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Russian trolls flood Twitter

“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.

Congress: How do you go to work today?

“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.

Constitution 101

“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.

John Kelly calls Dreamers ‘lazy’

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.

The new energy crisis

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.

Barnicle: We need peace, not a parade

“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.

Trump TV

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.

Mueller v. Trump

“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.

POTUS: Twitter Attacks Continue

“Donald Trump expects personal loyalty from agencies of government that have been independent since the inception of the United States of America….The idea that a 20-year bureaucrat…of the FBI is attacked by the President of the United States in tweet, after tweet, after tweet — the morale of the bureau must be devastated,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle to the Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett during a conversation about President Donald Trump having asked then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 election in an introductory Oval Office meeting. Listen to the discussion here.

Trump v. McCabe

Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett joins Morning Joe to talk about his report that former acting FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe was targeted by President Donald J. Trump and asked who he voted for in the 2016 election in an introductory Oval Office meeting. Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks: “Devlin, his longstanding antipathy toward McCabe, what is the root of that? Did he know McCabe prior to running for president or becoming president?” Listen as Barrett connects the dots.

Barnicle: Washington is “a clown caravan”

“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.

Barnicle: Something positive came out of the shutdown

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.

“Appalling” veteran cuts proposed under Trump

“What we do know, David, is because he went to military school, Donald loves, loves, loves the military and loves, loves, loves our veterans. And, so therefore, he must have really plunged forward with greater vigor with veterans programs than Barack Obama ever did. No?” veteran columnist Mike Barnicle sarcastically asks of David Cay Johnston, author of the book “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America,” during a conversation about President Donald Trump and the distrust that surrounds him. Listen to Johnston’s response here.

The White House v. The Truth

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.”

Immigration Up Close and Personal

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.

Barnicle: POTUS “100 percent unreliable” as a dealmaker

“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.

POTUS needs propping up

“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.

Race relations: Time to continue that journey

“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.

Immigrants: The Face of Our Nation

“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.”

The Economist: ‘Is the Trump Presidency really this bad?’

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.”