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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The big picture: Winning any antitrust case is a heavy lift. It's even more of a challenge to pull off victory in a future-looking case that seeks to make room for potential new competition to flourish.

The pandemic is getting worse again

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Due to a database error, Missouri had a 3 day gap in reporting from Oct. 11-13; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Every available piece of data proves it: The coronavirus pandemic is getting worse again, all across America.

The big picture: As the death toll ticks past 212,000, at a moment when containing the virus ought to be easier and more urgent than ever, we are instead giving it a bigger foothold to grow from.

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