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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 

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Former President Barack Obama launched a blistering attack on President Trump while campaigning for Joe Biden in Orlando on Tuesday, criticizing Trump for complaining about the pandemic as cases soar and joking that he's "jealous of COVID's media coverage."

Driving the news: Trump has baselessly accused the news media of only focusing on covering the coronavirus pandemic — which has killed over 226,000 Americans so far and is surging across the country once again — as a way to deter people from voting on Election Day and distract from other issues.

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Axios Re:Cap digs into Biden's economic policies and philosophies with former presidential candidate and current Biden campaign surrogate Pete Buttigieg.

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U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record

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The United States reported 88,452 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, setting a single-day record, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

The big picture: The country confirmed 1,049 additional deaths due to the virus, and there are over 46,000 people currently being hospitalized, suggesting the U.S. is experiencing a third wave heading into the winter months.