WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are blasting President Joe Biden, threatening lawsuits and going as far as to call for civil disobedience to block his new vaccination mandates.

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It's all in response to his sweeping new federal vaccine requirements that would force as many as 100 million Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing their jobs.

Biden's move marks a dramatic escalation in the federal government’s campaign against the virus as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread.

It also sets the stage for a new, more caustic chapter in the COVID culture wars, which have thus far focused mainly on masking mandates.

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