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Team USA's Kevin Wayne Durant (C) runs with the ball past Australia's Chris Goulding (L) and Nic Kay in their men's Olympic semifinal basketball match at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on Aug. 5. Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images

Day 13 of the Tokyo Olympic Games saw U.S. men's basketball team beat Australia 97-78 on Thursday to advance to the gold medal game.

The big picture: Kevin Durant led the charge with 23 points to help the U.S. secure a final spot against either France or Slovenia on Saturday local time. Elsewhere, the U.S. added to its gold medals count, with shot putter Ryan Crouser and canoeist Nevin Harrison both winning their events.

Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman react in their women's beach volleyball semifinal match with Switzerland at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo, which they went on to win on Aug. 5. They're now guaranteed to earn at least an Olympic silver medal. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images
Australia's Keegan Palmer competes in the last skateboarding final — the men's park, which he won, at Ariake Sports Park Skateboarding in Tokyo on August 5. Brazil's Pedro Barros won silver and American Cory Juneau took bronze. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images
China's Quan Hongchan competes in the women's 10m platform diving final event at the Tokyo Aquatics Center on Aug. 5. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images
Crouser competes in the men's shot put final at the Olympic Stadium, where he broke his own Olympics record to snatch gold on Aug. 5. Photo: Andrej Isakovic/AFP via Getty Images
Nigeria's Tobi Amusan competes in the women's 4x100m relay heats at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 5. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images
Jordan's Abdel Rahman Almasatfa (R) competes against Venezuela's Andres Eduardo Madera Delgado in the men's kumite -67kg elimination round of the karate competition duringat the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Aug. 5. Photo: Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images
Harrison competes to win the first Olympic women's canoe single 200m final at Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo on Aug. 5. Photo: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images
Olympic cyclists compete in the men's track cycling omnium scratch race at Izu Velodrome in Izu, Japan, on Aug. 5. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images
The USA's Madeline Musselman, the Russian Olympic Committee's Anna Timofeyeva and Anastasia Fedotova (L-R) in the womens semifinal water polo match at Tatsumi Water Polo Centre, which the U.S. won. Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images
Minnie Soo Wai Yam playing as Hong Kong defeated Germany to win the bronze medal in women's table tennis on Aug. 5. Photo: Ina Fried

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Updated Sep 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Harris, Bush preach unity at Flight 93 memorial, 20 years on from attacks

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a 9/11 commemoration at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris joined former President George W. Bush at a ceremony on Saturday to honor the lives lost 20 years ago on United Airlines Flight 93.

Driving the news: The vice president and the 43rd president devoted much of their remarks to remembering the unity that brought Americans together after the 9/11 attacks.

Updated Sep 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden attends wreath-laying ceremony at Pentagon

President Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial on Sept. 11 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The latest: Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived at the Pentagon after visiting the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Ground Zero in New York City.

Biden's big bet backfires

Two key dealmakers — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) — leave a luncheon in the Capitol yesterday. Photo: Kent Nishimura/L.A. Times via Getty Images

President Biden bit off too much, too fast in trying to ram through what would be the largest social expansion in American history, top Democrats privately say.

Why it matters: At the time Biden proposed it, he had his mind set on a transformational accomplishment that would put him in the pantheon of FDR and JFK.

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