Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 407 words, a 2-minute read.
Situational awareness: Secretive FISA court orders the FBI to fix surveillance standards in wake of the inspector general report. Go deeper.
On the eve of his impeachment, President Trump’s letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reads like a Sean Hannity monologue.
Why it matters: This may feel totally normal from Donald Trump, but it’s hard to imagine a past president writing these words on White House letterhead.
Flashback: The White House dared Pelosi in October to hold a vote on an impeachment inquiry.
Between the lines: Trump's tweets and "Fox & Friends" appearances could be losing their shock value, incentivizing him to turn to the imprimatur of the White House.
The bottom line: "One hundred years from now, when people look back at this affair, I want them to understand it, and learn from it, so that it can never happen to another President again," Trump concluded his letter.
A sentence designed to create a stir: "Washington, despite what you may have heard, is the most exciting food destination in America," Kate Krader writes in a provocative Bloomberg article.