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Following testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the U.S. will take steps to abandon its plans to increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, the WSJ reports.

The big picture: President Trump announced this week that the scheduled hike would be delayed due to “substantial progress” in trade talks with China. Lighthizer's revelation that the U.S. could formally abandon any tariff hike could be seen as a further indication that talks are going well. However, as one of the enforcement mechanisms that a trade deal would include, Lighthizer testified that officials from both countries would meet frequently for "consultations" on potential violations, and that tariffs could be reimposed if China fails to live up to its pledges.

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Supreme Court clears way for first federal execution since 2003

Lethal injection facility in San Quentin, California. Photo: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images

The Supreme Court ruled early Tuesday that federal executions can resume, reversing a lower court decision and paving the way for the first lethal injection since 2003 to take place at a federal prison in Indiana, AP reports.

The big picture: A lower court had delayed the execution, saying inmates had provided evidence the government's plan to carry out executions using lethal injections "poses an unconstitutionally significant risk of serious pain."

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More Republicans say they're wearing masks

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Nearly two-thirds of Americans — and a noticeably increasing number of Republicans — say they’re wearing a face mask whenever they leave the house, according to the latest installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: A weakening partisan divide over masks, and a broad-based increase in the number of people wearing them, would be a welcome development as most of the country tries to beat back a rapidly growing outbreak.

Buildings are getting tested for coronavirus, too

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Testing buildings — not just people — could be an important way to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Why it matters: People won't feel safe returning to schools, offices, bars and restaurants unless they can be assured they won't be infected by coronavirus particles lingering in the air — or being pumped through the buildings' air ducts. One day, even office furniture lined with plants could be used to clean air in cubicles.