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Trump at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 29. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

A CPAC 2020 attendee tested positive for the novel coronavirus in New Jersey on Saturday, the American Conservative Union confirmed, indicating that the attendee's exposure to the virus took place prior to the conference.

Why it matters: CPAC speakers included President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Details: "This attendee had no interaction with the president or the vice president and never attended the events in the main hall," the ACU statement reads. "The Trump administration is aware of the situation, and we will continue regular communication with all appropriate government officials."

  • The attendee is currently under medical care in New Jersey and being quarantined.
  • CPAC was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland.
  • At least two people in New Jersey have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, per the New York Times.

Go deeper... Coronavirus updates: U.S. death toll hits 19

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that while HHS Secretary Alex Azar was scheduled to speak at CPAC, he was unable to due to meetings at the White House, according to a spokesperson.

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Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

Walter Mondale, left, with former President Jimmy Carter in Jan. 2018 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota's campus in Minneapolis. Photo: Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, according to a family spokesperson.

The big picture: President Biden, who was mentored by Mondale through the years, said in 2015 that the former vice president gave him a "roadmap" to successfully take on the job.

White House removes Trump-appointed scientist from overseeing climate report

U.S. President Joe Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

The Biden administration has removed Trump-appointed atmospheric scientist Betsy Weatherhead from her role overseeing a comprehensive report on how climate change is affecting the U.S., the Washington Post first reported Monday.

Why it matters: Weatherhead has not been fired — merely reassigned to the U.S. Geological Survey — the move represents an effort by the Biden administration to remove Trump-era appointees from scientific roles, per CNN.

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Congress, White House brace for Chauvin verdict

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are anxious as the nation awaits the verdict in former police officer Derek Chauvin's trial, fearing a not-guilty decision could exacerbate racial tensions and spark a new wave of riots.

Why it matters: Leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are trying to figure out how to calibrate any personal or legislative response, while also acknowledging how the final outcome in Chauvin's murder trial in the death of George Floyd could affect their district and them politically.