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Donald Trump Jr. cited attorney-client privilege on Wednesday in order to avoid answering questions from the House Intelligence Committee about a conversation between him and his father, President Trump, per Politico. The conversation took place after news broke about Trump Jr.'s meeting in Trump Tower with Kremlin-connected individuals, and Trump Jr. said there was an attorney present.

  • Ranking Democrat of the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, said that's not a legitimate reason to invoke that privilege: "I don't believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present...That's not the purpose of attorney-client privilege."

Why it matters: This was the first time Trump Jr. has been questioned by the intelligence committee over his meeting, which he agreed to in hopes of getting negative information on Hillary Clinton. Schiff said "very central conversation between father and son."

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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.