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At least 64 former Obama administration staffers are running for federal, state, or local office this year, NBC News reports.

The big picture: President Trump has set out to reverse much of what his predecessor did during his time in office — the Iran deal, the Paris climate accord, and the Affordable Care Act — which has spurred the groundswell of Obama alums. Ammar Campa-Najjar, a former White House staffer now running for a California House seat, told NBC: "A lot of us Obama babies were inspired by the president's call to action when he retired."

  • At least 28 of the former staffers are running for a House seat.
  • They work with the Obama Alumni Association, an organization run by former members of his administration, through which candidates can tap into the alumni network for fundraising and volunteers.

Go deeper: Women surging in Democratic politics for 2018, 2020.

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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.

Obama: The rest of us have to live with the consequences of what Trump's done

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Campaigning for Joe Biden at a car rally in Miami on Saturday, Barack Obama railed against President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "the rest of us have to live with the consequences of what he's done."

Driving the news: With less than two weeks before the election, the Biden campaign is drawing on the former president's popularity with Democrats to drive turnout and motivate voters.

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