Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam speaks during a news conference on the final day of the legislative session Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Republicans in South Carolina, Tennessee and Kansas have backed tax increases to control budget deficits or pay for infrastructure, healthcare and other state programs, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Those states are the first to reject the traditional Republican line opposing all tax increases, "challenging what has become an almost dogmatic belief for their party," the Times says. Though that position remains among Republican in Washington, Axios reported yesterday that Trump advisor Steve Bannon is pushing for a tax increase on the wealthy.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 10,940,071 — Total deaths: 519,852 — Total recoveries — 5,705,326Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 2,732,639 — Total deaths: 128,651 — Total recoveries: 781,970 — Total tested: 33,462,181Map.
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  4. Business: Top business leaders urge the White House to develop mandatory mask guidelines.
  5. Politics: Herman Cain hospitalized for COVID-19 after attending Trump Tulsa rally — Biden downplays jobs number, rebukes Trump for ignoring health crisis.
  6. States: Texas mandates face masks in public spaces Florida reports more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases.

Ousted former U.S. attorney for SDNY to testify before House Judiciary Committee

Berman in October 2019 in New York City. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Geoffrey Berman, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, is scheduled to testify to the House Judiciary Committee next week on the circumstances of his forced resignation, Politico reports, citing a congressional aide.

Why it matters: As the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, Berman oversaw high-profile cases that worried and angered President Trump and his inner circle, including an investigation into his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. His removal has added to allegations by Democrats that Attorney General Bill Barr has politicized the Justice Department under President Trump.

Stimulus outlook takes a hit even as coronavirus cases skyrocket

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

The pandemic is getting worse, and the question is whether the economic recovery will go with it.

Why it matters: America adding 7.5 million jobs over the last two months pales in comparison to 20+ million lost over the two months prior.