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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’

 

HAPPENING TODAY

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.

THIS MORNING:

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.” https://bit.ly/3ilNdEZ 

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.” https://bit.ly/3ikw26Y 

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: https://bit.ly/2Zsiizw 

WATCH TODAY’S REMEMBRANCE CEREMONIES:

Livestream of the service in New York Cityhttps://cs.pn/3inYh4x

Livestream of the service at the Pentagonhttps://cs.pn/32pjcil

Livestream of the service in Shanksville, Pa.https://cs.pn/3inYFQx 

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: https://cs.pn/3ilgCiB  

Here is a list of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attackshttps://bit.ly/35rOXJt

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 cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM THE CEREMONIES:

This is quite the photo

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/33jgc63 

The names of the Flight 93 victims were read during the Shanksville, Pa., ceremony with President Trump: Here’s a video: https://bit.ly/2GOfOVD 

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 Cityhttps://bit.ly/3hkrjAI 

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: https://bit.ly/2FweBl2 

From left to right: The Bidens, Michael Bloomberg, the Pences: Photo: https://bit.ly/3ioZ7hE 

VP to VP: 

 

 

Watch: https://bit.ly/2Fo5Fyr

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/33f6ba6

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/32kU2Bl

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

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.” https://bit.ly/3m9B48t

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 decisionhttps://bit.ly/3m9B48t

HOW SENATE REPUBLICANS ARE SCRAMBLING TO CONTAIN THE FALLOUT FROM THE WOODWARD RELEVATIONS:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Boltonhttps://bit.ly/32hXVXF

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

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/33n65xh

IN CONGRESS

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.”  https://bit.ly/2ZqAgCE

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.”  

What to expecthttps://bit.ly/2ZqAgCE

 

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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

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

U.S. death toll: 191,811 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

For context: Four months ago today, 1,332,411 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 79,606 had died. https://bit.ly/31zVaza

NOTABLE TWEETS:

In the Rose Garden:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/35rFOk4

This is definitely an advantage:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3mb453N

ON TAP:

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 Mondayhttps://bit.ly/2RkicW0

WHAT TO WATCH:

2 p.m. EDT: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden visit Shanksville, Pa. Livestream: https://cs.pn/33mtEGf 

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the medal of honor to Sergeant Major Thomas Payne, United States Army. Vice President Pence attends. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/35rrisv

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

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

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 ;) https://bit.ly/32jLieu