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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Republican candidate for governor. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday evening is seeking an emergency court order to prevent Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp from overseeing the count of his own election.

Why it matters: Kemp’s dual roles have long triggered outrage among voting rights advocates and other critics, including former president and Georgia native Jimmy Carter, who argue his candidacy is a blatant conflict of interest and called for him to resign. Meanwhile, controversy over voting rights and the state’s electoral process has clouded one of the country’s most competitive midterm elections between Kemp and Stacey Abrams, who could become the country's first African-American female governor. Most recently, Kemp accused the Democratic Party of Georgia of attempting to hack into voter registration databases, without offering evidence.

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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

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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.