Entries from Jan 2019
More with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

Hear more of the Morning Joe conversation with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who’s eyeing a presidential bid in 2020 as an Independent and has a new book out, “From the Ground Up.” Asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle: “What are you going to do about restoring the role of unions in this country?” Listen to Schultz’s answers here.

Barnicle talks with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

Listen in on the conversation between Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is talking about his new book and his potential presidential bid in 2020 as an Independent. “The problem in America is that we have no leadership that’s trusted. The dignity and respect in the Oval Office is gone. And Republicans and Democrats no longer represent the essence of the American people,” says Schultz. Hear more of the discussion between Barnicle and Schultz here.

“Team of Vipers” author Cliff Sims joins Morning Joe

Listen in on the conversation among Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle and former White House special assistant Cliff Sims, whose new tell-all book “Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House” was published today. Barnicle asks: “Let’s consider what you just said…the beginning of the President’s work day and he says, ‘have you seen it?’ Talking about a tweet?” Hear Sims’ first-hand account here.

What does it take to be president?

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle discuss news that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is seriously considering running—as an independent—for president and a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that shows only 32% of people believe that Donald Trump is knowledgable and experienced enough to handle the presidency. “The President of the United States pure and simple is incompetent. He can’t do the job,” says Barnicle. As for Schultz: “He’s not going to affect the presidential election because he’s not going to there in the end.” You can hear more of the conversation here.

Roger Stone’s Osama bin Laden comparison

Listen in as Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle discuss the claims made by Roger Stone, longtime confidant to President Donald Trump, that his arrest during a pre-dawn raid following his indictment in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was far worse than what happened to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was fatally shot by US Special Forces during an early morning. “They did not knock on Bin Laden’s front door. There was not a knock saying, you know, ‘Bin Laden, FBI, come on out.’ They didn’t do that,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. You can watch the exchange here.

Congratulations to Mariano Rivera

“Congratulations to Mariano Rivera, a wonderful human being, as well as a great pitcher, who single handedly gave up the greatest hit in the history of the Boston Red Sox—Bill Miller’s single in the ninth inning to drive in a run to tie the game in the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox went on to beat the Yankees,” teasingly says die-hard Boston Red Sox fan Mike Barnicle as Willie Geist and the Morning Joe team commends New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera on being the first unanimous choice for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Listen to a little more of the baseball discussion here.

New book says: White House “out of control”

On Morning Joe, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and The Washington Post associate editor Eugene Robinson discuss former White House communications aide Cliff Sims’ new book, excerpted in the Washington Post, that describes an “absolutely out of control” White House staff and details President Donald J. Trump’s yelling and berating then-speaker of the House Paul Ryan. What will history say about the Republicans who have stuck with Trump? Find out here.

What will it take?

The Morning Joe panel of Mike Barnicle, Willie Geist and Eugene Robinson talk about the ongoing and longest government shutdown in US history and what it might take to bring Republicans and Democrats together and put everyone back to work. Click to listen. Only on MSNBC.

Rudy Giuliani’s jumbles

ICYMI: Listen in on the conversation among Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle with Axios co-founder and CEO Jim Vandehei about Rudy Giuliani, President Donald J. Trump’s attorney, backpedaling on potentially damaging comments he made about Trump’s involvement with Russia during his campaign for the presidency.

The shutdown continues

Listen in as Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and historian Jon Meacham discuss the tremendous impact to thousands of federal employees being ordered back to work without pay as the partial government shutdown continues. “This is a president of the United States, who clearly lacks an empathy gene. He does not understand that real human beings, whole families—there’s more than 800,000 people who are being hurt here,” says Barnicle. Hear more of the conversation here.

Conspiracy or collusion?

Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation with MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos about the impact of the court filing revealing that Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, shared 2016 polling data with a Russian associate. “All of this stuff feeds back to the one word over, and over and over: Russia. What is the legal difference between collusion and conspiracy here?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. Hear Cevallos’ answer and more on the situation. Only on MSNBC.

The nation’s emergency

While the Morning Joe panel reviews President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address last night, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle puts it into context: “It raises the question—an important one…What happens when there is a real crisis? When there is a real emergency? Does he take to the air waves? Do we give him the air waves? Do we believe him? That’s a real question that’s going to have to be answered. The president continually…gets right up to the edge of ‘this as a national emergency’. Well, there is a national emergency I would submit, and we saw it last night: It’s him.” Listen to more of the conversation here.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

Today on Morning Joe, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Nelson Cunningham, former White House Special Advisor to President Clinton and General Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee under then-chairman Joseph R. Biden, discuss U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ recent decisions to intervene in specific cases—the latest tied to the Mueller probe—especially in light of Roberts’ well-known concern for the court’s reputation as an impartial institution, which took a hit during Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hyper-partisan confirmation hearings last fall. Hear the conversation here.

Barnicle & Isaacson on the exhaustion about Washington

Listen in on the conversation between Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle and author and history professor Walter Isaacson about the American public’s “exhaustion factor” relating to President Donald J. Trump’s talk about building a wall along the Mexican border and “the fact that nothing gets done in Washington?”