Barack and Michelle Obama are hitting the campaign trail in 2018. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Barack Obama is holding campaign events with Democratic candidates in California, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania just two months before the 2018 midterm elections in November. Michelle Obama is headlining voter registration rallies in Las Vegas and Miami this month, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The Obamas are Democrats' best counter to President Trump's heavy campaign schedule this cycle. Their event announcements come as former President Obama recently endorsed over 80 Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.

Driving the news: Per the NYT, Obama is going to Ohio to stump with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray; he's campaigning with Democrats running in all seven of California's GOP-held districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016; and he'll campaign with Democrats in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

  • Michelle Obama's voter registration rallies are part of When We All Vote, the nonpartisan group she's involved with that encourages and promotes voting in the 2018 election.

Go deeper: View the full list of Obama's 2018 endorsements

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that Michelle Obama will not be appearing with any candidates at her rallies.

Go deeper

Updated 27 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 12,009,301 — Total deaths: 548,799 — Total recoveries — 6,561,969Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 3,053,328 — Total deaths: 132,256 — Total recoveries: 953,420 — Total tested: 37,532,612Map.
  3. Public health: Houston mayor cancels Republican convention over coronavirus concerns Deaths are rising in hotspots — Déjà vu sets in as testing issues rise and PPE dwindles.
  4. Travel: United warns employees it may furlough 45% of U.S. workforce How the pandemic changed mobility habits, by state.
  5. Education: New York City schools will not fully reopen in fallHarvard and MIT sue Trump administration over rule barring foreign students from online classes.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: A misinformation "infodemic" is here.

Transcripts show George Floyd told police "I can't breathe" over 20 times

Photo: Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Newly released transcripts of bodycam footage from the Minneapolis Police Department show that George Floyd told officers he could not breathe more than 20 times in the moments leading up to his death.

Why it matters: Floyd's killing sparked a national wave of Black Lives Matter protests and an ongoing reckoning over systemic racism in the United States. The transcripts "offer one the most thorough and dramatic accounts" before Floyd's death, The New York Times writes.

5 hours ago - Health

Fighting the coronavirus infodemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

An "infodemic" of misinformation and disinformation has helped cripple the response to the novel coronavirus.

Why it matters: High-powered social media accelerates the spread of lies and political polarization that motivates people to believe them. Unless the public health sphere can effectively counter misinformation, not even an effective vaccine may be enough to end the pandemic.