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Steve Bannon told The Economist two days after his White House departure as Trump's chief strategist that Breitbart "will never turn on" Trump and instead will try pushing Trump in the direction of populist and nationalist agendas; "we are never going to let him take a decision that hurts him." Interview highlights:

  • On Mitch McConnell: "I'm going to light him up."
  • On Silicon Valley and Wall Street: "they're a bunch of globalists who have forgotten their fellow Americans."
  • On China: "Let's go screw up One Belt One Road."
  • "In the White House, I had influence…At Breitbart, I had power." Since his departure, Bannon's back steering right-wing Breitbart News.

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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.