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Paul Sancya / AP

TV networks this morning hosted several Republican leaders defending their health care bill and excusing the Congressional Budget Office's report, which estimated 24 million more people would be uninsured by 2026 under the GOP plan.

Right now, there are 3 contradicting responses coming from Republicans:

1. The CBO is wrong. This is the message from OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. They claim that the CBO does not count coverage correctly and nobody should pay too much attention to it.

2. The report shows Trumpcare will work. Meanwhile, Paul Ryan is sticking to the story that the CBO report was actually encouraging because of the billions of dollars that would be saved over the next 10 years.

3. We should be worried. Sen. Mike Lee said his concerns about the bill "have not been eliminated by the CBO report," according to Axios' Caitlin Owens. And Sen. Susan Collins said, "Obviously I am concerned about the number of people who the CBO has estimated would be at risk of losing their insurance," according to CNN.

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Sunday evening that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: López Obrador tweeted that he has mild symptoms and is receiving medical treatment. "As always, I am optimistic," he added. "We will all move forward."

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will announce Monday that she's running for governor of Arkansas.

The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic." Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.

Coronavirus has inflamed global inequality

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.