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Kentucky Public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber over a controversial pension reform bill which Gov. Bevin signed into law. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Kentucky teacher Travis Brenda on Tuesday defeated House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell in the state’s GOP primary election, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader.

Why it matters: This is a brutal blow against one of the state’s most powerful politicians on the heels of brewing resentment over a controversial pension bill that was signed into law. Shell, who had the backing of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was criticized for supporting the measure in this year's legislative session. Thousands of teachers across 26 counties in Kentucky called out sick and protested at the Capitol.

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.