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Attorney General Bill Barr on Oct. 3. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

A federal investigation closely supervised by Attorney General William Barr — which aims to inspect origins of the Trump-Russia probe — has interviewed "about two dozen and current F.B.I. officials," the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The investigation, which is essentially looking into claims that the FBI's probe into President Trump's 2016 campaign was influenced by anti-Trump sentiments, is further along than previously reported.

The state of play: This is at least the third investigation into the FBI's probe of possible links between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia. Barr appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham to spearhead the current investigation.

  • Durham has not yet interviewed all FBI officials "who played key roles in opening the Russian investigation in the summer of 2016," people familiar with the review told the Times.
  • Durham is also "exploring what role, if any, a number of countries including Ukraine played in the investigation of the Trump campaign," per the Times.
  • Robert Mueller, who served as special counsel for the Russia probe, did not conclude that Trump campaign members colluded with the Russian government, but his report said the president's actions still may have influenced Russian conduct.

The big picture: Trump has continued to fight the Russia probe — which concluded in March. In 2017, Trump reportedly asked then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and former NSA Director Michael Rogers to publicly push back on the FBI's probe. Both men refused to comply, per the Washington Post. Rogers later denied those reports.

  • This May, Trump accused FBI officials who investigated possible links between his campaign and Russia of treason.
  • Barr told senators in a March hearing that he believed "spying did occur" through FBI surveillance into the Trump campaign — but clarified that he did not mean to suggest that it was necessarily illegal.

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Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a billionaires' tax proposal, designed to help support President Biden's social spending and climate change legislation.

Why it matters: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the Billionaires Income Tax would raise "hundreds of billions of dollars" and would affect approximately 700 taxpayers who have more than $1 billion in assets or incomes of over $100 million a year.

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A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.