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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.

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Janet Yellen confirmed as Treasury secretary

Janet Yellen. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Senate voted 84-15 to confirm Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary on Monday.

Why it matters: Yellen is the first woman to serve as Treasury secretary, a Cabinet position that will be crucial in helping steer the country out of the pandemic-induced economic crisis.

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Scoop: Red Sox strike out on deal to go public

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The parent company of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F.C. has ended talks to sell a minority ownership stake to RedBall Acquisition, a SPAC formed by longtime baseball executive Billy Beane and investor Gerry Cardinale, Axios has learned from multiple sources. An alternative investment, structured more like private equity, remains possible.

Why it matters: Red Sox fans won't be able to buy stock in the team any time soon.