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Nearly 400,000 Kentuckians had their Medicaid dental and vision benefits restored on Thursday night following their coverage being cut in early July after a judge rejected Gov. Matt Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, reports the Associated Press.

Our thought bubble: Bevin has shown no hesitation about putting real-world Medicaid coverage on the table as part of the broader legal debate. He cut off medical and dental benefits after a judge blocked the state's work requirements, reinstating them only after the federal government took another crack at work requirements. And he has said he'll pull out of the ACA's Medicaid expansion entirely if the legal challenges to work rules ultimately succeed. Go deeper: The Kentucky Medicaid ruling is a setback for Trump.

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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.