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

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Sen. Manchin: “It is Hurtful"

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

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Rep. Hines on Healthcare

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

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More Troops to Afghanistan?

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

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FBI Finds Document a Fake

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

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What are they thinking?

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

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Slamming the Press?

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

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Memorial Day Weekend Attire

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

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Treasonous Path

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

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The Tragedy of the Trump Presidency Thus Far

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

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The President and the Pope

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

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Trump’s Influence on Upcoming Races

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

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Trump’s Budget Proposal: The Harm is Real

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

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More Troops to Afghanistan?

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

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Trump’s Reality Check

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

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President Trump's Attitude Toward Israel

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

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Immunity for Flynn?

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

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US Intel into Russia is Trumping Priorities

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

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Trump’s Middle East Mistake

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“He incriminates himself nearly every day in one way or another,” says Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump and reports that he called two of the nation’s top intelligence officials and urged them to publicly deny that there is any evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia. Listen in on the conversation with host Joe Scarborough, Barnicle, former Treasury official Steven Rattner and former advisor to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Elise Jordan about a possible legal case for obstruction of justice against President Trump and how the issue has “hijacked” his agenda.

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Russia Probe Problems Continue

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“Senator, we have a concerted attack on the poor in this country going on right now in this budget. I don't know anyone, anyone who would love to be born poor in America. So, who's going to lead the fight in the United States Senate against this attack on the poor?" asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal and how it will impact the less fortunate. Hear McCaskill talk about the bipartisan push back she expects. “I don’t think there’s very many Republicans who have an appetite for getting rid of Meals on Wheels.” Listen in here.

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Push Back for the Poor

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“Charlie, at its most basic level, ignorance of the law has never been a defense. It's like saying, ‘I didn't know I was supposed to put money in the parking meter so please don't give me a ticket.’ Is a president's or Donald Trump's total ignorance of the process of laws, how they apply to the Director of National Intelligence or to the head of the FBI, would that be a defense?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of The New York Times national security and legal reporter Charlie Savage during a conversation about reports indicating that President Trump called two of the nation’s top intelligence officials and urged them to publicly deny that there is any evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia. Listen to Savage’s response here.

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The Ignorance Defense?

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“You could not have come up with a better candidate for this position than Bob Mueller,” explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel examines Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Listen in to the conversation with The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley.

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Russian Meddling Probe

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Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle spoke with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) about the possibility of his former colleague Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) leading the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation, as it was reported that Lieberman is one of four candidates currently being considered for the chief post. Hear what Murphy has to say in the conversation of political v. law enforcement experience when it comes to the position of new FBI director.

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The Next Leader of the FBI

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While the Morning Joe panel analyzes the Justice Department’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into the probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, senior contributor Mike Barnicle says: “What adjective do you want to use to describe Bob Muller? Honorable, honest, character, great integrity, inspires tremendous loyalty in the people who work for him; led a Marine Corps rifle team in Vietnam after graduating from Princeton…There will be no leaks. I can tell you from personal experience with him, knowing him for over 30 years, there will be no leaks out of this investigation. There will just be the hard-nosed plotting, timely, time-consuming work of an investigation.” Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller

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“Michael Schmidt’s reporting indicates that the President asked the Vice President, the Attorney General, and the Chief of Staff to leave the Oval Office. Is that intent?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of public policy professor Harold Ford Jr. during a conversation about President Donald Trump possibly having committed obstruction of justice when he privately asked then FBI Director James Comey to end the federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, which New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt originally reported. Listen to Ford Jr.’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

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Is that Intent?

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“We're right at the edge of Title 18, Section 1503 of the United States Code, which is obstruction of justice, and we have (FBI) Director Comey's contemporaneous notes….I don't think anybody can predict where this Congress is going to go on this, especially the Republican Senate and the Republican House,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle, as he references New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt’s recent article that reveals FBI Director James Comes wrote in his notes that President Donald Trump asked him to end the federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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At the Edge

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“They are caught in one of the age-old elements that beleaguer all cover ups and that is: ‘A lie is the hardest thing to remember',” says Morning Joe’s senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a conversation about the various stories coming out of the White House about the President Donald Trump’s surprise firing of FBI director James Comey. “They can’t figure out which story to tell from hour to hour about what occurred over the last five or six days.” Listen in here for the inside story from The New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush and The Washington Post's national political reporter Robert Costa about the difficult job today and ahead for President Trump.

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Inside the White House

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The Morning Joe panel, in conversation with the Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson, the best-selling author of Einstein, continue to discuss the fall out from President Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey. “What you have had happen…is just one more indication that Donald Trump and clearly the people around him do not understand the presidency itself and the value of the presidency to this country,” says senior contributor Mike Barnicle. Tune in to hear more about the White House’s potential “constitutional crisis."

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Constitutional Crisis?

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While the conflicting stories continue to swirl about why President Donald Trump unexpectedly fired FBI director James Comey in a termination letter that claims Comey told POTUS that he is not the subject of an FBI investigation, Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “I was told that line in the letter that the President wrote to Comey firing him; the three times…’thanks for telling me three times I'm not a subject of an investigation,' I was told flat out by two agents that never happened. And another person told me there's a possibility that the President inadvertently waived executive privilege going forward by mentioning that in the letter.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford, Jr.

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Comey Fallout Continues

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During the ongoing Morning Joe discussion as to why President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey this week, including reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may have been ordered by POTUS to write a memo recommending Comey's dismissal, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “(Rosenstein) has only one option to maintain his sterling credentials, and that is to appoint a special prosecutor. So, we're going to see going forward exactly what happens here, but the logic of what the White House is trying to sell in terms of the chain of evidence concerning how and why Jim Comey was fired by the President does not stand up to common sense.” Listen to more of the conversation here.

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Comey Questions Swirl

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Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle talks with NBC News National Correspondent Peter Alexander about the further fall out from President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director Jim Comey following a “classy” letter from Comey to his colleagues and an all-smiles meeting between Trump and Russian diplomats in the Oval Office with only Russian press invited. Hear the panel’s discussion here.

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Continuing Comey Fall Out

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TIME Magazine editor Nancy Gibbs joins the Morning Joe panel to talk about this week’s cover story “Donald Trump After Hours,” an exclusive and inside look at the Oval Office and West Wing, including the President’s private dining room. “Nancy you’ve been around. Were you surprised at his openness, the graciousness that appears in this piece?” asks senior contributor Mike Barnicle. Hear Gibbs recount stories and give her impressions of her time meeting with President Trump and how it differed from any other White House visit with a sitting President.

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TIME with President Trump

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“Vladimir Putin scored six goals yesterday playing hockey. He actually scored seven – that picture you just held up. That’s the seventh goal,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle to host Joe Scarborough during a conversation about how President Donald Trump allowed a photographer for a Russian state-owned news agency into the Oval Office during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, leading to a widely circulated and much criticized front page photograph of POTUS and the Russian diplomats all smiles. Hear more of the story here.

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Russia Scores

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Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle talks with Rep. Jim Hines (D-CT) about the Senate Intelligence Committee's probe of President Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal money laundering case, in which the FinCEN division of the U.S. Treasury fined the Taj Mahal $10 million back in 2015. Asks Barnicle: “Congressman, in your prior life before you were elected to the House, you were very familiar with the world of finance and Wall Street. So, what triggers an alert like that in the Treasury Department, the movement of money from banks or banks overseas? What would send up a red flag that would result in the $10 million fine that was imposed?" Listen to Hines’ response here.

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Senate Probe Widens

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The Morning Joe panel talks with Sen. Lindsey Graham about his phone call with President Donald Trump informing him of the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey. “During the course of that call, did you get the opportunity to ask him – why now?” asks senior contributor Mike Barnicle. Hear what Sen. Graham had to say about his advance notice and the impact of the Comey decision by President Trump.

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Graham’s Call

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Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle asks Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) about the possible connection in subpoenas issued involving former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey and the Russia investigation involving the Trump campaign. Hear what Kaine says about the “connective tissue” in these instances and what it could mean for the pace of the investigation.

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Connecting the Dots

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As the Morning Joe panel examines the bigger picture behind President Donald Trump’s unexpected firing of FBI Director James Comey, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “There is a daily diminishment of the presidency involved here. This is about an issue far larger than this individual, Donald Trump or James Comey. It’s about America, and it’s about the United States of America – about us – and about the presidency itself: How we define it, how we think of it, and the behavior of a president. Listen to the discussion here and what it could mean for the Republican Party.

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The Presidency Defined

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“Sarah, let's skip over your investigative prowess and go back to the letter that the President wrote to Director Comey, in which he says: ‘Well, I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the DOJ to dismiss Comey.’ Do you know how many people helped the President prepare that letter, if any? Who approved sending that letter and the allegation that (Trump) was told three times by Jim Comey? Do you know anything about this?" asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s letter that informed FBI Director James Comey that he was fired. Listen to Sanders’ response here.

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President Donald Trump’s letter

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As the Morning Joe panel dissects President Donald Trump’s unexpected firing of FBI Director James Comey and the blowback that’s followed, the show’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle offers: “This is no longer about Donald Trump. It’s no longer about James Comey. It's about the presidency, which is being diminished on a daily basis by his behavior. It's about the Constitution. It's about the United States of America and the people of this country. That’s what it’s about. After all the talk is done, after all the verbiage has been piled on this, Jim Comey is no longer the FBI Director because the President of the United States knew instinctively he could not control him.”

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It’s About Us

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“One of the central problems – with this issue and other issues in the White House — is the total chaotic nature around the President. There's no strong Chief of Staff. There's no strong voices to give him some direction, advice, counsel that he adheres to and this is what happens,” comments Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle in conversation with The Washington Post’s columnist David Ignatius about President Donald Trump’s inner circle, following former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifying to Senators that she warned the Trump Administration that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his Russian contacts and was vulnerable to blackmail attempts. Listen to the discussion here.

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The total chaotic nature around the President

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“What did you learn from the disaster that was the Tribune purchase?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of billionaire Sam Zell during a conversation about what lessons Zell picked up from his experience of buying the Tribune Company – a media conglomerate – in 2007 and then having the Tribune Company file for bankruptcy the following year. Listen to Zell’s response here and his advice from Confucius.

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Confucius Says

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“Congressman... in terms of the investigation, what's your outcome? What’s your goal? Where do you stand on achieving that goal?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) during an interview about the House’s investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russia. Hear Schiff explain why the well-being of democracy hangs in the balance.

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Democracy Teeters

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During more of the talk about the Saturday Night Live cold open that spoofed the recently announced relationship between Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, panelists Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle discuss their portrayals in the skit. “She hired a personal trainer for me,” said senior contributor Mike Barnicle of his wife after seeing him portrayed by SNL’s Bobby Moynihan. "'If you look like that, you’re going to get in shape’,” Barnicle quoted her as saying. Hear more from Scarborough, Barnicle and Geist here. Only on MSNBC.

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SNL Laughs

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During another Morning Joe conversation about the latest eruption of violence involving air travel passengers and police — this time in Florida involving stranded Spirit Airlines travelers — veteran columnist Mike Barnicle offers: “Commercial air flight in America is a constant aggravation – 24 hours a days, 7 days a week. Find out more about the Spirit Airlines incident here and which airline gets a positive shout out from the Morning Joe panel.

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Flying Fiascos

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“Senator…on the front pages of the paper, on every TV, there was the meeting of the 1952 Minneapolis Rotary Club — all these guys talking about their success on the health care bill in the House. What was your reaction to the gathering? And what is going to happen to that health bill now that it's in the Senate?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s gathering with Republican lawmakers at the White House Rose Garden to celebrate the House passing the revised healthcare proposal, which has been sent to the Senate for a vote. Listen to Klobuchar’s response here about the high fives for health care.

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High Fives All Around

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In the continuing conversation with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle asks: "Could you give a grade to Pakistan as an ally? What would you give it?” Hear Rice’s assessment of the tough U.S. / Pakistan relationship here. Only on MSNBC.

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Pass or Fail for Pakistan?

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“What's been your reaction to the staffing cuts at the State Department, the lack of support for the Secretary of State?,” asks Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. “I hope it’s done with a scalpel and not with a bludgeon,” says Rice. Listen in on more of the conversation here.

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Rice Sympathetic on Budget Cuts

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ICYMI: During a conversation with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle asks: “Do you ever want to be president?” Hear Rice’s answer here, as well as her opinion on America’s place and responsibility as a global leader.

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Condi Rice for President?

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As the Morning Joe panel weighs in on Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates going to head-to-head about the legality of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle comments: “It's also something that Ted Cruz has done more often than not. He has an intellectual contempt for nearly everyone because he thinks he's just the smartest person in the room.” Listen in on the conversation here.

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Cruz v. Yates

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In conversation with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on the future of Obamacare, Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle asks: “Senator, there seems to be one fight that is more shadow boxing than real fighting, and it has to do with the financial institution that affects more lives than any Wall Street institution does. It affects your life, your home, your car and now your health. These large insurance conglomerates who seemly dictate what is going on with healthcare legislation in this country, and yet you hear very little verbiage, fighting verbiage, from people – your colleagues – in Washington D.C. about the role – the powerful role – that insurance companies play in our lives.” Hear Warren’s response and her message to insurance companies: “They have to be more responsive to the American people and we have got to get those costs down.” Listen in on the conversation here.

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Warren’s message to the insurance industry

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“Senator, under the topic of: 'Is there anything further we can do to enforce penalties that hurt North Korea?' Are there Chinese financial institutions that do business with North Korea that also do business globally? And is there any way that we can crack down on those institutions if they do exist?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) during a conversation about how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threat. "That’s exactly the right question to be asking,” says Gardner. Listen to his answer here.

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A Problem Like North Korea

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As Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle discuss the internal disagreement among House Republicans over the revised healthcare bill proposal and a Washington Post headline:
“GOP health bill on shaky ground,” Barnicle suggests: “You could have a subhead on that Washington Post headline: “Speaker Ryan has lost control of the House." Listen to more of the conversation here.

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The health of health care

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“The President of the United States apparently has no discipline when it comes to restraining himself from tweeting and nobody around him has the clout to go in and tell the President: ‘You’ve got to stop tweeting’,” said Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a discussion with The Washington Post’s associate editor Bob Woodward and Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski about President Donald Trump recent tweet that “our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September” after Democrats suggested that the spending package Congress will likely pass is a “defeat” for President Trump. Hear more of the conversation here.

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Barnicle to POTUS: Stop Tweeting

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“Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles was the subject of a racial slur hurled from some fan behind the dugout and it resurrected to many the dismal memories that have continued to stain the reputation of Boston as a racist city, and it's horrendous the way that this continues,” said Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle, a Boston native. "There’s no excuse for it - no explanation for it. We have a huge problem in this country still with racism.” Hear the rest of the conversation with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough about what happened to center fielder Jones at a game this week against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Barnicle on Racism in Boston

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"It’s very upsetting—kind of depressing—to read the transcripts of this particular President as he rambles on anecdotally, adlibs about things that are critical to the future of this country," explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a conversation about a recent interview with President Donald J. Trump, during which he asks “Why was there a Civil War?” and suggests that President Andrew Jackson could have prevented it. Watch the excerpt and hear the panel discussion here.

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"Trump Talk"

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“Presidents need to know history. Presidents need to know that words matter - that the use of language moves people and nations, it affects more than just emotion, it affects public policy, and we are lacking that right now in the Oval Office with the current occupant,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as he closes the show with a summation of President Donald Trump’s last 48 hours. On a lighter note, the clips starts out with a Happy 50th Birthday to show host Mika Brzezinski.

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Barnicle: Words Matter

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The Morning Joe panel discusses the difficulties facing the House Republicans’ revised health care bill after watching clips from President Donald Trump’s sit down interview with CBS’ John Dickerson over the weekend, during which POTUS touted the merits of the health care plan. Comments senior contributor Mike Barnicle: “You know what’s interesting as well as intriguing? It's kind of difficult semantically following the President in his interview there with John Dickerson, but, he instinctively knows that eliminating, dropping pre-existing conditions is more dangerous than dynamite to people in public office today. People are used to it. They like it. Whether you call it Obamacare or whatever — if they cut that out, if it goes back to the states, and any state governor or legislature cuts that out — (you’re) dead politically.” Watch the conversation here and the President’s promise that pre-existing conditions will be covered under the proposed bill.

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Difficulties facing the House Republicans’ revised health care bill

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“Lanhee, would you agree with me on one of the definitions of hypocrisy this week has arrived with the health care proposal on the one hand, and the tax reform proposal on the other. So, you get Republican Governors like Greg Abbott (TX) saying ’no Medicaid expansion in our cities. It is going to bust the budget.’ The tax reform, the one-page tax reform proposal that's on paper, would explode the deficit to a point where we'd be paying the deficit for like 100 million years ahead. What is wrong with these people?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Hoover Institution research fellow Lanhee Chen during a conversation about the conflict of interest between the House Republicans’ revised healthcare bill proposal and President Donald Trump’s one-page tax reform proposal when it comes to the country’s budget and national debt. “The question is: Are Republicans willing to look the other way?” asks Chen. Hear more of the conversation here.

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What is wrong with these people?

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“This is one of those moments in this presidency where it's very concerning….When you have a President of the United States really turning up the Bunsen burner on a situation saying: ‘There's a chance here that we're going to have a major conflict with North Korea, absolutely.’ That's the President of the United States speaking. Words have meaning. I just feel uncomfortable that a president would be saying this in a situation so fraught with danger,” comments Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a conversation with former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) about the brewing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, following President Donald Trump stating that a “major, major” conflict with North Korea is possible. Listen in for the analysis here.

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North Korea

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“Congressman, we have had several members of the Freedom Caucus on this program in talking about this particular piece of legislation, and they continually fall back on the phrase: ‘This will give states the right to opt out of certain provisions.’ Opt out, like an accountant's phrase. Could you humanize the phrase ‘opt out?’ What would the menu show that they would have the decision to ‘opt out’ of?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist of Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) during a conversation about the House Republicans’ revised healthcare bill proposal. Listen to Dent explain why the amendment “makes things worse."

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Health Care Hazards

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“Michael Steele, we just heard Andy Card say that the Speaker of the House has the toughest job in that town, your town. We just sat through Steve’s (Rattner) charts, which pointed to an amazing, ballooning deficit. How does Paul Ryan handle all of this? This is pie in the sky stuff — this tax stuff. Sounds great, one page, sounds terrific, but the Republican Party, they're not going to go for this,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a conversation with former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele about President Donald Trump’s one-page tax proposal. Hear Steele’s response here.

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Paging Paul Ryan

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“Andy, as a former Chief of Staff, where would you rank the idea of imposing some sense of discipline within the Oval Office, access to the President and a schedule that the President sticks to?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of former George W. Bush White House Chief of Staff Andy Card during a conversation about how access and time should be managed for President Donald Trump. Listen to Card’s response here on MSNBC.

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Timed Out

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“Michael Steele, your party, the Republican party, is now on the verge, basically if they're successful in this in telling people: ‘You know, your health is going to depend on what state you happen to be born in.’ That’s the state of national health care right now,” comments Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle to former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele as the panel talks about the amendments House Republicans are planning to make to their healthcare bill proposal. Listen to Steele’s analysis here. “This is not a full repeal,” says Steele. “Obamacare will be here in some form."

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The ‘State’ of Obamacare

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“Through it all, it still remains amazing that the President doesn't care about the pressure brought to bear by the public to release his tax returns. It's just amazing,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel analyzes President Donald Trump’s one-page tax proposal, which has been widely criticized. Listen to the conversation here, including former Treasury official Steve Rattner saying Trump’s proposal will "help business and help a lot of very wealthy people."

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It’s Taxing

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“Michael Steele: We have Democrats probably shaking their heads in both houses of Congress over the one-page proposal to cut everyone’s taxes. But is (President Trump’s) larger problem perhaps a group of Republicans who are frightened to death of what's going to happen to the national debt?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele during a conversation about Trump’s one-page tax proposal. Hear Steele’s response here.

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Tax Cut Controversy

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“Realistically, one page, an outline. How do they fill that hole? Who is going to pay for this tax cut?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of former Treasury official Steve Rattner during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s one-page tax proposal, which has been widely criticized as a 100-day ploy. Listen to Rattner’s response here and his belief that the tax cut will not pay for itself, as U.S. Sec. of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said it would. Only on MSNBC.

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High-Priced Tax Cut?

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While the Morning Joe panel discusses former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s troubling foreign ties and income received from Russia and Turkey that he kept secret, says senior contributor Mike Barnicle: “How do you not declare that? It’s astounding that he did not have the wherewithal to put this down on paper; and it’s doubly astounding that the Trump campaign did not force more investigation into his background during the campaign.” Listen to more of the discussion with Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and the BBC World News’ Katty Kay.
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Flynn’s Continuing Troubles

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The Morning Joe conversation continues about the House Oversight Committee's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s foreign ties and receipt of secret foreign payments, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “Mike Flynn is today a mystery. He worked for General Stan McChrystal in Afghanistan running intelligence. And from multiple sources, you hear that there was no finer person for the job and no better person at doing the job than was then General Mike Flynn in Afghanistan. Something happened to this man along the way to have this sloppiness occur.” There’s more revelations here. Only on MSNBC.
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Flynn Flam?

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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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“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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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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“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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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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“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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[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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[starttext]
“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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[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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[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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“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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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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[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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[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.
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In POTUS We Trust?

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“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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“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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“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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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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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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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