Good Monday morning. It's 9/11. America was attacked 16 years ago, a morning that changed — and, briefly — united the country. Remember what you were doing, and who the key people were in your life back then. Now, ask someone you admire where they were on 9/11.
USA Today today's lead story, "Harmony gives way to a great divide," takes us back: "After terrorists murdered nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans swiftly responded with fellowship and patriotism. People of different races and religions consoled one another at candlelight vigils. Others tattooed stars and stripes on their bodies. American flags rose up."
The president's surprise fiscal deal has empowered Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, to the consternation of top Republicans — which is technically Trump's party.
After shunning Trump for months because of possible blowback from the left, Schumer now has supreme leverage in December — hammer time for the debt and spending thickets that were postponed by the deal.
Why it matters: Neither side wants this to be a one-off.
My conversations with both sides make it clear that Trump plans to continue playing the field, and Schumer is game to make future deals with Trump as long as they suit the Democratic base.
What Trump is thinking:
What Schumer is thinking:
Be smart: Trump and Schumer are friendly, but not friends, from the New York days. Both are press hounds, and they share a deal-making gene. This marriage of convenience could last a while.
Instant classic ... Chuck Schumer to N.Y. Times' Carl Hulse: "I got a call [from Trump] early this morning ... He said, 'This was so great! ... Do you watch Fox News?' I said, 'Not really.' 'They're praising you!' Meaning me. But he said, 'And your stations' — I guess meaning MSNBC and CNN — 'are praising me! This is great!'"
400-mile-wide Irma heads for Tampa Bay, per AP:
"Building Boom Puts Millions in Irma's Path," by Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto and Nicole Friedman: "Like many cities in Florida, parts of Tampa are built on filled-in marshland. Many homes, apartment buildings and even a major trauma center are close to sea level."
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Jacques Charbonnier, a 63-year-old resident of St. Martin, on the Caribbean island's conditions after Irma: "All the food is gone now. People are fighting in the streets for what is left."
Irma in perspective, from AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein: "Irma's assault — so soon after Harvey's deluge of Houston — marked the first time the U.S. was hit by two Category 4 storms in the same year."
At Camp David yesterday as Irma struck, President Trump and Vice President Pence — along with First Lady Melania Trump, Karen Pence and members of the Cabinet — join a video teleconference with FEMA Administrator William "Brock" Long, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Thomas Bossert, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
There's a lot of talk about how climate change is affecting the hurricanes and wildfires hitting the United States right now, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column:
"The 'One America Appeal' launched last week by all five living former presidents to raise private money for hurricane victims ... announced that their efforts will also aid Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma."
"A special restricted account has been established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation ... to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar goes to assist hurricane victims. In addition to the Florida Disaster Recovery Fund, donations will also be shared with the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region, and the Rebuild Texas Fund."
Donate, and see the former president in two 30-second videos, including one that'll be on "Monday Night Football" tonight.
The role of monitoring terrorist content is spreading from governments to technology companies, and this year has seen some of the most aggressive efforts by both groups to get the situation under control, Axios' Sara Fischer writes:
"Amazon stands to reap billions of dollars in tax breaks and other incentives in what is shaping up as a feverish, sweepstakes-style contest among North American cities to host its second headquarters and up to 50,000 new jobs ... Judging by other recent such competitions, the bids could reach $10 billion or even higher."
Steve Bannon to Charlie Rose on "60 Minutes": "The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That's a brutal fact we have to face." Video
On Trump's tweeting: "It's Donald Trump talking directly to the American people. ... [Y]ou're going to get some good there. And every now and again you're going to get some less good, OK? But you're just going to have to live with it."
Cutting-room floor ... Rose: "Do you believe that Mr. Mueller should be fired?"
Bannon: "No, I do not." Video
Go deeper: More key quotes.
Jane Pauley on "CBS Sunday Morning," in the first rollout interview for Hillary Clinton's book, "What Happened," out tomorrow: "Hillary Rodham Clinton still seems gob-smacked by 'what happened.' She dishes out blame and she accepts responsibility. But while she's proud of her effort, she writes she was 'running a traditional presidential campaign, while Trump was running a reality show.'" Hillary Clinton: "We have a reality show that leads to the election of a president. He ends up in the Oval Office. He says, 'Boy, it's so much harder than I thought it would be. This is really tough. I had no idea.' Well, yeah, because it's not a show. It's real. It's reality for sure."
Sen. John McCain to Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union":
"I'm very happy with my life. I'm very happy with what I have been able to do. And there's two ways of looking at these things. And one of them is to celebrate. I am able to celebrate a wonderful life and I will be grateful for additional time that I have."
Washington Post Satire: "The iPhone gets a new Siri. Meet Sarah" ... Huckabee.