The Presidents Club has made the decision to shut down, per Bloomberg's Joe Mayes, after the Financial Times posted a bombshell report yesterday about the London organization's annual Charity Dinner, a men-only event that raised money via auction for causes like the United Kingdom's preeminent children's hospital. But the FT detailed how the dinner's hostesses were encouraged to drink on the job and faced sexual harassment, groping, and propositioning from some of the U.K.'s wealthiest men — all for a night's wage of £150.

The prior fallout: The U.K.'s Charity Commission announced a probe into the dinner as the head of the trust behind the dinner stepped down from a role with the government's Department of Education. The Bank of England revoked its auction lot of a tea with its head, Mark Carney, while Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital said that they'd return all donations received from the dinner.

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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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