Republicans Tread Carefully as Islamic State Claims Credit for Texas Shooting

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U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (C) listens to Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) (L) after a vote on Loretta Lynch to become the next U.S. Attorney General April 23, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Last week, Iowa Representative Steve King brought Dutch politician and speaker Geert Wilders to Washington for a series of briefings with conservatives. The visited culminated in a daytime, outdoor news conference, where King, Wilders, and Texas Representative Louie Gohmert took 30 minutes of questions. Many focused on Wilders's criticism of Islam as not a religion, but a violent ideology that had to be defeated. King kept bringing the discussion back to free speech.

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