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The special counsel probe into Trump-Russia links is now investigating Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, per an AP report. It's taking an oversight role of an ongoing investigation into Manafort. The special counsel is also expanding the probe to investigate Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Reuters first reported. Mueller is assuming control of the grand jury investigation into Flynn's paid work as a lobbyist for a Turkish businessman and his contacts with Russian officials.

The investigation may also expand to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the matter of firing FBI Director James Comey, per the AP.

Why it matters: Including Manafort shows special counsel Robert Mueller is "assuming a broad mandate," the AP said.

Manafort's business ties in Ukraine have come under scrutiny before, since he received off the books payments worth millions in the late 2000s from a pro-Russian political party. This caused him to resign from Trump's campaign in August, and the DOJ has been investigating him since before the election. Go deeper on Manafort via CNN.

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Americans reflect on Independence Day amid racism reckoning

A Black Lives Matter banner and a United States flag on the facade of the U.S. embassy building in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

America's leaders are rethinking how they view Independence Day, as the country reckons with the historic, unequal treatment of people of color during a pandemic which has disproportionately affected nonwhite Americans.

Why it matters: The country’s legacy of racism has come into sharp focus in the weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. From Confederate statues to Mount Rushmore, Americans are reexamining the symbols and traditions they elevate and the history behind them.

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Washington Redskins to review team name amid public pressure

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The Washington Redskins have announced they will be conducting a review of the team's name after mounting pressure from the public and corporate sponsors.

Why it matters: This review is the first formal step the Redskins are taking since the debate surrounding the name first began. It comes after weeks of discussions between the team and the NFL, the team said.