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April 15, 2019

Boeing, one of the largest companies in the world, has its own marketing department, which is presumably working overtime to figure out how to revive the 737 MAX line, grounded worldwide after two crashes in five months. Nonetheless, President Trump offered his own two cents on Monday morning.

Trump has been very successful at branding certain things, his biggest success probably being himself and his family name, but there are certain areas where companies might view Trump's business advice with skepticism — like meat products, higher education, and aircraft, as the famously unimpressed husband of one of his top advisers reminded him.

So, everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Boeing's strengths include marketing aircraft. Trump's? To paraphrase the president, maybe he knows nothing. Peter Weber

January 16, 2018

The Morning Joe team was cutting nobody slack on Tuesday morning, with host Joe Scarborough reserving his toughest love for Democrats. The blunt conversation came as Republican lawmakers have concluded they do not have the votes to pass a long-term federal government funding deal by Friday's deadline, leaving them focused on passing another stopgap spending measure and raising the odds of a government shutdown. Democrats, meanwhile, are using the budget to insist Republicans protect DREAMers — immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children — although there is division in the ranks over to what extent the party is willing to compromise to reach a deal.

Scarborough, though, didn't see any conflict. "You should not give [Republicans] a single vote in keeping the government running," he told the Democrats. "That's their job. This is their government. This is their Congress. This is their presidency … Don't give them a single vote unless they give you a clean bill on DREAMers."

Scarborough insisted that "if you do, you are too weak and too spineless and too stupid when it comes to politics and too cowardly to be given control of Congress in 2018."

Co-host Mika Brzezinski also offered some advice for Republicans — chiefly that "sucking up" to the president "is not going to help you." Watch below. Jeva Lange

April 28, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to break up the big banks in the name of economic stability isn't realistic, suggested President Obama in an interview about his economic legacy published online by The New York Times Magazine on Thursday.

"It is true that we have not dismantled the financial system [like Sanders proposes], and in that sense, Bernie Sanders' critique is correct," Obama remarked. "But one of the things that I've consistently tried to remind myself during the course of my presidency is that the economy is not an abstraction," he added. "It's not something that you can just redesign and break up and put back together again without consequences."

Sanders has been criticized recently for his ambiguous explanations of exactly how the bank breakup would be accomplished. Bonnie Kristian

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