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Mitch McConnell (left) wants the Ethics Committee to investigate Al Franken (right). Photos: AP

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called on the Ethics Committee to formally investigate Sen. Al Franken's behavior, per Politico. This comes after a report that Sen. Franken kissed and groped a journalist in 2006 without her consent. Sen. Franken announced in an updated statement that he is also asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken and that he will cooperate. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement he expects the committee to investigate the conduct. A spokesperson for the chairman of the ethics committee, Sen. Johnny Isakson, shared no comment on the matter.

Why it matters: McConnell has a long history of taking sexual misconduct claims seriously, especially when it meant saving the Senate and the GOP's image, as NYT's Carl Hulse details. (He was previously the chairman of the Ethics Committee.) Calling for a formal investigation suggests that McConnell will continue to pursue these claims in the larger effort to clean up the sexual harassment that has been reportedly rampant on Capitol Hill.

"As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter. I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this," McConnell said. "Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable—in the workplace or anywhere else." Minutes later,

Go deeper: Read the claims from Leeann Tweeden against Sen. Franken.

This post has been updated.

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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

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.