The Starting 5: Russia Investigation, Ukraine, Olympics, Death Penalty And Golden Globes Nominations

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Just a day after the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed her colleagues to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. But that doesn't mean the committee's hearings are over. Today its lawyers, and those of the Intelligence Committee, will present evidence of Trump's alleged impeachable offenses.

Here's what else you need to know today:

Report Back

The Mueller report was turned into books, comics and even a play, but don't expect the same treatment for a new report out today. The Justice Department's inspector general is set to release his conclusions into the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation. Recent reports indicated Attorney General William Barr disagreed with findings that the FBI had legitimate cause to investigate ties between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016. How the AG, who has been accused of acting more like Trump's personal attorney, responds to the final report will be telling.

Attorney General Bill Barr
U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Getty

The Other Russia Scandal

There's only 228 days until thousands of athletes march under their country's flags to kick off the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and there's a good chance Russia's flag may not be among them. Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency's executive committee will decide whether to follow recommendations and ban Russia from international sporting events for four years over the deletion and manipulation of athletes' data. If the ban goes ahead, Russian athletes that pass drug tests could still compete, just under a neutral flag. But Russia would likely appeal any ban immediately, which may still not be resolved by the time the cauldron is lit next summer.

Russia Olympics
A man walks behind a monument to the mascot for the 1980 Moscow Olympics - Misha the bear - near the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on December 6, 2019. YURI KADOBNOV/AFP via Getty Images/Getty

Make Peace

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy may have never gotten his invite to the White House, but a much more important meeting is on his agenda today. For the first time, the new president will meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to talk about ending a five-year conflict in Eastern Ukraine with Russian-backed separatists. Aside from running on an anti-corruption platform, Zelenskiy campaigned on ending the conflict. He's probably hoping this goes better than his anti-corruption call with Trump.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy meets with servicemen while visiting the Donetsk region on December 6, 2019. EVGENIYA MAKSYMOVA/AFP via Getty Images/Getty

At Death's Door

Earlier this year the federal government announced its plan to reinstate the death penalty, and today was supposed to see the first federal execution in 17 years. Then a district court put today's execution, and that of four more men on death row, on hold last month over technicalities regarding the type of lethal injection the men would receive. But that's not the end of the matter. The Department of Justice has now asked the Supreme Court to weigh in. This comes as a majority of Americans, for the first time, favor life sentences for those convicted of murder over the death penalty. The victim's family feels the same.

Death Row lethal injection
In this handout photo provided by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, San Quentin's death lethal injection facility is shown before being dismantled at San Quentin State Prison on March 13, 2019 in San Quentin, California. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images/Getty

Gold Rush

The nominations for one of Hollywood's biggest nights, the Golden Globes, are out this morning. For some reason, they're at an ungodly hour for those actually in Hollywood, with the lucky names being announced at 5 a.m. ET (you can watch on the Golden Globes website or Facebook page). With the best of TV and film both up for the shiny awards, it's sure to be a good morning for recent hits like Chernobyl, Succession and Fleabag and streaming giants' flicks The Irishman and Marriage Story. And don't worry, if A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood doesn't get any nods today, Tom Hanks will still receive this year's Cecil B. deMille Award.

Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh
Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh speak onstage during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Getty
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