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Bipartisanship in American politics

Morning Joe host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle discuss the erosion of bipartisanship in American politics. “We now are part of a process—a political system—where members of Congress, members of the United States Senate, some of them, are more afraid of Twitter and their own constituents than they are of any great issue that they’re going to have to resolve. Tip O’Neill, one of his best friends in the House of Representatives was Gerry Ford, and that does not happen today. You don’t see friendships like that today in politics,” says Barnicle. Join the conversation here.

More on U.S.-Russian relations

Morning Joe continues the conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle about President Joe Biden’s upcoming high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland amid escalating tensions between the two countries. “Success is the fact that they’re going to have the summit—that the two men are going to meet together. Joe Biden…has dealt with Vladimir Putin before. He has looked him in the eye before. He’s had tough talks with him before,” says Barnicle. Watch the rest of the conversation here.

US-Russia relations discussed

Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor John Bolton as they discuss U.S.-Russia relations prior to President Joe Biden’s upcoming high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland amid escalating tensions between the two countries. “Could you please, for us, define success and failure from that meeting?” asks Barnicle of Bolton. “What would be success for the United States? What would be failure for the United States?”

Memorial Day

ICYMI: Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist, Jonathan Lemire and Mike Barnicle discuss President Joe Biden’s Memorial Day speech where he defended America’s “imperfect” democracy. “We have lost touch with one another. We have lost touch with the term ‘neighbors.’ We have lost touch with the loose connection that bonds us all, that once bonded us all together….We have all collectively become the ‘other,’ unfortunately,” says Barnicle about the current state of America as he and Scarborough talk about the existing divisions in the country, particularly inside the halls of Congress. Tune in for the segment here.

Barnicle: “How did this happen?”

“When Liz Cheney said, ‘We must speak the truth. Our election was not stolen, and America has not failed.’ Those are words that should resonate throughout this country because what we’ve talked about here today, what we’ve witnessed in the news, this is a very fragile republic of ours right now,” said veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during this Morning Joe conversation with host Joe Scarborough about former President Donald Trump’s impact on House Republicans voting to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from their party leadership, following Cheney’s searing indictment of House GOP leaders seeking to expel her after she voted to impeach Trump for inciting the January 6th Capitol riot and her continued denunciations of the former president. Watch more of the discussion about “How did this happen?” here.

Why are voting rights under attack?

Watch this Morning Joe discussion about how voting rights are under attack from the GOP nationwide and the possible underlying cause. “Florida, Texas, they are just 2 of 43 states in this country at last count, 43 state legislatures dominated by Republicans that are trying to really fix election laws, because apparently, that’s the only way Republicans can win a national election is to deny the results or try to fix it for themselves. And yet what we’re talking about, these attempts by state legislatures to alter and make tougher election laws, making it impossible for people to vote or very difficult for people to vote, I would consider that to be secondary to the larger issue, and the larger issue would be, is the damage that Donald Trump has done to our country, to our institutions: Is it permanent, is it lasting, or is it temporary? What’s your view?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of branding expert Donny Deutsch.

Evolving employee-employer relations

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation among Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and Evercore Founder & Senior Chairman Roger Altman about the ever-changing employee base and their impact on the corporations they work for in terms of social and political activism.

Rep. Omar proposes more police accountability

On this Morning Joe segment, veteran journalist Mike Barnicle talks with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) about her proposed legislation for police accountability, which focuses on establishing an independent federal agency to investigate deaths that occur in police custody, officer-involved shootings and uses of force that result in severe bodily injury. Learn more about it here.

Policing in America

ICYMI: Watch this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about the status of policing in America following the shooting death of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, this week. “My instinct is that in police academy after police academy, especially in big cities…they don’t teach recruits about the culture of the cities that they are policing, and it’s vitally necessary to do that in this day and age, when we have such a mix in this country of so many different people, so many different languages,” says Barnicle, who added policing is “a complex, dangerous job….That’s what police officers are trained to do and he did it,” Barnicle says of the officer, whose body camera footage shows Bryant was confronting another girl and wielding a knife as shots were fired.

Chauvin trial ongoing

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and former prosecutor David Henderson about the ongoing trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd. “You can measure evidence, you can measure testimony, but you can never measure human nature in the jury pool. You don’t know what they’re thinking,” says Barnicle about the trial.

New Netflix series by Barnicle’s sons

Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle as they discuss “This is a Robbery,” a new Netflix series created by two of Barnicle’s sons, Colin Barnicle and Nick Barnicle, which chronicles the world’s biggest art heist. “I’ve been stunned to realize at this late stage of my life that my children have much more discipline and reportorial skills than I ever had. It’s an incredible piece of work, a four-part documentary, over half a billion dollars worth of art stolen one night in 1990, 31 years ago. None of the art has surfaced. God only knows where it is; but the film is filled with characters…funny characters, sad characters, criminal characters. And it’s a great piece of work. I’m obviously very proud of them,” says Barnicle about his sons.

The price of MLB’s All-Star move

Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle as Barnicle dissects the ongoing saga over Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s controversial decision to remove the 2021 All-Star Game from Georgia after the state created more restrictive voting laws, to the dismay of Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams who urged MLB to keep the All-Star Game in her state, which will reportedly lose an estimated $100 million in revenue from the move. “Baseball has always lagged behind the other professional sports, especially the National Basketball Association, in terms of addressing prominent, social and cultural issues, especially regarding race in this country, and this is an opportunity for (Manfred) to declare Major League Baseball on the right side of history, which he did, and he did it by himself,” says Barnicle. Hear more of the details here.

Open the schools, says Dr. Fauci

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle following Dr. Anthony Fauci’s comments to the Morning Joe panel that schools can reopen and should remain open as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 outbreak. “The more kids that are back in schools the better off this country is going to be, the faster we’re going to move forward,” says Barnicle. Watch more of the discussion here.

Voting Rights front and center, again

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the Washington Post’s associate editor Eugene Robinson about the Republican Party’s push to tighten voting rules after recent losses, with Georgia Republicans passing restrictive changes to the state election process that includes making it illegal to take food or water to voters in line. “It’s beyond sick,” said Barnicle, echoing a statement made by President Joe Biden in his first press conference this week. “It’s a real threat to our democracy, the way people vote in this country.” Hear Robinson’s response here.

The need for public/private partnerships

Watch this Morning Joe segment as veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and author Mariana Mazzucato discuss her new book, “Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism,” which delves into the need to foster the private/public relationship to achieve solutions for our modern day problems.

Morning Joe impressions

Here’s the deal, man: Tune in for this Morning Joe segment as Mike Barnicle and Dana Carvey via The Late Show with Stephen Colbert offer up their hilarious impressions of President Joe Biden as the panel share some laughs and Biden family stories.

Vaccine myths vs. reality

Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, joined with Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle to talk about the effectiveness of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines in preventing infection of the various variants of the virus. Watch the conversation here.

Words matter

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between Mike Barnicle and Victoria DeFrancesco Soto of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin about the power and consequences of words, especially in connection with the escalation of inflammatory language in the United States, in a year that has seen the death and destruction of COVID-19 and crimes like the killings of eight people Atlanta-area spas, including six of Asian descent.

Bipartisan cooperation wanted

“Have you had the opportunity to talk to any of your Republican colleagues, and perhaps make some beginnings of a friendship with some of your Republican colleagues? Do you have any sense of why they fear the changing demographics of this country, the changing face of this country—seemingly much more so than they fear Iran or China or Russia?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) during this Morning Joe conversation. Listen to Warnock’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

Veterans’ care improving in rural areas

Watch this conversation with Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Sec. Denis McDonough about what the government is doing to get quality medical care to all veterans, including those living in rural areas.