Final thoughts: The Soul of America

As the Morning Joe panel shares its final thoughts for the day, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “I would just urge people to think about the soul of America. Think about the inability to get a vote on the Dreamers this week. Think about the President of the United States not mentioning gun this week. Think about the soul of America and ask yourself: Is this who we are? is this who we want to be?”

Weapons against the NRA

Listen in as Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle and Donny Deutsch talk with NBC News political analyst Anand Giridharadas, Republican strategist Susan Del Percio and former Marine and TV personality Montel Williams about the possible ways to save lives and battle the powerful gun lobby in this country. “The weapons we have to go against the NRA are multiple. We have the vote, which unfortunately, too many Americans don’t use. We also have three really great Americans, three former presidents: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama,” says Barnicle, who suggests a new organization called National Safe Gun Association. Click to hear more.

Best and Worst of the Chiefs of Staff

Where does Trump Administration Chief of Staff John Kelly rank? Listen in on the conversation among Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and Vanity Fair writer Chris Whipple, author of the book “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency,” about the immense power of the position of Chief of Staff and the very best and worst of whom have sat in that seat.

Barnicle: Vote instead of bitching

“America gives us gifts of liberty, independence of thought and travel. It gives us so many gifts, but it gives us one gift that the majority of citizens refuse to take advantage of – and it’s called voting. So, vote instead of bitching,” said Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a wide-ranging conversation about gun control in the wake of the Florida school massacre and the plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office being finalized by former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates. Listen in here.

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.

Barnicle: Why so many mass shootings?

“People wonder: `Why so many mass shootings? Is it contagion? Is it the culture? Does it have something to do with the lack of respect for life around us, or frustration, or mental health, or all of those issues wrapped into one? What do you think?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) during a conversation about the tragic, heartbreaking school massacre in a South Florida high school. Listen to Bennet’s response here about the lasting impact of this kind of terror in our country. Only on MSNBC.

Congress: Lack of courage

“The lack of courage and character in this Congress and past congresses is astounding,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the conversation about gun control as it relates to the Parkland school massacre that took 17 lives and left more than a dozen people injured. Listen in on the conversation between Barnicle and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT).

Congress v. Kids

While the Morning Joe panel talks about the tragic, heartbreaking incident where a gunman opened fire at a South Florida high school, leaving 17 people dead and more than a dozen injured, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “You can boil it down to one essential fact that ought to be repeated each and every day on every news program in this country – local and national – and it is this: Children die in schools because the vast majority of members of Congress are afraid to lose their seats. Children lose their lives because politicians are afraid to lose their seats. We are four percent of the world’s population, and yet we own 42 percent of the world’s guns.” Listen to 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.