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The CEO of America's third-largest coal producer has penned a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to stay in the Paris climate deal.

"U.S. leadership could take the world into a new era of global economic prosperity that also addresses concerns about climate and emissions."—Colin Marshall, CEO of Cloud Peak Energy

Why it matters: It's the latest sign of broad corporate backing for the pact, which Trump said on the campaign trail he would withdraw from. Big oil companies, including ExxonMobil, have also called on the president to stay in the deal.

To be sure: Fossil-fuel companies, including Cloud Peak, don't want the new administration to stick with the same commitments as the last one. Marshall writes in his letter that he wants the U.S. "ensure that fossil energy remains a driver of global prosperity for the foreseeable future while addressing climate concerns."

Marshall says he backs a letter that GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, who advised Trump during the campaign, is circulating to his congressional colleagues. That letter calls on the administration to remain in the Paris accord, but soften the U.S. emissions pledge, end payments to United Nations-backed green energy funds, and promote development of low-emissions coal technologies, among other things.

What's next: The administration has said it will make a decision about whether to stay in or withdraw from the Paris deal by late May, when a scheduled G-7 meeting is happening in Italy.

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U.S. releases report finding Saudi prince approved Khashoggi operation

Photo: Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released an unclassified report assessing that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) approved the operation to "capture or kill" Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

Why it matters: The grisly October 2018 murder of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul sparked worldwide outrage and calls for the U.S. to fundamentally reevaluate its relationship with the Gulf kingdom.

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Democrats call for briefing on legal justification for Biden's Syria strike

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Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) are among the Democrats criticizing the Biden administration for Thursday night's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to an Iran-backed militia group, demanding that Congress immediately be briefed on the matter.

Why it matters: The strikes, which the Pentagon and National Security Council say were a response to threats against U.S. forces in the region, constitute the Biden administration's first overt military action.

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