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Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

The Working Families Party, a progressive labor group, on Monday endorsed 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: The WFP gained national attention in the 2016 presidential election when it endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. The party's early endorsement of Warren over Sanders signals that the Massachusetts senator is making significant inroads with progressive voters, a key wing of the Democratic Party.

  • Maurice Mitchell, the Working Families Party’s national director, told the Times that the group's opinion had changed since its 2016 endorsement of Sanders and that Warren received more than 60% in its internal endorsement poll this year.

What they're saying: Mitchell said that the party is committed to a progressive victory over Trump, even if it means defeating the Democratic Party's moderate center represented by former Vice President Joe Biden.

  • “You don’t defeat the moderate wing of Democrats through thought pieces or pithy tweets, you defeat their politics through organizing," he said.

Between the lines: WFP's endorsement may sway which candidate other progressive organizations choose to endorse. Sanders hasn't completely fallen out of favor with the progressive labor movement, as he received an endorsement from the United Electrical Workers of America in August.

The bottom line: Warren and Sanders will continue to compete for progressive endorsements and distance themselves from the moderate wing of the Democratic Party.

Go deeper: Elizabeth Warren unveils sweeping anti-corruption plan

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Kevin McCarthy is learning you can get torched when you try to make everyone happy, especially after an insurrection.

Why it matters: The House Republican leader had been hoping to use this year to build toward taking the majority in 2022, but his efforts to bridge intra-party divisiveness over the Capitol siege have him taking heat from every direction, eroding his stature both with the public and within his party.

The next big political war: redistricting

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Democrats are preparing a mix of tech and legal strategies to combat expected gerrymandering by Republicans, who are planning to go on legal offense themselves.

Why it matters: Democrats failed to regain a single state legislature on Election Day, while Republicans upped their control to 30 states' Houses and Senates. In the majority of states, legislatures draw new congressional district lines, which can boost a party's candidates for the next decade.

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Vaccinations, relief timing dominate Sweet 16 call

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) speaks during a news conference in December with a group of bipartisan lawmakers. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Vaccine distribution, pandemic data and a cross-party comity dominated today's virtual meeting between White House officials and a bipartisan group of 16 senators, Senator Angus King told Axios.

Why it matters: Given Democrats' razor-thin majority in both chambers of Congress, President Biden will have to rely heavily on this group of centrist lawmakers — dubbed the "Sweet 16" — to pass any substantial legislation.