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Forty-five members of the Senate's Democratic Caucus signed a letter to the Republican leadership outlining three objectives on tax reform: it should not increase taxes for the middle class or cut taxes for the top 1% of earners, it should follow "regular order" on the Senate floor, and it should not add to the budget deficit.

Tax reform will have a similar fate in the Senate if negotiated behind closed doors like health care, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Tuesday. "There's real potential for bipartisan support on tax reform … We're not gonna get it all our way. There're going to be compromises," Schumer said.

The stakes: After the dramatic failure of Affordable Care Act repeal, the pressure is on for Republicans to pass tax reform legislation ahead of the midterm elections.

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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.