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Sanders briefs reporters at the White House. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have "nothing to do" with Trump and his campaign. "We're not worried about it distracting because it doesn't have anything to do with us ... The real collusion has everything to do with the Clinton campaign."

  • The last known conversation between Manafort and Trump was in February, Sanders said.
  • On George Papadopoulos's March invitation to Trump to meet with Putin: "I'm not sure that the president recalls specific details of the meeting."
  • On Trump's hiring of Manafort and Gates: "There were seasoned operatives ... [Trump] hired Paul Manafort to oversee the delegate process, not much else." She said she has not asked the president whether he regrets the hiring.
  • On Papadopoulos's role: He served on a "volunteer advisory committee."
  • "There's no intention" to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, she added. "We still expect [the investigation] to conclude soon."
  • On Trump's reaction: He received the news "without a lot of reaction, because it doesn't have anything to do with us."
  • On presidential pardons in the Russia probe: Sanders said she hasn't spoken to the president about it.

One note on tax reform: Trump wants corporate rate to start at 20%, not decrease over time. But the House bill, which will be introduced Wednesday, may include a five-year phase-in for the rate to reach 20% by 2022, per Bloomberg.

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CDC to cut guidance on quarantine period for coronavirus exposure

A health care worker oversees cars as people arrive to get tested for coronavirus at a testing site in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The CDC will soon shorten its guidance for quarantine periods following exposure to COVID-19, AP reported Tuesday and Axios can confirm.

Why it matters: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which can occur before a person knows they're sick or if they're infected without feeling any symptoms. The current recommended period to stay home if exposed to the virus is 14 days. The CDC plans to amend this to 10 days or seven with a negative test, an official told Axios.

  • The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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CDC panel: COVID vaccines should go to health workers, long-term care residents first

Hospital staff work in the COVID-19 intensive care unit in Houston. Photo: Go Nakamura via Getty

Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line to get coronavirus vaccines in the United States once they’re cleared and available for public use, an independent CDC panel recommended in a 13-1 emergency vote on Tuesday, per CNBC.

Why it matters: Recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines have accelerated the timeline for distribution as vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna undergo the federal approval process. States are preparing to begin distributing as soon as two weeks from now.

Obama: Broad slogans like "defund the police" lose people

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Former President Barack Obama told Peter Hamby on the Snapchat original political show "Good Luck America" that "snappy" slogans such as "defund the police" can alienate people, making the statements less effective than intended.

What he's saying: "You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done," Obama told Hamby in an interview that will air Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. EST on Snapchat.