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There’s a theory that it sometimes suits an incoming president to let the opposition strike down one of their cabinet nominees. Offering one symbolic victory to the other side can smooth the path to getting everybody else into their jobs.

However, it doesn’t look like the Biden team are taking the threats not to confirm Neera Tanden to the OMB lying down. Press secretary Jen Psaki says they will push ahead to get her confirmed, even after Republican Senator Susan Collins has come out against her.

New: @PressSec says WH stands by Tanden nom: “Yes. Neera Tanden is an accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent Budget Director and we look forward to the committee votes this week and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties” https://t.co/kvUqcjOJRt

One of those consequences is the latest legal action announced today by Dominion Voting – they are to sue MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for defamation after he has repeatedly spread conspiracy theories about their machines and November’s election result. Alison Durkee writes for Forbes:

The $1.3 billion lawsuit alleges Lindell “sells the lie” involving the company’s voting machines fraudulently flipping votes to Joe Biden knowing it is false, “because the lie sells pillows.”

MyPillow sponsored rallies that pushed election fraud claims, offered discount codes related to the conspiracy theory and advertised on right-wing news networks where the claims were being pushed, the lawsuit notes, alleging Lindell “knowingly lied about Dominion to sell more pillows to people who continued tuning in to hear what they wanted to hear about the election.”

Lindell advertised ‘absolute proof,’ but he delivered absolute nonsense and fake documents sourced from the dark corners of the internet. The cartoonish evidence that he offered in his video cannot be reconciled with any level of logic or truth. Mike Lindell needs to be held accountable for defaming Dominion and undermining the integrity of our electoral system all the while profiting from it.

Newsmax invites Mike Lindell, who advocated for a coup and spews dangerous conspiracy theories, on air. It didn’t go well. pic.twitter.com/6xzSgXlHua

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