Nov 9, 2018

House Democrats look to answer calls for gun control legislation

Mourners crying at a candle light vigil after the Thousand Oaks shooting. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

House Democrats plan on passing aggressive gun control legislation in response to the recent mass shooting that killed 12 people in Thousand Oaks, California when they take over the House in January, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: If they do pass a bill, it is likely to be some of the strongest gun control legislation the country has seen in decades. This response from Democrats runs in stark contrast to responses to mass shootings from legislators in recent years.

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#MeToo gets Weinstein

A man carries out Weinstein's walker. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist, two years and four months after accusations against him helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

Why it matters: To date, #MeToo has resulted in hundreds of powerful men losing their jobs. Seven have been criminally convicted, with four others still facing charges.

JPMorgan Chase to pull support for some fossil fuels

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

JPMorgan Chase said Monday that it won’t directly finance new oil and gas development in the Arctic and will significantly curtail its financing of the extraction and burning of coal.

Why it matters: JPMorgan is the world’s largest funder of fossil-fuel companies, according to a report by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). The announcement follows similar moves by other big banks and investment firms, including Goldman Sachs and BlackRock.