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New book on Trump post-presidency

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and president ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl about Karl’s new book “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” which offers an explosive look at the aftermath of the 2020 election and the events that followed former President Donald Trump’s White House departure. “When you’re sitting with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, after he has left the presidency, did it occur to you, ‘my God, this man was actually president of the United States?’” asks Barnicle. Hear Karl’s response here.

Budget woes amid Build Back Better

“When was the last time—if ever—that a true scalpel, a forensic scalpel, was taken to the budget, the federal budget of the United States of America, including the Defense Department, looking for waste, eliminating it? And what would happen…if this dream ever came true?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of economic analyst Steve Rattner during this Morning Joe conversation about removing wasteful spending within the country’s federal budget. Join the conversation here.

What is wrong with this country?

“What is going on with this country? What is wrong with this country—that people so easily buy into these horrendously false assertions made by people on the make? Joe, Mika, I’ve got to tell you, sitting here listening to it, thinking about it, thinking about your grandchildren—it’s depressing,” says Barnicle during a conversation that began with news of a federal judge having squarely placed the blame for the January 6 Capitol attack on Donald Trump, suggesting that the former president’s role in seeding lies about the 2020 election—and the impact it had on his followers—has been an under-appreciated part of the entire situation, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was confronted by CBS’ Margaret Brennan over his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election results and for continuing to spin lies about the integrity of the vote.

Help wanted

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle discuss the U.S. worker shortage and supply chain issues that are likely to disrupt the holidays unless jobs are filled. “The economy is very healthy and very promising in terms of the next year or so, but the fact that you can’t find people to drive a truck, that you can’t find people to deliver goods to market, the fact you can’t find people to drive school buses in various cities around the country is a deepening and real mystery. People have to get back to work,” says Barnicle. Join the conversation here.

The continuing impact of January 6

“There has been no precedent in this country for the plaintiff, Donald Trump, who continues to wage war against the Constitution, against the rule of law, against one political party in particular, the Democrats, and anything they want to do. What is the larger impact, the political impact of this, within the White House and within the members of the Democratic Party who you speak to, in both the House and the Senate?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of POLITICO White House Bureau Chief Jonathan Lemire during a Morning Joe conversation about the impact the January 6 deadly insurrection has had on the country, as the House investigation continues. Listen to the conversation here.

Where is Merrick Garland and the Department of Justices in this?

Watch this Morning Joe panel discussion with Washington Post political reporter Robert Costa about his new book and the ongoing investigation into the January 6 insurrection. “What took place was a group of people—a small group of people—tried unsuccessfully to overthrow the existing government of the United States and the incoming government of the United States. Where is Merrick Garland and the Department of Justices in this?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Costa. Tune in for the segment here.

Chicago Mayor joins Morning Joe

Watch this Morning Joe segment as veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot about the “massive amount of publicity” afforded to the movie set killing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as people are dying every day in her city. “How does it strike you when…every day in Chicago the combination of gangs, guns, and young people dying is an everyday—sadly, an everyday—occurrence given very little note?” Hear Mayor Lightfoot’s response about the lack of attention given to the violent crime victims in Chicago.

Way Too Early

Tune in for this Way Too Early segment with Jonathan Lemire and Mike Barnicle as they discuss the White House and congressional Democrats scrambling to pass President Joe Biden’s landmark social spending legislation, focusing on new ways to pay for the package, including a billionaires’ tax, before President Biden’s departure for a week of summits in Europe.

Combating vaccine misinformation

As the White House announced plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 5 to 11, Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle talked with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy about how the Administration will try and combat the vast and dangerous COVID-19 vaccine misinformation that has proliferated on social media platforms, such as Facebook. Hear what Dr. Murthy has to say here.

Red Sox v. Astros continues

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle as they discuss their beloved Boston Red Sox with the team facing elimination after a game 5 loss to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. “It’s been a wonderful year. We’ve been blessed with many, many victories that we didn’t expect, and we’re still here….You win some, you lose some, but you’ve got to dress for all of them. And we’ll be dressed tomorrow night in Houston, ready to go,” says Barnicle.

Problems at Rikers Island

Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discuss the city’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has been troubled by years of neglect and has spiraled into turmoil during the coronavirus pandemic. “Rikers Island, in a sense for many who go there, many inmates, it’s a death sentence. You can die of COVID. You can die of gang violence, and it’s been going on not just for a month, not just this summer, but for a long, long time. What has been the problem with either closing Rikers Island or getting something done to make it manageable?” asks Barnicle. Hear de Blasio’s response here.

Democratic divide

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Congresswoman and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (D-MA) about the divide between progressives and moderates within the Democratic Party, which despite controlling the House, Senate and White House has not yet passed President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion economic plan.

2021 MLB playoffs

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle discuss the 2021 Major League Baseball playoffs, including home plate umpire Laz Diaz missing a strike-three call with two outs in a tie game during the ninth inning that ultimately led to the Houston Astros defeating the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. “You can’t blame a single call for a loss in a game. You know that. But it was a pretty brutal night in the ninth inning at Fenway Park,” says Barnicle about the blown strike-three call by Diaz. Watch the rest of the conversation here.

American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and author and New York Times editorial board member Farah Stockman about her new book “American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears,” which explores the closing of the Rexnord bearings plant in Indianapolis and its impact specifically on several of its employees.

Pennsylvania Politics

“Government at the national level and sometimes the state level is either dysfunctional or really just fighting each other every day. What’s your sense—in talking to people—of the average voters, the average person’s estrangement from the system of politics due to the way politics has behaved in this country and in Pennsylvania?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Attorney General of Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, during a Morning Joe conversation about how everyday Americans view the politics of the country.

Rising Inflation

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Virginia Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Hala Ayala about inflation and the three issues that impact people everyday: the cost of bread, milk and gas. “What do you hear when you’re out on the campaign trail about the cost of living?” asks Barnicle. Learn Ayala’s response here.

2021 American League Championship Series

Morning Joe’s Willie Geist, Jonathan Lemire and Mike Barnicle discuss the 2021 Major League Baseball playoffs, including the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros that begins this weekend in Minute Maid Park. “I’m looking forward to the Red Sox coming back to Boston at least even in the series one game to one,” says Barnicle about his beloved team. Hear the conversation here.

Steve Bannon

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Jonathan Lemire, Katty Kay and Mike Barnicle about the January 6th Select Committee moving to hold former Trump advisor Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for defying a subpoena to appear before the committee. “Steve Bannon can be forced to appear before the committee, but he can’t be forced to give information. He can’t be forced to testify if he doesn’t want to testify. It’s an extraordinarily frustrating moment in history because of the danger that this has posed to the country, to our existing democracy, to the way we live, to the way we govern. But here we are,” says Barnicle about former President Donald Trump and his allies.

The Danger That America Faces Right Now

ICYMI: Morning Joe’s Willie Geist, Elise Jordan and Mike Barnicle discuss the Republican Party and former President Donald Trump following a judge having dismissed a lawsuit by Trump supporters who sought to inspect absentee ballots from the 2020 election.

William Shatner Makes History In Space

Join in as Morning Joe’s Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle discuss NBC News correspondent Tom Costello’s report about actor William Shatner, 90, becoming the oldest person ever in space and Shatner’s moving reflection on the experience.