The March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. last year. Photo: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday that it will hold a hearing on gun violence prevention on Feb. 6, the first House hearing on the topic in eight years.

Why it matters: Gun control is a key issue for the House's new Democratic majority as its advocates poured a huge amount of cash into the 2018 midterm elections, ending the NRA's longstanding dominance in spending on gun politics. And that's translated to policy work, as earlier this month, a group of bipartisan House members introduced a bill that would require universal background checks for gun purchases. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, said the hearing announcement showed that Democrats were "answering the call of the American people."

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New Jersey governor allows schools to reopen for in-person learning

Gov. Phil Murphy in December 2019. Phoot: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced Wednesday he will sign an executive order allowing private and public K-12 schools and universities to reopen for in-person learning in September.

The big picture: New York and New Jersey have now authorized school districts to begin reopening. Both states and Connecticut ordered travelers from 31 states to quarantine before crossing their state borders after they were able to manage the pandemic.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1:30 p.m. ET: 20,412,501 — Total deaths: 744,649— Total recoveries: 12,629,465Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1:30 p.m. ET: 5,163,509 — Total deaths: 164,994 — Total recoveries: 1,714,960 — Total tests: 63,252,257Map.
  3. Politics: Pelosi on state of coronavirus stimulus talks: "It's a chasm"
  4. Business: U.S. already feeling effects of ending unemployment benefits.
  5. Public health: America is flying blind on its coronavirus response.
  6. Education: Gallup: America's confidence in public school system jumps to highest level since 2004.

Pelosi on state of coronavirus stimulus talks: "It's a chasm"

Democrats and the Trump administration remain "miles apart" on negotiations over a coronavirus stimulus deal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday.

Driving the news, via Axios' Dion Rabouin: Congress' failure to renew enhanced unemployment measures for millions of Americans at the end of July is already affecting consumer spending patterns, holding down retail purchases and foot traffic, economists at Deutsche Bank say.