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Steven Senne / AP

A top committee in the House has asked chief executives from the biggest internet companies to testify about net neutrality in September. "It's time they came before us and directly shared their positions and answered our questions," said Greg Walden, who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee. Republicans have been pushing to settle the net neutrality issue with legislation.

  • The execs: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and execs from major internet providers like Comcast and AT&T.
  • Why it matters: Tensions are running hot between large tech companies and some Republicans. Top GOP aides, for example, recently told Facebook, Amazon and Google that aggressive net neutrality advocacy could threaten their other policy priorities. A hearing involving major executives would undoubtedly air some of those conflicts out publicly and gives lawmakers an opportunity to press executives on other concerns.
  • Reminder: An invite doesn't guarantee an executive will show up.

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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

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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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