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Politics: 2024Talks - June 12, 2024

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Secret recordings of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito reveal potential bias, Hunter Biden is convicted on federal gun charges, and more than 20 million Americans lack immediate access to documents proving their citizenship.


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

One side or the other is going to win.

I mean, there can be a way of working, a way of living together peacefully, but it's difficult.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on a recording secretly made at a historical society dinner.

Alito also says many of Americans' deep divisions can't be compromised and agreed with the statement that the country should return to a place of godliness.

Some journalists call the recording unethical, but Alito was already accused of bias.

Flags tied to January 6th and the Stop the Steal movement flew outside two of his homes.

Congressional Democrats are separately criticizing the high court's ethics, with Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas revealing huge gifts from right-wing mega-donors.

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the financial corruption even threatens Americans' fundamental rights.

We need productive health care, civil liberties, voting rights, the right to organize, clean air and water, because the court has been captured and corrupted by money and extremism.

The ethics code the justices adopted last fall lacks any enforcement mechanism.

The president's son has been convicted of three felony gun charges.

The jury agreed with prosecutors that Hunter Biden lied on a forum in 2018 when buying a Colt revolver while addicted to crack.

He could get 25 years.

Special Prosecutor David Weiss says the verdict shows no one is above the law.

Everyone must be accountable for their actions, even this defendant.

However, Hunter Biden should be no more accountable than any other citizen convicted of this same conduct.

Maine, South Carolina and North Dakota held primaries Tuesday, and in an ugly Nevada Senate race, former Army Captain Sam Brown got a last-minute endorsement from former President Donald Trump.

Party leaders say Brown has a better chance against Democratic incumbent Jackie Rosen in a race that could tip the Senate.

Brown is breaking with the base, telling NBC he would not support a federal abortion ban.

I respect the law that the voters put in place over 30 years ago that grants access for women up to 24 weeks.

Meanwhile, Trump has pledged his support for the Danbury Institute, a Christian coalition opposed to abortion under any circumstance.

Despite a lack of evidence, Republicans say noncitizens voting threatens U.S. democracy.

Texas Congressman Chip Roy says his bill, requiring proof of citizenship to register or vote in federal elections, could save the country.

This is about the rule of law, ensuring the integrity of elections, and the simple proposition that only citizens should vote.

A new survey shows 28 million eligible voters can't quickly access a passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers.

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

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