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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.

Episode Date
Yellen & Screamin’
The stock market goes on an historic tear as Joe Biden's transition takes hold. Grocery workers prepare for crowded stores. And six months after the killing of George Floyd, few cities have defunded their police departments.
Nov 25, 2020
Team America: Biden’s Hiring Spree
President-Elect Joe Biden prepares to officially introduce a large squad of cabinet picks. A key government agency acknowledges the Biden transition, as more Trump allies pivot away. And amid fears of Thanksgiving transmissions, an epidemiologist distinguishes what we know about COVID-19...and what we're still hypothesizing.
Nov 24, 2020
A Very COVID Thanksgiving
Despite pleas not to travel for the holidays, a million Americans per day are flying ahead of Thanksgiving. President-Elect Biden selects a nominee for Secretary of State. And President Trump openly suggests lawmakers ignore election results and install him in the White House for a second term.
Nov 23, 2020
Democracy Stress Test
As Georgia's statewide audit affirms Joe Biden's victory, President Trump applies pressure by contacting Michigan election officials directly. Watchdogs continue to sound the alarm over unfounded conspiracy theories put forth by the Trump legal team. And holiday travel guidance from the CDC could complicate an already fragile economic recovery.
Nov 20, 2020
250,000: America’s Loss
The U.S. records a quarter million deaths, exceeding initial projections. Lockdowns send America's most vulnerable citizens into further isolation. And a new at-home testing regimen raises hopes...and questions. Mental Health Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP
Nov 19, 2020
When COVID (Healthcare) Strikes
Beleaguered by surging hospitalizations and an exodus of workers, healthcare workers go on strike in Pennsylvania. Joe Biden plots his first moves in a potentially deadlocked Congress. And angry about flags and fact-checks, President Trump urges supporters to find new media outlets.
Nov 18, 2020
Price of Admission: COVID Hospitalizations Swell
Dozens of states hit new records for hospitalizations. A second American company touts a coming vaccine. And President Trump is planning to withdraw thousands of American troops days before he leaves office.
Nov 17, 2020
COVID Hits Its Own Warp Speed
Coronavirus infections are now hitting 160,000 Americans a day. Anticipating a new surge of lockdowns, supermarkets begin imposing new limits. And top lawyers are stepping away from President Trump's side as he continues, without evidence, to claim fraud cost him the election.
Nov 16, 2020
States of Distress
As COVID-19 spreads rapidly, several governors and mayors are now implementing lockdown measures they hoped to never revisit. Most Republican officials are toeing the party line, but some are inching toward treating Joe Biden like the president-elect. And TikTok was set to be banned without government approval -- but last night's deadline has come and gone.
Nov 13, 2020
Count All the Votes...By Hand?
The Georgia Secretary of State explains to "Start Here" why a statewide recount will now be performed by hand. Health experts are pleading with Americans to rethink their Thanksgiving plans. And a former US Marine, locked up in Russia on spying charges, gives his first interview to ABC News.
Nov 12, 2020
Fraud Logic
With the world watching, and with no evidence of widespread voter fraud, a top Trump official insists he envisions a second Trump term. The Supreme Court decides whether to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And a Vatican report examines the actions of three popes, as an American cardinal accused of abuse got the promotion of a lifetime.
Nov 11, 2020
Shot in the Arm
American drugmaker Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine appears to be 90% effective. President Trump fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper. And Republicans offer public support, if private doubts, about Trump's path forward.
Nov 10, 2020
The Transition Begins
President-Elect Joe Biden gets ready to implement his agenda, without waiting for acknowledgement from President Trump. With COVID-19 cases rising rapidly, the pandemic becomes the most pressing issue during the transition. And a divided Congress heightens tensions between Democrats and Republicans...but also between progressives and moderates.
Nov 09, 2020
Joe Biden's America
With a win in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden will become the next President of the United States. So what's next for him...and for President Trump?
Nov 08, 2020
Election Update: Why No Projection Yet?
Despite widespread agreement that Joe Biden likely has the votes he needs, ABC News has not projected a victory. ABC's Political Director Rick Klein describes what the Decision Desk is waiting for.
Nov 07, 2020
Election Update: Biden Takes the Lead in GA, PA
As the avalanche of Democratic mail votes continues to be counted, Joe Biden has taken what could prove to be a fateful lead in Pennsylvania. Georgia remains close. But with this many uphill battles, can President Trump possibly end up victorious?
Nov 06, 2020
The (Blue) Walls Are Closing In
Three states could win it for Joe Biden - and analysts are increasingly convinced he's won all of them. Meanwhile President Trump and his campaign rally around allegations of voter fraud...without providing specific allegations. Join us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @StartHereABC.
Nov 06, 2020
Election Update: If Counting Stops Now, Biden Wins
With new vote tallies rolling in, ABC News Political Director Rick Klein breaks down trends in each state. Join us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @StartHereABC.
Nov 05, 2020
Red Mirage vs. Blue Mirage
With every new piece of vote data, leads that seemed insurmountable are being erased -- by President Trump in Arizona, and by Joe Biden in Pennsylvania and Georgia. FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver walks through each candidate's path to victory, while examining whether this year's pollsters failed. And with closing gaps, the legal challenges begin flying.  Join us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @StartHereABC.
Nov 05, 2020
Election Update: The 'Blue Shift' Begins
President Trump led Wisconsin and Michigan for much of last night. But as mail votes are counted, vote totals there now show Joe Biden with the lead. However, Biden has a long way to go in Georgia and all-important Pennsylvania... and President Trump is looking to pull off a similar comeback in Arizona. Join us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @StartHereABC.
Nov 04, 2020
No Winner Yet: Election Night 2020
The votes are still trickling in, but one thing is certain: President Trump has once again shocked state-level pollsters, winning states thought to be tight, and tightening races thought to lean toward Joe Biden. In a real-time update, ABC's election night team breaks down the major states, and what could still make the difference. Join us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @StartHereABC.
Nov 04, 2020
It’s Election Day. Now What?
As America awaits the results of weeks' worth of voting, George Stephanopoulos describes what he'll be watching for tonight. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger describes how states are planning to count votes in the coming hours and days. And whether it's President Trump or President Biden, each man's fate could also depend on who controls the Senate.
Nov 03, 2020
"He'll Win, If..."
With one day to go until election day, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sprint to the states they think could clinch the election. A federal judge considers whether to invalidate 127,000 early votes in a single Texas county. And a national security expert describes what to expect at polling places on election day. 
Nov 02, 2020
Bonus: How ABC Is Preparing for Election Night
With unprecedented concerns about how votes will be counted, ABC News President James Goldston goes one-on-one with Brad to discuss how ABC News is handling its live coverage. And Dan Merkle, the executive director of elections at ABC News, pulls back the curtain on how results are reported.
Nov 01, 2020
Florida Men
With four days to election day, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden find themselves in the same city on the same day. The US economy grew at a record pace over the summer, but economists are concerned about what COVID-19 could do in the fall. And another brutal terror attack jolts France.
Oct 30, 2020
Trump’s Path to Re-Election
With ballots arriving at a staggering rate, FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver outlines how President Trump could still surprise everyone and win. Republican senators grill Big Tech executives. And scientists warn the COVID-19 pandemic could still get much worse...and there's always the possibility of another one. FiveThirtyEight Voting Guide
Oct 29, 2020
Philadelphia Fires
The shooting of a man allegedly suffering from mental distress leads to protests and violence in Philadelphia. New polls in the Rust Belt shows significant leads for Joe Biden, but Democrats are bracing for more decisions from the Supreme Court. And Latinos could cast more votes than any other year. FiveThirtyEight Voting Guide
Oct 28, 2020
Turnout vs. Burnout: How to Read the Early Vote
With one week to election day, experts weigh the significance of massive early vote numbers. Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. And scientists discover there is far more water on the moon than previously thought. FiveThirtyEight Voting Guide
Oct 27, 2020
Air Source Two: Washington’s New Cluster
With eight days to election day, several aides around Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive for COVID-19. Pence still might appear tonight at Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation vote in the Senate. And intensive care units grow crowded as coronavirus cases surge in rural areas.
Oct 26, 2020
Trump & Biden’s Closing Argument
In their final presidential debate, President Trump and former Vice President Biden follow the rules, while still delivering blistering attacks on each other's records. Congressional leaders say a stimulus deal is still not close, while more Americans lose jobs and businesses. And officials reveal new disturbing information about Iran and Russia's capabilities leading up to election day. FiveThirtyEight Voting Guide
Oct 23, 2020
A More Muted Debate
President Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden prepare for their final debate, and their first in which mics will be disabled. The Department of Justice reveals a big settlement with Purdue Pharma over opioid production. And Pope Francis signals a seismic shift on LGBTQ rights in the Catholic church. 
Oct 22, 2020
Second Guessing: Two New Voices in Breonna Taylor’s Death
On the same day a Louisville police officer gives ABC his first public reaction to the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a grand juror reveals what options were outlined by prosecutors. The Department of Justice files a lawsuit against Google that could threaten its position on phones. And El Paso hospital staffers are in tears as COVID cases surge.
Oct 21, 2020
"People Are Tired of COVID": Inside the Trump War Room
In a revealing phone call with campaign staffers, President Trump pits himself squarely against "Fauci and these idiots," leading to questions about his role as a leader and candidate in his final weeks on the trail. Early voting has ramped up nationwide, so what can we glean from the numbers so far? And a leading scientist says the next 6-12 weeks could be the "darkest" days of the pandemic.
Oct 20, 2020
COVID's New Wave
A surge of hospitalizations have confirmed fears that a third coronavirus wave is happening across nearly 40 states. President Trump escalates rhetoric against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, after men were arrested for planning to kidnap her. And a horrific murder in France prompts vigils... and new questions about whether educators can safely teach children about extremism.
Oct 19, 2020
One Nation, Split-Screened
With President Trump refusing to participate in a virtual debate, both candidates participate in televised town halls with voters. A nationwide "third surge" of COVID-19 cases has economists concerned about continued layoffs. And the 2020 census has ended.
Oct 16, 2020
How a Justice Barrett Would Rule
As Judge Amy Coney Barrett completes her testimony on Capitol Hill, our Supreme Court contributor Kate Shaw breaks down what hints she gave on her potential tenure - and where opportunities were missed. COVID cases continue to surge in the US, and now parts of Europe are seeing a bona fide second wave. And Facebook and Twitter had plans in place for the final days of the campaign, but now they're instituting last minute rules for election day and beyond.
Oct 15, 2020
20(20) Questions: ACB Gets Grilled
Amy Coney Barrett fields pointed questions about election issues during the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Coronavirus hospitalizations are on the rise in Wisconsin, fueled by a "perfect storm" of factors. And as Americans get out the early vote....the Trump campaign is getting out the poll watchers.
Oct 14, 2020
The ABC’s of ACB
Judge Amy Coney Barrett gives her opening statement, with a senate Q&A beginning today. The first day of early voting in Georgia yields wait times upwards of 5 hours. And with President Trump back on the campaign trail, an infectious disease doctor explains how long it takes the coronavirus to enter and leave your body. FiveThirtyEight Voting Guide
Oct 13, 2020
GOP Strategy: Grin, and Barrett
Supreme Court confirmation hearings get underway for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. A pair of dueling protests in Denver end with one man shot dead. And ESPN investigates what really killed dozens of horses at Santa Anita Park. 
Oct 12, 2020
Bonus: Inside ABC's Polling Process
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Joe Biden leading President Trump by 12 points. In a bonus episode of "Start Here," we go behind the scenes to learn how a national poll comes together. FiveThirtyEight Voting Guide
Oct 11, 2020
The Plan to Kidnap a Governor
The FBI says it foiled a plot to attack the Michigan state house and kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The Commission on Presidential Debates says it won't allow President Trump to participate in person. And another hurricane is about bear down on a stretch of land already ravaged this year.
Oct 09, 2020
Like Talking to a Wall: The VP Debate
Vice President Mike Pence & Senator Kamala Harris, separated by plexiglass, sit down for a toned-down debate. A Texas officer gives his version of events after being arrested for the murder of an unarmed black man. And a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan threatens to become a bloody proxy war involving Turkey and Russia.
Oct 08, 2020
The White House WFH Plan
Two dozen people have now tested positive after spending time at the White House, forcing quarantines in top government and military positions. Political strategists question the president's decision to stop negotiating a relief deal. And voters grapple with glitches, warnings, and shifting rules as registration deadlines arrive. FiveThirtyEight Voting Guide
Oct 07, 2020
Infectious Energy
Moments after returning to the White House, President Trump worries medical experts by taking off his mask, declaring "maybe I'm immune." Testing timelines and positive results have thrown campaigns and Congress into chaos. And after eyeing a re-start, movie theaters plan for a prolonged shutdown.
Oct 06, 2020
A Timeline of Trump’s Infection
In a special edition, Brad walks through the week of gatherings and protocols leading up to President Trump's hospitalization. A naval doctor gives flat-out false statements describing Trump's condition. And while still presumed contagious, the president decides to leave his quarters for a quick drive.
Oct 05, 2020
Bonus: President Trump Hospitalized
After experiencing what the White House calls "mild symptoms" of COVID-19, President Trump is transported to Walter Reed Medical Center. As the world tries to decipher the president's condition, new positive results have prompted questions about how far the implications could reach.
Oct 03, 2020
President Trump Has COVID-19
Hours after we learned an aide had been infected with coronavirus, President Trump announces he and the First Lady have also tested positive. Our White House reporters, along with ABC's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton, break down what's next for the White House.
Oct 02, 2020
One-on-One with Dr. Anthony Fauci
In his first interview since being called out in a presidential debate, Dr. Anthony Fauci sits down with "Start Here" to discuss masks, voting, and which government officials can be trusted. President Trump's call for white supremacists to "stand by" creates a backlash. And massive layoffs in the airline industry begins as a deadline expires.
Oct 01, 2020
“You Won’t Be Able to Shut Him Up”
In what might go down as the most chaotic, unintelligible presidential debate in modern history, Donald Trump & Joe Biden clash over the political and the personal. Democratic and Republican strategists weigh in on who the debate helped and hurt. And an undecided voter in Kansas calls into Start Here to describe which way he's leaning. 
Sep 30, 2020
Debate Prep: What to Watch for Tonight
Donald Trump and Joe Biden prepare to square off in their first debate. A new ABC News poll shows Biden leading a crucial "tipping point" state by nine points. And fires have now burned through a California city for the second time in four years.
Sep 29, 2020
Uh Owe: Trump’s Tax Returns
After years of refusing to reveal his tax returns, the New York Times claims to uncovered the President Trump's tax records anyway. Trump's selection of Amy Coney Barrett sets off a turbo-charged process on Capitol Hill. And Florida Governor Ron DeSantis surprises local officials by demanding they allow restaurants and bars to open at high capacity.
Sep 28, 2020