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The news you need to know to start your day. Five top news stories and why they matter. Seven days a week, with deep-dive Sunday episodes. Hosted by Taylor Wilson and Claire Thornton. Discover more USA TODAY podcasts at usatoday.com/podcasts

    Omicron detected in 5 states as Biden unveils new plan

    Omicron detected in 5 states as Biden unveils new plan

    White House correspondent Maureen Groppe reports on what President Joe Biden aims to do this winter to fight the virus. Plus, a government shutdown has been avoided, MLB reporter Gabe Lacques explains the latest work stoppage, the November jobs report will be released and Mariah Carey releases a new Christmas special.




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    • 10 min
    First confirmed US case of the omicron variant detected in California

    First confirmed US case of the omicron variant detected in California

    Health experts are urging vaccination as the variant spreads around the world. Plus, politics reporter Chelsey Cox examines the fallout from Rep. Lauren Boebert's comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar, the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell continues, data reporter Kevin Crowe looks at climate change's impact on rainfall and Alec Baldwin speaks out for the first time since the 'Rust' shooting.




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    • 14 min
    Supreme Court weighs challenge to Mississippi abortion ban

    Supreme Court weighs challenge to Mississippi abortion ban

    Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze fills us in. Plus, charges are expected today after a school shooting in Michigan, investigative reporter Craig Harris talks about a survey showing employers are taking vaccine mandates into their own hands, a Major League Baseball lockout appears inevitable and climate change is creating irregular rainfall.




    Correction: A previous version of this episode included an error in the name of shooting victim Hana St. Juliana.




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    • 13 min
    Omicron variant brings more questions than answers

    Omicron variant brings more questions than answers

    Health reporter Elizabeth Weise fills us in on the latest. Plus, a judge blocks federal vaccine mandates for health care workers in ten states, a federal appeals court will hear arguments about former President Donald Trump's records, it's Giving Tuesday and national correspondent Bill Keveney talks about supply chain issues' impact on toy donations.




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    • 15 min
    Opening arguments begin in Ghislaine Maxwell trial

    Opening arguments begin in Ghislaine Maxwell trial

    The multimillionaire socialite faces charges of helping to get underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse. Plus, education reporter Chris Quintana explains what American universities are doing to address caste discrimination, the trial of Jussie Smollett begins, reporter Nina Mandell looks at the story behind Starbucks' red holiday cups and Cyber Monday is here.




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    • 9 min
    The Metaverse: What is it? How will people use it?

    The Metaverse: What is it? How will people use it?

    The metaverse is here already. Hosts of the Talking Tech podcast Brett Molina and Mike Snider join Shannon Rae Green on today's episode to discuss how the virtual worlds that many of us already inhabit will become much more advanced. There's significant privacy and security risks, plus mental health issues to consider. Microsoft, Facebook and other tech giants are making plans.

    Read and listen to Mike and Brett's work on the metaverse here, here or here - and you can find more from them at tech.usatoday.com.

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    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
706 Ratings

706 Ratings

BananaAB ,

7 Days a Week!

I like it.

Shipp21 ,

Good content, not great hosts

The content is fairly good but can’t listen to Taylor Wilson read the news. Too much inflection that it sounds manufactured. Just give it to us straight.

RamblinPhotoger ,

This is a great way to start your day

This podcast continues to be a well produced and excellent source of news and information. Taylor does a great job Monday through Friday highlighting the top stories. And Shannon has followed Claire with excellent stories on Sundays. (The on on the Metaverse was well reported).

It a verbal version of the newspaper. I recommend it.

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