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Good morning. New Hampshire has become one of 24 states threatening to sue President Joe Biden’s administration over the new vaccination mandate.

A letter to the president, signed by Attorney General John Formella and the AGs of 23 other states, said, in part: “The vaccines have helped protect millions of Americans, and there are surely others who could benefit from obtaining treatment.”

But, it adds, “You have offered the American people flimsy legal arguments, contradictory statements and threatening directives. It is almost as if your goal is to sow division and distrust, rather than promote unity and the public’s health.”

The new rule announced last week would force businesses with more than 100 workers to require COVID-19 vaccinations or regular testing. The rule is not yet formalized, and Gov. Chris Sununu said in a briefing this week that it’s impossible to take direct action against it until there’s an explicit rule. Sununu made the comments while he was encouraging Granite Staters to get vaccinated.

Biden has said the mandate is needed because vaccination rates have largely plateaued across the country, though there has been an increase in the rate in places that have seen major surges of COVID-19 cases.

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