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President Trump and Michael Flynn. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images

Supporters of President Trump want him to grant pardons to at least four of his former aides who have been targeted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe in an effort to stymie it, Politico reports.

Why it matters: This comes on the heels of what might have been one of the most momentous weeks in the Russia investigation so far. Mueller on Friday charged 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for designing an operation to subvert the 2016 presidential election.

What they're saying, per Politico:

  • Supporters want these aides to be pardoned: former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.
  • Tom Fitton, president of the conservative group Judicial Watch, said alleged anti-Trump bias at the Justice Department and FBI would justify granting pardons.
  • Flynn’s family members are also urging the president to use his legal power.
  • Alt-right activist Mike Cernovich said it would trigger some backlash, suggesting that Trump should wait until after the midterm elections.

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Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

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Texas state Rep. Matt Krause (R), chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality, or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
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Democrats' billionaires tax explained

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).