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Barnicle on Afghanistan

ICYMI: Watch this Morning Joe conversation as Mike Barnicle and others share their thoughts on President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan speech in which he defended his decision to end America’s 20-year war there and called the evacuation from Kabul an “extraordinary success” in his remarks. Commented Barnicle that despite Biden being “angered and outraged to his core” about the killings that took place in Afghanistan, “I heard a very strong defense of his position. After 20 years of death, deception—despite some immense progress in Afghanistan with regard to women and education—20 years of delusion….The president knows that only one thing is forever and that’s death. He knows that most of those at the airport were there in Afghanistan for perhaps their first time, greeting complete strangers, people they’ve never met, in order to save their lives.” More from the segment here.

Leading on COVID-19

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Eugene Robinson and Mike Barnicle as they discuss Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson remaining uncertain about getting vaccinated against COVID-19 after returning from his second bout with the virus in the last eight months. “Lamar Jackson is a tremendous quarterback, a tremendous athlete, there’s no doubt about that, Willie. But he’s not a team guy because he has just proven he is not a team guy….The other aspect of it—getting COVID twice and still being worried about the vaccine—I mean, that is truly mystifying in this current time, truly mystifying,” says Barnicle about Jackson after the NFL announced that teams will forfeit and be slapped with a loss if a game is cancelled because of a COVID-19 outbreak among their unvaccinated players.

How will history remember…?

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Dr. Lee Beers, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, about the ongoing hesitancy among many Americans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “What do you think history is going to say about us that we had so many who refused to get a vaccine that could be lifesaving?” Hear Dr. Beers’ hopeful answer here.

Rent relief needed for tenants and landlords

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation among host Mika Brzezinski, contributor Mike Barnicle and Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) about the desperate need to expand the eviction moratorium and disperse billions in funds through the end of 2021 to help both beleaguered tenants—largely in communities of color—and landlords alike who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis that continues to surge.

The COVID-19 vaccine is “a lifesaver”

Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski and contributor Mike Barnicle discuss a recent Wall Street Journal report that indicates that evangelical Christians are resisting the COVID-19 vaccine most among religious groups. “The vaccine has become an element of politics, that’s our basic problem (and) that’s what we’re talking about here every day. It’s the slow destruction of the republic, really. It’s the disbelief in the government. It’s the disbelief in the vaccine—a vaccine that has been proven to be helpful, and in many, many cases life saving to Americans and people around the world…Get it and safe your life,” says Barnicle about the COVID-19 vaccine. Tune in for the discussion here.

COVID-19 vaccines for children: How young?

Tune in for this Morning Joe segment as veteran columnist Mike Barnicle talks with Dr. Vin Gupta, a public health physician, professor, and health policy expert, about how soon and how young children may safely receive the COVID-19 vaccine so they can return to school this fall.

Mandatory vaccines for teachers?

Watch this Morning Joe segment between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Washington Post columnist Max Boot about whether or not COVID-19 vaccinations should be made mandatory for school teachers so that we don’t have to shut down schools again as the deadly Delta variant runs rampant. “I think that’s the heart of each family: You want your children to be better in life than you have been. But if your children are struck with a virus, that’s a critical condition for them, obviously. Aim at the children in public schools, get the teachers mandated vaccines: I’m wondering if you think that would work,” asks Barnicle. Hear Boot’s response here.

Julie K. Brown’s new book on Jeffrey Epstein

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Miami Herald investigative journalist Julie K. Brown about her new book, “Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story” and why the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida allowed basically “a slap on the wrist” for charges Epstein faced related to charges of sex with underage girls.

Back to school

Watch this Morning Joe segment as contributor Mike Barnicle talks with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about whether COVID-19 vaccinations should be mandatory for New York City school teachers as they head back to school this September and for the city’s health care workers, only half of whom are vaccinated on average, according to de Blasio. He said more aggressive measures may be warranted if the Delta variant continues to grow. See the discussion here.

The devastating Delta variant

ICYMI: Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, about whether COVID-19 variants will be prevalent in the coming years as the Delta variant now accounts for an estimated 83 percent of COVID-19 cases in America and what—if anything—we can do to prevent new variants.

Voting Rights

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle as they discuss President Joe Biden’s speech on voting rights in Philadelphia, where he issued a dire and angry warning that the very underpinnings of American democracy were under threat, calling an ongoing assault on voting rights the gravest challenge to American democracy since the Civil War. “It was certainly perhaps his most powerful speech as president,” says veteran columnist Barnicle.

NYC Mayoral candidate joins Morning Joe

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Eric Adams, Democratic nominee for New York City mayor, about Adams’ plans to rebuild trust in the NYPD if he is elected mayor.

The state of America

“I can’t imagine a more dangerous time in the last 100 years than the time that we’re enduring and going through right now—when every institution of government is suspect by so many people, when the core of this country: Freedom, liberty, free speech, the right to vote—all of it seems to be under question, almost each and every day,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about the state of America during this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough. Tune in for their discussion here.

MLB star Shohei Ohtani shines

Join this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about Los Angeles Angels hitter and pitcher Shohei Ohtani, who has dominated this MLB season. “He’s more than just a phenomenon….He’s multitalented. And he plays for a manager in Joe Maddon, who’s an old school guy who loves baseball and has made the decision to allow Ohtani to both appear at the plate as a hitter when Ohtani is on the mound pitching. It’s a tremendous show. I’d pay to go see him,” says Barnicle. Learn more about Ohtani here.

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.