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US election results - live: Biden calls Trump ‘embarrassment’ in speech as Republicans win North Carolina

The Independent logo The Independent 11/11/2020 Chris Riotta,Danielle Zoellner,Samuel Osborne and Jon Sharman
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Joe Biden defended the Affordable Care Act in his first major policy speech today as Republicans backed by Donald Trump once again challenged the law, known as Obamacare, in the Supreme Court. 

His comments 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 meanwhile called the president’s behaviour an “embarrassment” when asked by a reporter about his refusal to concede, adding that the transition would go forward with or without Mr Trump’s cooperation: "We are already beginning the transition. We're well underway."

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