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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking – DOJ asks Supreme Court to lift restrictions on travel ban | Trump vows to 'keep our people safe' in 9/11 message | Latest on Irma| Fox host asks if 9/11 memorials will come down next | Melissa McCarthy wins Emmy for Spicer impression

THIS MORNING -- 'GONNA STAND MY GROUND. AND I WON'T BACK DOWN': President Trump delivered a stern warning to extremist groups threatening the U.S. on the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, his first as president. Where he spoke: At the Pentagon, where one of the four hijacked planes crashed in 2001. Excerpt: "We are making plain to these savage killers that there is no dark corner beyond our reach," the president said. "When America is united, no force on earth can break us apart." http://bit.ly/2gXTtEp

The morning at the White House: The president and first lady led a moment of silence this morning from the White House. Watch: http://bit.ly/2vPmNmR

This morning at the Pentagon: "An American flag is unfurled at the Pentagon's point of impact to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11."  Watch: http://bit.ly/2eZUT4x

Worth reading if you haven't already: Writer Garrett Graff has a fascinating oral history of former President George W. Bush that day. "Where was the president in the eight hours after the Sept. 11 attacks? The strange, harrowing journey of Air Force One, as told by the people who were on board." http://politi.co/2ccuDNz

Trending -- yes, this will get a reaction: "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade this morning questioned whether 9/11 memorials will come down next. Clip: http://bit.ly/2xWe8zC

Throwback: "WashPost Sports section morning of Sept. 11, 2001: Michael Jordan returns to basketball, Jaromír Jágr to the Capitals." (From C-SPAN's Howard Mortman) Photo: http://bit.ly/2xfvQRE

This is beautiful: "Photograph taken by Canadian tourist 16 years ago today, on September 10, 2001" http://bit.ly/2xgksoH

It's a beautiful, crisp Monday in Washington, D.C. -- feels very similar to Sept. 11, 2001. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

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JUST NOW — HEY, SCOTUS, HEYYYY!: Via Reuters, President Trump's administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block an “appeals court decision that curbed President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE’s effort to temporarily bar most refugees from entering the United States.” Keep in mind: "The department did not ask the court to immediately block a separate part of Thursday’s ruling ... that said grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of legal U.S. residents should be exempted." http://reut.rs/2wkCqSA

LATEST WITH THE HURRICANE -- GO HOME, IRMA. NO ONE LIKES YOU.: While Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it is continuing to wreak havoc in Florida and Georgia. Keep in mind: So far, 5.8 million people are without power; at least three people have died. What to know about the storm and its path: http://cnn.it/2gWcg6V

The most absurd thing I read all weekend: A Florida sheriff warned citizens not to shoot guns at Hurricane Irma. His tweet: "To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma," the Pasco County, Fla. sheriff tweeted. "You won't make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects." http://bit.ly/2wkzoOj

Yikes: Here are photos showing the strength of Hurricane Irma: http://bzfd.it/2wUSHkY

This is really cool: Here's what the flight tracker looked like this weekend. Screenshot: http://bit.ly/2gXD3Qe

Construction crane: Here's video of a construction crane that collapsed in Miami. Video: http://bit.ly/2wULnEs

That. Wind.: Here's what downtown Miami looked like during the storm. Video: http://bit.ly/2eYQ5MQ

So great: "Spongebob spotted leaving Key West and Bikini Bottom" Photo: http://bit.ly/2gYrlRI

Lololol: Check out this sign painted with a message for Hurricane Irma. Photo: http://bit.ly/2wVfltC

Meanwhile -- Hey, Richard Branson: Via The Washington Post, "Richard Branson emerges from wine-cellar bunker after Irma 'utterly devastated' his private island." Full story: http://wapo.st/2gXuRf3

Wow, this shelter is packed: "Saturday night at the Germain Arena, Naples' largest hurricane evacuation shelter." http://bit.ly/2wkIpXF

This is great: A Los Angeles Fire Department truck with rescue boats was seen driving southbound on the Florida turnpike. Video: http://bit.ly/2xVIouH

IMAGINE BEING IN A ROOM WITH THESE FIVE PEOPLE TALKING CANDIDLY: The five living U.S. presidents have launched a fundraising campaign for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. http://nyp.st/2wk7y4X Watch the ad: http://bit.ly/2gWhZtn

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS -- KEEPING YOU GUYS ON YOUR TOES: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Jordain Carney, Congress is reshuffling its schedule this week after President Trump struck a deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and avert a shutdown. What deadlines are left for September: Extending the Children's Health Insurance Program and reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration. What else is happening in Congress this week: http://bit.ly/2ePZFhl

Gang violence crackdown: Lawmakers in both parties called for action on immigration reform after the Trump administration announced last week it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But the parties are far apart. The first immigration bill to get to the House floor is focused on deporting undocumented immigrants tied to gang activity.

Defense authorization: With Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill MORE (R-Ariz.), who was diagnosed in July with brain cancer, back in the Senate, the upper chamber is turning its attention to a mammoth annual defense policy bill.

Appropriations: The House will finish consideration of an eight-bill spending package for fiscal 2018 after multiple late nights last week working through amendments.

IN 'POLITICS-IS-A-REALITY-SHOW-THESE-DAYS' NEWS: Actress Melissa McCarthy won an Emmy this weekend for her memorable impression of former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on "Saturday Night Live." http://bit.ly/2wkhCuy

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

MSNBC's Kendall Breitman
There's a new MTV show where they take phones away from millennials and see what happens. It's called "90s House" and I am ashamed. http://bit.ly/2xZTijW

 

ON TAP:

The House is out. The Senate is in later today. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and Vice President Pence is spending the morning in Pennsylvania.

9:35 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump participated in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. Video: http://bit.ly/2wUwW4I

Noon: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence participated in a moment of silence in Pennsylvania for the victims of Flight 93.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate is in.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate has a roll call vote.

Tuesday: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE's new book, "What Happened," is released. http://amzn.to/2wVgLEb

10 a.m. EDT Tuesday: The House Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a hearing on North Korea. Details: http://bit.ly/2jik4Ra

7 p.m. EDT Tuesday: A premiere of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's new documentary series "The Vietnam War" is happening at the Kennedy Center. Featured speakers: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks MORE, former Defense Secretary Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelPentagon documents hundreds of serious misconduct cases against top brass Obama defense sec: Trump's treatment of Gold Star families 'sickens' me The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE and ABC's Martha Raddatz.

10 a.m. EDT Wednesday: The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on DACA and reforms to guest-worker programs. Details: http://bit.ly/2gW76rv

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

1 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Apple's much-anticipated product release event. Livestream: http://apple.co/2eSPvAj

What to expect: http://bit.ly/2gQdwsg

2:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives an on-camera press briefing.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Hot Cross Bun Day.

TIME FLIES WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN: 10 years ago, Chris Crocker posted the viral "Leave Britney alone" video. I had forgotten about this!: http://bit.ly/2w13ZW6

And because you read this far, here's the most adorable, albeit intimidating, puppy: http://bit.ly/2gY9iLu

 

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