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Columbia University law professor Tim Wu is a longtime skeptic of corporate power. Photo: Seth Wenig / AP

The man who coined the term "net neutrality" is now calling for "a return to sort of Progressive Era style antitrust enforcement that is focused on concentration and size."

Columbia University law professor Tim Wu tapped into the tech policy zeitgeist with his books The Master Switch, about corporate power in the information age, and the more recent Attention Merchants. In The Curse of Bigness Revisited (a working title) Wu plans to make his case for tighter regulation. Wu hopes to have the book out by spring.

The bigger picture: Antitrust is a hot topic right now. Hill Democrats are working tougher merger enforcement into their midterm platform. And skepticism of corporate power — especially in tech — is an animating force on both sides of the ideological divide.

Axios asked Wu

what the audience was for the book. "I think there are members of the public who will get into it, but it is probably a little more … I think it's accessible to anyone who feels inspired by the works of Louis Brandeis," he said, after speaking at a briefing put on by progressives in Congress. "It's kind of trying to reinvigorate the Brandeis vision of small producers, smaller economy, innovation and self-determination."

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Pfizer and BioNTech announced Tuesday that they have started clinical trials for a reformulated vaccine to protect against the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Why it matters: The rise of the Omicron variant has forced vaccine makers to reassess the effectiveness of their vaccines.

Retail stock traders power stunning comeback after deep selloff

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Stocks staged a Patrick Mahomes-esque comeback Monday, after plunging for the first few hours of trading.

Why it matters: The remarkable recovery suggests that retail traders who upended markets over the last year — most notably during the GameStop bonanza that occurred almost exactly a year ago — continue to be powerful influence in the markets.

America can't quit polarizing politicians

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New data finds that the nation's most polarizing politicians are often the ones that garner the most attention online.

Why it matters: Online engagement helps politicians build a bigger national profile and more fundraising power, incentivizing them be more outrageous, more polarizing and more divisive.