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 Jan 21, 2019
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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.

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"I Don't See a Recession."
00:20:42
The White House insists the economy will be doing just fine this time next year. More than a million protesters flood the streets in Hong Kong. And as President Trump warns of the dangers of Antifa, law enforcement responds to alleged white supremacist threats.


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Aug 19, 2019
Travel Ban for 2
00:21:52
President Trump urges Israel not to allow two Muslim congresswomen to visit. Police departments say suicide is the biggest risk to their officers. And Hong Kong's newest protest doesn't involve shouting, or even gathering.


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Aug 16, 2019
The Scariest Number You've Never Heard Of
00:22:07
A simple graph sparks fears of a global recession. On the first day of a rule change in New York, sex abuse victims file hundreds of lawsuits. And Newark, New Jersey is in the midst of a water crisis...but its most famous political figure has his own water scandal ghosts in his past.


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Aug 15, 2019
Hong Kong's Airport Protest Takes Off
00:20:55
Violence erupts at Hong Kong's airport. President Trump slams the brakes on his tariffs threat. And Jeffrey Epstein's accusers want the agreement he signed while alive to be ripped up.


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Aug 14, 2019
No Mercy for "Little St. Jeffrey"
00:21:32
As federal agents raid the late Jeffrey Epstein's private island, authorities admit more shortcomings in keeping him alive for trial. The Trump Administration institutes a new rule aimed at legal immigrants. And police make an arrest in the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, that could spark new conversations about accessibility to weapons.


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Aug 13, 2019
Epstein's Dead; Case isn't Closed
00:21:58
The FBI is now investigating the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the multimillionaire accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls, who died of an apparent suicide in jail. In Norway, a gunman who attacked a mosque might've been inspired by other recent mass shooters. And gun control dominates the discussion in presidential politics.


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Aug 12, 2019
My Dad's Not a Criminal
00:19:57
The sweeping immigration raids in Mississippi left an unknown number of children without their parents, at least temporarily. The acting Secretary of Homeland Security talks to ABC News about those raids, the children and whether his department believes immigrants are �invading� the country. And a UN report suggests we need to change our diets to save the planet.


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Aug 09, 2019
"My Rhetoric...Brings People Together."
00:23:04
President Trump attacks political rivals while flying between mass shooting sites. ICE arrests come to Mississippi in one of the biggest raids in history. And Puerto Rico gets its third governor in a week.


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Aug 08, 2019
El Paso Leaders: Send Him Back
00:21:54
Amid growing calls for gun legislation, President Trump prepares to visit two cities devastated by shootings. The White House hits Venezuela with a full embargo of the Maduro regime. And literary icon Toni Morrison dies at 88.


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Aug 07, 2019
Gun Bills = Game Over?
00:23:01
President Trump suggests tackling video games, but not gun laws. A historian warns against thinking of white supremacists as "lone wolves." And the Dow plummets as China retaliates against tariffs...and the US just took a new step overnight.


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Aug 06, 2019
13 Hours
00:23:19
On the same day, cities come under siege from two different lone gunmen. In a special edition of Start Here, witnesses and reporters on scene describe the mass shootings that are galvanizing the debate on gun violence. But many Democrats are going past their usual talking points, and focusing on President Trump's rhetoric.


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Aug 05, 2019
Trump's Shopping List
00:21:29
The president announces new tariffs on Chinese imports. Democrats argue over impeachment, and over loyalty to Barack Obama. And a Navy SEAL tells military leaders "we have a problem."


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Aug 02, 2019
Go Easy on Me, Kids
00:22:52
Joe Biden is challenged not just by Kamala Harris, but the rest of the Democratic field. President Trump gets his wish from the Fed, but not really. And ABC News investigates the circumstances of child brides in America.


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Aug 01, 2019
Whose Team Are You On, Anyway?
00:22:45
Moderates rip Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in a Democratic debate. President Trump's pick for spy chief faces new questions. And wealthy families exploit a legal loophole to get financial aid.


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Jul 31, 2019
Round Two: Fight!
00:23:16
Democrats arrive in Detroit for a crucial second round of debates. Details emerge about a mass shooter's white supremacist posts. And did Vladimir Putin's top critic fall prey to allergies...or poison?


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Jul 30, 2019
"They're Shooting at the Garlic Festival!"
00:21:45
A garlic festival in California ends in a hail of gunfire. Baltimore seethes after a series of tweets from the president. And as America's top spy chief steps down, President Trump names a loyal congressman his successor.


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Jul 29, 2019
Russia's 2020 Friend Request: Accept with Caution
00:21:48
On the heels of Robert Mueller's warning, a bipartisan group of lawmakers issue an alarming report on election security. Sixteen Marines are plucked from formation and arrested for crimes along the border. And in his first national interview, a New York bishop defends a list of accused priest that congregants say was pitifully short.


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Jul 26, 2019
Mueller's Time Is Up. Now What?
00:23:51
In a special edition of Start Here, ABC's political team sorts through Mueller's testimony, and the next steps for Republicans and Democrats. North Korea fires two missiles. And after vowing to hold fast, Puerto Rico's governor resigns.


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Jul 25, 2019
Mueller's Moment
00:22:55
After "mock hearings" with stand-in Robert Muellers, lawmakers finally get to question him today. Boris Johnson gets the keys to the Brexitmobile. And neighbors insert themselves between immigrants and ICE.


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Jul 24, 2019
Iran's Most Wanted List
00:22:07
In a new escalation, Iran releases photos of men it says are American spies. Congress reaches a spending deal. And the families of missing persons ask police departments (and newsrooms) to widen their definition of "newsworthy" cases.


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Jul 23, 2019
Keep Your Ship Together
00:22:21
Iran releases footage of an aggressive takeover of a British ship. Puerto Rico's governor refuses to step down. And Britain's about to get a new Prime Minister.


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Jul 22, 2019
Got Your Drone. We Even?
00:22:13
The US takes down an Iranian drone above the Strait of Hormuz. President Trump criticizes supporters echoing his own language. And Netflix stocks plummet, raising questions about the future of streaming.


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Jul 19, 2019
Trump's Bumper Sticker Moment
00:22:45
President Trump's 2020 strategy crystallizes, as supporters begin chanting "send her back." A privacy controversy ensnares the viral photo program FaceApp. And the World Health Organization declares an international health emergency over Ebola.


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Jul 18, 2019
"If She Would Like to Rephrase that Comment"
00:22:26
Congress erupts over whether President Trump's tweets were racist. The Justice Department decides not to bring charges over Eric Garner's death. And Puerto Rico braces for protests tonight.


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Jul 17, 2019
#SquadGoals
00:22:40
Four congresswomen come forward to react to President Trump's tweet about them, as he defends himself against accusations of racism. Jeffrey Epstein watches his accusers testify for the first time in open court. And the plot thickens in a Vatican murder mystery.


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Jul 16, 2019
ICE's Chilling Effect
00:22:16
There weren't thousands of arrests as promised, but the very threat of them is already having an impact. President Trump tells critical congresswomen to go back where they came from, portraying even the homegrown Americans as foreign-born. And Hurricane Barry comes ashore, providing some answers about New Orleans' levees but more questions about the future of climate change.


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Jul 15, 2019
Citizenship Is Off the Census. Any Questions?
00:21:28
President Trump decides to stand down with his effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Nervous immigrants are even more guarded amid reports of massive ICE deportation raids. And Amazon says it will "upskill" workers -- but critics say it's just trying to placate aggressive politicians.


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Jul 12, 2019
"We Live in a Very Different World."
00:22:34
With his job on the line, Secretary Alexander Acosta defends himself over how he handled the case of an accused sex trafficker. For the first time, the US government allows cameras inside a holding facility for child migrants. And American Airlines responds to accusations of sexism and racism, after a woman was kicked off a flight for her outfit.


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Jul 11, 2019
He Oversees Employment. But Could He Lose His Job?
00:21:30
Outrage over sex trafficking charges turns to the cabinet member who once offered Jeffrey Epstein a plea deal. Federal judges seem open to overturning Obamacare. And Brits wonder if a weaponized leak might have just swung the race for British Prime Minister.


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Jul 10, 2019
When Victims Become "Victim-Recruiters"
00:21:21
In a searing indictment, prosecutors paint a grim portrait of financier Jeffrey Epstein and an alleged scheme to keep underage victims walking into his "massage room." Iran keeps its word and breaks uranium rules. And a couple gives birth via IVF...only to realize their new children didn't come from their embryos.


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Jul 09, 2019
Feeling Shook
00:22:03
The good news for Californians: this wasn't The Big One. The bad news: it's still out there, and communities are still decimated. Sources say mogul Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested for sex trafficking. And cops are asked to leave a Starbucks because they made a fellow customer uncomfortable.


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Jul 08, 2019
The American Dream in Honduras
00:20:26
Amid a contentious debate over immigration policy, ABC reporters follow Central American migrants on their journeys into the US.


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Jul 05, 2019
The American Dream in Africa
00:21:03
In a special episode of Start Here, the people of Sudan look to the US as they fight for freedom...and as their battle reaches a crucial moment.


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Jul 04, 2019
Party Planning
00:19:47
Democratic candidates evaluate their trajectories as a new ABC News poll arrives. President Trump's Fourth of July celebration sees a backlash. And as government officials criticize facilities on the border, new immigration policies are in effect nationwide.


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Jul 03, 2019
"They're Playing with Fire."
00:20:35
A day after President Trump crosses into North Korea, Iran crosses a line of its own. CBP officials confirm the existence of a private Facebook group featuring racist and sexist posts. And Hong Kong protesters take over a government building.


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Jul 02, 2019
Twenty Steps Further
00:22:14
By walking into North Korea, President Trump does something no other sitting president has ever done before. Donald Trump Junior wades into a debate over Kamala Harris' racial identity. And Taylor Swift decries the man who just bought her music.


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Jul 01, 2019
Miami Twice
00:21:58
Kamala Harris seizes the moment in Miami. The Supreme Court stays out of gerrymandering disputes. And Twitter says it won't ban President Trump...but it might warn users about him.


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Jun 28, 2019
Enter Stage Left (or Maybe Not So Left)
00:21:34
Candidates take the stage in the first Democratic debate. As they tackle immigration, ABC tours the Texas migrant facility that's sparked a fury. And the Supreme Court gets ready to issue its biggest rulings of the year.


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Jun 27, 2019
He's Baaaaaaack
00:22:17
Robert Mueller agrees to testify in front of Congress, and the rest of the world. The acting director of Customs and Border Protection abruptly resigns. And Democrats get ready for the first debate of the 2020 campaign.


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Jun 26, 2019
The Last Word
00:22:19
President Trump slaps sanctions on Iran -- but will that end aggression, or fan the flames? After an ABC News exclusive, children are being moved from Texas facilities compared to "torture facilities." And an Indiana school fires a teacher for his same-sex marriage, at the demand of local church leaders.


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Jun 25, 2019
Green Light, Red Light
00:22:15
President Trump is still weighing his military options in Iran, but each side continues to raise the stakes. After an about-face from ICE, a pediatrician compares detention centers for children to "torture facilities." And Oregon lawmakers go on the run with state police tasked with dragging them to the capitol for a vote.


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Jun 24, 2019
Dire Straits
00:20:25
How will President Trump respond to Iran shooting down an American drone? Overnight he green-lit a military strike, but then abruptly pulled back. In a bizarre courtroom scene, a key eyewitness claims he, not the accused, killed a 17 year-old ISIS fighter. And the Supreme Court gets ready for another bonus day of decisions.


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Jun 21, 2019
Joe Being...Oh.
00:21:54
Joe Biden causes a furor in Washington with tales of working with segregationists. ABC's Tom Llamas examines how Biden's son made millions when his father was in office. And amid a raft of climate headlines, the EPA makes a big change to emissions standards.


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Jun 20, 2019
"Make 2016 a Thing Again"
00:22:30
President Trump saw last night as the launch of his 2020 campaign -- so why did it seem so similar to a 2016 speech? In a stunning departure, the Defense Department loses its leader. And on Juneteenth, Congress takes a hard look at reparations.


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Jun 19, 2019
What's the Deal with Iran??
00:20:47
Iran threatens to stop abiding by terms of the nuclear deal the US backed out of a year ago. For the second time in three years, a lone gunman arrives in Dallas with an assault rifle. And Facebook enters the cryptocurrency business.


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Jun 18, 2019
30 Hours
00:21:45
In the wake of spending 30 hours with ABC News, President Trump shakes up his re-election campaign strategy. Hong Kong protesters got concessions from the Chinese government, but they don't stop there. And the president is denying a report that the US has hacked Russia's electric grid...so why are other officials silent?


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Jun 17, 2019
Any Questions?
00:21:21
Sarah Sanders steps down as White House Press Secretary, as President Trump fields more questions over his interview with George Stephanopoulos. Two more oil tankers are attacked off the coast of Iran. And a dispute over "medical exemptions" for vaccines prompts worries from doctors about disinformation campaigns.


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Jun 14, 2019
If It's What You Say, He Loves It
00:22:27
In an ABC News exclusive, President Trump tells George Stephanopoulos that he'd accept campaign ammunition from foreign countries. The Pentagon announces it will station 2,000 troops in Poland. And a second NBA team hires a woman to coach on the sidelines.


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Jun 13, 2019
Obsessed Much?
00:21:24
President Trump heads to Iowa...with Joe Biden waiting for him. The CIA goes dark on whether Kim Jong Un's brother was actually a US spy. And as protests rage in Hong Kong, an outcry in Russia causes a stunning turnaround for the Kremlin.


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Jun 12, 2019
Contempt of Court > Contempt of Congress
00:18:06
A big vote on Capitol Hill could put legal pressure on William Barr to give up more information on Robert Mueller's report. American bishops gather in Baltimore, amid outrage over recent Vatican comments on "confused" transgender people. And a helicopter makes a crash landing on a Manhattan skyscraper.


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Jun 11, 2019