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In a rare televised address from the Oval Office, Biden makes his first public comments on why he dropped out of the presidential race. He said he would level with the American people, and tell the truth, but did he answer the big question? Justin and Adam discuss what President Biden did, and didn’t say in his historic speech. They also discuss what this means for Biden’s future, and the speculation over whether he can continue as President.

HOSTS: • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter • Adam Fleming, presenter of Newscast

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This episode was made by Purvee Pattni. The technical producer was Annie Smith. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

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Welcome to the Kamala Harris presidential campaign
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Is it the beginning of the end for Biden?
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Is it the beginning of the end for Biden?
The president’s press conference on Thursday was hailed as one of the most important in his political life - make or break for his chances of re-election. After a disastrous debate performance two weeks ago, Democrats have been voicing concerns about Biden’s ability to win against Donald Trump in November. We’ll find out if he managed to hold off the rebels trying to oust him from the White House.Justin and Sarah also spoke to a friend of the President, Steve Israel, former congressman and former chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He explains why Jill Biden has such a big influence on her husband, and gives us his intel from inside the party. Does he think the President can still win? HOSTS: • Justin Webb, Radio 4 presenter • Sarah Smith, North America Editor • Marianna Spring, Disinformation & Social Media Correspondent • Anthony Zurcher, North America CorrespondentGUEST: Steve Israel, former Democrat congressman and former chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign CommitteeGET IN TOUCH: • Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB • Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480 • Email Americast@bbc.co.uk • Or use #Americast US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155 This episode was made by Purvee Pattni and George Dabby with Rufus Gray, Catherine Fusillo and Claire Betzer. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.
Is the U.S. president now above the law?
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In one of its most pivotal decisions of the year, the top US court has ruled that American presidents can have absolute immunity for ‘official’ acts. But what does that mean exactly? How far could the leader of the free world push the definition of a presidential duty? Sarah and Anthony have been combing through the opinion, and call in constitutional law expert Alison LaCroix to help them understand all the details - from the practical to the farcical. Does the ruling impact Donald Trump’s other legal cases? Could Joe Biden order Trump’s assassination and claim immunity?Elsewhere in the world of politics, some Democrats have started to publicly call for Biden to withdraw from the 2024 race. Plus, Sarah sat down with former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, on plans to contest the 2024 presidential election if the Democrats win. GUESTS: Alison LaCroix, Constitutional law expert and professor Steve Bannon, former strategist for Donald Trump HOSTS: Sarah Smith, North America Editor Anthony Zurcher, North America Correspondent GET IN TOUCH: * Join our online community: https://discord.gg/qSrxqNcmRB * Send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 9480 * Email Americast@bbc.co.uk * Or use #Americast US Election Unspun: Sign up for Anthony’s new BBC newsletter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68093155 This episode was made by Purvee Pattni, Catherine Fusillo, Claire Betzer, and Rufus Gray. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The series producer is Purvee Pattni. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.