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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

“You find out that your son, Beau, has been diagnosed with a particularly virulent form of cancer, along with everything else on your shoulders. How did you do it?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of former Vice President Joe Biden as the two discuss how Biden waged a war on cancer while weighing his own ambition and managing his day job during an exclusive conversation on the audiobook version of Biden’s new book “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose” published this week by Audible. Listen to Biden’s response and download the entire audio book and Barnicle’s interview that contextualizes the memoir’s wide-ranging themes, including the presidential election, current events, and overcoming profound grief here: www.audible.com/biden

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

AG Jeff Sessions Pushes Back

While the Morning Joe panel talks about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, particularly Sessions’ heated exchange with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) over requests for a second special counsel to investigate former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “This is an attempt, a concerted attempt, by the President of the United States and allies within the House of Representatives, clearly Jim Jordan – the guy without a coat from Ohio – to turn the Justice Department into just a political property of the President, to inflict politic into the Justice Department, which would affect the morale of the Justice Department.” Listen to more of the discussion here.

The plight of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore

ICYMI: On Morning Joe, the panel discusses the plight of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, did not provide a clear denial of having pursued illegal or inappropriate sexual relationships with teenage girls when he was a professional in his 30s and threatened to sue The Washington Post over its reporting of the story. “The text of the Hannity conversation that we just read is incredibly incriminating in and of itself….You could only imagine what a deposition would look like,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. Listen in on the conversation here.

Barnicle: ‘World leaders are laughing at our President’

While the Morning Joe panel discusses President Donald Trump’s trip through Asia, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “Sadly, and I truly regret to say this, but all weekend long, watching and following this trip, we can’t wait for history. The judgment is being made now. World leaders are laughing at our President of the United States, who stands on foreign soil, attacks two career intelligence officials, Brennan and Clapper, calls them hacks; attacks a former director of the FBI, calls him a liar. All of this happening after he rejects TPP…and while they roll out a red carpet and they give him a big crowd and he’s thrilled, saying things like ‘nobody has ever seen this before for any foreign leader in China.’ They are picking our pockets. We are the United States of America and, regretfully – I regret to say this – the President of the United States is without a clue as to who we are and what this country represents.” Listen to more of the conversation here about President Trump.

Roy Moore Accused of Sexual Molestation

While the Morning Joe panel discusses the multiple sexual molestation allegations against Roy Moore, the Republican nominee in Alabama for a Senate seat, and Alabama Republicans defending Moore, who is accused of engaging in sexual activity with teenagers decades ago, senior contributor Mike Barnicle says: “There’s obviously a larger issue here….You can almost hear the nuts and bolts of the under structure of our culture loosening as everything becomes more permissible, everything becomes more public, and the longer it’s public, it becomes in an odd way sort of acceptable.” Listen to more of the discussion here.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio

“Mr. Mayor, a lot has always been said and written about when it comes to politics about the coastal elites, west coast, east coast. Except when you go to Washington Heights, or Astoria, or Staten Island you see America uniquely in this city, I think, more so than any other place in America. And yet we live with this constant fear in the country of ‘the other.’ What do we do about that?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio during a conversation about fear in America. Listen to De Blasio’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

AT&T & Time Warner

“Trump’s tweets are just knee-jerk reactions to everything, including AT&T, including CNN. Everything he tweets about is a knee-jerk reaction. It’s not really grounded in ideology,” says Morning Joe veteran contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel ponders the possibility of President Donald Trump’s influence on the Justice Department’s approval – or not – of AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner. Listen to the conversation here.

Barnicle: Tax Reform or Tax Revenge

During the Morning Joe conversation about the impact on Republicans following the Democratic Party’s big wins in state elections across the country, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle adds:
“People pay attention in this country. And people pay attention to things like the proposed tax bill — they call it tax reform. No, it’s tax revenge if you look at that bill, if you look at the elements of that bill. So people are sitting out there in the suburbs, in the cities, and they’re thinking, ‘Wait a minute, state and local tax — we’re not going to be able to put that on our tax returns? High medical costs — that’s going to be taken and eliminated. Student interest loans are going to be eliminated.’ That’s the problem the Republicans have — the problem they’re living with. That’s the problem that’s going to drown them.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Joe Scarborough and Harold Ford Jr.

What’s wrong with America’s economic system?

Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and professor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich about the ills of America’s economic system and how they might be remedied. “Let’s talk about this slow slide, maybe a couple of decades long, toward the disparity that we all live with today. How difficult are the odds against pulling this disparity a little closer together?” asks Barnicle. Hear Reich’s answer now.

Steve Bannon watches Morning Joe?

“Steve Bannon doesn’t often cross my mind, but we just showed that clip and I keep looking at him. He’s done fairly well in America. I just wonder where he is always getting this bubble of resentment that he spills out. I don’t get it,” remarks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel shares final thoughts and reacts to a montage of a speech from Steve Bannon where the former White House chief strategist repeatedly references the Morning Joe program. Watch the clip here and listen in on the responses.

Senators Reaching Across the Aisle

“Senator Collins, Senator Manchin, it’s wonderful to see the two of you together. Forgive me for injecting a bit of cynicism into this…but how will this work whenever the majority seizes control of things like the tax bill and you, Senator Manchin, as a member of the minority are often blocked out of marking up a bill or having public hearings on a bill. How is this going to work going forward?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Republican Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) who joined the show together to discuss their efforts to foster bipartisanship through the ‘No Labels’, a nonprofit group that promotes consensus on the big issues being debated in Congress. Listen in on the conversation here.

Democratic Victories in 2017

“I think it’s the slow reawakening of America, and Americans, and who we are and what this country is all about,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel shares its final thoughts regarding the Democratic Party’s victories in state elections across the country, gaining key state legislative seats, two governorships and full control of the state governments of New Jersey and Washington. Hear what Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist, and John Heilemann have to say on the topic.

The Future of Gun Control

“Senator, we’ve been talking about gun control and gun owners for eons of time and nothing much ever happens. But when you buy an automobile and put the car on the road you have to prove that you have insurance on that automobile. What about a federal statute applying the insurance idea to gun ownership? That if you buy a gun – a shotgun, a handgun, no matter what kind of gun you’re buying – you have to insure it in a fairly substantial insurance cost. Do you think that might deter at least the idea of purchasing guns?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during a conversation about gun control in America, following the church massacre in Sutherland, Texas, where gunman Devin Kelley shot and killed more than two dozen people. Hear what Durbin has to say on the issue.

The Future of Gun Control

Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle talks with Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) about the future of gun control, following this week’s church massacre in Sutherland, Texas where gunman Devin Kelley, who escaped a mental health facility before the Air Force could try him on charges that he beat his wife and baby stepson back in 2012, shot and killed more than two dozen people. And two years ago in Newtown, Connecticut, children were slaughtered in their classrooms. “And life goes on for the rest of us. What’s on your mind about this? Where do we go from here?” asks Barnicle. Listen to Rep. Castro’s response here.

Dems on the Rise

While the Morning Joe panel talks about the Democratic Party trouncing the Republican Party in state elections across the country, gaining key state legislative seats, two governorships and full control of the state governments of New Jersey and Washington, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “The results coast to coast, actually, were like a flare in the night for the Democratic party: ‘Follow the light, follow the light. Turn out, turn out, turn out.’ The Democratic Party now sees the path to perhaps hopeful results for that party next year. Even Trump acolytes, I think, fear what he’s doing to the presidency. And I think that resulted in a big, big night for the Democratic Party.” Listen to more of the conversation here with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Donna Brazile on Morning Joe

“Donna…why is it that you and several other people, who I respect greatly, could not get to the Clinton campaign two, three weeks out before the election with the fact that they were incompetent, that they were depending on algorithms rather than common sense, that they had no sense of scheduling going to industrial states like Wisconsin and Ohio. Why is it that so many people either were mute, reluctant or unable to crash into that inner circle and tell them ‘you’re going to lose the election?’” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile during a conversation about her new book “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House” that details the shortcomings of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Listen to Brazile’s response here.

POTUS: Steps Up “Already Extreme Vetting”

“The President of the United States tweeted late last night: ‘I just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already extreme vetting program.’ So, let me ask you as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, having met with many members of the intelligence community in closed door sessions: Is there any way that extreme vetting can get to someone who’s been here seven years and vet the internet as he sits in an apartment in Paterson, New Jersey reading social media?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) during a conversation about the aftermath of the terror attack in New York City, where the suspected attacker, Sayfullo Saipov, a legal permanent resident of the United States who arrived in the country from Uzbekistan in 2010, used a rented truck to mow down pedestrians and cyclists on a Manhattan bike path – killing eight people. Listen to Schiff’s response here.

Soft-Target Attacks: “Our New Normal”

Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Division Frank Figliuzzi joined the Morning Joe panel and said the kind of attack we had in New York City on Halloween — a “soft-target attack” — during which an Uzbek immigrant crashed a truck through a crowd on a bike path killing eight people, is “our new normal.” Listen to the conversation with Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle, who asks Figliuzzi: “What can we do that we’re not doing now to prevent these attacks?” Hear Figliuzzi’s response here.

Halloween Day Terror Attack

“The portrait of resilience that was New York City yesterday was truly inspirational. Commissioner Bratton, what happened is happening all over the world. I think a lot of people wonder (about) the ease with which you can just rent a vehicle and do this. But there are safeguards that the New York Police Department has been working on and building up. Tell us about that if you could,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton as the panel talks about the Halloween day terror attack in New York City, where the suspected attacker, Sayfullo Saipov, a legal permanent resident of the United States who arrived in the country from Uzbekistan in 2010, used a rented truck to mow down pedestrians and cyclists on a Manhattan bike path – killing eight people. Listen to Bratton’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

Who Supports Trump Now?

“Kristen, in the polling that you’ve done with regard to Donald Trump, the President of the United States, and his status with elderly people, with independents, with whomever, does the issue of incompetence ever come up? Because that would seem to be his true weakness in the long run. Incompetence: the fact that they can’t get anything done with him as president,” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Washington Examiner columnist Kristen Soltis Anderson during a conversation about President Donald Trump, his base, and the Senators who fear him.