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US election results – live: Biden defends Obamacare in major speech, as Trump fraud claims called ‘baseless’

Joe Biden is preparing to defend the Affordable Care Act in his first major policy speech today as Republicans backed by Donald Trump once again challenge the law, known as Obamacare, in the Supreme Court.

It came as international observers criticised Mr Trump for pushing “baseless allegations of systemic deficiencies” in last week’s US election. Candidates should be responsible and not promote “harmful speculation”, the Organisation of American States warned.

Meanwhile, Bill Barr, the attorney general, has authorised the Department of Justice to investigate “substantial” claims of voter fraud – prompting one of his top lawyers to resign. Richard Pilger said the move went against a “40-year-old non-intervention policy”.

Mr Biden’s team said it would “only fuel the ‘specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims’ he professes to guard against”, citing Mr Barr’s memo describing claims the DOJ would not pursue. Mr Trump and other Republicans have alleged widespread fraud, without offering proof.


Erdogan congratulates Biden on victory

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has congratulated Joe Biden on his election victory and spoken of his desire for a closer relationship with the US.

Just yesterday, a spokesperson for Mr Erdogan’s AK Party said that “Turkey will congratulate the winner of the US election after the result of the vote is finalised”.

Jon Sharman10 November 2020 15:49


With all eyes on Georgia’s runoff elections for two US Senate seats, Stacey Abrams – who has led a robust voter registration and engagement campaign in the state, following a decades-long effort among Black organisers throughout the south against voter suppression and disenfranchisement – is directing her energies to overturning Mitch McConnell’s Republican-dominated body of Congress.

The state is poised to elect a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1992. Ms Abrams has been credited with helping register more than 800,000 new voters in the state, writes Alex Woodward.

Jon Sharman10 November 2020 15:33


Irish PM speaks with Biden… Or does he?

Micheal Martin, the Irish premier, just got off the phone with Joe Biden, he has said.

Poor Boris Johnson is still waiting for his post-election chat.

However, moments after the tweet annoucing Mr Martin’s call was posted, it has been deleted…

Jon Sharman10 November 2020 15:38


Eric Trump tweets to Minnesota to ‘get out and vote’ seven days after the election

Donald Trump’s second oldest son, Eric, apparently can’t let the election go, tweeting out a rallying call to Minnesota to get out and vote — a week after the polls closed, writes Oliver O’Connell.

Jon Sharman10 November 2020 15:14


Biden presidency could herald ‘new deal’ for US-Europe relations, Germany says

There could be a renewal of the relationship between Europe and the US under a Biden administration, Germany’s foreign minister says.

“Joe Biden’s election victory means one thing in particular: new opportunities for the trans-Atlantic partnership,” Heiko Maas told AP.

“We need a kind of new deal in the trans-Atlantic partnership, the basis of which would consist of responding to international challenges with international solutions and not with a policy of America First or Europe First.”

He added: “Decisions were made by the administration or in the White House [under Donald Trump], and they were then put in front of us and we had to deal with them. That’s not the cooperation we wished for and still wish for.”

European leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel had a sometimes fraught relationship with Mr Trump, who pushed them hard on trade and defence spending, claiming previous trans-Atlantic dealings had been “very unfair” to Washington.

Jon Sharman10 November 2020 14:51


Controversial Breonna Taylor attorney general joins Trump’s election ‘fraud’ case

Daniel Cameron, the Kentucky state attorney whose investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death proved controversial, was among ten state attorneys to support a Trump campaign lawsuit in Pennsylvania alleging election “fraud”, writes Gino Spocchia.

Jon Sharman10 November 2020 14:15


Boris Johnson’s message congratulating Joe Biden on election victory contains hidden reference to Trump

After Joe Biden was declared the winner of the US presidential election on Saturday, Boris Johnson duly fulfilled his diplomatic duty with a two-line statement congratulating the Democrat candidate on his victory, writes Chris Baynes.

But his message – posted as a picture on Twitter – contained more than just well wishes for the former vice-president.  

Jon Sharman10 November 2020 14:14


Full story on latest Trump outburst

Jon Sharman10 November 2020 14:12



It’s almost like Donald Trump is back in campaign mode. The president has been tweeting again, and, a week after election day, he is no less defiant. 

Tom Batchelor10 November 2020 14:00


Biden’s lead grows in Georgia

Bad news for the president in Georgia, where Joe Biden’s lead has grown by nearly 1,000 votes in the last 24 hours.

The president-elect now has a buffer of 12,428 votes, according to Edison Research’s tally, with 1 per cent of the state’s expected ballots waiting to be counted.

Tom Batchelor10 November 2020 13:52