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White House: Bidens To Visit All Three Sites Of Sept. 11 Attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will visit all three sites of the September 11, 2001, hijacking attacks next week to honor the nearly 3,000 people killed and mark the 20th anniversary of the most lethal terrorist assault on U.S. soil, the White House said.

On Saturday, Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit New York City, where two airliners destroyed the World Trade Center and killed 2,753 people; the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, where a third airliner crashed; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where passengers forced down a fourth aircraft believed to have been headed to the U.S. Capitol or White House.

Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff will travel to Shanksville for a separate event, then join the Bidens at the Pentagon, the White House said.

Biden on Friday ordered the Department of Justice to review documents from the FBI's probe into the attacks for declassification and release.

The order requires U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to make the declassified documents public over the next six months as it oversees "a declassification review of documents" related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

Family members of victims of the September 11 attacks asked a U.S. government watchdog on Thursday to investigate their suspicions that the FBI lied about or destroyed evidence linking Saudi Arabia to the hijackers.

Saudi Arabia has said it had no role in the hijacked plane attacks.

Last month, many families asked Biden to skip 20-year memorial events unless he declassified documents they contend will show Saudi Arabian leaders supported the attacks.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Michael Martina; Editing by Richard Chang

Bidens Applaud 'Moral Courage' Of U.S. Olympic Athletes

By Nandita Bose

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden applauded U.S. Olympic athletes on Saturday for showing courage under pressure and uniting the country, a day after inviting them to the White House following the Tokyo Games.

The second biggest U.S. Olympic team ever - with 613 athletes - stands second in the Tokyo medal table with 108 medals, more than any other country.

"It wasn't just your athletic ability, it was your moral courage ... you remind us of what an amazing country we are and you make us look so good as a country," Biden said on a video call with athletes and their family members on Saturday.

Biden also praised individual athletes such as American gymnast Simone Biles, who withdrew from events such as the individual all-around and team all-around citing mental health concerns, but returned to win the bronze medal in beam.

"You showed everything about who we are as people," Biden said, praising her for setting an example and not giving up.

He also praised Isaiah Jewett, who was in prime position to finish in the top two in his 800 meters heat but was unintentionally tripped by Botswana's Nijel Amos. In a display of sportsmanship, Jewett helped Amos to his feet and the two finished the race.

First Lady Jill Biden, who traveled to Tokyo to represent the United States and support U.S. competitors, said America has needed healing and the event brought much joy.

"All the athletes in the games brought Americans together and brought us joy again and for that I thank you," she said.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

The Power Of Jill Biden — And The Women Her Husband Trusts

When Barack Obama won the presidency, many tipped a hat to Michelle Obama, his wife and partner, including Barack Obama himself. It was true in 2008 that the candidate was a smart man, a gifted orator and an exceptional politician as he broke through to become the first Black president of the United States. But he could not have done it without Michelle Obama.

That's my take, anyway.

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Democrats Offered An Inclusive Vision For America — It’s Your Turn, Republicans

It turns out the crowds, the balloons and confetti were merely froufrou, just window dressing. Stripped down, it was even easier for the themes of this week's Democratic National Convention — and the party's vision for the future — to break through.

The Democrats' unity on display could be a bit ripe for parody, for sure, a little like seeing Sylvester and Tweety Bird declaring a temporary truce before the inevitable chase continues. The scenes of comity — Republicans crossing over to extol the character of Joe Biden, progressives vowing to work with moderates — would most certainly be replaced by the usual infighting and struggles for policy influence even, or especially, if Democrats win big in November. That's the Democratic and (small "d" democratic) way.

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Late Night Roundup: ‘Captain Of The Vice Squad’

Jill Biden sat down with Seth Meyers, and promoted the latest initiative from the White House to make two years of community college free — with Jill speaking on the importance of making education accessible as a community college professor herself.

Jill Biden also talked about how she’d prefer a better title than “Second Lady” — like, “Captain of the Vice Squad.”

Larry Wilmore examined the defeat in Tuesday’s elections of an expansive non-discrimination ordinance in Houston, Texas, due to an anti-transgender scare campaign depicting men stalking little girls in women’s bathrooms. As the newest Nightly Show contributor Grace Parra, a Houston native herself, explained: “I’m in Texas. Everything’s bigger in Texas — especially the fear of progress.”

Stephen Colbert eviscerated the new campaign books from Donald Trump and “Jeb!” Bush.

Jimmy Kimmel and his team put together a special highlight reel from the campaign trail: The many noises of Donald Trump.

And Jimmy Fallon did an “interview” with the lesser Republican candidate Bobby Jindal (portrayed by Aziz Ansari): “Absolutely, I don’t believe in global warming — in fact, I’m the only candidate that doesn’t believe in any science, period!”