Entries from Dec 2019
The “complexities” of health care

The Morning Joe panel shifts the conversation to the “complexities” of health care to talk about what matters most to Americans around the country: “The cost of health care, the access to health care, and the uncertainty of getting good health care,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. “One of the unfortunate aspects of American health care is nobody ever asks the cost of anything…nobody ever goes in and says, ‘well how much is this going to cost me?’” Hear more on the topic from Willie Geist, Al Sharpton, Jonathan Lemire and Susan Del Percio. Only on MSNBC.

The Pressing Issue of Infrastructure

The Morning Joe panels puts front and center the country’s need for infrastructure legislation, which has yet to been addressed in a meaningful way by President Donald Trump or the Democratic presidential candidates at primary debates. “People go to work every day. They drive every day over roads that are terrible, bridges that are crumbling. The infrastructure of this country badly needs revitalization and, yet, it hasn’t happened,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. Hear what The New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, Republican strategist Susan Del Percio and civil rights activists Rev. Al Sharpton have to say about this “tangible” issue that could provide jobs but is not being addressed by the current Administration.

NYT Op Ed: “What Will it Take to Beat Donald Trump?”

Listen in as Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle and author Walter Isaacson, professor of history at Tulane University, discuss New York Times opinion writer Bret Stephens’ column, “What Will It Take to Beat Donald Trump?” “Bret’s column gets to one of the points that I think you pick up when you’re walking around in the real America, and it’s that a large majority of Americans, perhaps, just want a candidate who comes forward and says ‘I’m going to take care of America,’” suggests Barnicle. Hear Isaacson’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

Sen. Sanders Surges in the Polls

“In addition to the word ‘durability’—underline it next to Bernie Sanders—you can also underline ‘consistency’ and you can underline ‘predictability’ and ‘loyalty. All of his followers, they have been with him for many, many years. They didn’t just sort of jump on the Sanders train a few months ago. They have been with him for many, many years, even prior to his announce run for the presidency,” says veteran columnist and Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle about the supporters of Sen. Sanders as the panel discusses new reports that Democratic officials, political operatives and pundits are reconsidering Sen. Bernie Sanders’ chances to win the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential race. Hear more of the conversation now.

Russian Interference Continues under Trump

“In 2016, this country was attacked by a sworn enemy of the United State: Russia. They subverted our electoral process. They are doing it today as we speak—and I am not one of these guys with a big library in my head of things that were said by public people—but I don’t think the President of the United States has ever specifically addressed what we’re doing to counter this attack that is ongoing right now. So, we have a country, our country, still under attack by a sworn enemy, and I have yet really to hear the President of the United States saying, ‘Hey, this is what we’re going to do,’” says Barnicle about President Donald Trump’s lack of protecting the US election process. Hear more of the discussion with Morning Joe’s Willie Geist, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Jonathan Lemire and Susan Del Percio.

No Twitter Break for President Trump

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle, Heidi Przybyla and Susan Del Percio about the status of the impeachment of President Donald Trump as well as the President’s daily tweets and the public’s reaction to it all. “Out there in this large country that we live in there’s basically a shrug of the shoulders among ordinary people about all of this—certainly about the tweets and even about impeachment, despite how serious it is,” says Barnicle. Join the conversation here.

Michigan in 2020

Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) about the state of Michigan politics and its residents’ worry about health care and drinking water, the day after President Donald Trump rallied in the state during the House Impeachment vote.

Trump in 2020: He will stop at nothing to win

“The only way that Donald Trump can now rehabilitate himself is by winning in November of 2020, and there is nothing he will not do to win. So, the campaign is going to be an attack on race, on crime, on gender, on our culture, on everything around us. It is going to be the ugliest aspect of politics that we have ever encountered in our lives,” predicts veteran columnist Mike Barnicle on MSNBC’s Morning Joe during a discussion the morning following the historic impeachment of President Donald Trump by the deeply divided House of Representatives.

GOP: No Defense of President Trump

“I didn’t hear one of them saying about the President of the United States, ‘he’s a good man. He’s a decent man. He’s an honest man.’ I didn’t hear one Republican say that,” explains veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist about the final hours of debate between House Democrats and House Republicans regarding the articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump, before President Trump became the third president in history to be impeached. Listen to more of the conversation here.

Sen. Lindsey Graham: “I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror”...

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle as they discuss Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying that he’s made up his mind that President Donald Trump should be acquitted if Trump were to face an impeachment trial in the Senate and dismissed the notion that he has to be a “fair juror,” claiming that he doesn’t see the need for a formal trial in the Senate. “How will history view these people? Unfortunately, we are now in an age and in a culture where there is no more history. There is no more truth. It’s all within the next hour, it’s all within what’s on your phone. There’s no more conscience in the United States Senate, really….Impeachment is being dealt with in a truly frivolous manner,” says Barnicle. Join the conversation here.

Money in Baseball

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist, Claire McCaskill and Mike Barnicle about prized free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees having agreed to a record nine-year, $324 million contract. “We talk a lot here about the taint in politics having to do with money and the corruption of cash in politics. This is an example of it being extended into Major League Baseball, until and in less Mookie Betts gets $350 million from the Boston Red Sox,” jokingly says Barnicle. Join the conversation here.

The 2020 presidential race

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle as they discuss the 2020 presidential race, specifically how the candidates stack up against President Donald J. Trump and how they are doing on the campaign trail with former Vice President Joe Biden “more than holding” Iowa while Sen. Elizabeth Warren has seen her support in Iowa drop by almost half. Join the conversation here.

Russia investigation continues

Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and Julia Ainsley about an upcoming report from U.S. Attorney John Durham focused on the possibility of FBI and Justice Department misconduct in the run-up to the 2016 election through the spring of 2017, following Attorney General William Barr and Durham having held meetings with Italian intelligence officials in Rome as they sought to trace the origins of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s alleged collusion with President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Hear more about what’s next in the process here.

How Netflix Works

Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph stopped by the Morning Joe studio to talk about his book “That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea” and how Netflix, as Mike Barnicle noted, “literally changed the studio movie business for all time.” Listen in on the conversation.