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The CEO of Cloud Peak Energy, the U.S.'s third largest coal company, says he's hoping to do a record amount of coal exports this year. "There is already a revival in exports compared to this time last year, but that wasn't due to Trump," CEO Colin Marshall told Axios earlier this week in an interview.

Why now: Coal exports are poised to go up due to greater international demand from countries like China and South Korea, Marshall says.

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Data: Cloud Peak; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Reality check: Despite Marshall's prediction that coal exports will rise this year, a sustained expansion of such exports is unlikely because most proposals for new coastal terminals to export the product, especially in the Northwest, have failed to come online due to local opposition and financial woes of companies involved.

Our prediction: No matter the political party, politicians often take credit for things that happen on their watch, even if they had nothing directly to do with it. Trump is likely to do that here, given his campaign promise to revive the coal industry.

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Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

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This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

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  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.
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Episode 3: Descent into madness ... Trump: "Sometimes you need a little crazy"

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 3: The conspiracy goes too far. Trump's outside lawyers plot to seize voting machines and spin theories about communists, spies and computer software.

President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."