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Today’s Agenda: Durham's Russia Origins Probe Homes In On Brennan


What The Investigations Team Is Watching

Tierney Sneed will be keeping an eye out for signals that Schumer will be able to win over GOP support for calling witnesses for the Senate impeachment trial. Josh Kovensky is working on a story about Manafort’s role in the origins of the Ukraine pressure campaign and resulting impeachment inquiry.

What The Breaking News Team Is Watching

Durham has asked the CIA for Brennan’s call records, emails and other documents. Durham is reportedly interested in Brennan’s conversations with other officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, about the infamous Christopher Steele dossier.

Today’s Rundown

12:30 p.m. ET: Trump will have lunch with the secretary of state

5:30 p.m. ET: Trump will host a Christmas reception

7:00 p.m. ET: Trump will hold a signing ceremony for the NDAA at Andrews

8:30 p.m. ET: Trump and the first lady will department for Mar-a-Lago

Yesterday’s Most Read Story

Schiff’s Latest Dig Against Trump Will Surely Get Under The President’s Skin — Summer Concepcion

Reading List

One Nation, Tracked — Stuart A. Thompson and Charlie Warzel, New York Times

A Year Inside a Growing American Terrorist Movement — Mark Peterson, Claudia Rankine and James D. Walsh, New York Magazine

Trump’s Impeachment and ‘Impeachment Lite’ — David Remnick, The New Yorker

About The Author


David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.