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Wednesday, January 23: States of the Union

January 23rd, 2019

22:48
In a sign the shutdown could go well into next week, the White House plans two different speeches for President Trump. The Supreme Court tells the …

Tuesday, January 22: Wiggle Room

January 22nd, 2019

20:20
As lawmakers return to Washington on Day 32 of the shutdown, insiders say there might be an opening for negotiation. President Trump's lawyer walks back every timeline he's given to describe Trump negotiations with …

Monday, January 21: I Have a DREAMer Deal

January 21st, 2019

21:02
President Trump tries to break an impasse with temporary protections for DREAMers. A high schooler in a MAGA hat gives his side of the story. And a …

Friday, January 18: I'm Not Canceled, You're Canceled

January 18th, 2019

21:08
President Trump strikes back at Nancy Pelosi. The White House fends off Russia concerns. And the Women's March hits a roadblock.


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Thursday, January 17: This Doesn't FEEL Like Victory...

January 17th, 2019

22:09
After losing four service members to an ISIS attack, the Trump administration continues to insist that ISIS has been defeated. Nancy Pelosi busts out a shutdown power play. And a Turkish basketball player won't travel …

Wednesday, January 16: Barr Buddies

January 16th, 2019

21:16
Attorney General nominee William Barr is pressed on his relationship with Robert Mueller. Theresa May gets crushed in Parliament, but may still survive a no-confidence vote. And terrorists open fire on a luxury hotel in …

Tuesday, January 15: Deal? Don't Bet The Farm

January 15th, 2019

20:19
As President Trump reassures struggling farmers and takes a national emergency off the table, dealmakers on Capitol Hill say there's still no …

Monday, January 14: Lost in Translation

January 14th, 2019

22:40
After claims that the FBI was worried about his relationship with Russia, the Washington Post reports President Trump tried to hide records of his conversations with Vladimir Putin. Shutdown staffing issues are leading …

Friday, January 11: Borderline

January 11th, 2019

20:45
The gears of the White House seem to be readying for an emergency declaration. House Democrats find a star witness in Michael Cohen. And American women are having fewer babies.


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Thursday, January 10: "I Said Bye-Bye"

January 10th, 2019

22:49
President Trump leaves Democrats and Republicans hanging as he heads to the border. Robert Mueller's guardian angel makes plans to leave. And after …

Wednesday, January 9: Back in Primetime

January 9th, 2019

22:34
In a special edition of Start Here, President Trump uses his first primetime address in the Oval Office to make a pitch for a border wall. Our White House reporters, fact checkers, and our team on the border explain …

Tuesday, January 8: Shout Down

January 8th, 2019

21:45
Amid what's become an escalating media battle with Democrats, President Trump will deliver a primetime address to the nation. Despite claims that we've defeated ISIS, Kurds in Syria say they've found ISIS being …

Monday, January 7: Your Shutdown

January 7th, 2019

23:55
As the shutdown begins to affect more Americans, we talk to a SNAP recipient who's worried about her family's grocery money. Elizabeth Warren and …

Friday, January 4: Herstoric

January 4th, 2019

21:06
After celebrating a day of firsts, the Democratic House issues its first legislative challenge to President Trump. Committees get to work on a slew of investigations. And the Russian lawyer for an American accused of …

Thursday, January 3: "As Long As It Takes"

January 3rd, 2019

19:28
A summit with congressional leaders wasn't enough to end the shutdown. Nancy Pelosi will take the gavel and become the Speaker of the 116th Congress. And border clashes intensify south of San Diego.


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Wednesday, January 2: Back for More

January 2nd, 2019

22:12
With Nancy Pelosi on the cusp of the speakership, President Trump invites Democrats back to the White House to negotiate an end to the shutdown. Elizabeth Warren might just be the first of many to get a head start on …

Monday, December 31: No Resolution

December 31st, 2018

22:27
With no end in sight to the government shutdown, White House sources start embracing preparations for the long haul. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen …

Friday, December 28: The Cases That Will Define 2019

December 28th, 2018

20:29
We revisit two legal trends that will reverberate next year: DNA genealogy suddenly cracking cases, despite some ethical concerns -- and lenient …

Thursday, December 27: The Year After

December 27th, 2018

25:22
This week on Start Here, we're taking a look at the most compelling interviews of the year, and bringing you updates on them. Today: we look back at two stories to learn what life is like after tragedy. Susan Bro, the …

Wednesday, December 26: Back To The Cave

December 26th, 2018

18:26
This week on Start Here, we're taking a look at the most compelling interviews of the year, and bringing you updates on them. Today: every other reporter had left Thailand. But ABC's Matt Gutman had just begun. In a …

Monday, December 24: I Survived

December 24th, 2018

28:24
This week on Start Here, we're taking a look at the most compelling interviews of the year, and bringing you updates on them. Today: a survivor of Hurricane Michael, who spoke to us live as his house was ripped apart. …

Friday, December 21: Not "My General" Anymore

December 21st, 2018

22:52
Defense Secretary James Mattis resigns, citing differences with President Trump. A deal to fund the government falls apart. And American officials say our scariest hacks are coming from China.


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Thursday, December 20: Syrial

December 20th, 2018

22:38
President Trump says US troops are coming home from Syria ASAP. The Rohingya escaped Myanmar, but now Bangladesh wants to send them to a deserted island. And Cuba agrees to allow baseball players to play in the US, …

Wednesday, December 19: Who's Going to Pay for the Wall

December 19th, 2018

22:55
President Trump finds a potential shutdown solution: ask his government to find taxpayer money for a border wall. Michael Flynn's confidence turns …

Tuesday, December 18: Fed Up

December 18th, 2018

22:05
Stocks slide ahead of today's Fed meeting, as economists predict a recession. ABC News uncovers a potential foreign deal by the Trump Organization. And CBS says Les Moonves won't see a dime of his $120 million severance …

Monday, December 17: Obamacare is Ailing

December 17th, 2018

21:18
Just before the deadline to enroll for coverage next year, a federal judge in Texas declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional and struck down …

Friday, December 14: Freedom (Until March)

December 14th, 2018

23:45
In his first broadcast interview since the feds knocked on his door this spring, Michael Cohen sits down with George Stephanopoulos to react to his …

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December 14th, 2018

0:35
We're about to hear from Michael Cohen for the first time since his sentencing. Check back here at 7am ET for a special edition of Start Here.


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Thursday, December 13: Who A.M.I. to Judge?

December 13th, 2018

23:28
As Michael Cohen is sentenced, another Trump ally joins him in implicating the president. Theresa May quells a revolt in her own party -- for now. …

Wednesday, December 12: "Proud to Shut Down"

December 12th, 2018

23:25
In a made-for-TV blowout, President Trump tells Democrats he's ready to shut down the government over a border wall. Google gets grilled by lawmakers. And a Baylor rape case becomes a plea deal, with the defendant …

Tuesday, December 11: You Brexit, You Buy It

December 11th, 2018

22:38
Theresa May is forced to delay a Brexit vote, as the world awaits the consequences. President Trump gets set to welcome Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer again...but this time Pelosi's got more swagger. And Russians have …

Monday, December 10: Synergy

December 10th, 2018

22:28
Robert Mueller's court filings dominated the weekend, shedding new light on phrases like "campaign synergy" and "Individual 1." President Trump makes several big staffing decisions, but doesn't seem to get his wish for …

Friday, December 7: They Said (Redacted)???

December 7th, 2018

21:11
Washington gets ready for a double dose of Mueller document dumps. The US arrests a Chinese tech mogul, with trade talks hanging in the balance. And …

Thursday, December 6: "Dad, I Love You"

December 6th, 2018

22:59
One president says goodbye to another, calling him "the best father a son or daughter could have." Documents show Facebook tried to wield user data …

Wednesday, December 5: Flynn-Flam

December 5th, 2018

21:10
Robert Mueller sends a message: Michael Flynn is talking. A North Carolina congressional race could have to be re-done. And a Wells Fargo customer …

Tuesday, December 4: Truce? Or Victory?

December 4th, 2018

23:25
President Trump takes a victory lap over a 90-day truce on his trade war. Make your picks - the 2020 presidential campaign is already here. And in Baltimore, a Girl Scout troop meets in prison, because every Scout's …

Monday, December 3: The Thousandth Point of Light

December 3rd, 2018

23:23
Americans remember President George H.W. Bush. Benjamin Netanyahu faces new accusations from police. And protests in Paris devolve into fiery riots.

Friday, November 30: Lying in Wait

November 30th, 2018

22:40
Robert Mueller unveils his new star witness. The president's former lawyer confesses to lying about a Russian real estate deal during the …

Thursday, November 29: Manafort's Big Bet

November 29th, 2018

22:46
The president's lawyer says former campaign boss Paul Manafort has been funneling Robert Mueller's questions back to the White House. Republican …

Wednesday, November 28: Get Your House in Order

November 28th, 2018

20:28
Nancy Pelosi has more arms to twist ahead of today's leadership vote. President Trump threatens to punish GM's bottom line -- but that could hurt …

Tuesday, November 27: Scrapped

November 27th, 2018

23:05
General Motors shuts down five plants and lays off 15 percent of its workforce. Paul Manafort's plea deal goes up in smoke. And an Alabama family …

Monday, November 26: Crossing a Line

November 26th, 2018

23:18
Border agents fire tear gas at asylum seekers, as several surge toward the fences. An editor of a government climate report says President Trump is acting irresponsibly during a crisis. And near Crimea, shots are fired …

Friday, November 23: In the Black

November 23rd, 2018

14:59
In a special edition of Start Here, ABC's Chief Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis joins Brad to talk about how Black Friday …

Thursday, November 22: Reasons to Be Thankful

November 22nd, 2018

17:53
In a special Thanksgiving edition of Start Here, an Alabama medical center is trying to change the way we donate kidneys. And last year's fire victims give a lesson to the town of Paradise, California on what to expect.

Wednesday, November 21: Consequence$$$

November 21st, 2018

21:47
President Trump admits he doesn't plan to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman responsible for the death of a US resident -- because of money …

Tuesday, November 20: Who's The Boss

November 20th, 2018

22:25
Democrats challenge acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's right to be on the job. Nancy Pelosi tries to wrangle a group of renegades trying to …

Monday, November 19: "Like Smoking 11 Cigarettes a Day"

November 19th, 2018

23:07
As death tolls rise and missing persons cases skyrocket, tent cities full of fire survivors are popping up in Northern California. Democrats concede …

Friday, November 16: Re-Recount

November 16th, 2018

20:07
Florida's senate race heads to a manual recount, as officials raise doubts over whether it can be completed on time. Dartmouth faces a $70 million …

Thursday, November 15: The New Kids

November 15th, 2018

22:41
Democrats check out their new digs at the Capitol. Florida braces for recount results. And Michael Avenatti gets arrested.


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Wednesday, November 14: Don't Mess with FLOTUS

November 14th, 2018

22:29
First Lady Melania Trump publicly calls for the firing of a top national security official, as her husband considers other staff shakeups. Amazon chooses two winners in its HQ sweepstakes, but the losers want to know if …
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