Dan Ammann in 2017. Photo: Julien de Rosa/IP3/Getty Images

General Motors on Thursday announced that company president Dan Ammann will become CEO of its self-driving unit, Cruise.

Why it matters: This is a concrete example of how GM sees self-driving as central to its future, which is also something it said in Monday's announcement of layoffs and plant closures.

Prior CEO Kyle Vogt, who co-founded Cruise and sold it to GM in 2016, will stay on as the group's president and chief technology officer.

GM will not name a new president to succeed Ammann, with the automaker's global regions and GM Financial unit chiefs now reporting directly to CEO Mary Barra.

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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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Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López outside the Spanish embassy in Caracas, in 2019. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

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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.