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Politics: 2024Talks - July 10, 2024

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Senate Democrats aim to hold Trump accountable for election subversion if the Supreme Court won't, a first progressive "squad" member sticks with Biden, and former presidential candidate Nikki Haley offers Trump her delegates.


Welcome to 2024 Talks, where we're following our democracy in historic times.

We're doing this because we believe that in America, no president should be free to overturn an election against the will of the people, no matter what the conservative justices may believe.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats will introduce a bill to classify former President Donald Trump's efforts to subvert the 2020 election as unofficial acts.

The move would strip Trump of criminal immunity the Supreme Court just granted to presidents.

The White House says it's also considering how to respond to the court's unprecedented ruling.

Meanwhile, Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is asking the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate Justice Clarence Thomas.

Whitehouse says Thomas may have violated federal tax or ethics laws when he accepted luxury gifts from Republican megadonors.

If a justice isn't reporting income on his legally required financial disclosure, there's a good chance that something is amiss with his tax reporting as well.

He also wants the DOJ to investigate a $300,000 loan to Thomas that was forgiven.

President Joe Biden is standing firm against calls for him to drop out of the race.

In a letter to congressional Democrats, Biden says the intra-party drama since his debate against Trump must end.

New York Representative and influential progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agrees.

Joe Biden is our nominee.

He is not leaving this race.

He is in this race and I support him.

She says it's important that Democrats turn their focus back to Trump and his agenda.

House Democrats met Tuesday with several members having publicly called for Biden to step aside.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with Biden and say they support him.

The Republican National Committee may have softened its platform language on abortion and same-sex marriage to appease Trump, but the party is sticking with a hardline stance on voting.

The GOP's new platform calls for strict voter ID laws, a return to paper ballots, and requiring proof of citizenship to cast a ballot.

Senator Marshall Blackburn of Tennessee denies that's aimed at voter suppression.

We have really well-run elections.

And we want to continue to have really well-run elections.

Meanwhile, former GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley says she's releasing her 100 delegates and encouraging them to support Trump at next week's Milwaukee convention.

Trump would be smart to reach out to the millions of people who voted for me and continue to support me and not assume that they're just going to be with him.

A federal judge has ruled protesters can't march through a security zone at the Republican convention.

A coalition of organizations had sued the city of Milwaukee, alleging the arranged parade routes violated free speech.

I'm Katherine Carley for Pacifica Network and Public News Service.

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