Charlie Riedel / AP

President Trump could be on the cusp of a decision as to whether to keep the US in the 2015 Paris climate accord, the New York Times reports. He'd like to announce the decision next week along with plans to start unwinding EPA rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants, according to the Times.

Why it matters: Whether Trump will follow through on his campaign pledge to abandon the climate pact has been the biggest environmental policy mystery of his fledgling presidency. It's a battle that pits hardliners on rolling back climate initiatives against the more moderating influences in the administration.

What's next: The White House is slated to unveil an executive order sometime next week targeting Obama-era policies including EPA's Clean Power Plan and a moratorium on coal mining leases on federal lands in western states.

The White House declined to provide Axios a timeline on a decision about the Paris accord. Formally withdrawing from the agreement, which is aimed at preventing the most dangerous levels of global warming, is a multi-year process.

Go deeper

Child care crisis is denting the labor market

Reproduced from Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals

New data from the Pew Research Center shows that parents are being hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and as far as job losses go, mothers and fathers are faring equally poorly.

Why it matters: Economists have been warning for months that the pandemic could do long-term damage to the economy as people remain unemployed for longer stretches of time.

Mike Allen, author of AM
2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Trump-Biden venom on display during final debate

Photos: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images; Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden twice referred to President Trump as "this guy," and Trump called the former vice president's family "like a vacuum cleaner" for foreign money.

Why it matters: The personal venom — during Thursday's final presidential debate, in Nashville — was a reminder that even during a more normal debate, nothing this year is normal.

Dave Lawler, author of World
3 hours ago - World

Special report: Trump's hopes of nuclear deal with Putin come down to the wire

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

A surprise offer from Vladimir Putin has the U.S. and Russia once again circling a potential pre-election nuclear deal.

The big picture: The last treaty constraining the U.S. and Russia, New START, is due to expire on Feb. 5, 2021, two weeks after the next U.S. presidential inauguration. For the first time since the height of the Cold War, the nuclear guardrails could come off.