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Remembering 9/11, 21 years later- POLITICO


It’s been 21 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and top U.S. officials are visiting the three major sites of the tragedy to remember the lives that were lost and honor their memory and legacy.

At the Pentagon: President JOE BIDEN attended a wreath-laying ceremony and delivered remarks to commemorate the anniversary. 

— What Biden said: “Grief is the price we pay for love,” Biden said, quoting the words from a message sent by QUEEN ELIZABETH II after the Sept. 11 attacks. “Many of us have experienced that grief, and you’ve all experienced it. And on this day, when the price feels so great, Jill and I are holding all of you close to our hearts.” More from Olivia Olander

“Biden honors Sept. 11 victims as shadow of Afghan war looms,” by AP’s Colleen Long and Aamer Madhani

In New York: VP KAMALA HARRIS and second gentleman DOUG EMHOFF participated in a commemoration ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

In Shanksville: First lady JILL BIDEN and Interior Secretary DEB HAALAND delivered remarks and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial Observance.

“Flight 93 families turn pain into purpose on 21st anniversary of 9/11,” by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Julian Routh

Big picture: “21 years after 9/11, the war has not ended for anyone,” by WaPo’s David Von Drehle

From the archives: “We’re the Only Plane in the Sky,” by Garrett Graff for POLITICO Mag … “What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind,” by Jennifer Senior for The Atlantic

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LEDE OF THE DAY — “A dark joke has begun circulating among lawyers following the many legal travails of former President DONALD J. TRUMP: MAGA actually stands for ‘making attorneys get attorneys,’” write NYT’s Michael Schmidt and Luke Broadwater in a zoom-out on the legal liabilities faced by those who represent the former president.

SUNDAY BEST …

The vice president sat down with NBC’s “Meet the Press” for an interview taped at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, that aired this morning. Here are some highlights:

  • On those who challenge democracy: “I think it is a threat. And I think it is very dangerous and I think it is very harmful. … [W]hat it sends is a signal that causes people to question, ‘Hey, is America still valuing what they talk about?’”
  • On whether Dems should be boosting GOP candidates who deny the election: “I’m not going to tell people how to run their campaigns. I know that it is best to let a candidate, along with their advisers, let them make the decision based on what they believe is in the best interest of their state. I’m not going to tell people what to do that way.”
  • On the filibuster: Harris said that despite her support for eliminating the filibuster for issues like abortion and voting rights, she’s not comfortable with completely wiping out the legislative filibuster, and that it will “very likely” remain for other issues.
  • On immigration: “There are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix, given the deterioration that happened over the last four years. We also have to put into place a law and a plan for a pathway for citizenship for the millions of people who are here and are prepared to do what is legally required to gain citizenship. We don’t have that in place because people are playing politics in a state like this and in Congress.”
  • On 2024: “Listen, the president has been very clear that he intends to run again. And if he does, I will be running with him — proudly.” Read more from NBC’s Mike Memoli

More from the shows:

— Sen. TIM SCOTT (R-S.C.) on GOP Senate candidate quality, on “Fox News Sunday”: “We’re eight weeks away, which is kind of like saying we’re in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter. So the truth is, who we have on the field is who we’re gonna play. … I’m excited about the candidates that we have overall, because I do think it gives us the chance to win back the majority and return to sanity in Washington.” More from Olivia Olander

— U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. JANE HARTLEY on Queen Elizabeth II, on “Fox News Sunday”: “Even her last meeting, she met with [new PM] LIZ TRUSS, to ask her to form government three days before she died … fulfilling her commitment to this country that as long as she lived she would serve. I find that so admirable. And I have just so much respect for her. It’s very inspiring.”

— British Ambassador KAREN PIERCE on Queen Elizabeth II, on CNN’s “State of the Union”: “She was incredibly interested in American politics. She studied American history as a child. The master who taught her English constitutional history was actually an American history specialist, so he threw that in for good measure. She read the embassy’s cables. She would talk to me about American politics. And that’s an incredible thing, to be able to chat to the queen, who has seen it all, about what’s happening in America.”

— HILLARY CLINTON on the life of Queen Elizabeth II, on CNN’s “State of the Union”: “I admired her devotion to duty and her sense of obligation to the people of her nation, and she was never wavering from what she said when she first became a very young queen.”

On her interactions with the queen: “I can’t say that I talked at any length. Sometimes there would be, you know, a wry exchange about how, as a woman leader, you always had to have your hair done. Of course, she always looked perfect, unlike some of us. She had a sense of style that really stayed with her.” More from David Cohen

TOP-EDS: A roundup of the week’s must-read opinion pieces, curated by Zack Stanton.

Queen Elizabeth II … 

The Mar-a-Lago search … 

Ideas and policy …

Global affairs …

HEADS UP — Biden will host an event to commemorate the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act on the South Lawn on Tuesday.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

9 THINGS FOR YOUR RADAR

1. WAR IN UKRAINE: “The much-publicised Ukrainian southern offensive was a disinformation campaign to distract Russia from the real one being prepared in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine’s special forces have said. Ukrainian forces are continuing to make unexpected, rapid advances in the north-east of the country, retaking more than a third of the occupied Kharkiv region in three days,” The Guardian’s Isobel Koshiw, Lorenzo Tondo and Artem Mazhulin report.

NYT: “Fresh from seizing Izium, Ukraine appears to push toward more Russian-held territory”

— WaPo: “As Ukraine regains ground, Kyiv and allies dare to wonder if war is shifting”

— NYT: “As Russians Retreat, Putin Is Criticized by Hawks Who Trumpeted His War”

2. COMING ATTRACTIONS: “Jan. 6 Panel to Restart Hearings as House Returns to Work,” by WSJ’s Scott Patterson: “One focus of the hearings is likely to be the concerns among cabinet officials about then-President DONALD TRUMP’s actions during and after the riot by his supporters, including any discussions about possibly using the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to try to remove him from power.”

“Senate grapples with election reform legislation as time runs short to act,” NBC

3. THE SHADOW OF 2024: As Biden and Trump canvass the country ahead of the midterms, both appear to be trying out some early 2024 messaging while stumping for their parties’ candidates, WSJ’s Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey write. Biden is touting his string of legislative successes and recent polling bump. And Trump is focusing on “tax cuts, trade deals and deregulation” — with a heavy dose of FBI excoriating thrown in.

“If Trump endorsed GOP nominees lose in November, does the former president take a 2024 hit?” by Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser

4. BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE: “Who will control the House? Look to New York,” by Anna Gronewold and Bill Mahoney: “At least a half dozen congressional races stretching from Long Island to Ithaca will be instrumental in deciding whether Republicans are positioned to drown the remainder of President Joe Biden’s first term in subpoenas, hearings and bad press going into 2024,”

Where things stand: “By many predictions, New York has as many contested seats as any state in the nation, and POLITICO’s Election Forecast puts two as toss-ups; three as leaning Democratic and one leaning Republican.”

5. THE NEW GOP: AP’s Christina Cassidy has an interesting look at a quartet of Republicans running for top election posts who are decrying a system that they claim is corrupt, and even blaming those within their own party. The candidates — MARK FINCHEM in Arizona, KRISTINA KARAMO in Michigan, JIM MARCHANT in Nevada and AUDREY TRUJILLO in New Mexico — are part of a coalition traffics in many of Trump’s conspiracy theories about a stolen election. “Eliminating voting machines, mailed ballots and early voting are among their goals.”

“Fighting bogus claims a growing priority in election offices,” AP

6. TROUBLE IN PARADISE?: According to PETER NAVARRO’s new book, during the 2020 campaign, Trump was supportive of removing JARED KUSHNER from leading the campaign operation, but wouldn’t deliver the news to his son-in-law himself. That’s when Trump enlisted Home Depot founder BERNIE MARCUS to do the deed, The Guardian’s Martin Pengelly writes. “In Navarro’s telling, Kushner first insulted Marcus by skipping a call, then told Trump’s emissary ‘things were fine with the campaign, there was no way he was stepping down and, in effect, Bernie Marcus and his big moneybags could go pound sand.’ Navarro writes: ‘And that was that. And the rest is a catastrophic strategic failure history.’”

7. REALITY CHECK: “Covid-19 Is Still Killing Hundreds of Americans Daily,” by WSJ’s Jon Kamp: “The U.S. has recently averaged about 320 new Covid-19 deaths each day, and the average was above 400 before the Labor Day holiday weekend, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. The rate is far below pandemic peaks, including levels above 2,500 a day during the Omicron wave early this year. But the country hasn’t matched lows closer to 200 a day reached during a lull last year.”

8. INFLATION NATION: “Inflation Showed Signs of Easing in Several Industries in August,” by WSJ’s Jon Hilsenrath: “Gasoline prices fell sharply in August, airfares dropped and used cars and hotels ebbed, while rent increases also gave hints of slowing, according to private firms that track such data. Still, food prices continued to soar this past month and prices for a range of goods and services remained much higher than a year earlier, the figures show.”

9. REMEMBERING JEFF GERMAN:NYT’s Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Mike Baker are up with a tribute to JEFF GERMAN, the slain Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter who was allegedly killed by a subject of one of his recent exposes. “Mr. German endured a changing industry, going from typewriters to Twitter, from one struggling newspaper to another. As news organizations across the country lost money, laid off reporters and found it harder to keep up with corruption, Mr. German continued to expose malfeasance at a remarkable pace.”

Ted Cruzwatched Texas’ heartbreaking loss to the Crimson Tide in person.

Jerry Nadler is apparently a “serial napper,” according to the NY Post.

Karen Bass’ Los Angeles home was burglarized and two guns were stolen.

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be held on Monday, Sept. 19.

SPOTTED:Jen Psaki and Michael LaRosa having coffee at Zeke’s near the White House on Friday afternoon.

SPOTTED at Michael Moroney’s birthday party hosted by his wife Francesca Chambers on Saturday night on the terrace of their penthouse condo near U Street: Micah Spangler and Jill Nguyen, Nikki Schwab, J.P. Freire, Janet Donovan, Andrew Do, Blake Atherton, Virginia Coyne, Carolyn Fiddler, Brian Devine, Kristin Donnelly, Ben Droz, Allison Aprahamian, David Hauptmann, Katherine Doyle, Maegan Vazquez, Olivia Petersen and Steven Nelson.

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — Henry R. Muñoz III was unanimously elected as party vice-chair for the DNC. He has previously served as finance chair emeritus and also chairs the board for the National Museum of the American Latino, is co-founder of Latino Victory and TheDream.US and owns Funny Or Die.

TRANSITIONS — Annabel Lassally is now deputy press secretary for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. She most recently was a regional field director for New York state Sen. Brian Kavanagh’s reelect. … Michael Ahn is now digital comms manager in the office of public affairs at the Transportation Department. Ahn most recently was comms director for Rep. Kai Kahele (D-Hawaii) and co-founded the Congressional Korean American Staff Association.

WEDDINGS — Richard Colley, a writer-editor for the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Office of Justice Services at the Interior Department, and Lauren Corcoran, a program analyst at the Department of Defense, got married on Friday off the water at Dewey Beach in Delaware. The couple met while working on Capitol Hill for Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). Pic SPOTTED: John Kilvington, Kamau Marshall, Helen Kalla, Robert Bradley, Brian Papp, William Brodt, Brenna James and Andrew Shine.

— Brittany Walker, director of policy and government affairs at the Nevada Health Care Association and a Trump Ex-Im Bank and HUD alum, and Michael Hausle, VP at Kaleidoscope Inc., got married on Sept. 3 in Las Vegas. The couple met at mutual friends’ wedding in San Diego. PicAnother pic

WELCOME TO THE WORLD — David Slotnick, a senior reporter for The Points Guy and a Business Insider alum, and Reni Ellis, a director of program management for CVS/Aetna’s Medicare and Medicaid plans, recently welcomed Henry Ellis Slotnick. PicAnother pic

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) WaPo’s Ben Terris and Robin Givhan … Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo … CNN’s Barbara StarrMatt Johnson of the Klein/Johnson Group … Diane Tomb … POLITICO’s Meredith Lee, Joe Schatz and Eileen McKenna … RIAA’s Liz KennedyLee VerstandigMichael HardawayMichael MaitlandClaude Marx … Anthem’s Julie GoonEric Lausten Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies … former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson … former Solicitor General Ted Olson … former Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) … Sammy Yaish Jon Downs of FP1 Strategies … NBC’s Pete BreenCyrus Artz … DLA Piper’s Tom BoydEmy LesofskiKyle GerronBob McNally Markos Moulitsas

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