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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.

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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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.




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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.