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Rep. Liz Cheney in the Capitol Visitor Center after a briefing by administration leaders on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan on August 24, 2021. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Former President Trump on Thursday endorsed Harriet Hageman over Republican Rep. Liz Cheney in the Wyoming House primary contest, per a press release.

Why it matters: The primary will test the former president's hold on the GOP as he seeks to unseat Republican officials who challenged his false claims that he won the 2020 presidential election, Politico notes.

The big picture: Hageman, a lawyer, stepped down this week as the state’s national Republican committeewoman, the Washington Post reports.

  • Hageman once supported Cheney — donating to previous campaigns and serving on the congresswoman's leadership teams, per Politico.

Flashback: House Republicans ousted Cheney as their third-highest ranking member in May after months of backlash over her criticism of Trump and his unfounded claims of election fraud.

Go deeper: House Republicans vote to remove Liz Cheney from leadership

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Updated Oct 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

McConnell: GOP should move past Trump's "rehash" of 2020 election

Former President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell at the White House. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday that Republicans should be looking to "the future and not the past" when asked about how comfortable he was with the GOP "embracing" former President Trump.

Why it matters: CNN's Manu Raju posed the question after Trump attended a GOP retreat last week, noting that McConnell had said the former president was "morally responsible for provoking the events" on the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, per Business Insider.

55 mins ago - Health

India crosses 1 billion COVID vaccinations milestone

A health worker inoculates a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a man wearing face mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Beawar, India, in September. Photo: Sumit Saraswat/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Thursday that the country's health workers have now administered more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines doses.

Of note: While this is a significant milestone for the country of 1.4 billion, which has been devastated by the coronavirus, only about 30% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, per AP. Roughly 75% has received at least one dose.