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Republicans are starting to face angry crowds at town halls as people protest their Obamacare repeal plans — a mirror image of the furious protests Democrats faced at their own town halls in 2009 from people who didn't want them to pass Obamacare.

In California, Rep. Tom McClintock had to have a police escort as he left his meeting in Roseville, the Los Angeles Times reported. Hundreds of people showed up for the meeting, and McClintock's staff told him the situation was deteriorating. "It's the first time I've ever had a police department have to extract me from a town hall, and I've done well over 100 of them in Congress," he told the Times.

A reporter from KQED Public Radio tweeted this video of protesters yelling "shame" as he left:

And in Florida, Rep. Gus Bilirakis faced his own blowback at a crowded town hall meeting in Palm Harbor. The Tampa Bay Times reported that one constituent, who said he was an independent who voted for Bilirakis, pleaded with him not to take away a law that gave him coverage for a heart condition: "Please don't take my life away. Please don't let me die."

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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.