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The GOP struggles with what to do on employer vaccine mandates.


President Biden touted the Food and Drug Administration's full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Aug. 23. (The Washington Post)


Across the border in South Dakota is perhaps the prime example of how contentious this could become, now that such mandates are on firmer legal footing with the FDA’s decision.

Amid a push by some state legislators for a special session on such a bill, Gov. Kristi L. Noem (R) has come out against it. Last week, she suggested such a bill might be a slippery slope toward excessive government regulation of business. Then, amid pushback, she came out even more strongly against it Tuesday.


In an Instagram post, Noem laid out a detailed case against the bill, calling the proposal “not conservative” and “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” She also accused the GOP legislators behind it of “chasing headlines.”


President Biden this week responded to the F