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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.

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The Biden Administration presses for teachers to get vaccinated immediately. Law enforcement prepares for "serious" threats today against the Capitol. And the US ponders how to respond to a new strike on a military base housing Americans in Iraq.
In a dramatic push forward in his timeline, President Biden says every American who wants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 can do so by the end of May. The Supreme Court considers how far states can roll back early voting. And FBI Director Christopher Wray tells Congress what he knew ahead of the January 6th insurrection.
Border Status

Border Status

2021-03-0228:13

The Biden Administration begins the process of reunifying hundreds of migrant families separated at the border. Amid rapidly improving vaccination rates, the CDC issues warnings to states who are lifting restrictions. And a new push to unionize in Alabama could reshape Amazon forever.
Backed by an FDA authorization, Johnson & Johnson prepares to start shipping its vaccine around the country. A second sexual harassment accusation against New York governor Andrew Cuomo results in an official investigation. And President Biden grapples with how to respond to aggression in the Middle East...without becoming embroiled in a Middle Eastern conflict. Check out “In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson,” a new podcast from ABC News, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening now.
Strike One

Strike One

2021-02-2625:42

In President Biden's first major military action, he orders airstrikes which could reset nuclear talks with Iran. Former President Trump prepares to address a Republican Party grappling with an uncertain future. And new data is revealing the struggle of so-called COVID "long haulers."
Johnson & Johnson releases data showing 85% effectiveness against severe COVID symptoms. Despite widespread frustrations with the mail system, US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says he's not worried about his job. And baseball analysts debate how to incorporate stats from the Negro Leagues.
Insurrection Protection

Insurrection Protection

2021-02-2427:481

More than a month after a deadly attack, Congress hears from witnesses about the preparations for January 6th. Tiger Woods' legs are "crushed" in a car accident. And a majority of Israelis have received at least one vaccine shot, but it's unclear how quickly life will return to normal.
As the American death toll rises past half a million, families describe the wide ranging impacts of death. A Capitol Police officer speaks exclusively to ABC News about what he saw on January 6th. And authorities have grounded some Boeing 777's to assess whether jet engines are at risk.
Four million Texans lost power, but in a crisis that could just be beginning, triple the number have lost access to clean running water in their homes. New York governor Andrew Cuomo comes under fire for his handling of nursing home patients in a pandemic. And a string of attacks against Asian Americans have raised tensions between Asians and other minority groups, leaving authorities wary on how to address it.
Most Texans are having their electricity restored, but concerns remain over water, damage, and who's to blame. Pfizer announces a clinical trial specifically researching its vaccine's effect on pregnant women. And the Biden Administration puts forward a sweeping immigration bill.
The Biden Administration had predicted any American could get a vaccine by the spring, but that schedule might be pushed back by months. Texas residents go into a fourth straight day without power, amid dangerously cold temperatures. And Rush Limbaugh's death prompts new examinations of his legacy.
Power outages leave 3 million Texans without power, raising concerns about energy and infrastructure choices. As President Biden tries to chart his own course, congressional Democrats demand a more thorough resolution to the events of January 6th. And French authorities rebuilding the cathedral of Notre Dame find themselves relying on an obscure blueprint left behind by an American.
Winter Goes South

Winter Goes South

2021-02-1625:17

A series of ice storms has resulted in closures, power failures, and scrambles to use warming vaccines. Re-openings result in confusion as COVID-19 cases decline. And the Biden White House prepares to admit thousands of asylum-seekers who have been waiting in Mexico.
57-43

57-43

2021-02-1528:531

In a legacy-defining moment, seven Republicans vote to convict former President Trump of inciting an insurrection. The acquittal leaves Trump free to run for office, prompting uncertainty within the GOP. And as teachers wait to get vaccinated, guidance from the CDC could mean schools remain half-full.
A Tall Hill to Climb

A Tall Hill to Climb

2021-02-1228:18

House impeachment managers wrapped up their opening arguments with hours to spare -- so how will the defense respond? The Justice Department accuses "Oath Keepers" of preparing to send in their own army on January 6th. And this Lunar New Year, Asian American communities are responding to a rising series of racist attacks.
In a potentially game-changing study, the CDC says that certain masking techniques could reduce your risk of COVID-19 exposure by up to 95 percent. Democratic impeachment managers reveal never-before-seen footage from January 6 to make their case. And President Biden prepares to sanction Myanmar military officers for their role in a coup.
One-Sided Argument

One-Sided Argument

2021-02-1027:06

In an emotionally-charged presentation, Democratic impeachment managers raise the stakes for jurors, while former President Donald Trump is said to be underwhelmed by his own team. A victim has died after a mass shooting at a Minnesota medical center. And nursing homes are fielding complaints from families, as vaccinated seniors are still being denied family visits.
Double Jeopardy

Double Jeopardy

2021-02-0926:271

The Senate is set to begin another impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, this time considering whether he incited an insurrection before leaving office. President Biden expresses hope that 300 million Americans can get vaccinated by the end of the summer. And climate scientists are worried that mountain regions are becoming more prone to avalanches.
As fans gathered in Tampa, scientists were encouraged about falling COVID case numbers...but are now concerned that they could quickly rise again. Congressional Democrats move forward with a relief bill without Republican support. And in the days after a coup, Myanmar citizens protest against the military.
A House Divided

A House Divided

2021-02-0529:432

After Republicans refuse to demote Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene over extremist comments, House Democrats force her off her committees. President Biden issues a message to the State Department, along with the world. And the International Olympic Committee issues a "COVID playbook" in hopes that the Games can still be salvaged.
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Comments (61)

ncooty

@20:50: "If you search the definition of reparations on Google [...]" Is this really what ABC calls journalism? (Also, @20:40: "I've had people axe me." Really? You should go to a hospital.)

Feb 26th
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ncooty

I'd rather hear from actual experts on COVID rather than the puerile conjectures of two knuckleheads.

Feb 26th
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ncooty

@8:32: It doesn't "beg the question"; it raises the question. To beg the question is to commit a logical fallacy in which on assumes the conclusion. If language is the medium of journalism, journalists should use it a bit more capably.

Feb 19th
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ncooty

It's discouraging to hear just poor journalism. The host often says things that are just wrong in order merely to say words. E.g., @1:27, there are and were more than 2 factors affecting COVID infection rates and outcomes. It isn't and wasn't merely a matter of masks and a vaccine, but also of social-distancing, contact-tracing, sanitation, and treatment-efficacy. There are and were also numerous second-order factors, such as funding, policies on school openings, etc. It's just stupid to say that, other than wearing masks, all we could do was wait for a vaccine. After a year of this, ABC still can't report on it accurately?

Feb 18th
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ncooty

Truly awful reporting on the race-norming re: NFL concussions. No discussion of the psychometric issues in cognitive testing that likewise pertain to employment and affirmative action, where the difference in testing is explained differently and treated oppositely. Again, this was shallow, irresponsible, salacious reporting.

Feb 5th
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ncooty

@6:49: "... it's almost certain [...] that it will absolutely pass..." Kate Shaw butchering English to sound like she's saying something substantive.

Jan 13th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

This is totally unrelated but it's driving me nuts -- Maria, the term you mean to use is BIASED, not bias. One either {HAS bias} or {IS biased}. You have been dropping this comment all over the place and I think if you're going to use that term so frequently, you ought to start doing so correctly.

Jan 13th
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Maria Nelson

Is that not seizing power?

Jan 12th
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Maria Nelson

Is stealing the presidency via illegal votes taking the most drastic actions?

Jan 12th
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Maria Nelson

Did the leaders of the country actually experience what people all over the country have experienced all year long through antifa and Black Lives Matter? Hmmmm

Jan 12th
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Maria Nelson

The president is not the danger...bias main stream reporting and democrats are the danger. Later on you will regret your support of about what is about to happen.

Jan 12th
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Maria Nelson

The president did say he didn’t approve of what they did at the capitol. Lies. Your reporting is filled with lies.

Jan 12th
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Maria Nelson

What resources do you use to find out if there has been any mail in voter fraud? I think your reporting is bias when you are only stating your opinion - where is your research?

Jan 12th
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ncooty

@25:38: It doesn't "beg the question;" it RAISES the question. To "beg the question" is to commit a logical fallacy in which one assumes the conclusion. If English is the medium of your profession, please learn it.

Jan 7th
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Maria Nelson

“Threaten the vote counter?” What a bias statement. I read the entire transcript and there are not any threats in that phone call. It’s sad that you proclaim bold faced lies when reporting to the nation. You continue to take things out of context and push your own agenda. I’d say that is not real reporting. Not real news.

Jan 4th
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Maria Nelson

I guess congress should have done a better job in the first place.

Dec 23rd
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Maria Nelson

Do you want $2000 or $600? Yes, they should remove the crap and get a relief package that is good for the American people. How can you argue with that?

Dec 23rd
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Maria Nelson

Too bad Nancy Pelosi didn’t do her job early on. I love how you blame it on Trump. What a joke!

Dec 23rd
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Maria Nelson

50000 infected...tell us how many are actually in ICU and on ventilators and how many of those 50000 have died. Where are the facts?

Dec 17th
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Cory Booth

Mhm. Mmmm. Hmmm! Mhm. Hmmm. MMMMM!!!! MHM. aaaaah. Mhm.

Dec 16th
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