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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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Scoop: Garland defends DOJ's handling of Jan. 6 probe

Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland will tell the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that federal prosecutors "are doing exactly what they are expected to do" in seeking accountability for the "intolerable assault" on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Allies of former President Trump, including Republican congressmen, have criticized the department's treatment rioters charged with crimes, and sought to recast the insurrection as a righteous protest. Garland's testimony with be his first appearance before the panel.

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Police charge man with murder of British MP David Amess

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Police said Thursday that Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old British man, has been charged with the murder of David Amess, a Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K.

The big picture: Last week, the Metropolitan Police declared the fatal stabbing a terrorist incident, saying that they had found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

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Pfizer booster has 95.6% efficacy against COVID, large study shows

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A booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 95.6% effective against the coronavirus, compared with those who only had the first two initial doses, according to a large study released Thursday.

Why it matters: The study, which had more than 10,000 participants aged 16 and older, is the first controlled, randomized trial looking at boosters and their effectiveness, the companies said.