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McMaster in the White House. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The New Yorker's Patrick Radden Keefe explores the tumultuous White House tenure of former national security adviser H.R. McMaster — through interviews with friends, colleagues, and current and former National Security Council staffers — and reports on what lies ahead with John Bolton at the helm.

Inside the West Wing: "The morning after he was fired, McMaster called an all-hands meeting ... McMaster exuded optimism, not bitterness, praising his colleagues and exhorting them to do everything they could to empower his successor, John Bolton — an unrepentant hawk who is expected to adopt a more Kissingerian approach to the position."

  • "McMaster will retire from the Army on June 1st. He will teach, give lectures, sit on corporate boards, and make money."
  • "And perhaps he will write another book — one that interrogates his own calibration of the balance between duty and honor in the service of a President who didn’t want to be challenged."
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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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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.

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