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Fernando Llano / AP

As anti-government protests in Venezuela carried on in the streets, Venezuelan President Maduro practiced his salsa dancing on TV.

What's happening: Images of the violent protests (including one showing a man on fire) have circulated social media, drawing the world's attention to the country's unrest. There have been at least 12 deaths since April, the BBC reports, as the government and its opposition accuse each other of trying to form a coup. And they're unhappy about the country's recent food shortages.

Sound smart: "Toma de Caracas" (the taking of Caracas, Venezuela) is what residents call the protests on the streets and in Twitter hashtags.

President Maduro's (un)popularity: He's Hugo Chavez's successor, so he has strong support from the pro-government "Chavistas" who are fighting against the United Socialist Party. But many of the Chavistas are low-income residents who rely on the country's social programs that are funded by export revenue. However, about 95 percent of Venezuela's export revenue comes from its oil exports, which was used to help approximately 1 million Venezuelans, and oil prices have been falling steadily under Maduro, thus leading to funding cuts for their social programs.

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies, AP reports.

The state of play: Biden also planned to raise arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the call took place while she was delivering a press briefing. Psaki added that a full readout will be provided later Tuesday.

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.

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