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By Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC

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Join Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist, for in-depth and informed discussions that help drive the day's political conversation. Top newsmakers, Washington insiders, journalists, and cultural influencers, come together on Morning Joe for unparalleled insight and analysis around the day's biggest stories.

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The Bark is Worse than the Bite: White House Press Secretary Defends Trump's Omarosa-"Dog" Insult; Administration Plans Legal Action Over Non-Disclosure Breach

Yesterday morning, President Donald Trump drew ire, once more, over a racially-charged tweet referencing former White House Aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman, saying, "Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!"

In yesterday's press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the President's rhetoric by likening it to the many other names and insults that President Trump has tweeted at countless other individuals over recent years.

In the same press conference, however, discussing President Trump's alleged use of the N-word, Sanders admitted that she cannot "guarantee" whether or not the President has used the word. President Trump has denied ever having uttered the N-word.

The Trump Campaign has also announced that it will be taking legal action against Ms. Manigault-Newman for breaking her non-disclosure agreement which she admits to signing, but does not believe that she has breached.

The latest Presidential popularity polling in the wake of the Omarosa revelations shows President Trump in the red on a number of different issues, with most Americans saying that they believe most things the President has said about the Russia investigation to be false.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, 66% of Americans implore President Trump to stop tweeting, and 59% dislike him as a person.

This morning, we'll break down these new numbers and the effect that they'll inevitably have on the GOP's performance in the upcoming midterms.

Plus, the latest updates on the trial of Paul Manafort as the defense rests without calling a single witness.

It's Wednesday, August 15, welcome to Morning Joe.

Aug 15, 2018
FBI's Most Unwanted: FBI Agent Peter Strzok Fired Over Trump Texts; President Jumps on Chance to End Probe as Omarosa's Bombshells Linger

This whirlwind Tuesday news-day begins with fallout from the firing of FBI Agent Peter Strzok, a former investigator working on behalf of Robert Mueller's Russia probe who sent 'anti-Trump' text messages to FBI Attorney Lisa Page while both still active in the investigation.

The President, tweeting yesterday in response to Strzok's termination: "Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax."

Peter Strzok's Attorney Aitan Goelman is fighting back against his client's firing, arguing that the decision was too heavily motivated by political pressure and that it legitimizes President Trump's vision of purging the bureau.

The President of the United States then turned his Twitter-ing fingers to Former Political Aide "Wacky" Omarosa Manigault, revealing that his administration requires staffers to sign a non-disclosure agreement to "not demean or disparage publicly...Mr. Trump [or] Mr. Pence..."

Ms. Manigault denies ever having seen this document.

President Trump then retweeted Former Lawyer and 'Fixer' Michael Cohen, who defended the President against Manigault's accusations of usage of racial slurs.

Michael Cohen and President Trump, flanked by current Attorney Rudy Giuliani, are, supposedly, not on the best of speaking terms -- Cohen, weeks ago, released his own secret recordings of phone calls with President Trump.

Lastly, President Donald Trump's latest Gallup approval rating lands at 39% as another round of Midterm primary elections kicks-off, this morning.

It's Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.

Aug 14, 2018
Breach of Insecurity: Former White House Aide Omarosa Manigault Releases Termination Tape, Accuses Trump of Racism as 'Unite The Right' Rally Fails

On NBC's 'Meet The Press' last night, Former White House Aide, and 'Apprentice' contestant Omarosa Manigault released a secretly-recorded tape of her termination from the Trump Administration in the White House Situation Room.

With the tape, comes the bombshell accusation, from Ms. Manigault, that President Trump is a "racist" and has used "the n-word" on multiple occasions during filming of 'The Apprentice.'

Ms. Manigault has a forthcoming memoir, to be released this week, detailing her time at the White House. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said that the publication is "filled with lies," and that Ms. Manigault is "trying to profit off these false attacks."

As Ms. Manigault's accusations have come to light, over the weekend, a second 'Unite The Right' Rally -- a "gathering" of white supremacists in response to last year's Charlottesvile, VA rallies -- took place in Washington, D.C, putting further public strain on race relations in the country.

However, the rally was, according to The New York Times, "over before it started," with only a handful of alt-right attendees, and thousands more counter-protesters.

Joining us, this morning, to discuss her latest for 'VICE News Tonight,' is VICE Correspondent Elle Reeve who went inside a white supremacist camp to interview one of their more prominent members.

Also making headlines, this morning: we'll preview and break down the continuation of Paul Manafort's trial, and Rudy Giuliani's new spin on President Trump's meeting (or non-meeting) with James Comey over the termination of Michael Flynn.

It's Monday, August 13, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.

Aug 13, 2018