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Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images

Former president Bill Clinton reflected on the late George H.W. Bush's life in a Washington Post op-ed, in which he wrote the note Bush left him on his way out of the Oval Office revealed "the heart" of who he was as president.

Why it matters: Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush were political adversaries with different ideologies and varying party affiliations. But in Bush's passing, Clinton detailed the person he truly believed him to be despite their disagreements.

Details: Clinton revealed the contents of the letter highlighting how Bush offered encouragement and solace to him as he embarked on his first term as president in 1993.

  • Bush told Clinton that, despite warnings of the presidency and the White House being lonely, "I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described."
  • He also wrote about the "tough times" Clinton would face and how to deal with it: "I'm not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course," he said.

After his presidency, Clinton said the relationship between the two grew. He called their friendship one of "the great gifts of my life... I cherished every opportunity I had to learn and laugh with him. I just loved him."

The big picture: Clinton said he always admired Bush, not because of their relationship but because "people came before politics, patriotism before partisanship." And though America seems to be increasingly partisan, Clinton said Bush would believe "it's your duty to get that America back."

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro.

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5 times as many police officers have died from COVID as from guns since pandemic began

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COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for police officers even though members of law enforcement were among the first to be eligible to receive the vaccine, CNN reports, citing data from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Why it matters: Nearly 476 police officers have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started, compared to the 93 deaths as a result of gunfire in the same time period, according to ODMP and CNN.

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, a group with ties to prominent Democrats that's been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin from the right.