Feb 14, 2019

House Judiciary advances first gun control legislation in decades

Gun-control advocates and activists before a House hearing on gun violence legislation. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee late Wednesday voted along party lines to advanced legislation that requires background checks for all gun purchases and transfers.

Why it matters: The vote comes on the eve of the first anniversary of the Parkland school shooting, America’s deadliest mass shooting, and is the first major gun violence prevention measure to pass the panel in several decades. The bill heads to the House floor, but has virtually no chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina — especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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