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A White Supremacist Theory Goes Mainstream
As police comb through the writings of a suspected attacker, modern conservative rhetoric around "replacement theory" comes under scrutiny. A church shooting in California raises concerns about tensions between people from Taiwan and mainland China. And a leading candidate in Pennsylvania suffers a stroke just days before the primary.
May 17, 2022
Tragedy in Buffalo
A mass shooting in Buffalo marks the deadliest this year. How Congress is addressing the nationwide baby formula shortage. And what to know about cryptocurrency's wild ride and serious side.
May 16, 2022
The Million Milestone
The U.S. marks 1 million deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Big names on the latest subpoenas in the January 6th investigation. And, Finland moves one step closer to joining NATO.
May 13, 2022
Financial House of Cards
Punishing price hikes may be peaking, but inflation relief is elusive for one single working mom of a special needs son. With Roe v. Wade on the line, major American abortion pill manufacturers are preparing for a wave of state bans. And, exclusive reporting from inside Kenya on the heartbreaking famine threatening millions of children. Click here to help drought-affected families in East Africa via the IRC, WFP and Save the Children.
May 12, 2022
Roe is Put to a Vote
Senate Democrats will force a vote on a bill that would codify the rules surrounding Roe v. Wade. Celebrity chef Mario Batali is acquitted of an assault charge. And two bodies have been found in Lake Mead in the span of a week, as water levels sink to new lows.
May 11, 2022
The Alabama Prison Break
The prisoner who broke out of an Alabama prison is captured alive, but the guard who helped him escape dies in the aftermath. Vladimir Putin addresses Russians on the country's Victory Day. And families scramble to find baby formula as a nationwide shortage takes hold.
May 10, 2022
Just Another Maskless Monday
COVID is surging throughout the country, but even in high-risk areas, local officials are unlikely to implement mask mandates. Vladimir Putin marks "Victory Day" despite losing key battles in Ukraine. And the author of "When Abortion Was a Crime" describes life before Roe.
May 09, 2022
Roe Wasn’t Flipped in a Day
The anti-abortion rights movement anticipates the win it's been seeking for decades. Ukraine claims it's killed several Russian generals. And President Biden taps the White House's first Black press secretary in American history.
May 06, 2022
She Defended Roe to SCOTUS. Now What?
As abortion rights advocates plan for a post-Roe world, the lawyer who argued Planned Parenthood v. Casey describes her playbook going forward. J.D. Vance's win in Ohio highlights the importance of the 2022 "Trump Bump." And Amber Heard takes the stand against Johnny Depp in his defamation suit.
May 05, 2022
An Abortion Clinic Prepares to Shut Down
As the Supreme Court admits a published draft ruling is "authentic," abortion clinics prepare for a post-Roe world. Legal analysts ask whether abortion is the only major precedent up for grabs. And the Ukrainian military gains ground in the border city of Kharkiv. 
May 04, 2022
Has Roe Already Been Overturned?
A draft Supreme Court ruling, obtained by Politico, seems to show a majority of justices agreeing to overturn Roe v. Wade. Voters in Ohio and Indiana head to the polls for primaries. And the Navy allows some sailors to stop living aboard a docked aircraft carrier after several suicide deaths. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] for free, confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
May 03, 2022
Pelosi's Secret Kyiv Trip
A high-stakes show of solidarity as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Ukraine. The Fed is poised to tap the brakes on runaway inflation. And what's behind the global rise of hepatitis cases among children.
May 02, 2022
Dry Hot American Summer
A western drought leads to unprecedented measures in Southern California. A judge's asylum orders upend the White House's plan to end "Title 42." And Russian protesters are finding increasingly creative ways to spread their message.
Apr 29, 2022
Trevor Freed
In a surprise prisoner swap, American Trevor Reed is released from Russian prison. Meanwhile, Russia cuts off its natural gas supply to Bulgaria and Poland, increasing pressure on Europe. And alarm bells ring in Hollywood as Netflix loses subscribers.
Apr 28, 2022
A COVID Treatment Fit for a VP
The Vice President tests positive for COVID-19 as the White House underscores the availability of antiviral treatments. Russia cuts off natural gas supplies to Poland. And the Supreme Court weighs the future of former President Trump's so-called 'remain in Mexico' policy. 
Apr 27, 2022
How Elon Musk Bought Twitter
The world's richest man strikes a deal to take over one of the world's biggest social media platforms. Leaked text messages from the phone of President Trump's chief of staff show how Republicans were communicating with the White House before, during, and after the January 6th attacks. And a mother convicted of murdering her child gets a last-minute reprieve before her execution, as allies proclaim her innocence.
Apr 26, 2022
Kyiv Rolls Out the Welcome Mat
For the first time since the Russian invasion, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin travel to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian leaders. The Supreme Court will hear the case of a high school football coach who led prayers on the field, in a case that could reshape what expressions of faith are allowed at public schools. And Emmanuel Macron wins another term as president of France.
Apr 25, 2022
Bracing for the Next Phase of War
Fighting continues in Mariupol as President Biden pledges $800 million in military assistance. A group of voters in Georgia forges ahead with efforts to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from the ballot ahead of the primary. On Earth Day, tips on the affordability of electric cars.
Apr 22, 2022
Walt DeSantis World
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is re-shaping congressional districts and Disney regulations as he approaches a potential presidential run. Emmanuel Macron debates Marine Le Pen in what has become a tight French presidential race. And more than 100 residents of a New Jersey town reveal their history of brain tumors, as scientists investigate potential connections.
Apr 21, 2022
New Mask Policies? Help Yourself.
As more transit services make masks optional, disability advocates are concerned they're being left behind. Catastrophic floods decimate South Africa. And Johnny Depp testifies in his defamation suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Apr 20, 2022
Wheels Up, Masks Down
A judge's ruling brings a swift end to mask requirements on public transit. The Biden administration is forced to open up federal lands to new oil drilling. And a death row inmate becomes the first inmate in years to choose to die by firing squad.
Apr 19, 2022
Mariupol’s Last Stand
A loose-knit group of soldiers have become the last obstacle to full Russian control of Ukraine's most important eastern city. Fentanyl overdoses, particularly among young people, have skyrocketed during the pandemic. And the IRS warns of long backlogs as tax returns roll in.
Apr 18, 2022
Don't @ Them, Buy Them
Elon Musk reveals a bid for a hostile takeover of Twitter. Russia's most intimidating vessel sinks off the Ukrainian coast. And the Amazon Labor Union adopt a new strategy for organizing.
Apr 15, 2022
How the Subway Shooting Suspect Went Underground
An arrest is made in New York City after a 62-year-old man reports himself to authorities. The federal government extends mask requirements on public transit by 15 days. And truckers in Mexico face daunting lines to get back in the country after a controversial order by the governor.
Apr 14, 2022
Mayhem on 36th Street
A shooter sets off a smoke grenade, and then opens fire in a crowded New York City subway car. New inflation data show prices rising 8.5% over last year. And Oklahoma's governor signs a bill that could completely ban abortion in the state.
Apr 13, 2022
Surge Protector: Are Masks Already Coming Back?
As COVID cases rise, local officials move to mandate masks again. New death tolls emerge from the battered Ukrainian city of Mariupol. And thousands of Etsy sellers go on strike.
Apr 12, 2022
The Russian Reset
Russia has repositioned its troops from Kyiv to eastern Ukraine, as a new battle plan begins to take shape. President Biden will issue a new rule outlawing untraceable "ghost guns." And the U.S. warns against traveling to China because of "arbitrary" COVID rules that could separate families.
Apr 11, 2022
Ketanji Brown Jackson is Confirmed
In a historic vote, the Senate votes to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. The U.N. votes to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council. And the U.S. Secret Service suspends several agents after they were duped by impostors.
Apr 08, 2022
Can You Sanction a Scorched-Earth Campaign?
As Russian troops pull back from Kyiv, more towns are alleging war crimes. Minnesota prosecutors decline to bring charges against the officer who killed Amir Locke. And the Biden administration extends student loan deadlines, prompting questions about when -- or if -- they'll resume.
Apr 07, 2022
Surviving Bucha
As human rights observers arrive in Bucha, Ukraine, survivors describe executions by Russian troops. The U.S., along with the U.K. and Australia, say they're developing hypersonic missiles to keep up with China. And the FDA meets to discuss a "variant-specific" COVID booster. 
Apr 06, 2022
Trevor Reed’s Parents to Biden: “Get Him Out of There Alive”
The parents of a former U.S. Marine, held in Russia for three years, describe a private conversation with President Biden as their son's condition worsens. A U.N. climate report recommends countries abandon their fossil fuel infrastructure. And Elon Musk becomes the largest individual shareholder at Twitter.
Apr 05, 2022
“This is genocide.”
As Russian troops exit a Ukrainian town, observers find evidence that they massacred civilians. A mass shooting leaves six dead and injures more than a dozen in Sacramento. And the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson. 
Apr 04, 2022
What Putin’s Commanders Are Telling Him
As missiles continue to pour into Kyiv, military officials say Vladimir Putin isn't even getting the full picture from his commanders. The Biden Administration prepares to lift a controversial immigration rule, potentially drawing thousands to the southern border. And colleagues in Hollywood say Bruce Willis' decline had become apparent for months, leading to uncomfortable and even dangerous situations.
Apr 01, 2022
Grave Sins: America’s “Indian Boarding Schools”
As the Interior Department tries to unearth long-hidden secrets, an ABC News investigation examines the legacy of indigenous boarding schools. President Biden unveils a new White House COVID initiative. And Israelis are reeling after a surge of terror attacks. 
Mar 31, 2022
The Russian “Withdrawal” Isn’t a Withdrawal
Facing stiff resistance, Russia offers to withdraw troops from near Kyiv -- but will likely re-deploy them to other battlegrounds. The FDA and CDC decide to make fourth vaccine doses available to Americans 50 and older. And the NFL changes its rules to encourage more women in the coaching pool.
Mar 30, 2022
Peace Talks & Poison Pills
As Ukraine re-engages at the negotiating table, reports emerge about negotiators being poisoned. A federal judge says former President Trump, "more likely than not," committed felony obstruction. And a slap by Will Smith echoes beyond Hollywood.
Mar 29, 2022
Russia Regime Change? Not So Fast
The White House plays clean-up after President Biden appears to make an off-the-cuff call for regime change in Russia. Iran’s nuclear threat takes center stage during an historic summit in the Middle East. And state gas tax holidays might be a short-lived vacation from high prices at the pump.
Mar 28, 2022
A New Red Line?
President Biden and NATO express concern over Russia's weapons of mass destruction. Pfizer and Moderna ask the FDA to approve a fourth COVID vaccination shot. And NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson finds himself richer than ever -- and unprosecuted -- despite allegations of sexual misconduct by 22 women.
Mar 25, 2022
Occupied: Behind Enemy Lines in Ukraine
A resident in Kherson, Ukraine describes what it's like to live under Russian occupation. A surprising series of tornadoes devastates the Gulf Coast. And with William & Kate visiting, Jamaica joins the list of Caribbean countries severing ties with the Queen.
Mar 24, 2022
Shields up - US Warns of Possible Russia Cyberattack
President Biden heads overseas for first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Republican Senators grill his Supreme Court nominee. The NYPD faces a new major lawsuit about how it collects and stores DNA. 
Mar 23, 2022
KBJ Will Take Your Questions Now
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson gives an emotional opening statement, as senators reveal potential lines of questioning. A Boeing 737 goes down in China with 132 people onboard. And Amanda Bynes hopes her conservatorship ends today.
Mar 22, 2022
A Historic SCOTUS Hearing
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson gets ready to face the Senate Judiciary Committee. Anti-war Russians make their voices heard. And law enforcement officials warn of South Americans posing as tourists, burglarizing U.S. neighborhoods.
Mar 21, 2022
Dr. Fauci Previews New Potential COVID Surge
Dr. Anthony Fauci breaks down how the B.A.2 subvariant could lead to new cases, hospitalizations, and a return to masks. China considers giving military help to Russia. And Netflix will ask some customers who share passwords to pay more.
Mar 18, 2022
Mr. Zelenskyy (Virtually) Goes to Washington
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy gives an impassioned address to the U.S. Congress, begging for more substantive military protection. The Federal Reserve raises interest rates. And an earthquake hits near Fukushima, Japan.
Mar 17, 2022
Escape from Kyiv
As the number of Ukrainian refugees quickly surpasses 3 million, a mother tells "Start Here" what it's like to pack up belongings, kiss family members goodbye, and flee Kyiv with her children.
Mar 16, 2022
Shell-Shocked: An American Doctor Heads to Ukraine
Fighting escalates in Kyiv, sending even more victims fleeing to Ukraine's borders. American military commanders begin exercises in the Arctic Circle as tensions rise. And authorities search for a suspect shooting homeless men along the East Coast. 
Mar 15, 2022
NATO’s Red Line
Russia unleashes an attack barely 10 miles from the Polish border. A second Ukrainian mayor is kidnapped from the city he leads. And a controversial Texas policy on transgender teenagers is halted.
Mar 14, 2022
"Close Up": Lin-Manuel Miranda
On a new episode of ABC's "Close Up," Lin-Manuel Miranda shares never-heard-before anecdotes from behind the scenes of his buzziest projects: "Encanto," "In the Heights," "Hamilton" and "tick, tick…BOOM!" Miranda talks with "Close Up" host Kelley Carter about how he knows when he’s nailed a lyric, what it’s like writing songs with his kids, and what love advice he’d give his younger self. Plus, hear what Steven Spielberg told him when he snuck onto the "Westside Story" set. "Close Up" features interviews with Hollywood's biggest names about their individual journeys to stardom, their creative processes and the defining moments in their lives and careers. And each week host Kelley Carter invites fellow industry insiders to share expert insights and unique perspectives on the latest entertainment news. Follow the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you're listening now by searching for "Close Up."
Mar 12, 2022
Dr. Rochelle Walensky Describes Pandemic 2.0
Two years into a global crisis, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky joins "Start Here" to discuss the next stages of the pandemic. New census data suggests certain groups were significantly undercounted in 2020. And as the U.S. tries to make Russia pay, one of America's most recognizable basketball players has been under arrest in Russia.
Mar 11, 2022
Russia Bombs a Hospital
As a Russian strike destroys a maternity hospital, military analysts say Vladimir Putin has begun a new cruel strategy. Power is shut off to Chernobyl, worrying nuclear scientists. And President Biden orders agencies to consider a pivot to cryptocurrency.
Mar 10, 2022
Cooking with Gas: Biden’s New Oil Sanctions
The White House issues new sanctions on oil from Russia, all but promising a steep rise in gas prices. The first trial of a January 6th attendee results in several guilty verdicts. And Florida's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill advances to the governor's desk.
Mar 09, 2022
Zelenskyy's Plea for Support 'Not Only with Words'
Ukraine’s president makes a plea to Americans in an ABC News exclusive interview, as the country’s humanitarian crisis deepens. China is cozying up to Russia, raising fears about its own military ambitions. And cryptocurrency scams are spreading on online dating apps.
Mar 08, 2022
Why a Ukraine No-Fly Zone is a No-Go
The U.S. resists Ukraine’s pleas for a no-fly zone as Russia escalates its attacks on Ukrainian civilians. Lawmakers push for a ban on Russian oil imports, despite soaring gas prices. And a California woman is accused of faking her own kidnapping.
Mar 07, 2022