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A straightforward look at the day's top news in 20 minutes. Powered by ABC News. Hosted by Brad Mielke.


The Race to Replace McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announces he’ll step down from leadership in November. The Supreme Court considers whether the government has authority to ban bump stocks. And haunted by history, Black farmers push for a cotton rebrand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/02/24·31m 14s

An Election Year Shutdown?

A potential government shutdown could depend on House Speaker Mike Johnson. Alabama lawmakers scramble to protect fertility clinics. And amid a measles outbreak, Florida’s surgeon general refuses to demand parents keep unvaccinated children at home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/02/24·28m 7s

Michigan Matchup: Biden vs. “Uncommitted”

Michigan Democrats prepare a protest vote on primary day. Aid workers fear violence as they enter Gaza, complicating a potential ceasefire. And the Supreme Court hears a case that could decide the future of social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/02/24·27m 58s

Trump Trounces Haley in South Carolina

Donald Trump crushes Nikki Haley in South Carolina, prompting key fundraisers to pull away. Alabama’s attorney general tries to assure IVF clinics they won’t be prosecuted under a new court ruling. And the University of Pennsylvania faces criticism after finally interring remains of Black Philadelphians whose skulls were used for science. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/02/24·23m 36s

The Fault in Our Bars: AT&T Goes Down

A sudden AT&T network outage leads to tens of thousands of customer complaints. Nikki Haley faces a double digit polling deficit ahead of Saturday’s South Carolina primary. And President Biden considers using executive action to implement stricter migration rules.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/02/24·24m 34s

Dark Side of the Moon Landing

Odysseus, the moon lander produced by the Texas company Intuitive Machines, prepares to become the first commercially-produced spacecraft to land on the moon. A nonbinary student’s death rattles the LGBTQ+ community in Oklahoma. And Julian Assange makes a last-ditch effort to avoid extradition to the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/02/24·25m 4s

Putin’s Power Play

In the wake of Alexei Navalny’s death, officials take stock of an emboldened Vladimir Putin. Capital One makes plans to buy Discover. And an Alabama court ruling rattles fertility and abortion groups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/02/24·27m 29s

The World Takes Israel to Court

Israel is accused of violating international law for its occupation of the West Bank. Diabetes patients are becoming more likely to suffer an amputation, particularly in Black and brown communities. And an Air Canada customer fights for a refund after doing what the company’s AI-generated chatbot told him to do. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/02/24·32m 34s

Can Trump Pay His Court Debt?

In a historic ruling, former President Donald Trump will have to pay $355 million for fraud. Alexei Navalny, a prominent critic of Vladimir Putin, is found dead in a Russian prison. And workers at the Eiffel Tower go on strike ahead of the Olympics in Paris. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/02/24·25m 12s

Trump’s Prosecutor Takes the Stand

In a dramatic moment, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis takes the stand to defend herself against accusations that she profited off a romantic relationship with a fellow prosecutor. The FBI arrests an informant cited in allegations against the Biden family. And Kansas City police say juveniles were both the victims and perpetrators of Wednesday’s parade shooting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/02/24·26m 11s

How a Super Bowl Parade Turned Deadly

Gunfire at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade kills at least one and wounds more than twenty. A Republican congressman raises alarm about Russia’s space ambitions. And Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg talks to “Start Here” about airplane safety, President Biden, and new funding for airports.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/02/24·27m 9s

Mayorkas Impeached

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas becomes the second cabinet member in history to be impeached by the House. A Russian judge convicts an American in a case that had already concluded in Texas. And thousands of flight attendants hit the picket lines across the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/02/24·27m 10s

Investigating a Megachurch Shooting

Houston Police reveal new details after a shooting at Lakewood Church. Israel faces backlash from a deadly hostage rescue operation. And the race to replace ousted Rep. George Santos in New York is tighter than either party would like. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/02/24·27m 58s

Israel, Ukraine Aid Advances

As former President Trump threatens NATO, the Senate moves one step closer to advancing a nearly $100 billion foreign aid package. Israel heads toward a ground invasion of Rafah. And the story behind a Super Bowl bet that caused confusion before the game even started. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/02/24·22m 44s

What to Know About the Biden Docs

Special Counsel Robert Hur admits President Biden shouldn’t be charged over retention of classified documents, but questions Biden’s motives and memory. The Supreme Court appears skeptical of Colorado’s decision to keep Donald Trump off the ballot. And lawmakers take a critical look at “parental reunification treatment.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/02/24·34m 21s

SCOTUS Hears Trump's Ballot Battle

The Supreme Court considers whether to add Donald Trump’s name back onto state ballots where it’s being removed. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismisses a Hamas ceasefire offer. And Maui marks six months since wildfires tore through Lahaina. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/02/24·30m 38s

A Miscount Saves Mayorkas

House Republicans fall a vote short in their effort to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The mother of a school shooter is convicted in connection to four deaths. And George Stephanopoulos breaks down his exclusive interview with Chris Christie on the GOP’s stance toward Donald Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/02/24·30m 31s

How a Border Deal Backfired

House Republicans vow to tank a border bill that includes provisions they’ve championed for years. King Charles III gets a cancer diagnosis. And Dartmouth reinstates a requirement that applicants supply their SAT scores. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/02/24·25m 52s

The US Strikes Back

The U.S. launches dozens of missiles into Iraq, Syria and Yemen. A storm leads to flash flooding, mudslides and power outages in California. And President Biden wins his first officially sanctioned Democratic primary of 2024. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/02/24·27m 9s

The US Prepares a Counterstrike

Sources say the U.S. is preparing a series of strikes in retaliation for a drone attack on servicemembers. Jennifer Crumbley takes the stand in a potentially precedent-setting case. And more men, insecure about their height, are seeking leg lengthening surgery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/02/24·29m 39s

Flipping the Script on Drug Prices

For the first time in history, Medicare officials begin negotiating with pharma companies for lower prescription drug prices. Mark Zuckerberg faces angry parents on Capitol Hill. And a sea explorer says he’s found Amelia Earhart’s long-lost airplane. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/02/24·25m 27s

Mind Your Business: Musk’s Brain Implant

Elon Musk announces his company, Neuralink, implanted a revolutionary technology in a human brain. The Arab world reacts to an Israeli raid on a hospital. And the DOJ is investigating Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., for potential misuse of funds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
31/01/24·26m 6s

How Troops Missed a Deadly Drone

In a deadly case of mistaken identity, sources say American troops mistook an enemy drone for a friendly one. A judge sentences an ex-IRS contractor to five years in prison for leaking Donald Trump’s taxes. And a woman who killed her husband is released from prison due to a new law that relaxes penalties for domestic violence survivors.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/01/24·27m 48s

US Troops Killed in Drone Attack

For the first time since the Israel-Hamas war began, a strike from an Iran-backed militant group claims the lives of American troops. House Republicans release impeachment articles to remove DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. And, as the WWE plans its future in streaming, a former employee outlines claims of sex trafficking against Vince McMahon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/01/24·25m 16s

How Trump Blocked a Border Deal

With border battles looming in Texas, former President Donald Trump lobbies congressional Republicans to abandon a bipartisan immigration deal. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen predicts a strong economy for the rest of the year. And the mother of school shooter Ethan Crumbley stands trial in Michigan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/01/24·30m 19s

Biden’s Bid For Reelection

President Biden gets an important endorsement as he turns towards general election issues. Houthi rebels attempt another attack on U.S.-owned commercial ships. And a new study finds children with inherited deafness have their hearing restored with gene therapy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/01/24·28m 8s

Has Trump Clinched the Nomination?

In a special edition, the “Start Here” team analyzes Donald Trump’s decisive win in New Hampshire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/01/24·24m 1s

Previewing the New Hampshire Primary

With polls about to open in the Granite State, Nikki Haley faces an uphill climb. The FAA recommends inspections on more Boeing planes. And New Hampshire’s famed “midnight voting” towns face a choice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/01/24·30m 21s

DeSantis Drops Out

Just ahead of the New Hampshire primary, Ron DeSantis suspends his campaign and endorses Donald Trump. Nikki Haley, meanwhile, has precious little time to make up ground. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/01/24·25m 20s

Uvalde’s “Cascading Failures”

The Justice Department issues a scathing report on the response to the 2022 mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The case of Scott Peterson is picked up by the Los Angeles Innocence Project. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declares that Gaza should not be governed as a Palestinian state. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/01/24·31m 36s

Judge to Trump: “You Just Can’t Control Yourself.”

As E. Jean Carroll testifies in her defamation case against Donald Trump, a judge threatens to kick the former president out of the courtroom. Iran admits to firing on several countries, including Pakistan. And a Supreme Court case filed by fishermen could upend federal agencies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/01/24·27m 48s

E. Jean Carroll's Second Defamation Trial

After winning the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump makes an appearance in a New York courtroom for the beginning of another defamation trial. Top congressional leaders head to the White House to meet with President Biden amid disputes over foreign aid. And our team takes an exclusive look at Ukraine’s domestic arms production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/01/24·27m 30s

Trump Crushes the Caucuses

In a special edition from the Iowa Caucuses, Donald Trump gets more votes than all his opponents combined. A four-way race dwindles to three. And questions loom for Nikki Haley & Ron DeSantis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/01/24·16m 58s

DeSantis’ Last Stand

In a special edition of Start Here, Brad previews the Iowa caucus as a historic cold snap threatens candidates’ victory plans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/01/24·22m 58s

The US Hits the Houthis

In a sudden bombing campaign, the U.S. and U.K. strike dozens of Houthi targets in Yemen. Former President Donald Trump addresses the court in closing arguments of his civil fraud trial. And Education Secretary Miguel Cardona describes a new policy that will forgive certain student loan borrowers’ debts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/01/24·31m 12s

“She’s gonna get smoked.”

Chris Christie exits the presidential race, but declines to endorse an alternative to former President Donald Trump. An avalanche at a ski resort buries people in its path. And vast gang uprisings in Ecuador put the entire country under lockdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/01/24·23m 16s

Are Presidents Above the Law?

Former President Donald Trump attends federal court to press his case for immunity from prosecution. Other GOP hopefuls brave Iowa winter weather to make their closing arguments. And a Nevada judge faces her attacker in court.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/01/24·27m 7s

Wayne’s World: The Case Against the NRA

The NRA faces a civil trial in New York. Airlines find loose parts in other Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes. And Donald Trump will appear in court to press his case for absolute immunity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/01/24·28m 37s

The Hole Truth: How Plane Passengers Survived

A jet’s “door plug” leaves a gaping hole in a flight in mid-air. The White House is blindsided by news that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was hospitalized. And Secretary of State Antony Blinken heads overseas in an attempt to limit the spread of war in the Middle East. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/01/24·27m 8s

School Shooting in Iowa

School gun violence overshadows GOP campaigning in Iowa. President Biden plans to kick off his own campaign in Pennsylvania. And what to expect in 2024 when it comes to jobs and mortgage rates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/01/24·24m 56s

Epstein Docs Unsealed

A trove of court documents naming Jeffrey Epstein’s associates is unsealed. Iran blames Israel for a deadly explosion. And Republicans bring their immigration fight in Congress to Texas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/01/24·26m 38s

Japan’s Dueling Disasters

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake, two Japanese planes crash in a near-catastrophe. An airstrike in Lebanon kills Hamas’ deputy leader. And Harvard’s embattled president steps down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/24·27m 37s

Everything You Missed Last Week

Brad gives a rundown of the biggest stories you might have missed between Christmas and New Year’s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/24·16m 20s

One Very Last Thing

Every episode of Start Here ends with a “One Last Thing,” a story that brings you to a new corner of the world and expands your mind. On this holiday special, the team recounts their favorites of 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/12/23·40m 39s

‘Priced Out:’ The Empty Office Doom Loop

In this re-run of Start Here’s special series "Priced Out," Brad sets out to understand the invisible market forces that shape American downtowns. More and more American workers are being asked to come back to their offices. But is that because of team-building, or is it about real-estate prices? And, some cities worry that all these empty office buildings will thrust them into an economic “doom loop.” So, how are savvy real estate developers finding ways to take these vacant skyscrapers, and make them profitable assets again? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/12/23·16m 53s

'Priced Out': City for Rent

As we revisit some of our 2023 reporting, the team travels to New Orleans to examine an intensifying debate: are an explosion in short-term rentals changing cities forever? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/12/23·36m 58s

'Priced Out’: Generational Housing Gap

This week, “Start Here” revisits its special series on an unprecedented real estate market. Today, Millennials describe why home ownership has become virtually impossible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/12/23·13m 42s

Panic in Prague

A mass shooter opens fire on a campus in Prague. Israel and Hamas appear to give up hope on another cease-fire. And continuing a decades-long Christmas tradition, Japanese families place their annual KFC orders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/12/23·22m 11s

Mile-High Stakes for GOP

In the wake of a shocking ruling, Republicans coalesce around former President Donald Trump. The Biden administration strikes a prisoner exchange deal with Venezuela. And sources tell ABC News that Xi Xinping of China told President Biden that he would bring Taiwan back under Chinese governmental rule. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/12/23·25m 47s

Trump Disqualified in Colorado

Colorado’s state Supreme Court kicks Donald Trump off the ballot. A Texas law empowers law enforcement and judges to detain and deport migrants. And the U.S. organizes a coalition to protect ships crossing the Red Sea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/12/23·28m 39s
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