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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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    How the FBI Failed Nassar's Victims

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 28:26

    In gut-wrenching testimony, decorated gymnasts describe being ignored by federal agents while Larry Nassar found more victims. President Biden expresses confidence in his chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, despite new revelations about calls to the Chinese. And a South Carolina lawyer prepares to turn himself in after admitting he tried to have himself shot in a fraud scheme.

    Newsom Lease on Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 28:07

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom cruises to victory against a recall vote. With children now comprising an alarming share of COVID cases, pediatricians grow worried over resources. And new census data shows Americans living in poverty would have soared last year, were it not for economic stimulus.

    Do You Recall?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 28:26

    Californians head to the polls to decide the fate of Gov. Gavin Newsom. Lawmakers head to Capitol Hill to decide the fate of an immense spending package. And lawyers for Prince Andrew try to head off a lawsuit in New York City, alleging sexual assault of a minor.

    Bristle While You Work

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 27:05

    Bosses, workers, and lawmakers react to President Biden's plan to get workplaces vaccinated. California prepares for Tuesday's gubernatorial recall election. And Americans begin dropping everything to welcome Afghan refugees to the country.

    Twenty Years

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 28:04

    The country prepares to mark 20 years since the September 11th attacks. The DOJ sues Texas over its sweeping abortion law. And as President Biden orders new vaccine mandates, Los Angeles becomes the first school district to mandate vaccines for children.

    Hospitals' Nightmare Come True

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 28:06

    Idaho calls in the military as hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID patients. Victims' families win a victory in declassifying key 9/11 documents. And opening statements wrap up in the trial of Elizabeth Holmes.

    What's Old is Mu

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 29:04

    New data, and a new variant, prompt concerns about children's vulnerability to COVID. The Taliban announce an interim government in Afghanistan. And survivors of the September 11th attacks prepare to mark a 20-year anniversary.

    The Unemployment “Benefits Cliff”

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 26:43

    Key federal unemployment programs, created for the pandemic, come to an end. New Orleans residents are shipped off to other cities as power outages grow dangerous. And families of 9/11 victims and survivors head to Guantanamo Bay for the trial of the attacks' alleged architect.

    Labor Smarter, Not Harder

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 21:32

    In a special Labor Day edition of "Start Here," Brad asks ABC's economics reporter Elizabeth Schulze how the job market could change far beyond the pandemic. And Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., explains his plan for a national four-day work week.

    When Every Zone is a Flood Zone

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 28:45

    After deadly floods shock the Northeast, experts ask whether major U.S. cities are ready for the effects of climate change. Texas women start considering alternate options for abortion procedures. And the FAA grounds Virgin Galactic over safety concerns.

    Roe Rage

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 29:10

    In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court allows the most restrictive abortion law in the nation to stay in place, prompting speculation that the era of Roe v. Wade is over. Police officers and paramedics in Colorado are charged in the death of Elijah McClain. And experts are warning patients not to take an anti-parasite drug to fight COVID.

    “It Was Time to End This War.”

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 29:26

    In a national address, President Biden defends his choice to withdraw from Afghanistan on a protracted timeline. School boards appeal to federal authorities on mask mandates. And a proposed Texas law becomes a reality, effectively outlawing abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

    Mission Complete

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 28:18

    After nearly 20 years, the U.S. pulls up its last troops and ends its war in Afghanistan. Hurricane Ida leaves large parts of Louisiana powerless. And jury selection begins in the trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

    Ida Danger

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 27:30

    Hurricane Ida whips through New Orleans, knocking out power and overwhelming low-lying areas. The US makes two military strikes against what it describes as ISIS-K targets. And a report on the origins of COVID-19 fails to provide clear answers about whether the coronavirus resulted from animals or humans.

    Final Descent: How the Afghan Evacuation Turned Deadly

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 24:50

    A terror attack in Kabul kills at least 13 American service members, along with dozens of Afghan nationals.

    The Day After We Leave

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 28:53

    The U.S. accelerates its withdrawal, prompting questions about whether informal networks will still ferry Afghans out of the country. New data show rental relief still isn't making its way to landlords. And a lawsuit claims a gun popular with law enforcement has gone off randomly.

    Death by Deadline: The Frantic Afghan Rescue Effort

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 27:52

    After President Biden refuses to extend a withdrawal deadline, ex-military staff scramble to rescue their former colleagues in Afghanistan. Congress averts an infrastructure breakdown -- for now. And new data from the CDC show that pregnant women are largely declining to get vaccinated.

    It's Official: Pfizer Passed Its Drug Test

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 25:42

    The FDA gives full approval to Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine. Tennessee flooding flummoxes weather experts. And a Capitol Police investigation finds that an officer was justified in shooting a member of the mob who burst through a door on January 6th.

    Biden's (Secretary of) Defense

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 28:12

    In an exclusive interview, ABC's Martha Raddatz asks Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin how far the US will go to guarantee safe access to the Kabul airport. The FDA is poised to fully approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. And California Gov. Gavin Newsom hits the road to campaign for his own job.

    After One Week, Parents Are Flunked

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 28:30

    As thousands of children are quarantined away from school, economists worry about whether parents will return to the workforce. Afghans begin protests against the Taliban. And airlines are offering regular self-defense courses to embattled flight attendants.

    One on One with President Biden

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 22:11


    In a special edition of Start Here, George Stephanopoulos recounts his exclusive interview with President Biden. And as chaos descends on Kabul, a young Afghan describes fleeing to America, while her sister is forced into hiding.


    Taliban 2.0

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 27:08

    Taliban leaders hold a press conference, insisting women will have rights -- "within the limits of Islam." The Biden Administration is expected to recommend booster shots to virtually all Americans. And the trial of R. Kelly begins. 

    Taliban Terror Haven?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 24:07

    The Taliban have taken over Afghanistan; how likely is the reestablishment of terror training camps that threaten the US? Haiti suffers a tropical deluge on the heels of another devastating quake. And, what a federal probe of Tesla could mean for assisted driving technology.  

    Kabul Has Fallen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 28:03

    The Taliban encircles, then quickly takes over, the last major Afghan city remaining under government control. Hospitals become more crowded as COVID infections quickly escalate among young people. And wildfires as far north as Siberia continue to ignite concerns over climate change.

    Has the Taliban Already Won?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 26:44

    In a stunning turn, the Taliban appears to capture Afghanistan's second largest city. The CDC prepares to recommend third-dose booster shots of Pfizer and Moderna to immunocompromised people. And new census data show the US becoming more urbanized, and less white -- all of which could have a big impact on congressional districting.

    The FDA's Three-Point Shot

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 29:04

    The FDA is expected to authorize a third dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for immunocompromised Americans. The Taliban takes over more land, more quickly, than the White House thought possible. And the NCAA disciplines Baylor University for recruitment violations...but nothing for a slew of sexual assault allegations. 

    The Big Appall: Cuomo Resigns

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 28:27

    Embattled New York governor Andrew Cuomo resigns. A Florida school board defies governor Ron DeSantis over mask mandates. And experts beg the EPA to examine a potentially dangerous chemical that's showing up in water pipes nationwide.

    A Bridge Too Far? Democrats' Road Ahead for Infrastructure

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 26:10

    The bipartisan infrastructure bill finally gets its big vote in the Senate. The FDA nears full approval of some Covid vaccines. And massive wildfires in Greece leave residents alarmed.

    D Is For Delta: A Guide To Reopening School Safely

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 27:10

    The Delta variant is hospitalizing younger, unvaccinated Americans and threatening school reopenings. A new UN report gives a sobering warning about climate change as wildfires rage. And the Biden administration extends the freeze on students loan payments.

    A Few Good Mandates

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 28:32

    The Pentagon prepares to require vaccinations for active duty servicemembers. Health insurance companies have stopped waiving costs involved with COVID hospital stays -- could premiums rise for the unvaccinated? And a coal mine strike in Alabama enters its fourth month. 

    Frequently Vaxxed Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 28:15

    Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy answers questions about vaccines, masks and mandates. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo loses key allies. And a Senate panel decides to ditch key war powers authorizations in Iraq.

    Cuo-No

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 26:47

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces growing calls for his resignation, after an investigation concludes he sexually harassed several women in recent years. New York City tells unvaccinated residents they're no longer allowed to attend indoor events. And several airlines are forced to cancel hundreds of flights.

    “Their Kids Will Be Orphans”: Tales from a COVID Nurse

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 28:45

    Louisiana re-institutes a statewide mask order, as healthcare workers sound the alarm. Congress gets its eyes on the first draft of a massive infrastructure bill. And Olympic athletes loudly criticize the presence of Russians found guilty of doping.

    “Delta is Different”

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 29:28

    A leaked CDC presentation shows how contagious the Delta variant can become, even in vaccinated people. Congressional members and the White House point fingers as an eviction moratorium comes to an end. And a Washington, DC inmate makes history by running -- and winning -- an elected position.

    “Back to My Car”: The End of the Eviction Moratorium

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 29:31

    Millions of Americans face possible eviction as a federal deadline approaches. Afghan interpreters and their families begin arriving on US soil. And the founder of a much-hyped electric vehicle company is indicted for allegedly lying about "nearly all aspects of the business."

    The End of “Don't Vax, Don't Tell”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 28:22

    The Biden administration announces new rules encouraging vaccinations for federal employees. Senators strike a deal on infrastructure. And wildfire smoke spreads pollution way beyond the West.

    Hot Mask Summer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 30:32

    In a significant shift, the CDC now recommends many vaccinated Americans wear masks in certain settings. Capitol Police officers give compelling testimony about January 6th. And Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, citing mental distress, steps away from competition at a crucial moment.

    What Can We Still Learn About January 6th?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 28:03

    A House committee prepares to hear new testimony on the January 6th attack. The Biden Administration, along with some state and local officials, institute vaccine requirements for certain healthcare workers. And the largest cigarette company in the world says it will soon stop selling cigarettes in Britain.

    Should We All Be Wearing Masks Indoors?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 28:47

    St. Louis becomes the latest major city to re-institute an indoor mask mandate. Prosecutors make new allegations against R. Kelly ahead of his trial. And an ABC News investigation reveals the staggering toll of gun violence on a nightly basis.

    Masked and Answered

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 28:12

    CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky tells vaccinated Americans that masks are not a necessity in indoor areas...yet. The NFL shocks players by declaring canceled games will come at a steep price. And Haiti will mourn its assassinated president at a funeral today.

    Pelosi Reads GOP the Riot Act

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 27:15


    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejects forty percent of Kevin McCarthy's picks for a committee investigating January 6th. A $26 billion opioid settlement promises to reshape the prescription pain pill industry. And refugees are fleeing the Ethiopian region of Tigray amid a brutal civil conflict.


    Delta's Breakthrough Performance

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 27:07

    As COVID infections rise, the number of "breakthrough" cases appear to be rising. Major Japanese sponsors are pulling out of the Olympics, while officials are still considering potential cancellations. And President Biden taps a vociferous critic of Google for a top antitrust job.

    Delta Bad Hand

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 28:12

    As new outbreaks cause financial markets to plummet, top pediatricians tell parents to keep masks on children at school. The US, along with several NATO countries, publicly accuse China of major cyber crimes. And an NHL prospect comes out as gay.

    Masks Are Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 28:01

    Several California counties are once again mandating masks indoors. Floods in Germany and Belgium have killed at least 180, while some towns could still be destroyed. And a Texas judge's ruling means new DACA applications are on hold.

    “Not Sharing Is Caring”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 27:21

    In his first public health warning of his term, the US Surgeon General begs Americans says the greatest threat to American health is misinformation. Ahead of a crucial decision about how to investigate January 6th, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy meets with President Trump. And Olympics athletes are being sidelined because of COVID tests, even if they don't test positive themselves.

    Kid Gloves: Why a Pro-Vaccine Official Was Fired

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 30:51

    Tennessee's top vaccine official was pushed out the door, and she says it's because she in favor of promoting vaccinations to young people. The Department of Justice claims Iranian operatives were preparing the abduction of an American journalist. And an expanded Child Tax Credit takes effect today, with hundreds of dollars hitting the bank accounts of American families. 

    Shop ‘Til You Pop: Inflation is Accelerating

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 27:26

    A new report shows prices sharply increasing, fueling concerns of lasting inflation. Documents filed more than two decades ago reveal concerns about the Miami building that later collapsed. And the US government dismisses Pfizer's call for booster shots -- for now.

    Escape from Austin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 29:12

    In a last-ditch effort to kill a Republican voting security bill, Democratic lawmakers flee Texas. Mass protests take the Cuban government by surprise. And CEO's try to convince their employees to come back to the office.

    Droughts Are Getting Worse. Has Climate Change Poisoned the Well?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 28:08

    Californians are being urged to conserve water, as heat waves and droughts intensify. Haitian police describe a spine-chilling plot in which a gang was unwittingly assembled by a company located in the US. And as Texas legislators debate how much access voters should have to the polls, other states are trying to expand the right to vote online.

    Need a Boost?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 29:00

    Pfizer becomes the first vaccine maker to suggest vaccinated Americans get a third shot. With Olympic athletes on the way, officials declare COVID has become so prevalent in Tokyo, spectators won't be allowed. And Haitian police claim more than a dozen foreign nationals -- including two Americans -- are responsible for killing the country's president.

    Haiti's New Disaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 26:22

    The president of Haiti is assassinated in his home. Chicago police say 36 officers have now been shot at so far this year. And Moderna announces it's conducting clinical trials for a new type of flu vaccine -- leading scientists to herald the widespread use of mRNA vaccines for some of humanity's most vexing diseases.

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