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“At the core of this is the president of the United States clearly fearful because he knows what he did. And he knows that Bob Mueller and the investigation that they are conducting is on to what he did. And that's the result of the tweets. But there's something else here that is truly dangerous, and that is the venom that he has begun to feed on almost a daily basis out into the public. We saw it at the rally the other night, and It’s no longer fun, none of it is funny, it’s truly dangerous. And we keep referring to his base. Well, I'm sorry, but the people we saw the other evening at that rally, if that's his base, it's deranged,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and President Donald Trump’s rally in Tampa Bay, Florida, where attendees, who support the president, berated reporters. Listen to more of the discussion here with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough.

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POTUS: spewing “venom"

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Listen in on the conversation with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle and the New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore about whether the private forum of Facebook is a platform or a publisher and what rules should apply. “There are so many offensive elements of Facebook—people who are on Facebook with just offensive messaging. How much is Facebook bound by the First Amendment in terms of removing elements like that?” asks Barnicle. Listen to Confessore’s response here on MSNBC.

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Facebook’s identity crisis

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“Russia, Iran, North Korea, all certainly pivot points that are right there in our face. What is the relationship in dealing with this between Pompeo, Jim Mattis, and John Bolton?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, who has reported on seven U.S. presidents, during a conversation about the relationships among Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, national security adviser John Bolton when it comes to foreign policy in the unprecedented era helmed by President Donald J. Trump. Listen to Mitchell’s response here.

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Trump & Foreign Policy

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Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe crew talks about President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rally in Tampa Bay, Florida, this week, where attendees, who support the president, berated reporters at the rally. “(Trump) has effectively changed the culture around coverage of his presidency, and you saw it again vividly last night on display in Florida. We’ve seen it every time, and it has worked for him. The ultimate mystery…and it includes most of the members of the Republican Party, both the House and the Senate: How is it that we have had effectively war declared in the United States of America by Russia, war declared on us, carried out, an act of war carried out on us—and they seem not to care about that? That is a huge mystery.”

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Russia: War on the U.S.

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Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation with host Joe Scarborough, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Associated Press’ Jonathan Lemire about the last few days in the life of President Donald Trump, topped off by his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, who admitted that he wanted Trump to win the US presidential election. Hear what happens when Lemire asked Putin whether Russia has “compromising material on President Trump or his family” during a joint press conference between the two leaders.

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Does Russia have “compromising material on President Trump or his family?"

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“To use a phrase: Yesterday really was a day to cry for the country. This great republic that means so much to so many around the world. To see the president of the United States, Mr. Trump, shrink – shrink – next to Vladimir Putin, to drop his oath of office, to drop his duty on a world stage — to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. And then to have so many here in this country, on TV programs like this one say, ‘what a surprise.’ No, this was not a surprise. This was Mr. Trump in full view of the world. This is who he is: ignorant, narcissistic, all involved with himself. His priority is himself, not the country, not the presidency. He is unaware of history. He was unaware certainly yesterday of anything that this republic has stood for through the ages. The only thing he was aware of, clearly, was that he was in Putin’s pocket,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about the fallout from President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, the day after the gathering between the two leaders, where President Trump sided with President Putin over US intelligence on the topic of Russian interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Trump: “In Putin’s Pocket"

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As the Morning Joe comments on the arrivals of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin for their much anticipated one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, Finland, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle observes: “As we get ready to see President Putin emerge from his plane, it occurs to a lot of people that he has already achieved success. He's gotten a free pass from the president of the United States in his invasion of Ukraine, the fourth anniversary tomorrow of shooting down the Malaysian Airliner, disrupting and declaring war on the American political system, and here he is on board with the president of the United States side by side.” Listen in on the conversation here.

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Trump and Putin

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Listen in on the Morning Joe discussion with the New York Times’ Michael Schmidt about President Donald Trump’s lawyers, including Rudy Giuliani, setting new conditions on an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller and Giuliani saying that the chances the president would be voluntarily questioned were growing increasingly unlikely. “Michael, Giuliani seems to have indicated that he and the defense team have interviewed everyone who Mueller and his team have interviewed. According to your reporting, do you think that's accurate?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Schmidt. Hear the conversation now.

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Trump’s new conditions on Mueller

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggesting his trip to North Korea to discuss denuclearization had been “productive,” which contradicts North Korea’s view that the talks were “regrettable,” veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “The interesting thing about the North Korean stuff is you can clearly see, if you think about it for just a second, this is now Pompeo's deal, not Trump's deal. They're going to hang this on Pompeo. Mike Pompeo is going to wear this.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Joe Scarborough.

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Pompeo’s North Korea Plan

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While the Morning Joe panel discusses former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney winning the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in his adopted state of Utah, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle comments: “Knowing him pretty well, there's one added factor I would put into the mix here: At this stage of his life, having experienced everything he's experienced—success, financial success, political success, as well as defeat—he’s a free man, and as a free man, he will be a truthful man.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Jon Meacham.

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Romney for Senate: "He’s a free man"

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On Morning Joe, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Axios national political reporter Jonathan Swan about news just breaking that President Donald Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton will meet in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "John Bolton's past attitudes toward Russia are somewhat different than Donald Trump's careening and constantly changing attitudes toward Russia. What is going to go on…at the Kremlin, according to your sources? What do you think is going to happen here?” asks Barnicle. Listen to Swan’s response here.

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Bolton and Putin

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Listen in while Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle talk about President Donald Trump’s latest business threat — this time to Harley-Davidson, which he says will be "taxed like never before" if the motorcycle maker moves production overseas. Barnicle asks: "Is this president so emboldened, so free of any restraints in his own mind, as well as his own behavior? Does he think that he can do whatever it is he wants to do — to go after individual corporations and now with the Supreme Court decision he has successfully, probably, in his own mind, gone after a specific religion in this world: The Muslim faith. I mean, what is going on here? We know it's an era of broken norms; but, this is really nearly now approaching beyond belief.” Hear more of the conversation here.

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POTUS: “Approaching beyond belief"

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Listen in to the conversation between Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump's bashing of German automakers in South Carolina, where BMW and other car makers manufacture and employ thousands of people, during a rally in West Columbia, S.C.

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POTUS bashes German automakers

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"The president clearly tries every day, multiple times a day, to sell ‘MS-13 is around us. MS-13 is coming to Long Island,’ and they are in Long Island. They are everywhere. They’re in Lawrence, Massachusetts. MS-13, its origins are in Los Angeles. Its orientation is in Los Angeles. It was in the United States of America that MS-13 was actually assembled years ago. But, the larger issue here is…unfortunately for us, part of our history that we have to address is: It's always been easy to sell fear in this country….Donald Trump is a master of two things: capitalizing on resentment and selling fear—always has been,” said veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough about illegal immigration and the dwindling percentage of gang members illegally coming to America in light of former Arkansas Republican Governor Mike Huckabee’s tweet of photo of five men who appear to be using hand signs associated with the MS-13 gang with the caption, "Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee for the take back of the House." Listen to more of the discussion here.

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President Trump: "Selling Fear"

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“The striking thing is when you talk to people, average Americans, there are no more political parties. There’s only Trump. It's amazing he has blocked so much out…It's not daily, it's repeatedly during the course of a day—multiple times during the course of almost any day—that he says or does something that used to be outrageous, used to be shocking and now it's become kind of a norm, which is very dangerous,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about President Donald Trump, amid the controversy regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to separate migrant families at the border. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Barnicle: "There’s only Trump"

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“They’ve effectively orphaned thousands of children taking them from their parents…It's just another unraveling of what America has stood for, for over 200 years. And I don't know how anyone in the Republican Party, no matter which wing of the Republican Party you're on--and I'm not asking you to explain all of it or all of them--but how can they sit there so silently while this is going on?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with host Mika Brzezinski and MSNBC political contributor Rick Tyler about the Trump administration’s decision to separate migrant families at the border. Listen to the discussion here.

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Trump’s Family Separation Policy

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“Jeremy Bash, does it seem to you that the accusations leveled yesterday in federal court against Paul Manafort — and the way they were dropped at the end of the day, toward the end of the day, with not a hint that they were coming, not a word leaking out of Bob Mueller's operation — that this is one of the contributing factors to the president and his team's increasing anxiety and nervousness about the president's legal position?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of NBC News national security analyst Jeremy Bash during a conversation about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, following news that the Special Counsel's Office has accused former Trump campaign chairman Manafort of attempting to get witnesses to lie for him in court and has asked the judge to send Manafort to jail as he awaits his trial. Listen to Bash’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

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The Ongoing Russia Probe

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During the Morning Joe discussion about whether President Donald Trump will fire Rudy Giuliani as his lawyer, following reports that indicate Trump is growing increasingly annoyed with Giuliani’s frequently off-message media blitz, veteran columnist asks: "Joe, the more this continues -- the presidency as theater -- you have to ask the question: Are we being played by Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani? Because every day Giuliani says something that is so odd and so at odds with the law as we know it that you wonder: Are they just continuing this thing to keep us preoccupied? Look what we're not talking about….This is just a classic shell game that they’re playing, perhaps unwittingly.” Hear more of the conversation with Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski now.

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Trump and Giuliani: “A classic shell game"

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During a Morning Joe conversation with Amanda Carpenter, author of the new book “Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us,” veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks her: “You can call it gaslighting, you can call it lying; but you have to have intent to do it effectively, and the intent here is not in terms of sitting down prior to lying or gaslighting and planning something. It’s momentary; it just flows out in a particular moment, and it's like secondary gaslighting. There’s no planning to it.” Listen to more of the conversation about the “phenomenon” of President Donald Trump’s lies.

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"Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us"

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“Why would (President Donald Trump) be unafraid to take the Fifth Amendment? Look at where he is today and look what he's done. Look what he's been publicly accused of doing. Why would taking the Fifth Amendment, do you think, hurt him among his core constituency,” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough as the panel speculates whether Trump would exercise his Fifth Amendment right if subpoenaed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Listen to Scarborough’s response here.

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Will President Trump Plead the Fifth?

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Listen in on the conversation among Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, author Jon Meacham and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle on this 73rd anniversary of V-E Day. "I grew up later on, on a street where there were seven Gold Star families. Seven families on one street. Families originally from Russia, Greece, Finland, Italy, Ireland. America, the idea of America, and I don't think there has ever been…a greater juxtaposition in proof of the strength of the American idea than Franklin Delano Roosevelt being followed by Harry S. Truman, a haberdasher from Missouri….Look at the gift that he was to America: Taking the first steps to integrate the United States military, taking the initial steps to protect and defend Berlin, and to take the advance against the creeping power of the Soviet Union – Harry S. Truman.” Hear more of the conversation.

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73rd anniversary of V-E Day

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about President Donald Trump’s legal strategy following contradictory remarks made publicly by his new lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, on the Stormy Daniels payment and the James Comey firing, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: "I’m told just yesterday, last night that the legal strategy that the president and Rudy Giuliani are employing, the legal strategy is: fear. They are desperately afraid that Michael Cohen is cooperating with the special prosecutor, and they are also convinced that the special prosecutor might have Donald Trump's tax returns, which would be a lethal weapon in terms of matching the president's rhetoric, against actual fact-based stuff….So, they are in a world of hurt, and they're waiting for (attorney) Emmet Flood to come through the door to stop the flood.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Axios’ Jim Vandehei.

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Is POTUS helped or hurt by Giuliani?

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ICYMI: Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle and Elise Jordan, the New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica, and Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump and his ongoing troubles, including most recently with Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly and the eroding West Wing morale. “The offenses against common sense, justice and whatever come at us every day like a fire hydrant. And it's exhausting even trying to keep up with them.”

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The Trump White House: “It’s exhausting"

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While the Morning Joe panel discusses the leak of the 49 questions that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III would like to ask President Donald Trump and provided to his attorneys, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle comments: “One thing seems to be for certain now: This investigation is going to drag out for months, and months, and months because the president is not going to sit for this interview. He’d be crazy to sit for this interview.” Listen to more of the conversation here.

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49 Questions for President Trump

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As the Morning Joe panel discusses Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s comments during an event at the Newseum in Washington that the “Department of Justice will not be extorted” amid news that U.S. representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), allies of President Donald Trump, have drafted articles of impeachment against him, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “It's clear from listening to Deputy Rosenstein during the interview (that) the roots of this investigation have to do with a foreign state – Russia – attacking the American political process, inflicting damage in our democracy. What Meadows and Jordan are doing with their antics is nothing less than trying to obstruct or impede an ongoing investigation – that’s it.” Listen to more of the discussion here.

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The Justice Department: “Will not be extorted"

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“Your story is a couple of things: One, it's about your physical escape from Yemen, but, from just hearing you speak right now, it's also about your intellectual escape from how you were raised. The four people who helped you, were they of your faith? Were they Muslim?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of peace activist Mohammed Al Samawi, who joins Morning Joe to talk about his book “The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America.” Listen to Al Samawi’s response here and more of the conversation with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

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“The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America.”

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“We've heard that Mike Pompeo has enormous influence with President Trump. He gets along quite well with him. Now is he going to be secretary of state, plus secretary of defense? Is he going to have his biggest say in the troop movements and troop placements as Secretary Mattis? I think that’s going to be a potential collision that we’re going to be watching,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle to Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough as the panel talks about President Donald Trump’s nomination as Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, following the Senate Foreign Relations Committee having approved the confirmation of Pompeo. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Pompeo’s Double Duty?

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As Comcast celebrates 17 years of a company-wide public service day, “Comcast Cares Day,” Morning Joe’s Nicolle Wallace and Mike Barnicle talk with senior executive VP & chief diversity officer of Comcast Corp. David Cohen and Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans about their combined efforts to end extreme poverty, a campaign that honors the life of legendary human rights activist Nelson Mandela and his mandate. Hear more about the program now.

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Comcast Cares Day

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Pat Cunnane, former deputy director of messaging in the Barack Obama White House, stops by the Morning Joe set to talk about his new book, West Winging It: An Un-presidential Memoir, published this week. Asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle: “I have seven kids. You just said that this was your first job out of college. How does that happen? How do you get there?” Listen to Cunnane’s response here.

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Pat Cunnane on his new book, West Winging It: An Un-presidential Memoir

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Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle speaks with Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) about her experience thus far as a new senator from Minnesota amid the chaos in Washington. "I understand you've only been there three and a half months, but what's your sense of the operation of the Senate because of what's going on in the White House?” asks Barnicle. Hear Smith’s response and how the “sense of chaos and recklessness and instability—it bothers people in my home state. We don’t think it should be that way.”

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New MN Senator weighs in on Washington chaos

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During the Morning Joe panel discussion about the possibility of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and close friend, turning against the president and cooperating with federal prosecutors if faced with criminal charges, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle talks about the “human nature aspect” of what Cohen is going through after the federal raid of his offices. "We talk about it in terms of indictments….But the stress of this, the financial stress, the personal stress around the kitchen table in the morning with your wife and your children is enormous."

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POTUS attorney Michael Cohen’s woes

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“With Trump, if you’re an investigator, and you’re looking at this thing, and you’re looking at these Comey memos, there's a 'tell' in there. And the ‘tell' is that Trump is upset with Flynn because Flynn did not tell him on time that Putin (had called),” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the panel discussion about the release of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos recounting his conversations with President Donald Trump, in particularly Comey acknowledging Trump was partly irked with his then-national security adviser Michael Flynn due to the White House's delay in responding to an election victory congratulatory phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Listen to more insights on the Trump/Putin dynamic here.

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Trump and Putin

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about the Justice Department releasing to congressional committees a closely guarded set of memos that former FBI Director James Comey wrote recounting his conversations with President Donald Trump, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “I would submit that the most important aspect of the memos is not their release and it's not the content of the memos because Comey has basically said everything on the public record that is in the release of those memos. It is the fact that they were released under pressure by a political party in the House of Representatives about an ongoing federal investigation. That's the critical point.” Listen to more of the discussion here and how these memos “are not good” for President Donald Trump.

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Comey memos released under Republican pressure

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“Robert, we have one player in here who has yet been unnamed this morning in this drama that we're talking about, and that is the retiring Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, who is leading, clearly, an undisciplined group of people out on their own, apparently, unless he's involved in it. Devin Nunez doing things with his committee that are just incredibly outrageous in a sense, and now you have two members of Congress, Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, going down, and as you just put it, confronting the Justice Department, basically saying: ‘Hand over stuff that we want to use for political ends.’ Where is Paul Ryan and what happens to his reputation?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Washington Post political reporter Robert Costa during a conversation about a meeting Meadows (R-NC) and Jordan (R-OH) had with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to express concerns over the slow pace of Department of Justice documents being turned over to Congress, which is the latest example of friction between congressional Republicans and senior Justice Department officials. Listen to Costa’s response here.

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Congressional Republicans versus the Justice Dept.

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“Chuck, the assault on former FBI Director Comey, is fairly predictable. We knew it was coming. But the assault on the Justice Department itself and on elements of the FBI, in particular, are not only fairly unpredictable but seem to be growing and are deeply, deeply political. What damage has it done to the institution – never mind the morale – but to the institution itself of the Justice Department and the FBI?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Chuck Rosenberg, former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, during a panel conversation about the attacks against the Justice Department under the Trump Administration. Hear what Rosenberg has to say about how Trump could impact the agencies’ effectiveness in the field.

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Attacks on the Justice Department

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“Michael Cohen is certainly smart enough to know that given the pending charges that might be lodged against him by the federal government that he could be buried beneath a jail for 20, 25 years,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle on this morning’s show. "And with young children, that is a huge factor in you making up your mind whether you cooperate or non-cooperate” with the federal government in an investigation. Listen to more of the conversation with Josh Earnest, White House press secretary under President Barack Obama, about whether or not Cohen would turn against the president and cooperate with federal prosecutors if faced with criminal charges.

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What will Michael Cohen do?

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“At some point, someday this is going to end. This investigation is going to be over. There’s going to be a conclusion. Yes, at some point, someday it will happen,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the panel discussion of the ongoing and ever-expanding Russia investigation. “But,” he continues, “the largest danger is not existent in Washington today. It’s existent out in the country where all of this coming at people every day, like a fire hose --of events, scandals, and shocking statements (has) many, many people anesthetized to the shock of what is happening to our constitutional system of government on a daily basis.” The conversation can be heard here.

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Barnicle: "At some point, someday…this investigation is going to be over."

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“Richard…what’s the level of concern in the world of diplomats around the world about the potential meeting between the president and the leader of North Korea in that he would glibly agree to something during the course of the negotiation that we would have no intention of carrying out?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, during a panel conversation about President Donald Trump’s expected meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Listen to Haass’ response and the discussion here.

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U.S. and N. Korea Upcoming Meeting

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As the Morning Joe panel discusses what role our allies, specifically Japan, will play in the Trump Administration’s push toward denuclearizing North Korea, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations: "Hovering above all of this, though, is the fact that despite Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang, there is no State Department. There is very little fringe element of a diplomatic approach on this. And one of our most vital allies in the region, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe in Japan...are sort of on the outside of this looking in. How does that affect this whole thing going forward?” Listen to Haass’ response and more of the conversation here.

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What’s next for North Korea?

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Listen in on the Morning Joe panel discussion about U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's rejection of a White House official’s suggestion that she had mishandled an announcement of new sanctions against Russia out of “confusion.” Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Andy Card, former White House chief of staff to President George W. Bush: "Could you talk a bit about the danger of the lack of communication, the lack of discipline that's so evident on a daily basis in this White House?” Hear the defense of Haley here. “She doesn’t go rogue,” said Card.

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Haley v. The White House

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As the Morning Joe team remembers discusses the life and legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away yesterday at age 92, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Andy Card, longtime friend and former White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush: "In this passing of Barbara Bush, one can't help feel but a lingering sense that it's accompanied by the passing of decency. She was a decent person above all else....Do you worry at all about the passing within the Republican Party of so much of what Barbara Bush and obviously her husband represented?” Listen to Card’s response here and the “conscience” of Barbara Bush that lives on.

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The Legacy of First Lady Barbara Bush

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Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and The New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt about White House counsel Donald McGahn, following the newspaper's report that McGahn threatened to quit the Administration over President Donald J. Trump’s attempt to fire special counsel Robert Mueller in December. More here.

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WH counsel Don McGahn’s influence

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Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi about the sensitivities surrounding the FBI raid on the Rockefeller Center office of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, during which they seized business records, emails and documents related to several topics, including a payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. “A search warrant on a lawyer's office is extremely rare, extremely dicey in how it's conducted.,” explains Barnicle. Hear more from Figliuzzi here.

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Raid on Trump’s Personal Lawyer

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ICYMI: Listen in on the conversation among CNBC senior national correspondent Brian Sullivan and Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about the impact of President Donald Trump’s brewing trade war.

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The impact of the brewing trade war

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Join in on the Morning Joe panel discussion that followed a report by NBC News political reporter Vaughn Hillyard from a town hall meeting in Janesville, Wisconsin, organized by high school students for Speaker Paul Ryan in his hometown. But Ryan declined to attend. Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “Look it's only anecdotal reporting that we just saw. It was good reporting, but the voices articulated at the town hall meeting that the speaker did not go to—that's kind of a warning sign. That's his hometown and it's a coalition of youngsters, high school students who put that together. You would think that he would have gone, which lends credence to the rumors...that he may fold it up.” Watch the report here and listen to the conversation between host Joe Scarborough and Barnicle.

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The Future for Paul Ryan

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Journalists Michael Isikoff of Yahoo! News and David Corn of Mother Jones join Morning Joe to talk with Elise Jordan and Mike Barnicle about their new, bestselling book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” the timeline of the “Russian information warfare attack,” and who knew what, when. Barnicle asks: "Who was there first?” Hear the conversation now.

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Russia’s Role in 2016

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“What are the odds of us being able to put together a mini coalition of Great Britain, France, perhaps, perhaps even Turkey, to act in a concerted fashion within Syria when there is nothing at the State Department that would lead you to believe that the mechanics of putting together such a coalition would be there; and the verbal behavior and tweeting behavior of the president has our allies on the fence as to who we are today?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns as the Morning Joe panel talks about potential strategies for stabilizing Syria and defeating ISIS. Listen to Burns’ response here about what he sees as next steps for President Donald Trump.

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Stabilize Syria, Defeat ISIS

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Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Washington Post White House bureau chief Philip Rucker about Rucker’s article that discusses the fate of the “out of the loop” White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly amid the “crisis” and “chaotic” nature of the Trump White House. Asks Barnicle: “General Kelly, given who he is and who he has been his entire life, he's not going to quit, it would seem. But what does he do all day, every day, now that he has a president of the United States who I don't know the last time that he released a public schedule with something on it?” Hear Rucker’s response here.

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Chief of What?

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“There is no such thing as a former Russian intelligence official, a member of the GRU; but, you have to ask yourself the question and wonder: How much more can they pile – can the special prosecutor pile – on Manafort in order to get him to finally collapse and cooperate?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of the New York Times political writer Nicholas Confessore during a conversation about the ongoing Russia investigation that continues to swirl around President Trump, following a new court filing that indicates special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation drew what appears to be its most direct line to date between President Trump's campaign and Russia. Hear more of the discussion.

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Donald Trump and the Ongoing Russia Probe

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“Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, is doing to the president of the United States and the presidency exactly what Donald Trump did to nearly every Republican candidate during the primaries last year….The fact that the president of the United States has not really been able to release a public schedule of his activities during the course of the day for nearly a week now is astounding when you think about it,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about President Donald J. Trump’s uncharacteristic silence about his legal battle with adult film star Daniels. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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POTUS: Uncharacteristically Quiet

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about President Donald Trump’s uncharacteristic silence amid his legal battle with adult film star Stormy Daniels and the flux within his own legal team, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains why Trump has had nothing on his daily schedule in recent days: “if a fire truck comes down the street, people cheer. If a cop car comes down the street, people get nervous. That police car is now parked outside the White House. The cops are not yet at the door, but…Dowd is gone, his principal lawyer. (POTUS) can't find another really top shelf lawyer to represent him. He's probably this morning looking at LegalZoom to try and figure out what to do in his defense. That’s why we don’t see him.” Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Trump’s Uncharacteristic Silence

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While the Morning Joe panel remembers the late Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and father of co-host Mika Brzezinski, on what would have been his 90th birthday, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “Dr. Brzezinski— his every appearance here—was what I would call `value added'. And nowhere do we miss him more than in situations like occurred yesterday with the head of North Korea going to Beijing. The Chinese and the North Koreans sitting down, discussing multiple items that threaten the world. And the president of the United States apparently on the eve, allegedly, if a meeting is to take place with the head of North Korea. I would like to—love to— have known what Dr. Brzezinski surmises from what is happening right now all around us.” Listen to more of the conversation with Joe and Mika here.

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Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski Remembered

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Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the panel discuss the significance of The Wall Street Journal editorial board’s “The Tale of Stormy Donald,” in which they say: “Mistakes of character tend to catch up with everyone, and that’s what is now happening with President Trump and his many women….Mr. Trump can’t retain the best legal counsel because no one wants a client who ignores all advice.” Listen in on the conversation about President Donald Trump’s legal battle with himself, and adult film star Stormy Daniels.

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“The Tale of Stormy Donald"

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“It's really not funny anymore when you consider what's going on with the president, his legal team and his failure to...tweet about anybody he fears, and he really fears what's happening,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle to Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough during a conversation about President Donald Trump's uncharacteristic silence about his legal troubles. Listen to the discussion here.

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Trump’s Legal Woes

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Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary to the Obama Administration, joins the Morning Joe panel where he’s asked repeatedly his opinion on what impact President Donald J. Trump is making on the office of Commander in Chief. "I'm wondering…what you think about the damage that's being done to the institution of the presidency today given that you worked for a presidency that was virtually scandal free, an exemplary person as president. And now we have nearly the opposite. What do you think about the damage that is being done to the institution?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. Listen to Gibbs answer here.

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POTUS: Trump’s impact on the office

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“There are arguably two great tracts that have been written throughout history. One is the Bible and the other is the Constitution of the United States of America. And America is an idea. It's not a democracy, it's not a republic before it is an idea. And the idea that 74 percent, according to the Monmouth University poll, believe there is a deep state run by a military, political, intellectual hierarchy apart from government is devastating. And this is the gift we have gotten from Donald Trump. This is the gift we have gotten from him surrendering to Vladimir Putin, Facebook and a series of events that have caused chaos in this country,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel analyzes a poll from Monmouth University that indicates that more Americans say they believe in the existence of a “deep state.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Mika Brzezinski, Carole Lee, Richard Haas and David Ignatius.

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The fight for democracy

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“This is an old story, and it gets to the root of human nature being so unpredictable, and the human nature element in this is that everyone, including a president of the United States, always gets nervous and a little frightened when the cops are about to knock on the door, and this is what's going on here. And Michael Schmidt, I would like to ask you, the disarray within the President's legal team, the chaos that has been created here, how much of it has to do with their apprehension about what might be about to happen?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of The New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt as the Morning Joe panel talks about President Donald Trump’s legal team being divided about whether or not POTUS should talk with special counsel Robert Mueller regarding the Russia probe. Listen to Schmidt’s response here.

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What’s next in the Russia probe?

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As the Morning Joe conversation turns to the upcoming 2018 MLB season, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says of the Boston Red Sox: “It's a very good team, a very good team. The whole year is going to come down to (pitcher) David Price, though. Which David Price is going to show up this year? That's going to be the year,” Listen to more of the baseball talk here.

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The upcoming baseball season

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“There's only one person in this administration,” says Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle during the panel discussion with MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews and NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt about the chaos in the White House and Gary Cohn resigning as President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser. “We might be underestimating the amount of chaos that is there now compared to what it might be a month from now, six weeks from now — who knows.” Hear more of the conversation here.

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Continual chaos in the White House

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As the Morning Joe discussion turns to how President Donald Trump’s tariffs plan will hurt Americans, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “Loss is the key word. These are the same people who when the economy crashed in 2008 and 2009, many of them lost their homes, they lost their 401ks (and) they lost their hope in this country. Many of these people also are the people who risk losing their sons and daughters in a war that's been going on for 16 years now. So, loss is the key, and loss triumphs over facts. Loss is emotion, loss is nostalgia, and loss sends people to the polls.” Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Barnicle: ‘Loss' sends people to the polls

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“Emmet James Barnicle. He's a right-handed hitter. He's a plus-power hitter; five-tool player. He's already ranked number five in terms of upcoming prospects,” jokingly says veteran columnist and MSNBC Mike Barnicle as Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski congratulate Mike and celebrate the birth of the newest addition to the Barnicle family, grandson, Emmet James Barnicle, son of Nick and Meg. Take a look at baby Emmet here with his grandmother and Mike’s wife, Anne Finucane.

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Welcome Emmet James Barnicle!

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“There's another elephant in the room that you just mentioned, and it is the Constitution of the United States and the oath that a President of the United States takes before assuming office: To preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. So, do you know, do you have a sense of what the morale is within the NSA, within the CIA, within the Defense Department sworn to protect and defend the United States?” Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks of Jeremy Bash, former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Defense and the CIA. Listen to Bash’s response here.

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Is POTUS prepared to protect us?

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Listen in on the Morning Joe panel discussion among Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and Obama administration car czar Steven Rattner about how unprecedented it is and what the ramifications might be surrounding President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner loss of his top security clearance. Only on MSNBC.

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Jared Kushner: Status in question

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“This week began with the heads of every intelligence agency in the United States of America – CIA, FBI, DNA, NSA – standing before the United States Senate saying, basically Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, saying: ‘We're under attack.’ The President of the United States disagrees with every intelligence agency. That's not normal. None of this is normal,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about reports that Russian-linked Twitter accounts flooded the social media platforms immediately following the Parkland school massacre with tweets using popular hashtags like #parkland, #guncontrolnow and #florida. Listen to more on the situation here.

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Russian trolls flood Twitter

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“We know it's long past the time for flowers and yellow ribbons and prayers from presidents.... What we don't know is...in the wake of all of these shootings: How do 535 members of Congress, in good conscious, go to work today?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe during the conversation about school shootings in the wake of the tragic massacre at a South Florida high school, where 14 students and 3 adults were shot dead and more than a dozen injured. Hear more of the discussion here.

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Congress: How do you go to work today?

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“Jonathan, let's stick with the Constitution. What's your view? Can the President of the United States, can any president of the United States be indicted?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University. Listen to Turley’s response here.

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Constitution 101

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During the Morning Joe discussion about White House Chief of Staff John Kelly publicly suggesting that some Dreamers are “too lazy” to sign up for DACA, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle responds: "John Kelly is a good man. What he said was terribly unfortunate, terribly sad and not accurate because it costs $500 to apply for a DACA card. That’s a lot of money.” Listen to more of the discussion on MSNBC.

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John Kelly calls Dreamers ‘lazy'

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During a Morning Joe discussion with NBC News national politics reporter Alex Seitz-Wald, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle comments: “Older Democrats seem to be concerned a bit, maybe more than a bit, about the emphasis on identity politics of the younger Democrats running—figuring that they have no discipline, and that you're going to fracture the party with the different variations of identity politics.” Hear the conversation on Morning Joe about the new energy flooding the Democratic Party and what it might mean heading into the 2018 midterm elections.

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The new energy crisis

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“A lot has happened over the past 14 months since Donald Trump was sworn in as president. This is the saddest thing to my mind. We have been at war for 17 years. We have had nearly two decades of sacrifice and sorrow borne by less than one percent of the American public. The American military is the strongest, the proudest, the best in the world. The American military and the American people do not need a parade—we need peace,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and John Heilemann about President Donald Trump’s instruction to the Pentagon to plan a major military parade in DC.

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Barnicle: We need peace, not a parade

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In continuing the Morning Joe conversation analogy that the Trump White House is akin to a reality TV show, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “This is the first sequel that we’ve seen in presidential politics in quite a while where the president, in the second-part series here, becomes irrelevant. The Senate is moving forward without the President—as if he doesn’t exist.” Hear more of the discussion about President Donald Trump's threatening to shut the government down for a second time—this time over border security.

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Trump TV

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“Everyone, nearly everyone, around the President of the United States is in a state of panic about the spectacle, the specter, of him having to testify before Bob Mueller,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel discusses whether President Donald Trump will be interviewed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as part of the investigation into possible ties between Trump’s associates and Russia’s election interference, and whether he obstructed justice. Listen to more of the conversation here with Joe Scarborough. Only on MSNBC.

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Mueller v. Trump

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“A large portion of America thinks that what occurs in Washington is basically not a clown car, it’s a clown caravan, encompassed, populated, by people of both parties from the President on down,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as he Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist discuss the bipartisan effort that ended, at least temporarily, the government shutdown. Listen in here.

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Barnicle: Washington is "a clown caravan"

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As the Morning Joe panel talks about Republicans and Democrats in Congress agreeing to end the government shutdown for at least three weeks, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “They shut down the government on Friday. By Friday night they realized they made a horrific mistake, and they spent the weekend trying to figure out how to get out of it….They decide one thing they’re going to do is take the car keys from the President of the United States. They are United State Senators, and they’re going to deal with this apart from the craziness of the White House. Why did they do this? Because they finally recognized that they’re living in a city which just constantly spills out toxicity from every branch of government, and especially the White House, and that toxicity has now reached new levels of contempt for institutions of government, like the FBI. And that has bothered more than one United States senator. So, on the whole, I think it's a positive what happened over the weekend.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

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Barnicle: Something positive came out of the shutdown

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As the Morning Joe panel discusses Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) challenge to President Donald Trump to “close the deal” on immigration, saying the White House should be leading in negotiations, not taking to Twitter to blast negotiators, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “The White House is having trouble handling this because it involves the truth….Lindsey Graham is one of the few Republicans who recognizes that demography, political demography, is destiny, and you've got to be a more inclusive party. He's trying to do that with his support for DACA and an immigration bill; but, he's alone, practically."

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The White House v. The Truth

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During the Morning Joe panel discussion about yesterday’s tearful deportation of Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old Detroit resident who emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 10, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “That is not the United States of America….You wonder how many of these United States Senators, especially people like Tom Cotton, how many United States members of the Congress, House of Representatives, how many of them have ever been to a citizenship ceremony, and watched people literally in tears of joy, of becoming United States citizens?” Hear more of the conversation here with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and John Heilemann.

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Immigration Up Close and Personal

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“What we've been talking about today is something that's both consistent, it's historical, and it's been out there for 30 or 40 years. All of you Republican senators, Republican members of the House, come to New York, talk to anybody in the business community, anybody in the financial services community, and they will tell you: You're dealing with a person, a President of the United States, who is totally 100 percent unreliable in any deal you talk about,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel discusses President Donald Trump now much debated “sh**hole" comment about Haitian and African countries during a meeting last week about immigration policy with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. Listen to more of the discussion here with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist.

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Barnicle: POTUS "100 percent unreliable" as a dealmaker

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“You have a President of the United States who needs to be propped up and steered toward positions that he just has no idea about the elements of the position. In this case, it's immigration. But, he’s got be propped up by fellow conservatives who then lie about it – what occurred – and take it to where they want him to go,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about the two GOP senators – Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia – who denied hearing President Donald Trump refer to Haiti and African nations as "sh--hole countries" during a meeting about immigration policy with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. Listen to more of the discussion here with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

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POTUS needs propping up

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

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Race relations: Time to continue that journey

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

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Immigrants: The Face of Our Nation

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

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

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

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What’s Wrong with the Republican Party?

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

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POTUS: Ignoring the scab of race

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

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POTUS: Playing to our divisions

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

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Barnicle: ‘We have never been here before'

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

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POTUS: Cult of Personality

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

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Trump’s Legal Team

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

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Trump Talk on Hillary Clinton