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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) threw his support behind President Trump’s legal challenges in the wake of his loss to President-elect Joe Biden, saying Monday that Trump is “100 percent within his right” to pursue recounts and litigation. Trump has produced no evidence of widespread voting fraud.

Biden, meanwhile, delivered a speech in Delaware in which he urged Americans to wear masks as part of a collective effort to fight the coronavirus as he ramped up his transition to the presidency.

And Trump, who has yet to concede the election, announced the firing of the defense secretary in tweets, saying, “Mark Esper has been terminated” and that Christopher C. Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will be acting secretary of defense.

Here’s what to know now:

  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson has tested positive for the coronavirus, a HUD spokesman confirmed. Carson was at the White House on Tuesday for the election night party.
  • A Trump administration appointee is refusing to sign a letter allowing Biden’s transition team to formally begin its work this week, in another sign that the incumbent president has not acknowledged Biden’s victory and could disrupt the transfer of power.
  • Biden and his advisers plan this week to demonstrate a far more assertive strategy against the coronavirus than Trump’s, and Biden may take a more proactive role in the coming weeks in congressional negotiations over an economic stimulus package.
  • Lawmakers return to Washington on Monday for Congress’s lame-duck session confronting a number of major problems but lacking clear signals from Trump.