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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 TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE 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."

The morning at the White House: The president and first lady led a moment of silence this morning from the White House. Watch:

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:

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."

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

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:

This is beautiful: "Photograph taken by Canadian tourist 16 years ago today, on September 10, 2001"

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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.


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 Trump’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."

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:

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."

Yikes: Here are photos showing the strength of Hurricane Irma:

This is really cool: Here's what the flight tracker looked like this weekend. Screenshot:

Construction crane: Here's video of a construction crane that collapsed in Miami. Video:

That. Wind.: Here's what downtown Miami looked like during the storm. Video:

So great: "Spongebob spotted leaving Key West and Bikini Bottom" Photo:

Lololol: Check out this sign painted with a message for Hurricane Irma. Photo:

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

Wow, this shelter is packed: "Saturday night at the Germain Arena, Naples' largest hurricane evacuation shelter."

This is great: A Los Angeles Fire Department truck with rescue boats was seen driving southbound on the Florida turnpike. Video:

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. Watch the ad:

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:

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 hits McCain on ObamaCare vote GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ 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."



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.



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:

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 ClintonPompeo: 'We've not been successful' in changing US-Russia relations Michael Moore ties Obama to Trump's win in Michigan in 2016 The Memo: Could Kavanaugh furor spark another ‘year of the woman’? MORE's new book, "What Happened," is released.

10 a.m. EDT Tuesday: The House Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a hearing on North Korea. Details:

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 KerryRubio wants DOJ to find out if Kerry broke law by meeting with Iranians Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Pompeo doubles down on criticism of Kerry: The Iran deal failed, 'let it go' MORE, former Defense Secretary Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelTrump’s bogus use of cyber threats to prop up coal GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Overnight Defense: Latest on historic Korea summit | Trump says 'many people' interested in VA job | Pompeo thinks Trump likely to leave Iran deal 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:



1 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Apple's much-anticipated product release event. Livestream:

What to expect:

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



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!:

And because you read this far, here's the most adorable, albeit intimidating, puppy:


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