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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Remembering Sept. 11 victims | Biden, Pence elbow bump at NYC Sept. 11 ceremony | Trump visits 9/11 Shanksville, Pa. | Pelosi holds moment of silence at the Capitol | Dems seize on new whistleblower complaint | Senate GOP scramble to contain Woodward bombshell | Peter Strzok on ‘Meet the Press’



Remembering those who died 19 years ago today:



On the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, remembrance ceremonies were held this morning to honor the victims.


If you read one thing today: Journalist Garrett M. Graff has been live-tweeting an oral history of the events on September 11, 2001. As always, this is a powerful, important read. The thread of tweets

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE said during his remarks in Shanksville, Pa., "The heroes of Flight 93 are an everlasting reminder that no matter the danger, no matter the threat, no matter the odds, America will always rise up, stand tall and fight back.” 

Trump also added: “More than 7,000 military heroes have laid down their lives since 9/11 to preserve our freedom. No words can express the summit of their glory or the infinite depth of our gratitude.” 

Former President George W. Bush tweeted: “Laura & I honor the thousands of lives stolen by terrorists 19 years ago. We remember the shock of evil & the pain of loss. And we remember the courage of Americans in the moments & days following 9/11. As we honor the fallen, may we also recall the strength of our great nation.” Photo of the Bushes this morning: 


Livestream of the service in New York City

Livestream of the service at the Pentagon

Livestream of the service in Shanksville, Pa. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? MORE (D-Calif.) held a moment of silence at the U.S. Capitol: Here is video:  

Here is a list of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks

It’s Friday, Sept. 11. 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 — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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This is quite the photo




The names of the Flight 93 victims were read during the Shanksville, Pa., ceremony with President Trump: Here’s a video: 

Photo of Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins MORE and Jill Biden in New York City 

And here is a photo of the Bidens with Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' MORE, Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York reports 1,000 daily new COVID-19 cases for first time since June Overnight Health Care: Trump signs largely symbolic pre-existing conditions order amid lawsuit | White House puts off action on surprise medical bills | Rising coronavirus cases spark fears of harsh winter NY health officials to review any vaccine approved by Trump MORE and Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Democratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida Bloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote MORE: 

From left to right: The Bidens, Michael Bloomberg, the Pences: Photo: 

VP to VP: 









Trump is taking flak for downplaying COVID-19:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, “President Trump has an explanation for the new revelations that he purposely downplayed the risks of coronavirus: He says he didn’t want to cause panic.”

Do public health experts agree that was the right move?: “Public health experts say there was a middle ground between inaccurately downplaying the virus and causing panic, that Trump could have taken: accurately presenting information on the risks of the virus, while telling people what the government is doing to fight the threat and what people can do themselves.” 

More on Trump’s decision


Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton

Getting traction — now THAT’S a lot of cable news!





A new whistleblower:

Via The Hill’s Olivia Beavers, “House Democrats are moving quickly to investigate a new whistleblower complaint that alleges top leaders at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) repeatedly sought to politicize intelligence to appease President Trump.”

Details: “Brian Murphy, a career public servant and former acting under secretary of the agency’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, said in a whistleblower reprisal complaint made public Wednesday that political appointees sought to modify or suppress vetted intelligence to match or support Trump’s public remarks on various issues.”  

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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,399,978 

U.S. death toll: 191,811 

Breakdown of the numbers

For context: Four months ago today, 1,332,411 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 79,606 had died.


In the Rose Garden:




This is definitely an advantage:





The House and Senate are out. President Trump visited Pennsylvania this morning and is back in Washington, D.C., this afternoon. Vice President Pence was in New York City this morning and is also back in D.C. 

6:50 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceTrump met with chants of protest as he pays respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg How fast population growth made Arizona a swing state The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Pence elbow bump at NYC Sept. 11 ceremony MORE left for New York City.

7:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWatchdog confirms State Dept. canceled award for journalist who criticized Trump Ginsburg becomes the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol Rabbi memorializes Ginsburg: Her dissents were 'blueprints for the future' MORE leave for Shanksville, Pa. 

8:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence participated in the Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony in New York City.

9:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony in Shanksville, Pa. 

12:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump return to the White House. 

12:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence return to Washington, D.C. 

3 p.m. EDT Monday: The Senate reconvenes. The Senate’s full schedule on Monday


2 p.m. EDT: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden visit Shanksville, Pa. Livestream: 

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the medal of honor to Sergeant Major Thomas Payne, United States Army. Vice President Pence attends. Livestream

Sunday morning: Former FBI agent Peter Strzok will appear exclusively on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”


Today is National Hot Cross Bun Day. And for weekend planning purposes, tomorrow is National Chocolate Milkshake Day and Sunday is National Peanut Day!

And to kick off your weekend here’s a dog training for the puppy Olympics. Watch this until the very end ;)