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President Trump commemorated the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by leading a moment of silence at the White House and a ceremony at the Pentagon.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump commemorate 9/11
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stand as "Taps" is played during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks (Evan Vucci / AP)

Today in 5 Lines

President Trump commemorated the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by leading a moment of silence at the White House and a ceremony at the Pentagon. Hurricane Irma downgraded to a tropical storm, and is expected to bring heavy rainfall to Alabama, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. Irma, which ripped through Florida over the weekend, left more than 6.5 million residents without power. The Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that would have curtailed the scope of Trump’s travel ban. Republican Representative Dave Trott of Michigan announced he will not seek reelection in 2018, making him the third House Republican to announce his retirement in the past week.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Can We Handle Another 9/11?: Conor Friedersdorf argues that Donald Trump is the least equipped president in modern history to lead the United States through a major terrorist attack or war.

  • Federal Funding, Post-Harvey: Three churches are suing the federal government over ineligibility for FEMA funding, raising the question: Where should the line on church-state funding be drawn? (Emma Green)

  • Drawing on Shared Values: Former FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan explains how reunifying around America’s core values is a necessary component of fighting terrorism.

  • Race and Campus Sexual Assault: While social media has paid particular attention to the archetypal white fraternity-brother offender, anecdotal evidence suggests men of color are accused of sexual assault at disproportionate rates. Emily Yoffe explores why.

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An NYPD officer pauses at the edge of the south reflecting pool at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Brendan McDermind / Reuters

What We’re Reading

Another Anniversary: Sixteen years after the 9/11 attacks, Guantánamo Bay still houses 41 prisoners—and its future is as uncertain as ever. (Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker)

What Republicans Stand to Lose: As lawmakers begin to talk about a DACA replacement, some Republicans seem open to trading border-security funding for the DREAM Act—a move that will only undercut conservative priorities, argues Fred Bauer. (National Review)

‘The Biggest Mistake’: In an interview with Charlie Rose, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said President Trump made a grave mistake in firing James Comey. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel,” he said. (CBS News)

No Women in Sight: Of the 42 U.S. attorneys President Trump has nominated, only one is a woman. (Zoe Tillman, Buzzfeed)

Ending DACA Is Not Pro-Life: Pope Francis told reporters Sunday that he hoped President Trump would reconsider his position on DACA, adding, “If he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that the family is the cradle of life and you have to defend its unity.” (Philip Pullella, Reuters)


El Huracán: This photo essay captures the scene in Cuba following Hurricane Irma. (Alan Taylor, The Atlantic)

Question of the Week

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton’s memoir about the 2016 presidential election, What Happened, will be released to the public. In the book, Clinton attempts to explain the factors that led to her defeat, from Bernie Sanders supporters to former FBI Director James Comey’s investigation into her use of a private email server.

If you were in Clinton’s shoes, what would you title your memoir, and why?

Share your response here, and we'll feature a few in Friday’s Politics & Policy Daily.

-Written by Lena Felton (@lenakfelton) and Taylor Hosking (@Taylor__Hosking)