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President Trump at a vaccine summit on Dec. 8, Washington, D.C. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up Republicans' attempt to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Pennsylvania.

Why it matters: The GOP request was the first petition to delay or overturn election results on behalf of the Trump campaign to reach the high court.

  • President Trump's ongoing legal fight to invalidate the race results has not gone far, as federal judges in states including Georgia and Michigan have rejected the campaign's unfounded claims of mass voter fraud.
  • Biden's win in Pennsylvania helped cement the final outcome of the 2020 election.

Of note: There were no public dissents released in the court's brief decision.

  • It was Justice Amy Coney Barrett's first case related to the 2020 election.

The bottom line: Tuesday also marks the "safe harbor" deadline for states to count electoral votes, meaning Trump’s legal challenges are now effectively dead.

  • States have until this deadline to settle contests or controversies over the election results. Governors in states where results were contested must issue a certificate describing how any issues or contests were resolved.

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

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House delivers article of impeachment against Trump to Senate

House Impeachment managers accompany the formal article of impeachment as they walk through the Rotunda to deliver them to the U.S. Senate. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

House managers on Monday delivered the article of impeachment against former President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" to the Senate.

Why it matters: The expected move formally triggers preparations for the trial. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced last week that the trial will begin the week of Feb. 8.

House passes $768 billion defense spending bill

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The House approved a $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2022 fiscal year in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday.

Why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes Pentagon spending levels and guides policy for the department, would require women to register for the military draft, among other provisions.

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Republicans’ secret lobbying

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The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House.

Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging their members to oppose the bill. The senators are working to undercut that effort as Monday shapes up as a do-or-die moment for the bipartisan bill.