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President-elect Joe Biden continued at a news conference Tuesday to project the authority of an incoming president even as President Trump resists conceding the race. Biden defended the Affordable Care Act soon after the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case involving President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law. He also called Trump’s refusal to concede “an embarrassment” and said he may start naming Cabinet members as soon as this month.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that legal challenges being pressed by Trump are “no reason for alarm” and would not prevent a new administration, “if there is one,” from taking office in January. Biden said he has not yet spoken to McConnell, but intends to in the “not too distant future.”

Also, Sen. Thom Tillis is projected by Edison Research to hold onto his seat in North Carolina, beating Cal Cunningham, one of the candidates Democrats had hoped would swing the Senate in their direction. Control rests on the two runoffs in Georgia.

Here’s what to know now:

  • A majority of the Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act in the face of a challenge from Republican-led states and the Trump administration.
  • The White House has instructed senior government leaders to block cooperation with Biden’s transition team, escalating a standoff that threatens to impede the transfer of power and prompting the Biden team to consider legal action.
  • Biden has begun taking calls from foreign leaders and weighing whom to appoint to top White House positions, with several of his longtime advisers expected to take senior roles.
  • Attorney General William P. Barr gave federal prosecutors approval to pursue allegations of “vote tabulation irregularities” in certain cases before results are certified — a reversal of long-standing Justice Department policy.