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"We are trying to say, 'we are not going to attack you with a nuclear weapon unless you attack us with a nuclear weapon", she explained in a House of Dilemma podcast on January.

Manchin's position is all the more damning considering he voted to confirm several of Trump's cabinet nominees who were grossly unqualified, racist, and ignorant. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced Friday he would oppose her candidacy.

A final draft of that bill included a provision that would have raised the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour - a provision that some moderate Democrats have said they would not like to see included in the package.

Democrats have also reportedly acknowledged in private that Tanden's nomination may be doomed, with one senator telling CNN that the Biden administration is "going to have to pull her". Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has said he opposes her confirmation. This time, Democrats and Republicans have 50 members each in the Senate, but because any tie-breaking votes will be cast by Vice-president Kamala Harris, Democrats have a majority in the Senate.

"It seems that in this world we've kind of gotten numb to derogatory tweets", Murkowski told reporters in the Capitol. "I don't think that that is, that's a model that we want to set for anybody".

Speaking at a news conference in NY over the weekend, Schumer said he is working with Biden to shore up support to vote for Tanden's confirmation. Asked whether they had looked at a replacement for Tanden, Psaki said "that's not the stage we're in".

But Tanden seemingly can't escape her old words. And I think that Neera is great and I think that she's qualified. John Kennedy, R-La., said Wednesday.

Signatories to the letter warn that Tanden's potential tenure in the Biden Administration risks being "marked by more naked partisanship and influence peddling than fair mindedness and sober diligence toward the well-being of all Americans". She's a partisan activist who's gone after senators of the majority party.

Neera Tanden appears before a Senate Committee.

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The 25 most rural states elect 50 of the Senate's 100 members - and 40 of those 50 are now Republicans. And multiple Republican Senate aides said contact from the White House concerning Tanden's nomination in recent days had been minimal.

According to Senate aides on both sides of the aisle, the light touch from the White House on such a controversial nominee had lawmakers wondering why the administration put Tanden forward to begin with.

As an alternative to a possible nuclear attack order scenario, House Democrats rolled out a suggestion to require other officials, such as the speaker of the house and the vice president - now Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris, respectively - to approve the order.

Other names mentioned include Ann O'Leary, a former chief of staff for California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and Gene Sperling, who served as director of the National Economic Council under Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The Center for American Progress, which is run by Tanden and oversaw ThinkProgress, claimed to have shuttered the online publication for financial reasons.

The senator from Alaska told ABC News on Monday that she too had not spoken with the White House about Tanden and was still mulling over her decision. A Twitter mutual of mine, a young person with some political experience, lightly mocked Tanden in a reply on the social media platform.

Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to make an appearance at the convention on February 28, Fox News reports.

And it's not just Manchin who's wielding outsize influence over Biden's agenda.

He replied that both senators expressed concerns with Tanden's "tweets and language".

Tanden also deleted tweets concerning Russia's role in the 2016 election, peddling claims that hackers potentially changed the results of the election.

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