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Biden on the road; Trump in court

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Jonathan Lemire, Symone Sanders-Townsend and Mike Barnicle as they discuss the new Bloomberg/Morning Consult poll that shows President Joe Biden has made significant gains against the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, during the past month in six of seven 2024 swing states. Barnicle attributes the gains in part to “the president of the United States Joseph R. Biden being out there, people seeing him, say, ‘oh, okay, fine, I know how old he is; but he’s pretty sharp.’ He knows what he’s doing. And they consider the weight of what he’s carrying when he goes to a small town in North Carolina. He’s coming in with the Gaza war going on, he’s coming in with the Ukrainian war going on, he’s coming in with the economy burping everyday one way or another trying to figure out which way we’re going and which way we’re going to be headed, and that’s what people want to know. ‘Where are you going to take us?’ Joe Biden tells you where he wants to take this country. Donald Trump tells you when he is going to court next.” Join the conversation here.

New polls shows Biden making significant gains against Trump

“There has been continued exposure to Donald Trump. The more exposure that Donald Trump has on TV, the attack that …the Republicans continue to make against Joe Biden, is pretty much universally confined to one word – old: He’s old. And yet, you see Donald Trump on TV night after night at these rallies where he’s practically incoherent….Do you think, more and more voters, potential voters, are saying, ‘hmm, what about the other guy, though?,’” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Bloomberg politics editor Laura Davison about President Joe Biden who joins Morning Joe to discuss a new Bloomberg/Morning Consult poll that shows Biden has made significant gains against the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, during the past month in six of seven 2024 swing states.

Major MLB gambling investigation underway

Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Jonathan Lemire, Pablo Torre and Mike Barnicle about the gambling and theft allegations surrounding Ippei Mizuhara, the former interpreter and close friend of Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani, after at least $4.5 million in wire transfers were reportedly sent from Ohtani’s bank account to a Southern California bookmaking operation that is under federal investigation. “Major League Baseball and every baseball fan should really be praying that the greatest star that has appeared in the Major League Baseball stage maybe since Babe Ruth, Ohtani, did not bet on any games. That’s the hope here,” says Barnicle. Join the conversation here.

‘Good parenting’ at center of Jason Kelce retirement

Morning Joe’s Willie Geist, Jonathan Lemire and Mike Barnicle talk about the famed Philadelphia Eagles player and big brother Jason Kelce having announced his retirement through an emotional farewell press conference that felt more like a family affair than a business decision, with his parents and younger brother, Kansas City Chiefs star tight end, Travis Kelce, sitting nearby. “The thing that struck me the most was the element of good parenting. Clearly, his parents and his brother’s parents, they had a remarkable influence on these two guys,” says Barnicle about the Kelce brothers. Join the conversation here.

Crossroads of Crisis: The End of an Era for American Jews?

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between The Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about Foer’s article entitled “The Golden Age of American Jews is Ending,” which explains how Anti-Semitism on the right and the left threatens to bring to a close an unprecedented period of safety and prosperity for Jewish Americans—and demolish the liberal order they helped establish. Foer writes and explains how “the Jewish vacation from history ended September 11th, 2001.”

Media coverage of Biden and Trump

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle as they discuss former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric toward immigrants and the media coverage of President Joe Biden as the two head into a likely rematch in November. “On Sunday, the New York Times had a front-page story about a poll that parts of it were devastating to the chances for Joe Biden to win re-election. On Monday, again, on the front page above the fold, they had another story about Joe Biden, referencing the poll, but again referencing Joe Biden’s age. Why is it that they don’t cover things that we just saw and heard—a man who is literally losing his mind in front of audiences coast to coast – his name is Donald J. Trump? Why is it that this is not covered in a similar fashion to the way Joe Biden’s age is covered? Joe Biden knows how old he is, and Joe Biden does more in one hour, in a day, in the White House than Donald Trump has ever done in his presidency….I hate to criticize print media. I’m a print media guy, but this is out of control,” says Barnicle about the media coverage of President Biden this election season. Watch and join the conversation here.

The Republican Party “is long gone”

“This is a Republican Party now committed to themselves, the same way their nominee, Donald Trump, is committed to himself….He suggested that it would be wonderful if the stock market crashed this year. So it would help him electorally. In other words, he would be applauding if people went broke, lost their homes, or whatever this year because it would enhance his opportunities to again become president of the United States. There is no more Republican Party. The Republican party of just recent memory, the Republican Party that you (Joe Scarborough) belonged to, that you ran for office under their flag, Joe, that party is long gone,” says Mike Barnicle about the Republican Party during this Morning Joe conversation about the state of the party as former President Donald Trump’s push to kill a bipartisan immigration deal may now have derailed a major national security package, forcing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to suggest a new course of action and endangering aid to Ukraine and Israel in the process.

Democracy hangs in the balance

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between Jonathan Lemire and Mike Barnicle as they discuss President Joe Biden’s trip to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where he will deliver a speech on democracy to mark the January 6th anniversary in what will resemble an unofficial campaign kickoff for his reelection bid. “Unless you concentrate on telling people and talking about democracy, we’re soon going to end up losing a democracy. I mean, this is a very depressing state that we’re in as a country when you think about it….The year ahead is going to be really, really demanding of us as citizens, to take a look at what’s going to happen. The President of the United States every day has the job of doing many, many things….And he’s got to ask America really, not in these words, but he’s going to ask America: ‘What do you want to risk going forward.’ Listen to Donald Trump, listen to Joe Biden, what are you willing to risk with your vote?” asks Barnicle as we embark on this 2024 presidential election year.

Report on a year-long U.S. road trip

ICYMI: Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and POLITICO politics editor David Siders who stopped by to discuss “What I Saw on the Dreary Road to 2024,” his year-long roadtrip across the U.S. to chronicle how American politics is shifting.

Tommy Tuberville: “He’s a dope”

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Jacqueline Alemany, Donny Deutsch and Mike Barnicle as they discuss the Senate in a single stroke approving about 425 military promotions after Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama ended a monthslong blockade of nominations over his opposition to a Pentagon abortion policy. “You may have had a head of household—a father, a soldier, or mother who is a soldier—sent somewhere else, other than where the children are going to school. That family is disrupted for an entire year because of one thing, this dope, and he is a dope – Tommy Tuberville,” says Barnicle about the damage Sen. Tuberville has caused for military families over the past year.

Who will aid Ukraine?

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle, and British Foreign Secretary David Cameron about which country may lead the effort to help Ukraine’s defense in the war with Russia as U.S. Senate Republicans have blocked a bill to provide aid to Ukraine over a lack of border provisions in the measure. “President Biden pulled together the strong collection of NATO countries on behalf of Ukraine and has kept them solidified. And now that we seem to be on the verge, perhaps, of the American Congress not providing funding for Ukraine to go further, at least funding through maybe the end of the year or certainly into next year, which group of European nations—or maybe it’s one nation—steps up to lead the effort to keep Ukraine in the fight? Would it be Great Britain? Would it be Germany? Who would it be?” asks Barnicle of Cameron. Watch the conversation here.

Each poll is like a sunset

“The interesting thing about polls right now—and it’s the only interesting thing—is that it’s like taking a picture of a sunset, each poll. There’s going to be another sunset tomorrow. Things change. Nobody is paying attention really—other than people like us—to a future election a year away. The interesting aspect of the election, I would submit, is that we have one political party, the Republican Party, seriously interested, seemingly from top to bottom, in marching this country backward. Their principal interest is in taking things away from people—things that people have grown used to living with,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during this Morning Joe conversation about the unreliable nature of political polls.

State of the economy

“We live in a country with no patience, no patience whatsoever. A country that has a diminishing memory of anything that happened further back than a week ago….We live in a TikTok nation where people get their news in about 20, 25 seconds on their phone. So, here’s their day: They get up in the morning, man or woman, going to work. They need gas. The last thing that Americans do together because, there’s no full-service gas stations anymore, is take the pump, put it in the side of the car, lean against the car, and watch those numbers flash by, say ‘wow.’ So, a month ago, they would fill up for 70 bucks and now they’re doing 20 bucks at a time to save money. Then they go to the grocery store. You see the price of eggs? ‘Wow.’ They put the eggs; they pay; they leave the grocery store. They go home. They get home at the end of the workday. They make out a check or Zelle their credit card payment, credit card interest rates have gone up. ‘Wow, I’m getting hammered all day long.’ The phone rings. And it’s a pollster. ‘How do you feel about the country?’ ‘It’s terrible, it’s terrible.’ It’s human nature, is what it is. It’s not political so much as it is cultural and economic,” says Barnicle about the state of the American economy in this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Donny Deutsch.

Antisemitism is a disease

Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle and Commentary editor John Podhoretz about why antisemitism does not erode and is surging on college campuses and around the globe in the wake of the October 7 massacre in Israel. “This disease—and antisemitism is a disease—why does it linger, recede, erupt and always the focus is always on the Jews? Why?” asks Barnicle. Hear Podhoretz’s response here.

The job of the president: “Not for the weak or the weary”

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and The New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker about “the turmoil, the trouble, the minute-by-minute focus” of the enormity of the job of the presidency, following President Joe Biden having been briefed on the massacre in Lewiston, Maine, last night during a State Dinner for the Prime Minister of Australia.

“It’s a sad day for our country”

Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle play for viewers and discuss the emotional words of Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Brown after the team’s win last night over the Utah Jazz, when he wanted to talk about the horrendous breaking news of the mass murder in Lewiston, Maine, instead of basketball. “It’s a sad day. It’s a sad day for our country. It’s a sad day in this world,” the coach said. “And, until we decide to do something about it, the powers that be, this is going to keep happening. And our kids are not going to be able to enjoy what our kids are about because we don’t know how to fix a problem that’s right in front of us.” Adds Barnicle: “Lewiston, Maine, population 37,000, and we sit here, this great country of ours, greatest country in the history of the world, and we can do nothing about this continually happening week after week after week here in the United States of America.” Join the conversation here.

All eyes and ears on finding gunman

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran New England columnist Mike Barnicle and NBC News senior law enforcement analyst Cedric Alexander about the extensive manhunt that is underway for a Maine native who killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens more in a rampage at a restaurant and a bowling alley in Lewiston and the importance of residents staying safe while keeping their eyes and ears open and reporting anything that might help in “finding, tracking, and capturing” the gunman.

Russia-Ukraine war continues into the winter months

“The media spotlight has fallen off of Ukraine lately with the focus being clearly, and responsibly, on the Middle East and what’s going on there; but in Ukraine, winter is fast approaching. It is still a very hot war, and it’s a war between two nations, Russia and Ukraine—in which one nation, Russia, has a deep, deep bench of people, of soldiers, that they can keep sending to the front. Ukraine, less so. What are the prospects for a long winter war?,” asks Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle of National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby. Hear Kirby’s response as to the perils of the months to come but also why Ukraine is well positioned with the help of its allies.

What happens next?

Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about the possibility of the United States engaging in a military operation in the Middle East. “What happens when inevitably, sadly, the first American is killed in action through Iranian missile shots or whatever in Iraq or Syria, what happens when the phone rings in Amman, Riyadh and the United Arab Emirates and the President of the United States is on the other end of the line and he says, ‘boys, we’ve had enough. We’re going to saddle up here.’ What happens then?” asks Barnicle. Hear Ignatius’ response here.


Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Richard Haass and Mike Barnicle as they discuss with The Washington Post’s Jacqueline Alemany the ongoing “chaos” inside the House of Representatives as now eight Republicans are vying for the speakership after almost three weeks without a leader in the House. How does this “chaos” impact America’s reputation abroad? Join the conversation.