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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and Attorney General Bill Barr. Photos: Getty Images

The Justice Department told House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) that it would be willing to provide his committee with some of the Mueller report's counterintelligence materials he requested if he backs off his threat to take "enforcement action" against Attorney General Bill Barr, according to a letter obtained by CNN.

"As we have previously stated, in recognition of the Committee's interest in
counterintelligence and foreign intelligence matters, the Department is willing to expedite access to the prioritized information identified by the Committee, provided that the Committee confirms today that it will not pursue any vote on an enforcement action, either on May 22, or while such good-faith accommodation measures continue."

The backdrop: Earlier this month, the committee issued a bipartisan subpoena for "all counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials in the probe, the full report, and underlying evidence." The Justice Department called the subpoena "overbroad and unworkable," but — after Schiff told reporters he would hold a business meeting on Wednesday to take an unspecified "enforcement action" against Barr — now says it would be willing to "move forward with efforts to accommodate the Committee's legitimate interests in this area."

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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

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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.