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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he will vote against Neera Tanden, President Biden's nominee to be director of the Office and Management and Budget.

Why it matters: Manchin's opposition seriously imperils Tanden's nomination, as she will now need at least one Republican vote to be confirmed.

  • Tanden has drawn fire from Republicans and Democrats for her combative posture on Twitter, where she has engaged in late-night feuds, slashing her opponent and defending her positions.
  • "I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget," Manchin said.
  • This marks the first time a Senate Democrat has announced opposition to a Biden Cabinet nominee.

The big picture: Tanden adopted an apologetic tone in two Senate committee hearings last week, where she apologized for some of her comments.

  • Democrats felt optimistic that Tanden's conciliatory approach would carry her across the line and that she would be voted out of committee next week.

What they're saying: "I think we're going to find the votes to get her confirmed," Biden said at Joint Base Andrews Friday evening, adding he has no intention of withdrawing Tanden's nomination following Manchin's announcement.

  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that Tanden is "an accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent Budget Director and we look forward to the committee votes next week and to continue to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties."

What we're watching: Many Republicans haven't announced their position on Tanden, but if one of them decides to support her, her prospects to lead OMB will be given new life.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Jan. 16 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

All of President Biden's Cabinet nominees have now been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The big picture: Biden now has known, trusted people around him, many from the Obama administration, to help implement his policies and turn away from the tumultuous Trump years.

The legacy of Bernie Madoff

Bernie Madoff, architect of the largest Ponzi scheme in American history, died on Wednesday in federal prison, 11 years into his 150-year sentence.

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Russia to expel 10 U.S diplomats, ban top Biden officials in response to sanctions

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Russia will expel 10 U.S. diplomats and add eight current and former U.S. officials to its no-entry list in retaliation for sanctions that the Biden administration leveled at Moscow on Friday, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday.

Why it matters: The measures come after the U.S. said it would expel 10 Russian intelligence officers operating under diplomatic cover, as part of a broad package of sanctions retaliating against the SolarWinds hack of federal agencies and Russia's interference in the 2020 election.

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