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Barack and Michelle Obama at a 2017 Obama Foundation event. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will headline two nights of the Democratic National Convention, according to a full list of speakers released by the party on Tuesday.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Margaret Talev: It signals how much the Democratic Party is still the party of Barack Obama — and how strongly Biden’s team feels the Obamas can validate his vice presidential choice and energize the party’s base.

Worth noting: It's almost impossible to read anything into Biden's potential vice presidential selection from this list.

  • While many potential vice presidential picks are already on the list of speakers, they could easily be moved to Wednesday night if they are Biden's choice.
  • The list does not include two potential finalists, former national security advisor Susan Rice and California Rep. Karen Bass, but that doesn't mean they're out of the running.
  • The party said it will announce details and additional speakers in the coming days.
The full list of speakers

Monday:

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.)
  • Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.)
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo (N.Y.)
  • Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (Mich.)
  • Rep. Jim Clyburn (S.C.)
  • Convention Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (Miss.)
  • Rep. Gwen Moore (Wis.)
  • Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich — a Republican
  • Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.)
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.)
  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Tuesday:

  • Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)
  • Former Secretary of State John Kerry
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.)
  • Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (Del.)
  • Former President Bill Clinton,
  • Former Second Lady Jill Biden

Wednesday:

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.)
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)
  • Gov. Tony Evers (Wis.)
  • Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.)
  • Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
  • The vice presidential nominee
  • Former President Barack Obama

Thursday:

  • Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.)
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom (Calif.)
  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
  • Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.)
  • Sen. Chris Coons (Del.)
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.)
  • The Biden family
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden 

Go deeper

Nov 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Nancy Pelosi re-elected as House Democratic leader

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi arrives for her weekly press conference. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was re-elected Wednesday to serve as House Democrats' leader, preserving her role as the key Democratic player in Congress and solidifying her power alongside a future Biden administration.

Why it matters: Pelosi's re-election, which took place remotely via voice vote, sets her up to be re-elected as speaker in January and follows a disappointing election for House Democrats, who lost several seats, undercutting the party's major gains from the 2018 midterms.

At least six cases in six days: Newhouse and Lamborn test positive for COVID-19

Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty

Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) have tested positive for COVID-19, increasing the tally of lawmakers across the U.S. who have contracted the virus.

The big picture: The two announcements on Wednesday follow positive tests for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) in the latest string of outbreaks.

45 million Americans under winter storm watches near New England

Computer model projection showing the winds moving around the powerful East Coast storm on Saturday Jan. 29, 2022. Image: https://earth.nullschool.net

Nearly 45 million Americans are under winter weather alerts and warnings from North Carolina to northeastern Maine, as a major winter storm threatens the region.

Why it matters: It is predicted to be the biggest blizzard since 2018 to strike the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow possible in parts of eastern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.