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The G20 kicked off today by slashing phrases about financing climate change reduction from a draft communique, an official told Reuters. The resistance reportedly came from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, and the statement will be issued Saturday. (Note, this is the G20 meeting on finance with central bankers in attendance — the heads of state G20 meeting is scheduled for July in Hamburg.) Steve Mnuchin and Janet Yellen are in Germany for the meeting today.

Climate change is out for the time being.

Why this matters: This is a drastic step back from what the Paris Climate Accord achieved. The last time the G20 financial leaders met in 2016, they urged Paris Accord signatories to bring the deal into force quickly and urged wealthy countries to contribute their 100 billion USD annually to cut carbon emissions.

The Trump effect: Recall, yesterday OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said on climate change: "We're not spending money on that anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your money."

Germany holds the G20 Presidency, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in the U.S. today meeting with Trump. In their joint presser, climate change did not come up, but it is unclear whether it's a part of their closed-door meetings today.

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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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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."