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A straightforward look at the day's top news in 20 minutes. Powered by ABC News. Hosted by Brad Mielke.

A straightforward look at the day's top news in 20 minutes. Powered by ABC News. Hosted by Brad Mielke.


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ABC News (US)


A straightforward look at the day's top news in 20 minutes. Powered by ABC News. Hosted by Brad Mielke.




Breyer’s Market

Justice Stephen Breyer will retire from the Supreme Court, setting off a scramble to replace him. The loss of an F-35 fighter jet creates the potential for a treasure hunt in the South China Sea. And several attorneys general file suit against Google over tracking users' locations.



NATO countries are readying troops for a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, but admit those troops wouldn't see combat. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticizes an FDA decision to withdraw monoclonal antibody treatment that appears ineffective. And the College Board announces changes to the SAT.


Race to the Top: SCOTUS Weighs Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court takes a case on affirmative action that could overturn long standing precedent. An ISIS jailbreak has now drawn American servicemembers to a remote Syrian outpost. And with cryptocurrency pulling in more U.S. dollars, ABC's Elizabeth Schulze goes inside a Bitcoin "mine."


Pandemic-onomics 101

Startling new numbers on COVID transmission shed light on how challenging an economic comeback could be. The U.S. State Department starts to empty its Ukrainian embassy. And the investigation into the death of a young Black woman in Connecticut leads to a national debate -- and a potential lawsuit.


Eastern Promises: Blinken’s Cleanup Mission

After President Biden's revealing news conference, America's top diplomat meets with the Russian foreign secretary. Transplant experiments involving pig organs reach a new stage. And the NCAA implements a new policy on trans athletes.


Biden’s Plan Falls to “Pieces”

In a news conference marking his first year in office, President Biden says he'll offer up his Build Back Better plan in "pieces." The Supreme Court tells President Trump he can't shield basic January 6th documents under executive privilege. And as Netflix prepares to release its quarterly earnings, other streaming companies are waiting to see how much they can charge their customers.


First Germ Jitters: Biden’s Pandemic Response

With the overall number of COVID cases beginning to ebb, President Biden ends his first year in office by offering free tests and free masks. Aid crews get ready to arrive in Tonga. And Microsoft bets huge on a gaming company.


Pacific Explosion

A volcanic eruption near Tonga wreaks havoc on the South Pacific. A new program will allow Americans to request free rapid COVID tests directly from the government. And a report claims the world's 10 richest people have seen their wealth double during the pandemic.


The Texas Synagogue Standoff

A hostage crisis at a synagogue ends with the hostage-taker dead. The Pentagon warns Russia is preparing a "false flag operation" with the hopes of invading Ukraine. And Novak Djokovic is deported from Australia.


OSHA: 0 Days Since a SCOTUS Rebuke

The Supreme Court strikes down President Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for large businesses. The Department of Justice arrests the leader of the Oath Keepers militia group on sedition charges. And a major student lender is forced to forgive nearly $2 billion in loans.


Sticker Shock: Inflation Rises Even Higher

New inflation numbers show prices rising 7% in the last twelve months, the biggest spike in a generation. A New York judge says a civil suit against Prince Andrew can proceed to trial. And Republican lawmakers say their constituents are adding extra pressure to restrict voting rights.


Biden’s Voting Rights Plan: Late to the Party?

President Biden takes his voting rights push to Atlanta. Doctors urge Americans to invest in N95-style masks. And in an exclusive interview, Jamie Lynn Spears defends the role she played as Britney Spears fell under conservatorship.


Filibuster’s Last Stand

President Biden heads to Georgia to make a push for voting rights legislation, and a major rule change to make the legislation happen. The U.S. sets a new record for COVID-positive patients in the hospital. And a lawsuit takes aim at how elite colleges award financial aid.


Deadly Bronx Blaze

A five-alarm fire kills at least 19 people in a New York City high-rise. The standoff between the teachers' union and Chicago officials continues amid a spike in COVID cases. An Australian judge decides tennis star Novak Djokovic's fate.


“You Can't Love Your Country Only When You Win”

President Biden gives forceful remarks, directed to former President Trump, on the anniversary of the Capitol attack. The Supreme Court considers Biden's COVID mandates. And protesters seize power in Kazakhstan's largest city.


Before the Insurrection

One year after an attack on the U.S. Capitol, experts draw a straight line from militia standoffs a decade ago to January 6th. A former spokesman for the Oath Keepers describes how a series of victories inspired extremist groups to think bigger. And investigators outline which answers they're still pursuing.


Existential Spread

The CDC issues new guidance on isolation following confusion and pushback. Startling new stats show 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in one month. And a traffic jam becomes something much more dangerous on one of the nation's busiest interstates.


Reading, Writing, Rapid Tests

Facing unprecedented community spread, schools quickly switch back to online learning. A jury finds Elizabeth Holmes guilty of fraud. And wireless carriers push back an anticipated 5G rollout over airline concerns.



As cases of the Omicron variant soar, the CDC faces pushback over its relaxed isolation rules. A surprise December wildfire becomes the most destructive in Colorado history. And with the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's accusers set their sights on Prince Andrew.


Some Last Things

The producers of "Start Here" discuss their favorite One Last Thing segments of the year. Featuring Kelly Terez, Madeleine Wood, Jen Newman, Louis Milman, Vika Aronson, David Toledo, and Brenda Salinas Baker.