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Trump aides aim to build GOP opposition to Afghan refugees

Sep 15 2021 — Jill Colvin, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban arrive in the U.S., a handful of former Trump administration officials are working to turn Republicans against them. The former officials are writing position papers, appearing on conservative television outlets and meeting privately with GOP lawmakers — all in an effort to […]

Biden’s vaccine rules ignite instant, hot GOP opposition

Sep 11 2021 — Jill Colvin, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's aggressive push to require millions of U.S. workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus is running into a wall of resistance from Republican leaders threatening everything from lawsuits to civil disobedience, plunging the country deeper into culture wars that have festered since the onset of the pandemic. In South […]

Biden’s vaccine rules ignite instant, hot GOP opposition

Sep 10 2021 — Jill Colvin, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's aggressive push to require millions of U.S. workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus is running into a wall of resistance from Republican leaders threatening everything from lawsuits to civil disobedience, plunging the country deeper into culture wars that have festered since the onset of the pandemic. In South […]

GOP rift widens amid growing hostility to Afghan refugees

Aug 28 2021 — Jill Colvin, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. rushes to evacuate Americans and allies from the chaos of Afghanistan, a growing number of Republicans are questioning why the U.S. should take in Afghan citizens who worked side by side with Americans, further exacerbating divides within the party heading into next year’s midterm elections. Little more than a […]

Virginia Republicans file suit over McAuliffe’s paperwork

Aug 26 2021 — Jill Colvin, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party of Virginia filed a lawsuit Thursday asking the courts to remove Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe from the ballot for failing to sign an official form declaring his candidacy. The McAuliffe campaign dismissed the suit as “desperate" and “Trumpian.” McAuliffe won a June primary election for the Democratic nomination. […]

Capitol police testimony blunts GOP’s law-and-order message

Jul 28 2021 — Jill Colvin, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order is colliding with searing testimony from police officers themselves. Officers on Tuesday described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent insurrectionists inspired by then-president Donald Trump on Jan. 6. Will it matter in next year's elections? […]

Capitol police testimony blunts GOP’s law-and-order message

Jul 27 2021 — Jill Colvin, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order collided with searing testimony Tuesday from police officers themselves. Officers described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent Trump-inspired insurrectionists on Jan. 6. Will it matter in next year's elections? Heading into the 2022 midterms, the […]

GOP embraces Trump during visit to Texas, border wall

Jun 30 2021 — Jill Colvin, The Associated Press — PHARR, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers traveled to Texas to cheer former President Donald Trump as he paid a visit to the southern border Wednesday and hammered the Biden administration for its immigration policies amid a decades-high spike in border crossings. Trump, who was joined by more than two dozen House members, also continued to […]

After Trump’s flattery, GOP hits Biden as weak on Russia

Jun 17 2021 — Jill Colvin, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are accusing President Joe Biden of being weak on Russia after his summit with Vladimir Putin, conveniently ignoring four years of Putin flattery from former President Donald Trump. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Biden had given Putin a “pass” at their summit in Switzerland Wednesday, while Trump said the U.S. […]