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This is Joan Greve in Washington, taking over for Martin Belam.

The US coronavirus death toll is expected to soon surpass 500,000, representing the highest death toll of any country in the world.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki has just put that continued endorsement of Neera Tanden into her own Twitter words. Tanden’s confirmation has been derailed by first Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and then Republican Susan Collins saying they would oppose it.

Neera Tanden=accomplished policy expert, would be 1st Asian American woman to lead OMB, has lived experience having benefitted from a number of federal programs as a kid, looking ahead to the committee votes this week and continuing to work toward her confirmation

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