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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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ABC News (US)


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.




He Called It a "Little Flu." Now He Has COVID-19.

After dismissing concerns about COVID-19, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for the virus. The president calls to open schools in the fall, but the real decisions lie with state and local officials. And a Black man in Indiana says he was the victim of an attempted lynching, as more African Americans share their stories of blatant racism in recent days.


Can COVID-19 Float Across the Room?

The World Health Organization will address the concerns of hundreds of scientists who claim it's underplaying how easily COVID-19 can spread through the air. Gun violence escalates in major American cities. And the Supreme Court reins in the prospects of "rogue electors."


Monumental Misstep?

In two blistering speeches, President Trump spends Independence Day weekend downplaying the pandemic and criticizing large groups of Americans. A murder victim is discovered near Fort Hood, two months after a military family reported something was wrong. And the NFL's most controversial team name might be changed.


Epstein's Alleged Accomplice

Federal investigators arrest Jeffrey Epstein's longtime companion for allegedly recruiting, grooming, and ultimately abusing girls. As COVID-19 cases rise sharply in several states, some governors who had been hesitant about masks are now requiring them. And the unemployment dips under 12%, but economists warn the next few moths could be rockier.


Stop The Spread Like It's Your Job

Key jobs reports will be unveiled this morning, as more industries go back on lockdown. President Trump threatens to veto a massive defense bill over the names of Confederate generals. And despite a push to diversify, new research shows our National Parks are visited -- and staffed -- predominantly by white people.


Like April, But Worse

As America's top disease doctor offers a dire warning, the tone from mayors and governors grows increasingly urgent. China swiftly enacts new rules that could change Hong Kong forever. And the COVID-19 pandemic leads to what experts call a "childcare crisis."


John Roberts, Liberal Hero?

A tight 5-4 Supreme Court decision on abortion hinges on the conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, leaving questions about future cases. Congressional Republicans get a briefing that President Trump still hasn't received. And social media companies "deplatform" a number of controversial voices, even taking down content from President Trump himself.


Healthcare's Thin Red Line

As the curve un-flattens, American hospitals ask whether months of lockdowns have left them any better prepared. President Trump tweets a video that begins with a man shouting "white power." And a military official confirms that Russian intelligence officers have offered cash to Taliban fighters in exchange for shooting American service members.


"Y'all, Wear a Mask"

As COVID-19 cases rise to their worst nationwide levels since April, Texas halts re-openings. Small businesses worry about their survival amid a longer-lasting pandemic. And in a lopsided decision, the Supreme Court backs up President Trump on quick deportations for asylum-seekers.


The New Curve

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US have risen to their highest levels since April. Justice Department whistleblowers say prosecutors are pressured to ease up on friends of the president. And Bayer agrees to a $10 billion settlement for its Roundup weed killer.


"I Don't Kid"

President Trump refuses to admit he was joking about conducting fewer COVID-19 tests, even as allies insist he's giving states crucial resources. As states re-open, Latinos represent a disproportionate number of cases. And a state supreme court agrees to hear Bill Cosby's appeal.


Where COVID-19 is Spreading Fastest

As cases escalate rapidly, some governors are changing their attitudes on coronavirus precautions. NASCAR's only Black driver responds to a noose found in his team garage. And Seattle gets ready to evict residents of "CHOP."


Negative Space

Amid more empty chairs than he's accustomed to, and with cases surging in several states, President Trump claims he's asked for fewer COVID-19 tests. Former National Security Adviser John Bolton warns against re-electing Trump. And the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York steps down after a bizarre power struggle.


Dream On

In the second major rebuke of the Trump Administration this week, the Supreme Court rules that an order striking down DACA was illegal. Civil rights experts see a unique moment for Juneteenth to be recognized as a national holiday. And as COVID-19 cases rise sharply in several states, more leaders institute mask requirements in public.


"Like a Fiddle": How John Bolton Sees President Trump

Amid a legal flurry from the White House over his forthcoming book, former National Security Adviser John Bolton sits down with ABC's Martha Raddatz. With officers facing new charges in Atlanta, Senate Republicans unveil their police reform bill. And Aunt Jemima is cancelled -- officially.


Law & (Executive) Order

A day after President Trump signs an executive order addressing police reform, Senate Republicans ready a plan of their own. California's largest utility company takes the blame for the state's deadliest wildfire. And airlines are threatening to ban passengers from the skies if they don't wear masks.


The Pride of Washington

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court issues a ruling -- authored by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch -- that Americans can't be fired for being gay. With COVID-19 cases rising once again, the FDA strikes down emergency use authorization for two experimental treatments touted by President Trump. And Atlanta officials institute changes to the local police department.


Another City, Stunned

Atlanta erupts as a scuffle with police officers escalates into a shooting. President Trump's campaign backs away from a plan for a Juneteenth rally. And growing Black Lives Matter protests overseas have led to violent conflicts.


Arresting Numbers

As officials argue over whether systemic racism exists, ABC News investigates exactly how much more black Americans are arrested than their white neighbors. Seattle activists won't allow police officers within blocks of their own precinct. And a rise in COVID-19 cases has spooked Wall Street.


Cops: Canceled?

George Floyd's brother gives a riveting address to congress, as the Minneapolis police department promises big reforms. Voting debacles on Tuesday portend even bigger issues in November. And the Confederate flag meets its biggest test of "cancel culture" in years.