The White House withdrew the nomination of Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday evening, the first Cabinet-level defeat for the administration. In a statement, President Biden said Tanden, who faced bipartisan opposition from senators because of past comments she made on Twitter, requested that her name be withdrawn.

Meanwhile, Biden said Tuesday that by the end of May, the United States will have enough coronavirus vaccine doses for “every adult in America” who wants one, a goal that he previously projected would be achieved by July.

Here’s what to know:
  • Biden announced that pharmaceutical giant Merck will help make Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot coronavirus vaccine. The unusual pact between the fierce competitors could sharply boost the supply of the newly authorized vaccine, according to senior administration officials.
  • FBI Director Christopher A. Wray told a Senate panel that his agents are pursuing roughly 2,000 domestic terrorism cases — a huge spike as the bureau tries to show it is taking the threat of such attacks seriously in the wake of January’s pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol.
  • Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) won Senate confirmation as the next commerce secretary, a post that will thrust her into the middle of some of the most contentious economic and security issues confronting the Biden administration.
  • The administration announced it is imposing sanctions on Russia over the poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) is facing growing calls to resign after a third woman accused him of unwanted advances. He has referred allegations of sexual harassment against him to the state’s attorney general.
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Top Democrats call Cuomo allegations ‘troubling’ but do not join calls for him to step down

Top Democratic officials on Tuesday reiterated their support for an independent investigation of sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo — some saying the accounts are “troubling” — but did not join increasing calls for the embattled governor to resign.

Three women — two who worked for Cuomo (D) and another who described an encounter with him at a 2019 wedding — have accused the governor of inappropriate comments or unwanted touching.

In a statement Sunday, Cuomo said he “never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm” and described his actions as a result of his “playful” nature, but denied inappropriately touching anyone.

12:30 a.m.
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Biden moves to get all teachers a vaccine shot by end of March

President Biden said Tuesday that he would use federal authority to offer coronavirus vaccinations to K-12 teachers and child-care workers, with the aim of getting at least the first shot administered to all educators by the end of March.

The goal is to remove one of the major barriers to reopening schools — an urgent step for parents and children alike — but one that has been controversial and complicated. Teachers, who have resisted going back in many communities, have said that they would be much more willing to return to school buildings if they are vaccinated first.

More than half the states have already put teachers into a high-priority category in their vaccination programs.

12:08 a.m.
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White House withdraws nomination of Tanden to head budget office

The White House withdrew the nomination of Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday evening.

“I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget,” President Biden said in a statement. “I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my administration. She will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work.”

Tanden was facing bipartisan opposition from senators due to past intemperate comments she made on her Twitter feed. Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) announced last month that he would oppose her, meaning Tanden would need the support of at least one Republican to be confirmed in the evenly divided Senate.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) had been weighing whether to support Tanden and met with the nominee earlier this week. Murkowski reiterated earlier Tuesday that she remained undecided on Tanden.

In addition to Biden’s brief statement, the White House released a letter from Tanden in which she wrote, “I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House has worked to win my confirmation. Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities.”

Tanden is expected to get a White House position that does not require Senate confirmation.

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Cecilia Rouse becomes first Black woman to chair White House Council of Economic Advisers

The Senate on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to confirm Cecilia Rouse as chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers, making Rouse the first Black official, and only the fourth woman, to lead the White House’s internal economic think tank.

The Senate vote was 95 to 4, with most Republicans joining Democrats in voting “yes.”

Rouse, the dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, was previously a member of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama. Through two previous Democratic administrations and nearly 30 years in academia, Rouse has built her career around studying the economics of education, from community colleges to student loans to school vouchers.

Her work has also focused on the ways women and people of color are disadvantaged in the labor force, and her colleagues credit her with helping identify problems around long-term unemployment and widening income inequality in the wake of the Great Recession.

The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee last month unanimously voted to advance Rouse’s nomination.

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RBG could be honored with a monument at the U.S. Capitol

On the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, the majority of monuments depict White men.

But soon, the late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could become a permanent fixture.

A bill introduced Tuesday by the House Democratic Women’s Caucus — including co-chairs Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) and others — would construct a monument of the feminist legal titan in a “place of prominence” at the Capitol. A monument of Ginsburg, who died in September, would be a tribute to her lifelong fight for female equality.

“She was an icon and a trailblazer who dedicated her life to opening doors for women at a time when so many insisted on keeping them shut,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who introduced a companion bill in the Senate. “It is only fitting that the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives honor her life and service by establishing a monument in the Capitol.”

It’s not yet clear what form Ginsburg’s monument would take. The justice could be depicted through a statue, a bust or a portrait.

10:08 p.m.
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Biden says there will be enough vaccine doses for every adult in the country by end of May

President Biden has moved up the timeline for vaccinating every American, saying that the United States would have enough supply for the entire country by the end of May.

“We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May,” he said. “Let me say that again. When we came into office, the prior administration had contracted for not nearly enough vaccine to cover adults in America.”

Biden said his administration immediately went to work procuring more vaccine doses with a goal of having enough by the end of July. But increased production and a third vaccine has sped up that timeline to the end of May.

But he cautioned that it still won’t be easy to get shots in everyone’s arms because of vaccine skepticism and access issues. He said the federal government is working with states to set up hundreds of mass vaccination centers in places like stadiums, community centers, parking lots that vaccinate thousands of people per day.”

As he did last week, Biden cautioned against prematurely declaring victory over the virus even with this optimistic news.

Now there is light at the end of the tunnel, but we cannot let our guard down now or assume that victory is inevitable,” he said. “We must remain vigilant, act fast and aggressively, and look out for one another. That’s how we’re going to get ahead of this virus, get our economy going again and get back to our loved ones.”

10:04 p.m.
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Biden prioritizes vaccine for teachers, child-care workers, with goal of one dose for all by end of March

President Biden said Tuesday that he would use federal authority to offer coronavirus vaccinations to all K-12 teachers and child-care workers, with an aim of getting the first shot administered to all educators in March.

The goal is to remove one of the major barriers to reopening schools. Teachers, who have resisted going back in many communities, have said that they would be much more willing to return to buildings if they are vaccinated first. More than half the states have already put teachers into a high-priority bucket in their vaccination programs, but others have not.

“Today I’m using the full authority of the federal government. I’m directing every state to do the same,” Biden said in remarks at the White House. “My challenge to all states, territories and the District of Columbia is this: We want every educator, school staff member, child-care worker to receive at least one shot by the end of the month of March.”

He said that starting next week the federal government will use its pharmacy program to prioritize educators, allowing them to sign up for vaccination appointments.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that teachers be prioritized, suggesting that they be the second group eligible for vaccination, behind only health-care workers and those in nursing homes and other senior settings. But the CDC did not mandate it. And in its guidance for school districts, it said teacher vaccination is not a prerequisite for schools to reopen.

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Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo is confirmed as commerce secretary

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) won Senate confirmation Tuesday as the next U.S. commerce secretary, a post that will thrust her into some of the most contentious economic and security questions confronting the Biden administration.

The Senate easily approved her nomination by a vote of 84 to 15. She is expected to be sworn in Wednesday.

Raimondo, 49, a former venture capitalist who was reelected to her second term as Rhode Island’s chief executive in 2018, will assume command of a federal agency with sweeping responsibilities and an increasingly important portfolio. Long seen as simply a business-friendly outpost in Washington, the department in recent years emerged as an active player in President Donald Trump’s trade wars, while carrying out the decennial census and managing the nation’s weather-monitoring systems.

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One policy Biden is keeping from Trump’s tenure: The Artemis moon program

In his first two weeks in office, Biden wasted no time dismantling wide swaths of the Trump legacy, revoking more than 30 orders signed by his predecessor, while rejoining the Paris climate accord, ending the travel ban on some Muslim-majority countries and halting construction on a Mexican border wall.

But there is one area of Trump policy that Biden has embraced: space.

The White House has announced support for a pair of Trump’s signature initiatives — the Artemis program, NASA’s effort to return astronauts to the lunar surface, and the Space Force, as a sixth branch of the armed services.

8:39 p.m.
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Head of Democratic Governors Association calls sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo ‘troubling’

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, said Tuesday that she found the three sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) “troubling” enough that the organization is going to release a statement.

“We will have a very serious conversation about what we ought to do and what standard we expect all elected leaders to adhere to and stand by,” she told The Post’s Eugene Scott.

Anna Ruch became the third woman to accuse the governor of making an unwanted advance when she told the New York Times Monday that Cuomo placed his hand on her exposed lower back at a September 2019 wedding. After she removed his hand, he grabbed her face with both hands and asked if he could kiss her. Ruch said she then pulled away.

Two other women — both former aides in the Cuomo administration — earlier accused the governor of fostering a climate where sexual harassment and bullying were pervasive, condoned and expected.

Although Lujan Grisham said it was premature for her to call for Cuomo’s resignation, she said the topic would be a “significant part” of the discussion.

“We have to take seriously all these allegations, and I’m frankly in that group of elected leaders that (believes) you believe the individual,” she said on Post Live. “You give real credit and credibility there. If you don’t, we’re revictimizing brave men and women who come forward, and so that’s critical.”

The governor noted that Cuomo was not challenging the “veracity” of the facts but was acknowledging that they happened, before apologizing for his words and actions.

“That’s the climate we should come to expect by every elected leader in that context,” she said. “And having a transparent independent investigation, so you can look at the context of these conversations and statements, I think is important.”

8:20 p.m.
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Schumer says he’s confident Democrats ‘have the votes we need’ to pass Biden’s coronavirus relief package

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that he is confident Democrats have the votes to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package in the Senate.

Schumer made the remark at a news conference after Senate Democrats held a virtual meeting with Biden.

“President Biden made his pitch today to our entire caucus, and he said we need to pass this bill and pass it soon,” he said, adding, “We’re on track to send the American Rescue Plan to the president’s desk before the expiration of the enhanced unemployment benefit, which occurs on March 14.”

Schumer said he expects a “hearty debate” and “some late nights on the floor” and cited polling showing that majorities of Democrats and independents — and, in some polling, Republicans as well — support the bill.

“It seems the only group that doesn’t support this bill are Senate Republicans and House Republicans,” Schumer said. “But the American people, including Republicans, show very strong support for this bill.”

He added, “We’ll begin consideration of the American Rescue Plan as early as tomorrow, and we’ll have the votes we need to pass the bill.”

8:12 p.m.
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Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously approves William Burns to be CIA director

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved Biden’s nomination of William J. Burns to be the next CIA director, sending it to the full Senate.

Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), chairman of the committee, said in a statement that Burns, a veteran diplomat who helped lead secret negotiations with Iran and served as the U.S. ambassador to Russia, was reported out favorably by the panel on a voice vote.

“The overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in Ambassador Burns’s favor is a testament to the nominee’s unquestioned qualifications for the role, long experience in matters of national security, and laudable commitment to public service,” Warner said. “With our country facing so many challenges all around the globe, the men and women of the CIA deserve a Senate-confirmed director in place as soon as possible, and it is my hope that the Senate will move to confirm Ambassador Burns without any unnecessary delay.”

Burns was warmly received during his confirmation hearing last week and is expected to win Senate confirmation easily. He would replace acting director David S. Cohen, who was sworn in on Jan. 20 as a replacement for Gina Haspel, who was appointed by Trump.

6:55 p.m.
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New education secretary, first lady to tour schools open for in-person learning

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, who was confirmed to his post Monday, will join first lady Jill Biden for a pair of in-person school visits Wednesday, the White House announced.

The visits come as the White House tries to make good on President Biden’s goal of opening most schools during his first 100 days and pushes the Senate to pass a coronavirus relief package that includes funds to help local districts do so more safely during the pandemic.

Cardona, the former Connecticut schools commissioner, and Jill Biden, an educator herself, are scheduled to tour public schools in Meriden, Conn., and Waterford, Pa., both of which have been open for in-person learning.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the visits will highlight “mitigation strategies that the schools have implemented amid the pandemic and provide an opportunity to learn about the challenges they have faced.”

The visits, she said, will also “highlight the additional resources in the American Rescue Plan needed for schools to open.”

“This is the top priority” for Cardona,” Psaki said.

6:52 p.m.
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Supreme Court appears to favor upholding voting laws lower court found unfair to minorities

The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed inclined to make it more difficult to challenge widely used voting laws that in practice might be more of a burden to minority voters.

The justices spent two hours in a telephone hearing reviewing the protections provided by the Voting Rights Act (VRA), first passed in 1965 to bar laws that result in discrimination based on race.

The cases involve two voting regulations that are in common use across the country. One throws out the ballots of those who vote in the wrong precinct. The other restricts who may collect ballots cast early for delivery to polling places, a practice President Donald Trump denounced as “ballot harvesting.”

But the greater impact will be the test that the increasingly conservative court develops for proving violations of the VRA, as new laws are proposed and state legislatures begin redrawing congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 Census. The justices Tuesday appeared to be trying to find middle ground.