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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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Senate Democrats unveil new income tax for billionaires

Sen. Ron Wyden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a billionaires' tax proposal, designed to help support President Biden's social spending and climate change legislation.

Why it matters: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the Billionaires Income Tax would raise "hundreds of billions of dollars" and would affect approximately 700 taxpayers who have more than $1 billion in assets or incomes of over $100 million a year.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.