Daily Briefing: The Bell Tolls

  • President honors anniversary of attacks in New York by laying wreathes where each tower stood, vowing, "that I'm never going to forget the lessons of that day." [NYT, WT, W$J, LAT]

  • Some Americans' still have "normal lives" after that day, others not so much. [WP, LAT, USAT]

  • Vice President Cheney sounded "uncharacteristically defensive" on Meet the Press yesterday, took back that bit about "last throes." [NYT]

  • Top Marine intelligence officer in Iraq files a "pessimistic" report on the situation in the Western Anbar province: "We haven't been defeated militarily but we have been defeated politically -- and that's where wars are won and lost." [WP]

  • Growing numbers of CIA counterterrorism officers are enrolling in an insurance plan that would cover them if their actions are ruled as illegal. [WP]

  • "Five years after Sept. 11, 2001, ground zero remains a 16-acre, 70-foot-deep hole in the heart of Lower Manhattan." [NYT]

  • If elected, Minnesota candidate Keith Ellison would be the first Muslim in Congress. [WP]

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