brief·​ing | \ ˈbrē-fiŋ \

Definition of briefing

: an act or instance of giving precise instructions or essential information

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Ryan, Gowdy and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes attended a classified briefing with officials from the FBI and Justice Department last month to review material related to the investigation. Anna Edgerton,, "Paul Ryan Brushes Back Trump’s ‘Spygate’ Assertion, Opposes Pardon," 6 June 2018 But in a Tuesday morning briefing with reporters, the Trump administration doubled down on the new policy. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Castro leads San Antonio in a growing number of cities rallying for migrant children," 29 May 2018 During an investor briefing, Nintendo said that most Switch owners play either handheld mode, or in both handheld and TV modes. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the Grip I Use For My Nintendo Switch," 31 Dec. 2018 During his briefing, Goldstein shared more than two dozen photos of instrument and spacecraft hardware. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018 About six minutes into her briefing with Customs and Border Protection officials in Tucson on Thursday, Melania Trump asked how often agents see children attempting to cross the border in Arizona alone. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "'Oh, God': Melania Trump reacts to photo of migrant boy left alone with note in desert," 28 June 2018 Sanders has seemed eager to draw attention to the incident, tweeting about it over the weekend and opening her White House briefing Monday with a statement about the encounter. Sarah D. Wire,, "Resist too far? Pelosi tries to tamp down progressives' public shaming of Trump officials," 25 June 2018 Asked about this in an email, the State Department referred to remarks from its daily press briefing on Thursday. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "U.S. citizen arrested during Vietnam protest still not charged with crime," 22 June 2018 Two days later, Comey received his first substantive briefing on the issue, according to the IG report. Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor, "Inspector general on Comey: dissecting an error in judgment," 15 June 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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