The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Seventeen Years Later

On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Pennsylvania to pay tribute to the late passengers of United Flight 93 who resisted hijackers.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand along the September 11th Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Evan Vucci / AP)

Written by Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2) and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal)

Today in 5 Lines

  • President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Pennsylvania to pay tribute to the late passengers of United Flight 93 who resisted hijackers on 9/11. “America will never forget what your loved ones did for all of us,” Trump said.

  • Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall on the East Coast Friday morning.

  • During a briefing on Hurricane Florence, Trump praised the government's response to Hurricane Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people, and claimed the U.S. is prepared for the incoming storm.

  • The Irish government said that Trump canceled a planned trip to Ireland in November. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, claimed the administration was “still finalizing” whether or not Trump would travel to the country.

  • Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear, which details the inner workings of the Trump White House, was released.

The Race We’re Watching

Voters in New Hampshire are headed to the polls to select nominees in the Democratic primary for governor. The winner will take on popular Republican Governor Chris Sununu. Voters will also pick candidates in the state’s 1st congressional district, where 11 Democrats are running to fill a retiring Democrat’s seat.

Polls close at 8 p.m. ET

Today on The Atlantic

  • Lessons from Cape Town: Last year’s panic that Cape Town might run out of water shows how climate change will revolutionize politics in cities across the world. (Vann R. Newkirk II)

  • On the Stump: Former President Barack Obama is getting ready to hit the campaign trail for Democratic candidates. Historically, he hasn’t been a huge help. (Dick Polman)

  • The Forever War: Seventeen years after 9/11, America’s war in Afghanistan rages on. (Krishnadev Calamur)

  • The Great College Rip Off: From The Atlantic’s family and education desk comes a new series examining why higher education is so expensive—and what price students really pay.

  • Stopping Sexual Harassment: Does sexual harassment training actually do anything? Ken White, a litigator who has taught harassment seminars for 12 years, weighs in.


Rita Mariano and her daughter, Emily, 7, visit a memorial erected in honor of the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States in West Sacramento, California. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

What We’re Reading

Priorities: If the Democrats win back the House in November, they plan to prioritize an anti-corruption bill. (Ella Nilsen, Vox)

Don’t Forget About the States: We shouldn’t be concerned that smaller states are overrepresented in the Senate, writes J. J. McCullough. We should be worried that people don’t see states as valuable political entities. (National Review)

The Future of Abortion: A court case in Arkansas will be a “bellwether” for the ways states could restrict abortion rights under a conservative Supreme Court. (Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times)

Mark Zuckerberg’s Reckoning: Evan Osnos profiles the entrepreneur as he faces questions about the morality of Silicon Valley, which, critics argue, Zuckerberg has come to embody. (The New Yorker)


News on Social Media: According to a new study from the Pew Research Center, about two-thirds of American adults get news from social media, though many don’t trust what they see. (Elisa Shearer and Katerina Eva Mata)

Faith and the Government: A new poll from the Associated Press shows that most American voters are open to candidates who are not religious. (David Crary)