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House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump — one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress.

What's next: The House Judiciary Committee will mark up and vote on the two articles this week, before sending them to the House for a full floor vote before Christmas.

Between the lines: Much has been made about the Democrats' decision not to draft an article of impeachment for obstruction of justice related to Trump's conduct during the Mueller investigation.

  • However, the obstruction of Congress article notes that Trump's refusal to allow executive branch officials to testify in the impeachment inquiry is "consistent with President Trump's previous efforts to undermine United States Government investigations into foreign interference in United States elections."

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Go deeper: Highlights from the Democratic press conference announcing the articles

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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.

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