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President Biden accelerates vaccine timeline

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about the significance of President Joe Biden’s announcement that the United States would have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every adult American by the end of May, dramatically accelerating his own timeline. “The principle objective right now—as of this moment—is to show to the American public, the efficacy, the efficiency of government. When government is working well, it helps a lot of people, and that’s what this administration is intent on proving,” says Barnicle.

Where are the Republicans?

“Where have these United States Senators—all of them Republican—where have they been as this daily onslaught against things that we hold dear as a country: like truth, justice, accountability. Where have they been, and what are they going to do?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of The New York Times Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller as the Morning Joe panel discusses the future of the Republican Party as a majority of GOP senators are expected to acquit former President Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial this week. Hear Bumiller’s response here.

Crisis not averted: relief plan stalled

Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) discuss the Republican hold up of the new $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan amid states struggling with vaccine challenges during the country’s worst crisis in decades that has left more than 460,000 dead and millions without jobs and facing eviction.

Second impeachment of Trump begins

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Susan Page and Mike Barnicle as they discuss role of the U.S. Senators in the historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Capitol riots on January 6th. “If the senators can’t grasp the meaning of their oath after all of this, then I don’t know where we are as a constitutional republic. Really. Seriously,” says Barnicle about the majority of GOP senators who may vote to acquit Trump.

Efforts to overthrow the government continue

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle about Senator Mitt Romney having called out his fellow Republicans who continue to push the myth that President Joe Biden is not the legitimate victor in the 2020 presidential election. “Good for Mitt that he spoke to it. But the larger problem is that we have thousands of people in this country and thousands of organized groups aimed at overthrowing the American government because of one man—Donald J. Trump—and one lie that Joe Biden is not really the legal president of the United States. And that is still out there thick in the air among these crazy people,” says Barnicle about the pro-Trump mob that attacked the Capitol and the rhetoric they continue to propagate.

Impeachment = Interruption

“The pending impeachment trial is nothing less than a huge distraction for everything that the Biden Administration is attempting to do. We’ve had an enormous action out of the Biden Administration in a very short period of time since the inauguration, and it’s (Biden’s) commitment to using government to help people, to help move the nation forward that’s behind all of this,” said longtime Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle during this conversation with Willie Geist about President Joe Biden having signed a record number of executive actions in his first week while the Senate is preparing for the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump for his role in having stirred up a mob that attacked the Capitol.

Biden’s national security choices: “comfort and competence”

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the Washington Post’s columnist David Ignatius about President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team choices—including the latest William Burns as CIA director—selections that Barnicle says offer “comfort and competence.” Can they, as Ignatius asks, also challenge the new president to make the tough decisions? Hear more of the discussion here.

Who knew what, when?

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) about why law enforcement were ill-prepared for a well-planned pro-Trump mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol last week, during which time they breached police barricades in an attempt to force Congress to overturn President Donald Trump’s election loss. Hear Crow’s appeal for answers.

Last words: Let’s restore sanity

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle reflect on the Democratic wins in Georgia’s Senate runoff election that will determine control of the Senate and Stacey Abrams’ extraordinary role in the wins. “Last night in Georgia I really believe that it’s the beginning of a long, slow climb back toward sanity for this country,” says Barnicle. Watch the discussion here.

The character in college football

The Morning Joe conversation shifts to college football, the character of the players and celebration of Alabama senior DeVonta Smith having been awarded the Heisman Trophy during a virtual ceremony, becoming the first wide receiver in nearly three decades to win the most prestigious award in college football. “This young man DeVonta Smith who won it, his athletic skill is just so off the charts. If you look at some of the receptions he’s made, it’s incredible. And he’s going to be an unbelievable NFL player,” says Mike Barnicle about Smith, who is set to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

Trump’s toll on DC

In this Morning Joe conversation, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser talks with Mike Barnicle about how public safety in the nation’s capital has been impacted during the Trump Administration and how she’ll continue to work with Congress for repayment of $100 million in federal funds owed to the District for public safety as well as the $755 million owed from the CARES Act.

Barnicle talks with Sen.-elect Warnock

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock (D-GA), who defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler in the Georgia Senate runoff, about the need to extend more and better opportunities to marginalized groups in America so that they too can pursue the path to the American dream as Warnock did. Hear more of his personal story and why he sought to become a United States Senator.

Infrastructure and health care on the agenda

Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle talks with Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) about whether progressive and moderate Democrats will be able to work together on large infrastructure issues in a Democratic-controlled Congress under Joe Biden’s presidency. Says Sherrill: “We have to reimagine government in this country.” Watch the segment here.

The Georgia runoff election

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and The Cook Political Report House Editor David Wasserman about the voter turnout in the Senate runoff elections in Georgia where Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler, while Democrat Jon Ossoff is leading Republican David Perdue in the remaining critical runoff election that will determine control of the Senate. Listen to Wasserman’s response here about what may have inspired voters.

Improving the vaccine roll out

Tune in to this Morning Joe discussion between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization – BIO, about whether the United States should restructure its process of COVID-19 vaccine distribution through the country to meet the overwhelming demand and improve the complicated roll out.

COVID vaccine complications

Tune in to this Morning Joe discussion between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, about whether the United States should restructure its process of COVID-19 vaccine distribution throughout the country to meet the overwhelming demand and improve the complicated roll out.

Where is the American Bar Association?

“What is the American Bar Association thinking about all of these lawyers participating in these fraudulent lawsuits that take up so much court time, and including over the weekend, a lawyer sitting there as her client right in front of her lies. Have any of you given any thought to the Bar Association’s non-reaction to any of this?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) during this Morning Joe discussion about about whether President Donald Trump’s lawyers should face repercussions from the ABA for aiding Trump’s “ridiculous” legal challenge the 2020 election results.

Trump’s trampling on democracy

“I’m sitting here for the past few days thinking about the incalculable damage that one man—Donald Trump—has done to this country and to our political system. And I’m wondering if you, like me, have thought back to Adam Schiff’s summation during the impeachment proceedings—when he talked about why Donald Trump had to be impeached, and he raised the question of the Republicans wondering, you know, ‘how much damage could he do?’ And Schiff ended his summation by saying ‘a lot.’ And in my mind harkening back to those words then to today, and what is playing out right in front of the world, I don’t think ‘a lot’ really handles the scope of the damage that Donald Trump has done,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle to Washington Post associate editor Eugene Robinson during this Morning Joe conversation about the significant harm President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers have inflicted upon the country as they have actively refused to accept the results of the 2020 election. Watch the discussion here.

Messages of support — and a few beers

Don’t miss this Morning Joe segment with Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle and John “Chick” Donohue about Donohue’s new book “The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True Story of Friendship Stronger Than War,” which tells remarkable stories from his 1967 journey from a New York City bar to Vietnam via a cargo ship to track down—in alphabetical order—his neighborhood pals serving in the war to deliver messages of support from back home and share a few beers.

The need for nostalgia

Watch this Morning Joe segment with Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and Wright Thompson, author of the new book “Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last,” as they discuss how complicated conversations may not be spoken but are often understood over a drink. Part biography, autobiography, philosophy and history of the South, Thompson leans into nostalgia and comes up with an unexpected result.