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A straightforward look at the day's top news in 20 minutes. Powered by ABC News. Hosted by Brad Mielke. Winner of the 2019 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation.
22 hours ago
The Senate passes a $1.9 trillion rescue COVID relief bill, paving the way for stimulus checks within days. Minneapolis prepares for the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin. And Meghan Markle claims that racism and back-stabbing drove her and Prince Harry out of the British Royal Family. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
3 days ago
628 Pages Later
The Senate debates a COVID relief package. Residents of Jackson, Mississippi are still without running water. And a private war within Britain's royal family goes public.
4 days ago
Should Teachers Be Line Leaders?
The Biden Administration presses for teachers to get vaccinated immediately. Law enforcement prepares for "serious" threats today against the Capitol. And the US ponders how to respond to a new strike on a military base housing Americans in Iraq.
5 days ago
Yes We May: The New Vaccination Timeline
In a dramatic push forward in his timeline, President Biden says every American who wants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 can do so by the end of May. The Supreme Court considers how far states can roll back early voting. And FBI Director Christopher Wray tells Congress what he knew ahead of the January 6th insurrection.
6 days ago
The Biden Administration begins the process of reunifying hundreds of migrant families separated at the border. Amid rapidly improving vaccination rates, the CDC issues warnings to states who are lifting restrictions. And a new push to unionize in Alabama could reshape Amazon forever.
Mar 1, 2021
Have We Turned a Corner Against COVID?
Backed by an FDA authorization, Johnson & Johnson prepares to start shipping its vaccine around the country. A second sexual harassment accusation against New York governor Andrew Cuomo results in an official investigation. And President Biden grapples with how to respond to aggression in the Middle East...without becoming embroiled in a Middle Eastern conflict. Check out “In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson,” a new podcast from ABC News, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening now.
Feb 26, 2021
In President Biden's first major military action, he orders airstrikes which could reset nuclear talks with Iran. Former President Trump prepares to address a Republican Party grappling with an uncertain future. And new data is revealing the struggle of so-called COVID "long haulers."
Feb 25, 2021
You (Might) Only Get One Shot
Johnson & Johnson releases data showing 85% effectiveness against severe COVID symptoms. Despite widespread frustrations with the mail system, US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says he's not worried about his job. And baseball analysts debate how to incorporate stats from the Negro Leagues.
Feb 24, 2021
More than a month after a deadly attack, Congress hears from witnesses about the preparations for January 6th. Tiger Woods' legs are "crushed" in a car accident. And a majority of Israelis have received at least one vaccine shot, but it's unclear how quickly life will return to normal.
Feb 23, 2021
Her Mother Died. Then COVID Took Her Father.
As the American death toll rises past half a million, families describe the wide ranging impacts of death. A Capitol Police officer speaks exclusively to ABC News about what he saw on January 6th. And authorities have grounded some Boeing 777's to assess whether jet engines are at risk.
Feb 22, 2021
Boiling Point: The Texas Water Crisis
Four million Texans lost power, but in a crisis that could just be beginning, triple the number have lost access to clean running water in their homes. New York governor Andrew Cuomo comes under fire for his handling of nursing home patients in a pandemic. And a string of attacks against Asian Americans have raised tensions between Asians and other minority groups, leaving authorities wary on how to address it.
Feb 19, 2021
Don’t Mess With Texans
Most Texans are having their electricity restored, but concerns remain over water, damage, and who's to blame. Pfizer announces a clinical trial specifically researching its vaccine's effect on pregnant women. And the Biden Administration puts forward a sweeping immigration bill.
Feb 18, 2021
Why the Vaccine Timeline is Changing
The Biden Administration had predicted any American could get a vaccine by the spring, but that schedule might be pushed back by months. Texas residents go into a fourth straight day without power, amid dangerously cold temperatures. And Rush Limbaugh's death prompts new examinations of his legacy.
Feb 17, 2021
Lone Star, Extinguished
Power outages leave 3 million Texans without power, raising concerns about energy and infrastructure choices. As President Biden tries to chart his own course, congressional Democrats demand a more thorough resolution to the events of January 6th. And French authorities rebuilding the cathedral of Notre Dame find themselves relying on an obscure blueprint left behind by an American.
Feb 16, 2021
Winter Goes South
A series of ice storms has resulted in closures, power failures, and scrambles to use warming vaccines. Re-openings result in confusion as COVID-19 cases decline. And the Biden White House prepares to admit thousands of asylum-seekers who have been waiting in Mexico.
Feb 15, 2021
In a legacy-defining moment, seven Republicans vote to convict former President Trump of inciting an insurrection. The acquittal leaves Trump free to run for office, prompting uncertainty within the GOP. And as teachers wait to get vaccinated, guidance from the CDC could mean schools remain half-full.
Feb 12, 2021
A Tall Hill to Climb
House impeachment managers wrapped up their opening arguments with hours to spare -- so how will the defense respond? The Justice Department accuses "Oath Keepers" of preparing to send in their own army on January 6th. And this Lunar New Year, Asian American communities are responding to a rising series of racist attacks.
Feb 11, 2021
The (New) Safest Way to Mask Up
In a potentially game-changing study, the CDC says that certain masking techniques could reduce your risk of COVID-19 exposure by up to 95 percent. Democratic impeachment managers reveal never-before-seen footage from January 6 to make their case. And President Biden prepares to sanction Myanmar military officers for their role in a coup.
Feb 10, 2021
In an emotionally-charged presentation, Democratic impeachment managers raise the stakes for jurors, while former President Donald Trump is said to be underwhelmed by his own team. A victim has died after a mass shooting at a Minnesota medical center. And nursing homes are fielding complaints from families, as vaccinated seniors are still being denied family visits.
Feb 9, 2021
The Senate is set to begin another impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, this time considering whether he incited an insurrection before leaving office. President Biden expresses hope that 300 million Americans can get vaccinated by the end of the summer. And climate scientists are worried that mountain regions are becoming more prone to avalanches.
Feb 8, 2021
Prevent Defense: Avoiding a COVID Comeback
As fans gathered in Tampa, scientists were encouraged about falling COVID case numbers...but are now concerned that they could quickly rise again. Congressional Democrats move forward with a relief bill without Republican support. And in the days after a coup, Myanmar citizens protest against the military.
Feb 5, 2021
A House Divided
After Republicans refuse to demote Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene over extremist comments, House Democrats force her off her committees. President Biden issues a message to the State Department, along with the world. And the International Olympic Committee issues a "COVID playbook" in hopes that the Games can still be salvaged.
Feb 4, 2021
Behind closed doors, Republican lawmakers debate whether to demote Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Oxford researchers measure whether a new vaccine definitively cuts down on virus transmission. And President Biden's new DHS secretary prepares to overhaul immigration policies.
Feb 3, 2021
Personnel Foul: “Racial Norming” in the NFL
An investigation from ABC News finds disagreement between players and the NFL over whether Black players should be graded on a different scale during concussion examinations. House impeachment managers and former President Trump's legal team unveil their case strategies. And a Florida shootout results in the bloodiest day for the FBI in decades.
Feb 2, 2021
A Mask-to-Mask Meeting
President Biden invites GOP senators to the White House to discuss a COVID relief bill. The CDC analyzes which demographics are getting vaccinated the most quickly. And a coup in Myanmar exposes a diplomatic blind spot for the US.
Feb 1, 2021
Rescue Party: The GOP Search for Common Ground
Ten Republican senators approach President Biden with a COVID relief counter-offer. In the House, Republican leaders agonize over how to engage with new colleagues who have trafficked in conspiracy theories. And thousands of Hong Kong residents prepare to flee, using a new visa provision from the UK.
Jan 29, 2021
Should We Be Double-Masking?
A new variant has arrived in the US, and with higher risks of infection, some doctors are recommending wearing multiple masks in crowded areas. A stock trading company that eschews gatekeepers forces its customers to stop trading GameStop. And General Motors plans to stop making gas-powered cars in the next 15 years.
Jan 28, 2021
GameStop: Trade It for the Lulz
A renegade group of Reddit users have forced major hedge funds to take losses on companies like GameStop, and they've shaken Wall Street in the process. The Department of Homeland Security issues a terror alert for potential domestic attacks. And President Biden begins an ambitious agenda to fight climate change.
Jan 27, 2021
Trial Run: Why Trump Probably Won’t Be Convicted
Three weeks after Trump supporters breached the Capitol, Republicans largely say the former president's impeachment shouldn't even go to trial. President Biden announces a plan to buy enough vaccine doses for every American. And an executive order on private prisons reveals what pressures the White House will face from progressives.
Jan 26, 2021
In the face of mounting concerns, Moderna says its vaccine is effective against multiple COVID-19 variants, but adds it will develop a "booster shot." Wealthy people are calling doctors' offices, offering vast sums for a shot. And a government watchdog will investigate whether a DOJ official tried to overturn election results.
Jan 25, 2021
A Mutating Pandemic
Doctors worry that new variants of COVID-19 are sweeping through populations even faster than the original. President Biden is set to sign new executive orders that will impact the American economy and the military. And Republicans reckon with Donald Trump, his voters, and a potential new political party.
Jan 22, 2021
Not Throwing Away His Shots
President Biden dedicates his first full day in office to fighting COVID-19. Senate Republicans seek to delay a trial of President Trump. And experts say believers in debunked "Q Anon" conspiracy theories could move on to even more dangerous communities.
Jan 21, 2021
In an unprecedented inauguration ceremony, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. becomes the 46th president of the United States. In a special edition of Start Here, ABC's team of reporters take you inside the moments that made Wednesday so important.
Jan 20, 2021
What America Needs to Hear
Ahead of President-Elect Joe Biden's inauguration, two voters describe what they'd like to hear as he takes office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell escalates the battle against President Trump, but legislative battles are just getting started. And presidential historian Mark Updegrove previews Biden's speech.
Jan 19, 2021
Trump’s Packing List
President Trump prepares to exit the White House. Washington goes into its most severe lockdown in decades. And as American coronavirus deaths reach 400,000, scientists ponder what 2021 will look like.
Jan 18, 2021
Biden’s “10 Day Plan”
President Elect Joe Biden prepares to kick-start a paralyzed Washington. A new hire at the NSA ignites outrage in national security circles. And just months after being poisoned, Alexei Navalny returns to Russia.
Jan 15, 2021
A One-Germ President
With death tolls soaring and layoffs accelerating, President-Elect Joe Biden outlines his plan to emerge from the pandemic. President Trump finds himself isolated in the White House, but with vociferous support from grassroots voters. And former Michigan governor Rick Snyder is booked and charged for his role in the Flint water crisis.
Jan 14, 2021
In a historic vote, ten Republicans join Democrats to impeach President Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won't begin a trial until after Joe Biden takes office. And authorities paint a horrifying picture of emboldened militias preparing domestic terror attacks.
Jan 13, 2021
The Fastest Impeachment in History
Democrats are ready to impeach President Trump, and now it appears a host of Republicans will join them. The FBI describes its intelligence before the Capitol riot, along with its efforts since. And national security experts worry that foreign agents are trying to kick the US while it's down.
Jan 12, 2021
Convince and Repeat
Democrats draw a line in the sand for congressional Republicans. Federal authorities issue warnings to state capitols. And President-Elect Biden ponders how to roll out vaccines more quickly.
Jan 11, 2021
Nine Days Left. What Could Go Wrong?
House Democrats declare that they will try to remove President Trump from office -- unless Vice President Mike Pence beats them to it. After years of refusing to silence President Trump, social media companies suddenly ban him from their platforms. And people spotted inside the Capitol are being arrested across the country.
Jan 8, 2021
Capitol Cost: Soul Searching in DC
A shaken GOP moves against President Trump. Lawmakers demand the resignation of the Capitol Police chief. And social media platforms cancel the sitting US president.
Jan 7, 2021
In an unprecedented siege, a group supporting President Trump temporarily takes control of the US Capitol. In a special edition of "Start Here," ABC reporters describe how it happened, what it means...and who's responsible.
Jan 6, 2021
Georgia Runoffs: One Seat to Control the Senate
With a win for Raphael Warnock, Democrats find themselves one seat away from taking back the Senate. President Trump expects Vice President Mike Pence to subvert the presidential election results today in Washington. And Wisconsin prosecutors announce they will not press charges against the police officer who shot Jacob Blake.
Jan 5, 2021
2020’s Final Elections
Georgia voters decide the final two seats in the United States Senate. The UK locks down again as coronavirus cases rise. And Google employees declare the formation of a tech workers' union.
Jan 4, 2021
“I just want to find 11,780 votes.”
In a recorded phone call, President Trump pressures Georgia's top election official to "find" more votes. Health officials struggle to explain why so few Americans have been vaccinated. And Nashville investigators search for a clear motive in a massive bombing.
Dec 31, 2020
The Good News You Missed in 2020
With the saddest year in decades in the rearview mirror, we remember the moments in 2020 that weren't awful.
Dec 30, 2020
The New Normal, Without the Norms
As President Trump's historic term comes to a close, Brad is joined by ABC's MaryAlice Parks to ask White House correspondents what norms were broken...and which will never be restored.
Dec 29, 2020
Her First Christmas Without Breonna
At the end of a year marked by killings and protests, Breonna Taylor's mother describes how her life changed -- and where the movement is headed.
Dec 28, 2020
After the Surge
We check in with two "Start Here" guests, to ask a simple question: what happened next?