House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) gestures during a news conference condemning the Trump administration's targeting of the Affordable Care Act. Photo: Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images

"An explosive court ruling to wipe out Obamacare has revived the acrimonious health care battle in Washington and tossed a political bomb in President Trump’s lap as he gears up to run for re-election," Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur writes.

The big picture: "The case may not be resolved in the courts before 2020, legal experts said, which could make it a defining issue in the race for the White House and Congress...Democrats immediately jumped on the Friday night ruling to warn that health care coverage for millions of Americans was at stake."

The N.Y. Times reports that the Texas ruling "is so sweeping that many legal analysts believe it is likely to be overturned. The Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 decision, has already upheld the Affordable Care Act’s legality."

  • But as Axios' David Nather pointed out yesterday: There’s no guarantee that a more conservative Supreme Court won’t just let the law die.
  • And The Times is right that the volatile debate will now be "center stage in a newly divided capital."

Be smart: Republicans now are going to debate whether they want to take a popular program away from voters — not where a party wants to be.

Go deeper: Affordable Care Act may be headed back to Supreme Court

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  1. Politics: Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus — COVID-19 looms over White House Halloween celebrations
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  3. World: Polish President Andrzej Duda tests positive for COVID-19.

Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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Opposition leader Leopoldo López flees Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López outside the Spanish embassy in Caracas, in 2019. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

Leopoldo López, a former political prisoner and prominent Venezuelan opposition leader, has left the country, his Popular Will party confirmed in a statement Saturday.

Why it matters: He's been an influential force in the push to oust President Nicolás Maduro's regime and a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He'd been in the Spanish ambassador's Caracas residence since escaping house arrest in April 2019 following a failed military uprising.