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The new daily podcast from ABC News. Straight to the heart of the stories that are driving national conversation. Twenty minutes, every weekday, available by 6am ET. Hosted by Brad Mielke.

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Wednesday, December 19: Who's Going to Pay for the Wall
00:22:55
President Trump finds a potential shutdown solution: ask his government to find taxpayer money for a border wall. Michael Flynn's confidence turns into a sentencing delay. And Elon Musk's Boring Company is racing a snail.


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Dec 19, 2018
Tuesday, December 18: Fed Up
00:22:05
Stocks slide ahead of today's Fed meeting, as economists predict a recession. ABC News uncovers a potential foreign deal by the Trump Organization. And CBS says Les Moonves won't see a dime of his $120 million severance package.


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Dec 18, 2018
Monday, December 17: Obamacare is Ailing
00:21:18
Just before the deadline to enroll for coverage next year, a federal judge in Texas declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional and struck down the entire law. But that doesn't mean Republicans who want it gone got their wish -- yet. The family of a 7-year-old migrant girl who died in US custody denies government reports that she'd been without food and water. And President Trumps suggests he might pardon a former Green Beret who was charged with murder.


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Dec 17, 2018
Friday, December 14: Freedom (Until March)
00:23:45
In his first broadcast interview since the feds knocked on his door this spring, Michael Cohen sits down with George Stephanopoulos to react to his sentence. China arrests its second Canadian citizen in the wake of the Huawei scandal. And Apple expands its US footprint.


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Dec 14, 2018
Standby for news...
00:00:35
We're about to hear from Michael Cohen for the first time since his sentencing. Check back here at 7am ET for a special edition of Start Here.


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Dec 14, 2018
Thursday, December 13: Who A.M.I. to Judge?
00:23:28
As Michael Cohen is sentenced, another Trump ally joins him in implicating the president. Theresa May quells a revolt in her own party -- for now. And migrants survived the journey to America...but never made it out of detention centers alive.


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Dec 13, 2018
Wednesday, December 12: "Proud to Shut Down"
00:23:25
In a made-for-TV blowout, President Trump tells Democrats he's ready to shut down the government over a border wall. Google gets grilled by lawmakers. And a Baylor rape case becomes a plea deal, with the defendant serving no jail time.


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Dec 12, 2018
Tuesday, December 11: You Brexit, You Buy It
00:22:38
Theresa May is forced to delay a Brexit vote, as the world awaits the consequences. President Trump gets set to welcome Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer again...but this time Pelosi's got more swagger. And Russians have used spies, hacks, and fake news to influence elections -- but it's "deep fakes" that are worrying the Pentagon.


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Dec 11, 2018
Monday, December 10: Synergy
00:22:28
Robert Mueller's court filings dominated the weekend, shedding new light on phrases like "campaign synergy" and "Individual 1." President Trump makes several big staffing decisions, but doesn't seem to get his wish for Chief of Staff. And the second-biggest Ebola outbreak in history has just hit its first major city.


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Dec 10, 2018
Friday, December 7: They Said (Redacted)???
00:21:11
Washington gets ready for a double dose of Mueller document dumps. The US arrests a Chinese tech mogul, with trade talks hanging in the balance. And onetime Trump employees say they were undocumented, and their supervisors knew it.


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Dec 07, 2018
Thursday, December 6: "Dad, I Love You"
00:22:59
One president says goodbye to another, calling him "the best father a son or daughter could have." Documents show Facebook tried to wield user data as a weapon against its competitors. And USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy.


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Dec 06, 2018
Wednesday, December 5: Flynn-Flam
00:21:10
Robert Mueller sends a message: Michael Flynn is talking. A North Carolina congressional race could have to be re-done. And a Wells Fargo customer says he lost everything...and then found out it was all a computer glitch.


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Dec 05, 2018
Tuesday, December 4: Truce? Or Victory?
00:23:25
President Trump takes a victory lap over a 90-day truce on his trade war. Make your picks - the 2020 presidential campaign is already here. And in Baltimore, a Girl Scout troop meets in prison, because every Scout's mother is incarcerated.


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Dec 04, 2018
Monday, December 3: The Thousandth Point of Light
00:23:23
Americans remember President George H.W. Bush. Benjamin Netanyahu faces new accusations from police. And protests in Paris devolve into fiery riots.


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Dec 03, 2018
Friday, November 30: Lying in Wait
00:22:40
Robert Mueller unveils his new star witness. The president's former lawyer confesses to lying about a Russian real estate deal during the campaign...and accuses President Trump of lying too. ABC's George Stephanopoulos broke the story -- he and the rest of the team describe what it means.


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Nov 30, 2018
Thursday, November 29: Manafort's Big Bet
00:22:46
The president's lawyer says former campaign boss Paul Manafort has been funneling Robert Mueller's questions back to the White House. Republican Senators take a stand on Saudi Arabia. And an NFL team picks up a free agent, two days after he's arrested for domestic violence.


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Nov 29, 2018
Wednesday, November 28: Get Your House in Order
00:20:28
Nancy Pelosi has more arms to twist ahead of today's leadership vote. President Trump threatens to punish GM's bottom line -- but that could hurt other car companies, too. And Tuesday was the deadliest day for American soldiers in Afghanistan in years.


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Nov 28, 2018
Tuesday, November 27: Scrapped
00:23:05
General Motors shuts down five plants and lays off 15 percent of its workforce. Paul Manafort's plea deal goes up in smoke. And an Alabama family says it's tough to be a "good guy with a gun" if you're black.


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Nov 27, 2018
Monday, November 26: Crossing a Line
00:23:18
Border agents fire tear gas at asylum seekers, as several surge toward the fences. An editor of a government climate report says President Trump is acting irresponsibly during a crisis. And near Crimea, shots are fired between Russian and Ukranian ships.


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Nov 26, 2018
Friday, November 23: In the Black
00:14:59
In a special edition of Start Here, ABC's Chief Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis joins Brad to talk about how Black Friday shopping has evolved, and what it means for the modern economy.


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Nov 23, 2018
Thursday, November 22: Reasons to Be Thankful
00:17:53
In a special Thanksgiving edition of Start Here, an Alabama medical center is trying to change the way we donate kidneys. And last year's fire victims give a lesson to the town of Paradise, California on what to expect.


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Nov 22, 2018
Wednesday, November 21: Consequence$$$
00:21:47
President Trump admits he doesn't plan to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman responsible for the death of a US resident -- because of money and politics. Stocks are now worse off than when we started 2018. And doctors are in a public feud with the NRA.


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Nov 21, 2018
Tuesday, November 20: Who's The Boss
00:22:25
Democrats challenge acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's right to be on the job. Nancy Pelosi tries to wrangle a group of renegades trying to torpedo her Speaker bid. And migrants are being told to go back home...by Mexicans in Tijuana.


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Nov 20, 2018
Monday, November 19: "Like Smoking 11 Cigarettes a Day"
00:23:07
As death tolls rise and missing persons cases skyrocket, tent cities full of fire survivors are popping up in Northern California. Democrats concede in Florida and Georgia. And the CIA reportedly confirms the White House's fear: that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.


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Nov 19, 2018
Friday, November 16: Re-Recount
00:20:07
Florida's senate race heads to a manual recount, as officials raise doubts over whether it can be completed on time. Dartmouth faces a $70 million lawsuit over its response to harassment and assault allegations. And the US sanctions 17 Saudis, putting it in lockstep with the royal family.


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Nov 16, 2018
Thursday, November 15: The New Kids
00:22:41
Democrats check out their new digs at the Capitol. Florida braces for recount results. And Michael Avenatti gets arrested.


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Nov 15, 2018
Wednesday, November 14: Don't Mess with FLOTUS
00:22:29
First Lady Melania Trump publicly calls for the firing of a top national security official, as her husband considers other staff shakeups. Amazon chooses two winners in its HQ sweepstakes, but the losers want to know if it was ever a contest at all. And opening arguments begin in the "El Chapo" trial.


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Nov 14, 2018
Tuesday, November 13: Fleeing Paradise
00:21:10
The Camp fire has wiped the entire town of Paradise, California off the map. A Democrat wins an Arizona Senate seat for the first time in decades. And Gaza sees its worst fighting in years.


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Nov 13, 2018
Monday, November 12: Who Can You Count On
00:22:21
Republicans cry foul in Florida as slowly tabulated ballots force recounts. One fire is the most destructive in California history, the other has forced the biggest evacuations, leading to the governor to call this "the new abnormal." And President Trump's trip to France ends in several quarrels.


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Nov 12, 2018
Friday, November 9: A Grim New Record
00:22:34
A shooting in a California bar marks the 4th time this year that 10+ people have been murdered at once. Democrats in Congress scramble to protect Robert Mueller...but will they reach an agreement with their Republican colleagues? And Stacey Abrams refuses to concede the Georgia governor race, as races continue to tighten in Florida.


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Nov 09, 2018
Thursday, November 8: Mueller's New Boss
00:20:08
President Trump ousts Attorney General Jeff Sessions. effectively installing a new overseer of Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Congressional Democrats say they're nervous about Acting AG Matthew Whitaker, who has publicly suggested freezing the investigation. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi scrambles to consolidate her power in the new Democratic House.


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Nov 08, 2018
Wednesday, November 7: Blue Wave, Red Tide
00:24:57
Democrats take the House, but Republicans increase their edge in the Senate. In a special edition of Start Here, the ABC News team guides you through everything you need to know about last night's election results.


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Nov 07, 2018
Tuesday, November 6: Election Day
00:22:18
Candidates - and President Trump - make their final pitch, ahead of the most galvanizing midterm elections in decades. Democrats play defense in Missouri and Indiana, while Beto O'Rourke goes on his final offensive in Texas. And intelligence officials issue a warning, just before polls open.


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Nov 06, 2018
Monday, November 5: Voter Roles
00:23:22
A new ABC News poll shows Democrats with a healthy lead...but both party's bases have a spring in their step. Georgia's Secretary of State accuses Democrats of hacking voter sites, without providing evidence. And our reporters fan out across the country to find out whether young voters will (finally) make the difference.


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Nov 05, 2018
Friday, November 2: Don't Be Evil
00:21:06
Google employees stage a worldwide walkout. The campaign trail rhetoric remains, but experts see some big differences between 2016 and 2018 roadmaps. And Turkey spends some of its new political capital in Syria.


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Nov 02, 2018
Thursday, November 1: "When I can, I tell the truth"
00:21:26
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Trump defends his proposal to send 15,000 troops to the border, saying there's an "invasion" of migrants. Midterm races are finally crystallizing as we enter November. And Maryland reinstates its head football coach, only to fire him hours later.


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Nov 01, 2018
Wednesday, October 31: Anger Babies
00:22:24
President Trump says he's got a plan to stop giving citizenship to undocumented children born here. Protesters greet the First Family in Pittsburgh. And in her first interview with an American network, the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi says she just wants to know where his body is.


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Oct 31, 2018
Tuesday, October 30: Spines of Steel
00:21:56
Pittsburgh celebrates those who saved lives, as President Trump prepares to visit. The gun debate returns to the campaign trail, with just a week until midterms. And the Pentagon orders 5,000 troops to the border, six times its original estimate.


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Oct 30, 2018
Monday, October 29: Keeping the Faith
00:22:22
Pittsburgh mourns its dead, after 11 people were gunned down in a local synagogue. In a special edition of Start Here, our team on the ground describes what happens, and our experts weigh in on how hate is manifesting itself into violence.


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Oct 29, 2018
Friday, October 26: Return to Sender
00:22:51
Sources tell ABC News that investigators are looking to Florida as the source of several mail bombs. A pivotal Georgia race has ignited cries of voter suppression. And an ABC producer describes what life is like for her family in Honduras...and why so many are fleeing.


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Oct 26, 2018
Thursday, October 25: Who's on the list?
00:23:14
Authorities hunt for whoever sent a series of explosives to prominent critics of the president. President Trump will speak to federal employees about healthcare today. And a jury convicts three men of funneling money from Adidas to NCAA basketball players.


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Oct 25, 2018
Wednesday, October 24: "There's no proof of anything"
00:20:24
President Trump admits there's no proof terrorists are among the migrants in Mexico -- but GOP strategists say the caravan is still a "gift" for midterm candidates. US officials call the Khashoggi killing a "coverup." And a nuclear treaty gets nixed...could an arms race be next?


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Oct 24, 2018
Tuesday, October 23: 500 miles down, 1500 to go
00:23:14
The Mexican government draws a line in the sand with 7,000 migrants. Florida's midterm races bring out the big guns. And the civil rights of transgender people could suddenly be redefined.


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Oct 23, 2018
Monday, October 22: Procession of Humanity
00:21:00
The so-called caravan of migrants is moving slowly through Mexico, and some say they won't stop until they reach the U.S. A Saudi official offers a new version of events to describe the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. And President Trump -- who famously called Ted Cruz "Lyin� Ted" -- is now heading to Texas to campaign for the senator.


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Oct 22, 2018
Friday, October 19: Hear for Yourself
00:21:10
In an ABC News exclusive, Turkish officials say Mike Pompeo knows Jamal Khashoggi is dead -- because he listened to the audio of the murder. Mexico sends its military to intercept a migrant caravan. And false accusations of sexual assault are exceedingly rare, but groups sticking up for accusers are getting face time with the US government.


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Oct 19, 2018
Thursday, October 18: Missing Man, Missing Facts
00:23:04
Turkish officials seemingly can't stop telling journalists what happened to Jamal Khashoggi...so why won't they announce what they've found? A soaring deficit prompts President Trump to slash department budgets. And a school shooting in Russia prompts the question: is America exporting school shootings?


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Oct 18, 2018
Wednesday, October 17: Making Nice
00:21:25
As the Turkish government continues to investigate a possible murder, the Trump administration stands with the Saudi royals. Cannabis just became legal in Canada. And a US ambassador crosses what used to be a red line.


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Oct 17, 2018
Tuesday, October 16: "Rogue Killers"
00:22:28
After a call with the Saudi king, President Trump seems open to new explanations for Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance. Elizabeth Warren signals the beginning of the 2020 presidential race, three weeks before the midterms. And another viral video captures the experience of a man "walking into his apartment while black."


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Oct 16, 2018
Monday, October 15: All About That Turnout
00:22:15
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows midterm turnout could be through the roof -- so where do things stand barely three weeks from election day? Saudi Arabia issues an economic threat to countries accusing it of a murder. And a family who went off the map in Florida calls us back.


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Oct 15, 2018
Friday, October 12: Washed Away
00:23:10
Entire neighborhoods are gone in Florida -- not damaged, gone -- in the wake of Hurricane Michael. President Trump welcomes Kanye West to the White House. And prosecutors drop a charge against Harvey Weinstein.


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Oct 12, 2018