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The Department of Transportation plans to release revised self-driving car guidelines sometime in the next few months, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Monday in Detroit, Reuters reports.

  • "The pressure is mounting for the federal government to do something" about autonomous vehicles," Chao said, but added rigid rules weren't the answer. "We don't want rules that impede future technological advances."
  • She didn't provide details, but said the rules would support industry innovation and aim to encourage new entrants and safer vehicles.

Why it matters: The Obama administration released proposed policy guidance, but companies investing billions of dollars in developing self-driving cars say they need more concrete rules around how they certify the equipment and benchmarks they need to meet. These standards, which today's carmakers already adhere to, will help in adoption of the technology and give the government visibility into how the industry is developing.

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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.

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Texas governor mandates face masks in public spaces

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order Thursday requiring all Texans to wear a face covering in public in counties with 20 or more positive coronavirus cases.

Why it matters: It's a dramatic reversal by the Republican governor that underscores the severity of the outbreak in Texas, which set a single-day record on Wednesday with more than 8,000 confirmed new cases. On June 3, Abbott issued an executive order banning local governments from imposing fines on people who don't wear masks in public.