President Obama Honors bleak day in history; New Reaction to Syria Speech

President Obama spoke to the nation last night, and laid out a case for a retaliatory strike against Syria for the use of chemical weapons against its own people. The President, though, argued for letting a diplomatic solution try to play out first. He suggested a delay on a vote for force in Congress. He seemed to endorse a Russian offer for Russia to find, seize and destroy Syria's chemical weapons. Most analysts agree that is a risky approach.

President Obama said "If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons." He reiterated that he wouldn't put boots on the ground.

The reaction to the speech was muted at best. Many lawmakers have expressed skepticism (to say the least) over the Russian proposal.

There is a White House briefing at 12:30. We'll see if we get some good questions.

Meantime, The President is attending memorials for the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks on the United States.

0845EDT -- POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS, Dr. Biden, and White House staff observe moment of silence to mark the 12th anniv of the 9/11 attacks. White House South Lawn. LIVE

0910EDT -- Motorcade departs for the Pentagon Memorial site.

0920EDT -- Motorcade arrives at the Pentagon Memorial site.

0930EDT -- POTUS participates in the 9/11 Observation Ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial. LIVE

There are several live events to acknowledge the terror attacks during our show, but for the most part we'll have a regular show.


1028EDT -- Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the North Tower.) Reading of names continues to conclusion/music resumes; Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs "You Raise Me Up"; Taps performed by three trumpeters (NYPD, FDNY, PAPD.)

1230EDT -- Program concludes


1100EDT -- Members of the House and Senate hold a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. East Front Center Steps, US Capitol. LIVE

In other news:

Catherine Herridge and Adam Housley report on the one year anniversary of the Benghazi attack.

There is a health care hearing today as the Obama Administration says it's health care data hub is up and ready to go to help folks sign up for Obamacare on October 1.

1400EDT -- House Homeland Security Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcmte hearing on "The Threat to Americans' Personal Info: A Look into the Security and Reliability of the Health Exchange Data Hub." LIVE

New York City election results are in (mostly) It looks like Bill De Blasio has won the Democratic primary outright and won't have to run off . The GOP candidate will be Joe Lhota.

Alicia Acuna reports on two Colorado lawmakers who got kicked out of office in special elections.

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