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The Morning Briefing: Remembering 9/11, Hurricane Irma and Much, Much More

(AP Photo/Moshe Bursuker)

Good Monday Morning.

Here’s what’s on the President’s agenda today:

  • In the morning, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will lead a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost on September 11, 2001.
  • The President and the First Lady will then depart the White House en route to the Pentagon to participate in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon.
  • Following the observance, they will return to the White House.
  • Later in the morning, the President will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
  • The President will then receive an update on Hurricane Irma.

America Commemorates 9/11

Today America remembers the thousands of victims of a terror attack by radical Islamists on September 11, 2001. This will be the first time President Trump, a native New Yorker, leads the nation in observance.

President Donald Trump, a native New Yorker observing the anniversary for the first time as the nation’s leader, is scheduled to observe a moment of silence at about the time the first airplane hit. The White House said he is to be joined by first lady Melania Trump.

He also planned to participate in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are hosting a private observance for victims’ relatives there at 9:11 a.m. Monday. After the names are read at that ceremony, there’s a public observance, with a wreath-laying and remarks.

Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke are scheduled to deliver remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville. It’s on the rural field where one of the airliners crashed after passengers and crew fought to wrest control away from the terrorists who’d hijacked it and were heading for Washington.

Construction continues at the Shanksville memorial, where ground was broken Sunday for a 93-foot (28 meters) tall Tower of Voices to honor the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died.

Irma continues on its path, Florida to survey damage

Hurricane Irma dropped to a category 1 hurricane early Monday morning.

Irma was downgraded as it moved over the western Florida peninsula, the National Hurricane Center said. By 5 a.m. ET, it had sustained winds of 75 mph with its center 60 miles north of Tampa.

Despite its weakening as it passes over land, Irma remains a monster pushing strong winds and flooding in the southeast, forecasters warned.

President Trump is planning to visit Florida “soon.”

There are more Irma stories below in my round-up of other morsels.

Steve Bannon on 60 Minutes

Former presidential advisor Steve Bannon appeared on 60 Minutes last night for some straight talk. One thing about Steve: he doesn’t sugar coat.

Here’s part of the transcript:

CHARLIE ROSE: Everybody listening to you talks about one of the great issues in American life today, which is the plight of the middle class. But they also believe that there is on your part and the President’s part not enough appreciation for some of the values also that made America great. And you don’t appreciate that. You don’t appreciate the diversity, you don’t appreciate the respect for civil rights…

STEVE BANNON: I was raised in– in– a desegregated neighborhood. It– it– the north side of Richmond is predominantly black, okay? I went to– I went to an integrated school, a Catholic school. I served in the military. I don’t need to be– I don’t need to be lectured–by a bunch of– by a bunch of limousine liberals, okay, from the Upper East Side of New York and from the Hamptons, okay, about any of this. My lived experience is that.

Picture of the day:

An American flag is torn as Hurricane Irma passes through Naples, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Other morsels:

Florida power company says restoration ‘will take weeks’ after Irma

Violence erupts on desperate Caribbean islands: ‘All the food Is gone’

Irma looters busted after getting filmed by TV crew

House cancels voting session due to Hurricane Irma

Fundraiser launched by 5 living ex-presidents will benefit Irma victims

Florida accused of limiting South Miami shelters to wealthy, white neighborhoods

Tornadoes pop up across Florida peninsula

Miami woman delivers her own baby at home during Hurricane Irma

Florida deputy, corrections officer responding to Hurricane Irma killed in head-on crash

Bill Maher explains why Texas shouldn’t receive federal aid after Harvey

Christians provide more aid to hurricane victims than FEMA

JJ Watt gets hero’s welcome at Houston Texans’ season opener

Priebus, McGahn hire lawyer amid Mueller probe: report

Lawsuit against Maryland’s restrictive handgun licensing law moves forward

Clinton was so confident of victory she bought second home in Chappaqua to accommodate White House staff

Sessions mulling lie detector test for entire NSC staff

Miss America 2018: Miss North Dakota Cara Mund takes the crown

Internet trolls are often psychopaths and narcissists

‘I hope this isn’t our last interview’: In an emotional conversation with Jake Tapper, John McCain explains how he’d like to be remembered

Pope Francis injured after hitting head against popemobile

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!