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“David, I have a rather simple yet pejorative question for you: Could we boil this piece down to the following—if you could answer it? What percentage of Republicans are we talking about? Is their complaint that their party – the party around them – is just not crazy enough?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Washington Post data analyst David Byler as the Morning Joe panel discusses polling that shows Republicans dislike their own party more than Democrats do. Watch the conversation here.

What’s next for Ukraine?

Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle talks with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) about whether a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia should even be on the table as the Ukrainian army has shown remarkable resiliency and determination in their continuing effort to reclaim territory that was seized in the early days of the Russian invasion. “Why would the Ukrainians cede anything to Russia or Putin right now?” Hear Coons’ response here.

Help not politics needed in Florida

Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle about President Joe Biden’s commitment to the people of Florida and the imperative to put politics aside as the deadly Hurricane Ian, a category 5 storm, is about to strike the Sunshine State. “FEMA’s been on the ground in Florida for several days now…in preparation for helping people in Florida, for helping to save lives, and I don’t think (Biden) needed to be challenged to make a phone call by the governor of Florida, which the governor did yesterday….The reason he hasn’t spoken to the President is the President was actively engaged in getting FEMA, and help, and aid to Florida now,” says Barnicle.

Kerry on China’s progress on climate

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran journalist Mike Barnicle and John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, about China’s progress on its commitments and the upcoming U.N. climate conference in Egypt in November.

Morning Joe talks MLB

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle talk Major League Baseball, with the playoffs less than ten games away, including the Boston Red Sox’s disappointing season as the team will finish in last place in the American League East. “Outside of my family, the Red Sox are the most important component of my life, and I have to tell you that this has been the most bitter, the most disappointing season I’ve experienced in a long, long time. There is no excuse for what’s happened.” You can watch the segment here.

GOP support for Ukraine?

Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle talks with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) about whether the Republican Party might cutoff aid to Ukraine amid its war with Russia if the GOP is victorious in the 2022 midterm elections. “You’ve indicated recently that you think that if the Republicans win control of the House or the Senate, in these off-year elections that are coming up that, that aid could be reduced if not eliminated. Why would anyone do that at this point?” Listen to Murphy’s response here.

Next in the Mar-a-Lago document case

Watch this Morning Joe conversation with veteran journalist Mike Barnicle and NBC News investigations correspondent Tom Winter about the possible state of mind of U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie who has been appointed to serve as the special master to review materials the FBI seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, following Judge Dearie having questioned Trump’s claim about the seized documents being declassified.

Susan Glasser and Peter Baker talk about their new book

ICYMI: The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser and The New York Times’ Peter Baker joined Morning Joe to talk about their new book: “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021,” which Mike Barnicle said caused him a “sense of depression” over the fact that former president Donald Trump “presented perhaps an hourly danger to the country, to the institution of the presidency, and seems to have been surrounded by people who knew how dangerous he was and said nothing. How do you explain this?” he asks. Listen to their responses about this being “one of the enduring mysteries” of the Trump reign, along with examples of mistakes and missteps that Trump made during his tenure.

A problem like Trump

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran journalist Mike Barnicle and BBC News U.S. special correspondent Katty Kay about the silence from Republican lawmakers after the “frightening” rally of former President Donald Trump, “a man who knows exactly what he’s doing, but stands at the precipice of presenting an even further threat to our democracy.” Hear their conversation about the Republican Party’s “struggle” to know how to stand up to Trump.

Trump’s lawyers in court over Mar-a-Lago records seizure

ICYMI: Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and MSNBC legal analyst Barbara McQuade, a former U.S attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, about what’s likely to happen today when former President Donald Trump’s legal team meets with U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie, who has been appointed to serve as the special master to review materials the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago.

“The Storm is Here: An American Crucible”

Watch this Morning Joe segment as veteran columnist Mike Barnicle talks with war correspondent Luke Mogelson about the inspiration for Mogelson’s new book, “The Storm is Here: An American Crucible,” and his experience as he captured raw footage in Washington D.C. on the day of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “As I looked at the crowds, I thought to myself, I probably know some of these people. ‘Know’ in the literal sense, that I know them. I know who they are, and they’re not all evil people. They’re not all bad people. I’m wondering, what were your thoughts along those lines?” asks Barnicle. Hear Mogelson’s answer now.

“How the Republican Party Went Crazy”

“David, just 65 years or so ago, Richard Hofstadter wrote a book called ‘The Paranoid Style of American Politics’ and it’s still in evidence today; the book still holds up today. But, along the way, we’ve had Republicans, you mentioned Barry Goldwater earlier. Barry Goldwater and Hugh Scott, Republicans, went and told Richard Nixon ‘you have to go.’ There have been some really courageous Republicans in the Senate and in the House, oddly enough, who stood up over time for various issues. But this, I would submit to you, is different. This is like a virus, an infection that has married cowardice with silence and fear. That’s a trifecta that holds Republicans enthralled to one man and his philosophy who has only been in power–was only in power–for four years. How did that happen so quickly?” asks veteran journalist Mike Barnicle of Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn who joins Morning Joe to discuss his new book, “American Psychosis: A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy.” Watch the conversation here.

New book inspires another Trump Administration investigation

Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle talks with former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman about his new book, “Holding the Line,” in which he details pressure from former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr to pursue criminal cases against perceived enemies of former President Donald Trump, including former Secretary of State John Kerry, who was “entirely innocent.” The Senate Judiciary Committee has now launched an investigation based on Berman’s assertions. Watch the conversation here.

Barnicle: “There’s a magic to baseball in watching it”

Morning Joe’s Willie Geist, Claire McCaskill and Mike Barnicle talk baseball: recent games, players and MLB news. “The big highlight for me as a baseball fan…was watching the Mets game, and they had a young kid broadcasting…maybe 11 or 12 years of age, and he did a half inning broadcast with the crew – Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen – and it was such a joy to watch….There’s a magic to baseball in watching it, listening to it; it’s relaxing; it’s calming, and it’s a constant story that America tells itself through watching a baseball game,” says Barnicle about the New York Mets having had kidcaster Eddie Kraus join their broadcast booth to do play-by-play during a game. Watch the segment here.

The Trump redacted affidavit

During this Morning Joe discussion between veteran journalist Mike Barnicle and Andrew Weissmann, former chief of the criminal fraud section of the U. S. Department of Justice, learn more about the potential fallout that could follow a federal judge having ordered that a redacted version of the affidavit used to obtain a warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence be unsealed, paving the way for potential key revelations about a search with massive legal and political implications.

Morning Joe on Trump, redacted affidavit

ICYMI: Watch this Morning Joe segment in which Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle discuss with former US Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and Ken Dilanian, NBC News’ Justice and Intelligence Correspondent, a federal judge having ordered that a redacted version of the affidavit used to obtain a warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence be unsealed, paving the way for potential key revelations about a search with massive legal and political implications.

The struggle to make “Breaking”

Abi, this is a story about an actual human being. This is a story about a Marine Corps veteran who they extracted $892 from his disability check and that’s why he was in the bank to make people aware of what happens to veterans, and he certainly did that. But my question to you is: Given the state of the movie industry today, this is not a remake….this is not a D.C. Comic film with characters and monsters and things like that. This is a tough thing to do this day and age in the movie business. How did you do it?,” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of filmmaker Abi Damaris Corbin who joins Morning Joe to discuss her new film “Breaking,” based on the true story of Brian Brown-Easley, a frustrated veteran who is killed after taking bank employees hostage in an effort to get the attention of the Veterans Administration. Hear Corbin’s answer and watch a powerful clip from the film, starring John Boyega as Brown-Easley.

Barnicle speaks with Democratic Senate nominee Val Demings

Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) joins Morning Joe and discusses with veteran journalist Mike Barnicle her plans after winning the Democratic Senate nomination in Florida, where she will now face off with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in November. “Congresswoman Demings….Why you and not Marco Rubio?” Barnicle asks. Hear her answer on MSNBC.

Barnicle to GOP: “Do you know the meaning of the word character?”

“My question to the Republican Party, to Republican senators, Republican members of the House of Representatives: Do you know the meaning of the word character? Have you ever heard of Margaret Chase Smith, who stood up alone in the well of the Senate, and stood and spoke against Senator Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950s? A true danger to America at that time. Where are they? Where’s Mitt Romney? Where’s Rob Portman? Where are the moderate, sensible Republicans? Why don’t they stand up and speak and combat the loudest voices among us?,” asks Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle during this conversation with Joe Scarborough as they worry about the possibility of another event like January 6th striking the country again as many Republicans side with former President Donald Trump in his accusations against the FBI following a search of his home.

FBI searches Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate

ICYMI: Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and Michael Steele about the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into the handling of presidential documents, including classified documents, which happened on the same day as President Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the presidency due to the Watergate scandal in 1974, and as some Republican lawmakers “so out of step with reality and the American people” indicting the Justice Department rather than focusing on the criminality of a former president of the United States.