‘This is muscle memory’: Biden-Abbott relationship off to contentious start

AUSTIN, Texas — They’ve traded insults, embraced dueling policies and accused the other of mishandling a surge of migrants at the southern border. And yet, for President Joe Biden and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, their acrimonious relationship might only be starting. In the two months since Biden took office, top White House officials and the Republican governor have already engaged in a series of ongoing and contentious disputes, a rare public back-and-forth for an administration that has been highly selective about responding to criticism. Political veterans say for two leaders with far different…

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