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During an appearance on The Hugh Hewitt Show this morning, Paul Ryan said the GOP is "back on track" after a "rough couple of weeks" and set to be a governing party.

Two big promises: Ryan said tax reform will get done in 2017 and the Senate should pass health care by its August recess.

  • On losing the House in 2018: "Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, this is what I call the white noise of Washington beltway media."
  • On Trump: "He clearly did have a bad two weeks. Clearly, it's my hope that he does right the ship, that he improves."

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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.