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Longtime healthcare venture capitalist Sami Hamade passed away last night due to liver failure stemming from recently-diagnosed cancer, according to multiple sources.

He had spent the past three-plus years as a partner with Apple Tree Partners, where his portfolio company board seats included VytronUS, Tusker Medical, Rox Medical and Gala Therapeutics.

Previously he was a partner with Aberdare Ventures, investing in such companies as Ablation Frontiers (acquired by Medtronic). Before that he led venture capital for Guidant Corp. and also worked in an operational role with interventional cardiology unit ACS.

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Trump's next moves in Supreme Court fight

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President Trump told "Fox & Friends" on Monday that he plans to announce his pick to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court on Friday or Saturday.

The state of play: Axios has heard that Trump's choices to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are down to two women, both federal appeals court judges. The frontrunners are Amy Coney Barrett of Chicago, the early favorite, and Barbara Lagoa, who is viewed as easier to confirm. The Senate confirmed Lagoa 80-15 last year, so many Democrats have already voted for her.

CDC updates guidance to say coronavirus can be spread through the air

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The CDC updated its guidance on Friday to acknowledge that the coronavirus can be transmitted through the air at distances farther than six feet and through "droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols" like coughs or sneezes.

Why it matters: The update — which was little noticed until a CNN story was published Sunday — comes months after scientists pushed for the agency to acknowledge the disease was transmissible through the air. The CDC previously said that close person-to-person contact was the bigger concern.

Top Mueller prosecutor: "We could have done more"

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Andrew Weissmann, one of former special counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors, says in his new book, "Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation," that the probe "could have done more" to take on President Trump, per The Atlantic.

Why it matters ... Weissmann argues that the investigation's report didn't go far enough in making a determination regarding Trump's potential obstruction of justice: "When there is insufficient proof of a crime, in volume one, we say it. But when there is sufficient proof, with obstruction, we don’t say it. Who is going to be fooled by that? It’s so obvious."