Barack Obama after a rally in Pennsylvania. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama announced another round of endorsements Monday ahead of next month's midterm elections, lending his support to an additional 260 candidates.

Between the lines: This round "focused on close races ... state legislative and/or statewide races that are redistricting priorities; ... and building a pipeline of diverse talent and elevating the next generation of leaders within the Democratic Party."

  • Four of our Axios 8 for 2018 races were on the list, including Gina Ortiz Jones in Texas' 23rd Congressional District, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida's 26th Congressional District, Joe Radinovich in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District and Cindy Axne in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District.
  • Two other Axios 8 races were featured on his initial list: Richard Cordray, running for Ohio governor, and Katie Porter in California's 45th Congressional District.
  • One more thing: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York's 14th Congressional District) made the list, but Keith Ellison, running for Minnesota attorney general and facing allegations of domestic abuse, did not.

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11 GOP congressional nominees support QAnon conspiracy

Lauren Boebert posing in her restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, on April 24. Photo: Emily Kask/AFP

At least 11 Republican congressional nominees have publicly supported or defended the QAnon conspiracy theory movement or some of its tenets — and more aligned with the movement may still find a way onto ballots this year.

Why it matters: Their progress shows how a fringe online forum built on unsubstantiated claims and flagged as a threat by the FBI is seeking a foothold in the U.S. political mainstream.

Lindsey Graham says he will ask Mueller to testify before Senate

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted Sunday that he will grant Democrats' request to call former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before his committee.

The big picture: The announcement comes on the heels of Mueller publishing an op-ed in the Washington Post that defended the Russia investigation and conviction of Roger Stone, whose sentence was commuted by President Trump on Friday.