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Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios

D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.

Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.

Cameron Kasky, a Stoneman Douglas survivor, spoke at the march: "I look forward 10 years and see hope...the march is not the climax of this movement, it's the beginning."

  • He said: "The voters are coming...Today is a bad day for tyranny and corruption."
  • Protestors have been chanting: "Everyday shootings are everyday problems."
  • Naomi Wadler, an 11-year-old from Alexandria, Va., also spoke at the march, "to acknowledge & represent the African-American girls whose stories don't make the front page."

What the protestors were saying:

  • Coya, works in higher education: "It's important not only to support my students but to stand beside them...their safety is important to me. I trust them [my students] with my life more than the people in Congress."
  • Sarah, also works with college students: "I have seen in the past few years, college students get a massive amount of anxiety and fear."
  • Rachel, 15 years old: "We're here to support the protests...and hope that Congress will understand our problems."

Herbert, who was there with his 7-year-old grandson: "I'm marching for my children. They shouldn't be afraid of guns...we don't need them in our society."

Herbert and his 7-year-old grandson at D.C.'s March for our Lives protest. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios
Protestors at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios
Protestors at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios

The other side:

Counter-protestors at the D.C. March for our Lives protest. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios

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Europe's energy reliance on Russia is a crucial shield for Putin

Photo: Pavel Bednyakov/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Cracks in the NATO alliance regarding sanctions for Russia should President Vladimir Putin order troops into Ukraine are in large part based on energy supply concerns.

Why it matters: Russia holds tremendous leverage over some European countries because it provides roughly 40% of Europe's natural gas supply. In Germany, this figure is greater than 50%.

Why the Fed might want to jolt the markets

Fed chair Jerome Powell at a hearing earlier this month. Photo: Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images

So far, financial markets are cooperating nicely with the Federal Reserve's efforts to restrain inflation. They're doing the Fed's work for it by creating tighter financial conditions, in a distinctly non-panicky way.

  • But as the central bank's policymakers meet this week, an underlying question they face is whether the adjustment is happening too slowly.
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Omicron outbreaks were bad for business in January

Data: New York Federal Reserve Bank; Chart: Axios Visuals

Emerging anecdotal evidence shows just how hard the recent rise in COVID-19 cases hit businesses in early January — but that hasn't hurt some business leaders’ longer-term views of their companies' prospects.

Why it matters: Increasingly, the economic recovery has come in fits and starts that move in tandem with new peaks in cases. Look no further than the thousands of canceled flights and shuttered Broadway theaters in the wake of the Omicron variant's spread over the last few months.

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