What Next

A Biden Pick in Trouble

Neera Tanden’s OMB nomination is hanging by a thread.


Episode Notes

After years of policy work in Washington, Neera Tanden is more than qualified to serve as Biden’s director of the Office of Management and Budget. But her open scorn for conservatives and progressives alike, often expressed through aggressive Twitter barbs, has made her confirmation the most tenuous of the new president’s picks.

Guest: Jim Newell, Slate’s senior politics writer.

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.