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The ongoing investigation of Trump

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and The Guardian congressional reporter Hugo Lowell about the sheer exhaustion of covering the continuous investigations into the business dealings of former President Donald Trump and his family, following New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ accusation that Trump’s family business repeatedly misrepresented the value of its assets to bolster its bottom line, saying in court papers that the company had engaged in “fraudulent or misleading” practices for economic benefit.

Who plays the “game” better?

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle discuss “the game of politics” and how Republicans are playing it better heading into the 2022 midterm elections and one year into President Joe Biden’s tenure. “Most Republicans who run for office, they’re better on both sides of the ball—offense and defense. They crush their opponents, and they brag about their accomplishments. The Democrats are unable to do that….They sit there paralyzed by the differences between the progressives and the moderates in both the House and the Senate. But there are deliverables that the President ought to be talking about…things that have helped people, helped families survive through the virus, and it’s still there: The promise is still there, but they seem unable to articulate it, and worse—unable to act on it,” says Barnicle about Democrats touting the achievements of Biden’s first year in office. Watch the conversation here.

The price of lies

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle as they discuss the “grifters” within the Republican Party spreading lies for financial gain after Dr. Anthony Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) sparred during a Senate health hearing where Dr. Fauci said he has received death threats while working to end the pandemic because of Paul’s false claims. Says Barnicle: “They have perfected the easy art of the steal. Push this button on your phone from Rand Paul’s email and you can contribute $5, $10, $15, whatever. Low amounts of money—except they really add up, and they go right into the pockets of these people.”

Help wanted

Morning Joe Mike Barnicle talks with NBC News senior business correspondent Stephanie Ruhle about job opportunities amid the COVID-19 outbreak following the Labor Department having reported that a record 4.5 million people voluntarily left their jobs last November. Find out what kinds of jobs are available now.

The Senate today v. 2007

Watch this Morning Joe conversation as veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) about how he works each day with Republican senators who continue to propagate the lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. “How do you deal with people who…wear the face of hypocrisy when they show up to work every day. How do you do it? How do you engage with them?” Hear Murphy’s response about what a “different place” the U.S. Senate is today than when he joined in 2007 and how he tries to convince Republicans “to get back on board with the rule of law.”

Republicans “off shore”

ICYMI: Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle talk with David Ignatius about former President Donald Trump slamming South Dakota Republican Sen. Mike Rounds, calling him a “jerk” and a “RINO,” one day after Rounds pushed back against the lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. “Donald Trump with almost each political statement that he makes further entrenches himself on this island of egomania that he presides over. The land of common sense is a little offshore and increasingly the population on that area is going to grow,” Barnicle says of the Republican Party.

COVID precautions for children

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb about how to keep babies and preschool children and their communities as safe as possible from COVID as the Omicron variant is driving new U.S. COVID records.

Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy about the competitive nature and motivation behind the success of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird.

Remembering Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Morning Joe remembers former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who died at 82 years old and NFL Hall of Fame coach, broadcasting icon John Madden, who died at 85. Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says of Reid and his influence on American politics: “One thought struck me more than anything else: Why aren’t Democrats as tough today as Harry Reid was when he was the head of the Senate? I think it would be a different country, a different political party, and a different negotiation back and forth between all these conflicting issues if a Harry Reid was still there.” And on Madden: “Everybody in America knows John Madden. He was absolutely incredible. He was the guy who translated the arcane language of pro football into common English so that everybody understood it.”

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.