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Taylor testifies on Nov. 13. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, who gave explosive testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, is expected to leave his position at the start of 2020, the New York Times and AP report.

Why it matters: Taylor was "one of the most senior State Department officials to openly challenge" White House plans to withhold $391 million in security aid to Ukraine, per the Times.

What they're saying: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and claimed Taylor is being recalled in the same vein as former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, per AP.

  • Rudy Giuliani told the New Yorker on Monday that he needed Yovanovitch "out of the way" since she was going to make the investigations of the Bidens and the 2016 election "difficult for everybody."
  • Prior to being recalled, Yovanovitch was the target of a smear campaign carried out by Giuliani and journalist John Solomon.

Flashback: Taylor told House investigators that he understood Trump to be conditioning the release of military aid on the Ukrainian president's willingness to announce investigations into Trump's political rivals, including Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

Go deeper: Highlights from Bill Taylor's public testimony

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Mexican President López Obrador tests positive for coronavirus

Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during a press conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, on Wednesday. Photo: Ismael Rosas/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

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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Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor of Arkansas

Sarah Huckabee Sanders at FOX News' studios in New York City in 2019. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

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.