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BP CEO Bob Dudley is bullish on a lasting cooperation between Russia and OPEC, a position he told Axios in an exclusive interview goes against conventional wisdom.

Why it matters: Dudley has extensive experience working in Russia and with Russian companies. BP has an almost 20% stake in Rosneft, the Russian state-owned oil company whose CEO, Igor Sechin, is among the individuals the U.S. government has sanctioned.

Gritty details: Dudley’s comments, made to Axios in a wide-ranging interview last week in Washington, come as some analysts are predicting the production-limiting deal between Russia and OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, may end sooner than its scheduled to end in December given oil prices are at three-year highs. Dudley indicated he thinks the deal could last at least through the full year, and possibly longer. His comments in full:

Historically, they have not worked together, communicated together. They are now. I think there is a general view out there that this is a convenient relationship for a short period of time. I actually don’t subscribe to that. I think you’ll always have debates among OPEC nations and in Russia itself, but I think the cooperation around this, which is so vital to all the countries, I think they will remain more open and closer than what I would say is conventional wisdom.
Bob Dudley, CEO of BP

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Schumer: Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

Why it matters: Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. The House voted to impeach the former president on Jan. 13 on a single charge: incitement of insurrection for the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in five deaths.

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CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.

Texas AG sues Biden administration over deportation freeze

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to members of the media in 2016. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden administration in federal district court over its 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants, and he's asking for a temporary restraining order.

Between the lines: The freeze went into effect Friday, temporarily halting most immigration enforcement in the U.S. In the lawsuit, Paxton claims the move "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.