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HuffPost Politics: August 4th, 2017

HuffPost Politics: August 4th, 2017: Team Trump takes aim at the press.

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The beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency has been clouded by an ever-evolving scandal around potential collusion between his campaign and Russia. All told, there are five investigations into the matter, and from what we can tell publicly, none appears close to reaching a conclusion.

But they do appear to be heating up. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had assembled a grand jury in the Trump-Russia probe, escalating his investigation into possible collusion.

On Wednesday, Trump reluctantly signed a new Russian sanctions bill, saying in a statement that the legislation was “significantly flawed” and Congress had “included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions.” It was the latest sign of Trump’s desire to remain friendly toward a historic adversary, even after the U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has consistently denied any involvement with Russia, but few people seem to be taking him at his word.

With a near-constant stream of revelations about previously undisclosed links between Trump associates and various Russian figures, it can be hard to keep up. We’re here to help.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

Jeff Sessions floated media subpoenas as part of a crackdown on leaks. “We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country,” the attorney general said Friday.

Democrats could take back the House. Will they screw it up? Party leaders have ambitious goals for 2018, but some worry they come at too high a cost.

Senate Democrats have introduced a bill allowing Medicare buy-in at age 55. The announcement shows how the party’s health care views are shifting to the left.

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