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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.

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"I'm F***ed."
00:23:18
In a special edition of Start Here, ABC's Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos and our Investigative Unit break down the findings of Robert Mueller's redacted report...and the most revealing allegations about President Trump.


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Apr 19, 2019
It's Finally Time for [REDACTED]
00:22:29
The Attorney General is set to release a redacted version of Robert Mueller's report, but he's got some things to say first. Half a million students stayed home from school because of one woman's fascination with Columbine. And scientists recharge some cells in pig brains that had been dead for hours.


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Apr 18, 2019
The Battle for Notre Dame
00:22:41
Notre Dame's structure remains precarious, but new details have emerged about the daring rescues to save priceless artifacts. President Trump issues the second veto of his term -- refusing to withdraw the US from a foreign war. And despite all the talk about urban vs. rural, America's suburbs are actually the pivotal battleground for 2020.


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Apr 17, 2019
"Our Lady of Paris, in Flames"
00:22:23
With the world watching helplessly, the cathedral of Notre Dame nearly burns to the ground. William Barr lays out a timeline for releasing the Mueller Report. And the parents of a murder victim lay out proposals to make ridesharing more secure.


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Apr 16, 2019
Sanctuary City Bus Turning, Watch for Whiplash
00:20:21
President Trump contradicts his own White House officials on an extreme plan for asylum seekers. Pete Buttigieg, with a surge of momentum, officially launches his presidential bid. And Tiger Woods just notched the most improbable win of his career.


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Apr 15, 2019
No Longer "Holed Up"
00:22:09
After nearly seven years, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange left the embassy where he'd been protected and immediately was arrested by London police. He's been charged by U.S. officials and will now fight extradition. In India, hundreds of millions of voters head to the polls but won't know the results of their national election for more than a month. And watch what you say to Alexa - Amazon might be listening to a lot more than you think.


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Apr 12, 2019
�Spying Occurred�
00:22:35
The Attorney General says the government spied on Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders unveils a new Medicare for All plan. And Georgetown students decide whether they want to pay extra, to benefit the descendants of slaves.


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Apr 11, 2019
Trump's New Immigration Playbook
00:20:21
Amid a DHS housecleaning, President Trump says he's not bringing back family separations -- but White House officials are outlining a whole host of other options. Attorney General William Barr lays out a timeline for the Mueller report. And one of the world's most contagious diseases hits New York City.


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Apr 10, 2019
When Personnel Gets Personal
00:21:33
Less than 24 hours after forcing out his Homeland Security, President Trump fires another DHS official -- what could be the beginnings of a department-wide purge. Israelis head to the polls as Benjamin Netanyahu fights for his political life. And the US declares Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, which could have an effect in the real world.


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Apr 09, 2019
The Border War Inside the White House
00:21:23
President Trump forces out Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Kidnapping victims are returned in Uganda, thanks to an apparent ransom payment. And the CDC says there's a new "urgent" superbug startling hospital staffs.


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Apr 08, 2019
Summarizing the Fight Over Summaries
00:23:04
With members of Robert Mueller's team reportedly frustrated, Democrats tell AG William Barr they need to see Mueller's full report. President Trump nominates a former presidential candidate and pizza king for a key job at the Fed. And Brad speaks to one of Joe Biden's critics about what he could have done differently.


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Apr 05, 2019
The Democrats' New Paper Route
00:22:45
Democrats use congressional authority to demand President Trump's tax returns, but are slow-rolling subpoenas for the Mueller report. Joe Biden promises to change his ways, but doesn't apologize to the women who asked him to. And Mark Zuckerberg speaks exclusively to ABC News about privacy, oversight, and how to make the internet safer.


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Apr 04, 2019
Trump's Healthcare Prescription: Patience
00:21:35
Amid a renewed focus on Obamacare, President Trump says Republicans won't push healthcare legislation until after he's re-elected. A mysterious woman walks into Mar-a-Lago with a spy novel's worth of electronics. And the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico punches back over emergency funds she says haven't arrived yet.


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Apr 03, 2019
Shutting Down the Border (Lanes)
00:22:11
As part of a "surge" order, the Department of Homeland Security takes Border Patrol agents off their normal duties to attend to detention facilities. A White House whistleblower says more than two dozen people were given security clearances over the recommendations of intelligence officers. And on Equal Pay Day, experts are noticing a "gender savings gap" along with the usual salary gap.


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Apr 02, 2019
Would Trump Actually Shut Down the Border?
00:20:04
President Trump threatens to shut down the southern border, as he makes new moves against Central American countries. Joe Biden's not officially running yet, but he's officially confronting tough questions about what's acceptable behavior toward women. And as British Parliament faces new Brexit votes today, officials are worried about mayhem and even violence.


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Apr 01, 2019
"A Gold Medal in Insensitivity"
00:20:07
As President Trump tries to move on from Robert Mueller, a Special Olympics debacle crystallizes the challenges that lie ahead. The US government accuses Facebook of violating fair housing laws. And prosecutors aren't just going after an opioid maker -- they're going after the family that owns it.


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Mar 29, 2019
"That's the Chicago Way"
00:21:24
Federal investigators begin taking a look at the deal that dropped charges against Jussie Smollett. Theresa May offers her resignation along with a Brexit package. And Israelis and Palestinians brace for more violence in the wake of a US announcement.


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Mar 28, 2019
Signed, Sealed, Dismissed
00:22:47
Prosecutors reach a deal with Jussie Smollett, dropping 16 charges over the outrage of Chicago police. The Trump administration backs up a judge who declares the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. And Boeing prepares to roll out a software fix for its 737 MAX jets.


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Mar 27, 2019
The Post-Mueller Battle Plan
00:22:13
As the world parses Attorney General William Barr's highlights of the Mueller probe, Democrats and Republicans sharpen their arguments for impending legal and political fights. Michael Avenatti gets charged by two different prosecutors on the same day. And a Columbine survivor explains why so many people who escape mass shootings commit suicide.


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Mar 26, 2019
NO COLLUSION!
00:20:31
Robert Mueller appears to clear President Trump and his campaign of any coordination with Russia during the election -- but questions about the rest of his investigation remain murky. In a special edition of Start Here, Brad asks ABC's top political and legal minds what happens next.


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Mar 25, 2019
No More Indictments
00:21:28
Sources say Robert Mueller has wrapped it up, and he's not indicting anyone else. President Trump upends decades of Middle East policy with a tweet. And the two 737 flights to crash recently were both missing the same safety feature that costs extra -- now it turns out United Airlines didn't pay for it, either.


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Mar 22, 2019
The War That Won't End
00:20:31
President Trump promises the end of ISIS, but then launches a new onslaught against the late John McCain. The EPA says water, not climate change, is the top concern worldwide. And how bold is too bold when it comes to Democratic campaign ideas?


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Mar 21, 2019
What Mueller Knew About Michael Cohen
00:20:15
A judge unseals a search warrant that tells the world what Robert Mueller had on Michael Cohen, before agents knocked on his door. The FDA approves a breakthrough drug for postpartum depression. And a city in Mozambique was so thoroughly destroyed...that no one heard about it for days.


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Mar 20, 2019
Why Police Are Scared Since New Zealand
00:20:25
A shooting in the Netherlands sends a jolt through law enforcement, as they see spikes in terror chatter online. President Trump gets set to meet with his Brazilian protege. And to keep college costs in check, the White House wants to limit students from getting government loans.


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Mar 19, 2019
The "Import" New Zealand Never Asked For
00:22:04
New Zealand grapples with its worst shooting ever, as the White House grapples with questions about white supremacy. Ethiopian officials say there's a link between two recent Boeing crashes. And President Trump bashes John McCain bashes the late John McCain over the infamous "dossier."


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Mar 18, 2019
Veto!
00:21:08
After a lopsided rebuke from the Senate, President Trump prepares to veto his first bill. New York police think a street shooting was actually a mob hit. And the biggest admissions fraud case in history could hurt disabled students next year.


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Mar 15, 2019
BONUS: Beto's Running
00:20:01
Beto O'Rourke just announced he's running for president. FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver stops by the studio to tell Brad about his chances.


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Mar 14, 2019
Welcome to the Infrequent Flier Club
00:23:28
A spooked FAA reverses course and grounds every 737 MAX plane in the nation. Paul Manafort gets his sentence...and then gets new charges. And thousands of Syrian children have escaped the fighting, but have nowhere to turn, as ISIS fighters take to tunnels.


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Mar 14, 2019
Operation Varsity Blues
00:21:07
The Justice Department stages the biggest college admissions bust in American history. The US becomes one of the only countries allowing 737 Max 8's to take off. And as blackouts roll on, Venezuelans are climbing down into sewer systems to get clean water.


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Mar 13, 2019
"Is This Flight a 737?"
00:22:33
Several countries ground the plane model that crashed in Ethiopia this weekend - but the US is not following suit. The White House releases its budget proposal, with plenty of would-be winners and losers. And law enforcement look back, one year after the deadliest serial bombing in decades.


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Mar 12, 2019
The Next Border Wall Fight Starts Now
00:20:35
A new shutdown fight suddenly looms, as President Trump gets set to ask for $8.6 billion in border wall funding. Satellite images show North Korea re-building its launch sites even faster than originally thought. And Elizabeth Warren's latest proposal could be a nightmare for Big Tech.


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Mar 11, 2019
Manafort's Sentence Fragment.
00:20:51
Rather than 19 to 25 years in prison, Paul Manafort received just under four -- but he has another sentence still to come. Several would-be candidates say "no thanks" to 2020. And authorities say a drugmaker paid off doctors and lied to insurance companies to push a potentially lethal drug.


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Mar 08, 2019
The Military's Biggest #MeToo
00:21:05
In a shocking moment, Sen. Martha McSally adds her name to the list of servicemembers who were raped while in the military. Democrats weigh how to handle controversy around some of their new stars. And as fans analyze R. Kelly's revealing interview, he's been jailed for not paying child support.


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Mar 07, 2019
A Breakup Text, North Korea Style
00:21:10
New satellite images show within 48 hours of nuclear talks collapsing, North Korea began rebuilding missile sites. Scientists announce that for only the second time in history, a patient with HIV might be cured. And House Democrats prepare to finally ask for President Trump's tax returns.


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Mar 06, 2019
24 Miles of Terror
00:21:07
It was the strongest tornado America has seen in years...and it was just one of the deadly storms that tore through the Deep South. Congressional Democrats issue sweeping requests for documents from 81 Trump associates. And the number of illegal border crossings in February just rose six fold.


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Mar 05, 2019
It's Mueller Time. And Nadler Time.
00:21:09
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler tells ABC he's issuing document requests to more than 60 Trump associates. President Trump goes off script at CPAC. And Sacramento prosecutors say no crimes were committed when cops shot an unarmed man in the back.


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Mar 04, 2019
What's Next After a Summit Cut Short?
00:20:17
That's a question you could ask about a lot of things this week - from the nuclear summit that ended without a deal to the Michael Cohen testimony that gave Democrats new leads. Also, a new report suggests President Trump put his thumb on the scale when his son-in-law was struggling to get a top-secret security clearance. And the prime minister of Israel is facing a corruption indictment weeks before he's up for re-election.


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Mar 01, 2019
Split Screen: Kim & Cohen
00:19:51
It's been a pivotal 24 hours in the Trump presidency, with two major stories taking dramatic turns. The nuclear summit in Vietnam was cut short without President Trump and the leader of North Korea reaching an agreement. And in Washington, the president's former personal attorney Michael Cohen told Congress he now considers Mr. Trump a "racist," a "con man" and a "cheat" who - Cohen says - has committed crimes since he's been in the Oval Office.


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Feb 28, 2019
The Fire & Fury of Michael Cohen
00:20:28
The president's former fixer prepares to bring accusations - and, he says, proof - of crimes by the president. On the other side of the world, the president prepares to meet with Kim Jong Un. And Republicans weigh whether to rebuke a national emergency declaration, in the face of a veto threat.


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Feb 27, 2019
Exclusive: Maduro's Message for Trump
00:20:23
In his first American interview in years, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro tells ABC's Tom Llamas that the US is "fabricating" a crisis as a pretext to war. President Trump lowers expectations for his summit with Kim Jong Un. And one woman's complaint about a housing inspector has sparked a firestorm around public housing programs.


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Feb 26, 2019
Venezuela's Border Battle
00:21:27
Violence erupts on the Venezuelan border as volunteers try to bring in foreign aid. President Trump prepares to fly overseas, but investigations could overshadow everything here at home. And R. Kelly remained behind bars as he faced sexual abuse charges, because he couldn't afford the $100,000 bond.


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Feb 25, 2019
What Smollett Means to Hate Crime Victims
00:20:13
As Jussie Smollett faces charges of faking a hate crime to boost his salary, cops say he's "pissed everybody off." Venezuela braces for a potential standoff at the border tomorrow. And nearly four months after Election Day, North Carolina will have a congressional do-over.


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Feb 22, 2019
Jussie Smollett's Plot Twist
00:20:00
Chicago police charge Jussie Smollett with faking his own attack. The FBI says a Coast Guard lieutenant was readying a domestic terror killing spree. And bishops gather for an unprecedented conference on sexual abuse.


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Feb 21, 2019
Choose Your Own Investigator
00:20:31
President Trump denies asking Matthew Whitaker to put a friendly face atop the Southern District probe. West Virginia teachers got what they wanted -- but they're still on strike this morning. And whistleblowers say Trump appointees were pushing a Saudi nuclear deal, over experts' objections.


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Feb 20, 2019
What Happens to "ISIS Brides" After ISIS Flees?
00:19:49
They flew to Syria to live in a self-styled caliphate. But as the fight over Syria comes to an end, foreign women worried they'll be trapped forever. Andrew McCabe presses his case as President Trump calls him "treasonous." And two brothers who say Jussie Smollett paid them to orchestrate an attack are now offering a motive.


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Feb 19, 2019
Hate Crime or Hoax?
00:22:21
Two men tell Chicago PD that they attacked actor Jussie Smollett...because he paid them to do it. State attorneys general line up to file suit to block President Trump's national emergency declaration. And ahead of a bishop gathering in Rome, the Vatican defrocks an American cardinal accuse of sex abuse.


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Feb 18, 2019
BONUS: The Making of "The Dropout"
00:13:46
"The Dropout" has become a podcast phenomenon about the rise and fall of the blood testing company Theranos. In a bonus episode of "Start Here," Brad interviews creator Rebecca Jarvis, and her team, about how they obtained some of their most explosive material.


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Feb 16, 2019
It's Emergency Time!
00:20:54
President Trump says he'll sign a compromise border deal. But he'll also sign a national emergency declaration, giving him potentially $8 billion for a wall. Amazon scraps its plan for a New York campus. And taxpayers aren't seeing the refunds they were expecting.


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Feb 15, 2019
"Looking for Landmines" in the Border Deal
00:19:15
Congress gets ready to vote on a border protection package...but everyone's nervously eyeing President Trump. A judge tears up Paul Manafort's deal with Robert Mueller. And in an ABC News exclusive, Jussie Smollett describes what it's like to be doubted over a brutal attack.


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Feb 14, 2019
Trump's Not Happy. But Does Congress Care?
00:21:45
President Trump complains about a border deal that he might sign anyway. El Chapo gets convicted. And Bill Gates is worried about tax rates that would "seize" wealth.


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Feb 13, 2019