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Christopher Krebs was confirmed Tuesday evening to a top Homeland Security cybersecurity and critical infrastructure post by a Senate voice vote.

Why it matters: National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a division that the Department of Homeland Security and Krebs both hope to change to something more descriptive, heads DHS' cyber and infrastructure resiliency efforts. Krebs is now officially in charge of NPPD. He had been leading the division in an unconfirmed capacity — officially the "Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary."

What he's saying: In a statement, Krebs said "It’s an incredible honor to be confirmed as the Under Secretary; it represents the confidence that the Senate, the President, and the Secretary have in me to do this important job."

  • Krebs has been with DHS since March of 2017 — his second stint at the agency. Krebs was previously on Microsoft's policy team and served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection in his first run with DHS.

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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."

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

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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.

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