‘Start Here’: Iowa caucuses and impeachment trial

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Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

It’s Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, and we’re in Iowa for the first Democratic presidential contest. Let’s start here.

1. Iowa caucuses

Iowa is gearing up for its first-in-the-nation caucuses today, marking the official start of the presidential election season.

On today’s special edition of “Start Here,” host Brad Mielke tours the Hawkeye State with ABC News’ Samantha Sergi, the self-described “Iowa encyclopedia,” to learn about the caucus experience and hear directly from Iowa voters.

“If you are an uncommitted, non-committed supporter of someone, you are the most popular person in that precinct,” Sergi says.

2. … and impeachment

As the caucuses get underway, the Democratic senators who are running for president are splitting their time between Iowa and their day job in Washington, D.C., for closing arguments in the Senate impeachment trial.

The Senate is all but certain to acquit President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in a vote set for Wednesday.

“Start Here,” ABC News’ flagship podcast, offers a straightforward look at the day’s top stories in 20 minutes. Listen for free every weekday on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or the ABC News app. Follow @StartHereABC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for exclusive content and show updates.

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Doff your cap:

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