on the situation here.
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Trump's China Challenge

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As the Morning Joe panel discusses President-elect Donald Trump’s recent tweets disparaging the intelligence community, including one tweet where he supports Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s claim that the Russian government was not the source of hacked Democratic campaign emails, senior contributor Mike Barnicle says: “First of all, you’re not going to believe everything that Julian Assange says. The key element is…what it does to the professionalism and moral of the intelligence gathering community. What do Donald Trump’s tweets mean to that community? A president cannot deal in gossip and rumor.... He needs to have the briefings. He’s got to have professional material presented to him.” Listen to more on the topic here.
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Wikileaks Tweets

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“Patriots Day” director Peter Berg joins the Morning Joe panel to talk about his film, based on the true events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Asks senior contributor Mike Barnicle: “Peter, talk a little bit about the sensitivity that you…showed toward so many families affected by what happened that day, including the family that lost a young child." Listen to Berg’s response about the sense of responsibility that he and producer Mark Wahlberg felt in telling this story that impacted the country.
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Patriots Day on Morning Joe

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“Senator.. does it concern you at all that the President-Elect of the United States of America…has continuously demeaned the intelligence gathering and thus the people who do this dangerous work around the work?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) during a conversation about Donald Trump’s ongoing criticism of U.S. intelligence operations. Listen to Cotton’s response here on MSNBC.
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Trump's Intelligence Issue

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Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle speaks with The New York Times’ political reporter Nicholas Confessore about why House Republicans decided to quickly drop their plan to gut the independent ethics office just a day after it had been agreed upon. “The key thing here is the word ‘ethics',” says Barnicle. "Nick Confessore, you have done so well in covering the flow of money in politics. What do you figure they did not hear in the word `ethics' when they were there in that room?” Listen in for Confessore’s response here about the difference between those in favor of shuttering the office and those not. Only on MSNBC.
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"The key thing here is the word 'ethics'."

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As the Morning Joe panel continues the discussion about why House Republican dropped their plan to gut the independent ethics office, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “The guys in the closed session - it was like they cut through the screen of the backdoor to break into the house. And they got caught on the porch and they fled.” Tune in to hear more of the conversation with Bloomberg Politics' Managing Editor Mark Halperin. Only on MSNBC.
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Ethics Office Stays Open

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As the Morning Joe panel analyzes why House Republicans quickly decided to drop their plan to gut the independent ethics office, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “Bob Costa (from The Washington Post) reported that they received thousands of call from constituents, which is a very encouraging sign that you can still tip these people over with a phone call.” Tune in here to listen to the Morning Joe panel discussion on the topic.
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Ethics Matter

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“Keep going, keep going – no, no, no. Elise is here. Elise is here,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle with a smile as he attempts to prevent host Joe Scarborough from continuing to tease him about his “legendary” status during the introduction of the show’s panelists. Tune in to watch Scarborough and the rest of the Morning Joe crew share some laughs with the one and only “legendary” Mike Barnicle.
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The “legendary” Mike Barnicle

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/01/oh-no-please-lets-end-thisor-ill-end-it.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1alGThekWYendofvid
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“Oh no, please let's end this…or I’ll end it,” remarks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle with a smile as host Joe Scarborough begins the show by teasing Barnicle, sitting in the co-host chair, about being “legendary.” Tune in to watch the rest of the Morning Joe crew join Scarborough on the banter about Barnicle’s status.
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"Oh no, please let's end this...or I’ll end it."

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/01/trump-plays-media.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkljB8WhQN0endofvid
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On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, senior contributor Mike Barnicle and host Joe Scarborough discuss the media coverage of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign and what the public might expect from the coverage of his Presidency in the coming year. “Unfortunately, large parts of the media [but] not all of the media, have spent so much time obsessing over his tweets to the exclusion of 'have you received a full intelligence briefing yet, Mr. President-elect'? You realize, when you think about it, that Donald Trump is playing us quite successfully because I don’t know… whether he has received a full intelligence briefing. I don’t know that he’s fully addressed… the relationship with Russia,” says Barnicle. Tune in to hear the rest of the conversation here..
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Trump Plays the Media

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/01/normalizing-trump.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGZMqveW8L4endofvid
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Following an off-the-record meeting between Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and President-elect Donald Trump, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel discuss the strained relationship between the media and the incoming Trump Administration. “Does anybody here at this table think that there’s a danger going forward within the media that if you do things like this, if you have an off-the-record meeting with Donald Trump, you will be accused within the media, by ... some of your colleagues of normalizing Donald Trump?” Watch the conversation here.
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“Normalizing" Trump

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[postlink]http://www.mikebarnicle.tv/2017/01/joe-scarboroughs-tweet-about-legendary.html[/postlink]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIAjXH0ey6sendofvid
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Morning Joe kicked off the new year with talk of this tweet by host Joe Scarborough about the “legendary” Mike Barnicle. “You’ve got to see that tweet,” said Bloomberg Politics' John Heilemann. “It was great. If I could have retweeted it twice, I would have.” Watch the conversation here.
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Joe Scarborough's tweet about the "legendary" Mike Barnicle