Sens. Dianne Feinstein (left) and Kamala Harris (right) in the Capitol building. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

A group of 36 Indivisible chapters in California sent an open letter to Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris Monday pressuring them to block the nominations of Gina Haspel as CIA Director and Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State.

Why it matters: Progressives have been pushing Feinstein to align with them on policy issues like immigration, and their strength was clear in February when she failed to secure the California Democratic Party's official endorsement. Various Democrats, including Feinstein, have already faced scrutiny about how they will vote for Haspel and Pompeo, and the latest pressure in California shows how progressive Democrats are fighting to pull the party farther to the left.

Go deeper: California Democrats show the party’s competing shades of blue.

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Supreme Court won't expedite Pennsylvania GOP's request to block mail-in ballot extension

Amy Coney Barrett being sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts. Photo: Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via Getty Images

The Supreme Court voted 5-3 on Wednesday to deny a bid from Pennsylvania Republicans to expedite their request to shorten the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots. Newly-confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the decision.

Why it matters: A lower court ruling allowing ballots to be counted until 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day, will remain in place for now. Conservative Justices Alito, Thomas and Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion that it's too close to the election to take up the case, but it could still be reviewed after the election if late-arriving ballots make a difference.

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Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave

Paris under curfew. Photo: Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

The coronavirus is still winning: Now even Germany is entering another national lockdown, joined by France.

Why it matters: France has been "overpowered by a second wave,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a nationally televised address today. Macron said the "new wave will be stronger and deadlier" than the first.