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Maryland governor: GOP is a "circular firing squad" in trying to appease "dear leader" Trump

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) criticized his party leadership's loyalty to former President Trump on "Meet the Press" Sunday, saying the GOP has becoming a "circular firing squad."

Why it matters: Hogan, a Trump critic, and said many Republicans are weary of criticizing the former president for fear of "retaliation" from Trump or the GOP, as House Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has experienced.

What they're saying: “It bothers me you have to swear fealty to the dear leader or you get kicked out of the party. It just doesn’t make any sense,” Hogan said.

  • "It’s sort of a circular firing squad where we’re just attacking members of our own party instead of focusing on solving problems, or standing up and having an argument, that we can debate the Democrats on some of the things the Biden administration is pushing through.”

Go deeper: Pollster Frank Luntz says Trump may cost GOP the House in 2022

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U.S. temporarily suspends evacuations at Kabul airport to clear airfield

The U.S. military temporarily halted evacuations from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday in order to secure the airfield after thousands of civilians stormed the runway in attempt to flee the country, according to CNN.

Why it matters: The U.S. is still attempting to process visas and evacuate thousands of Afghan refugees who aided U.S. and coalition forces and may face retaliation from the Taliban, which secured Kabul on Sunday and declared victory in Afghanistan on Monday.

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Biden plans to ask Congress to pay for $1.8 trillion in new spending

President Biden plans to ask Congress to pay for the entirety of the $1.8 trillion in new spending on health care, child care and education he’ll unveil on Wednesday night, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Biden’s decision to fully offset both the $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan he announced last month, and the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan being rolled out in his joint address, all but guarantee big political battles on both the spending and tax sides of the combined $4 trillion proposal.

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