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Countdown to 9/11: Ten Years Ago Today (August 11, 2001)

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ten years ago this month, as the 9/11 hijackers were in the final stages of their attack preparations, the White House had vague warnings of an impending attack -- compounded by the fact the CIA was failing to share information with the FBI about the terrorists' travels -- and the country was focused on summer vacation, shark attacks, and a missing Congressional intern.

The following day-by-day countdown to tragedy, which will be updated daily through Sept. 11, provides a maddening chronology of the steps and missteps that would change America forever.

31 Days Before 9/11
August 11, 2001

  • "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child is the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • American Pie II is the top movie in box office receipts.
  • The major stories of the summer involve shark attacks and a missing intern in Washington, D.C., named Chandra Levy.
  • President Bush is on vacation in Crawford, Texas, where five days earlier he had been warned by the CIA of a possible attack in a paper titled: "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." The document said al Qaeda members were believed to be in the U.S., and that a caller to the U.S. embassy in the United Arab Emirates said "a group of bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives." According to The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind, the president told the CIA briefing officer, "All right. You've covered your ass now."
  • All 19 hijackers are, in fact, already in the U.S. on visas obtained under their actual names.
  • On August 11, Hamza al-Ghamdi, who will be one of the hijackers in the second plane to hit the World Trade Center, buys a blue blazer at a Florida men's store.
  • Osama bin Laden has approved the targets and is only awaiting final word on which day the attack will occur.

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President Bush Nearly Hit by Foul Ball

File photo. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Former president George W. Bush narrowly missed being hit by a foul ball at Monday night's Texas Rangers-Chicago White Sox baseball game.

It was the sixth inning when Rangers infielder Adrian Beltre popped one toward the on-deck circle and the former first couple. As the ball dropped into the owner's box, former First Lady Laura Bush dodged out of its trajectory while her husband and White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski both attempted -- and missed -- the catch.

"I just told him just because he was the president doesn't mean I won't jump on top of him," Pierzynski joked, according to ESPN. "Him and his wife got a good chuckle out of that one."

President Bush's Rangers beat the White Sox 4-0.

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Fifteen to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – The White House Wednesday released the names of 15 people who will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom early next year. The Medal of Freedom is considered to be the nation’s highest civilian honor.

“These outstanding honorees come from a broad range of backgrounds and they’ve excelled in a broad range of fields, but all of them have lived extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and made our country and our world a better place,” Obama said in a statement.
The award will be presented at a White House ceremony early next year to the following individuals: 

President George H. W. Bush
Chancellor Angela Merkel, Federal Republic of Germany
Congressman John Lewis
John H. Adams
Maya Angelou
Warren Buffett 
Jasper Johns 
Gerda Weissmann Klein
Dr. Tom Little (posthumous)
Yo-Yo Ma
Sylvia Mendez
Stan Musial
Bill Russell
Jean Kennedy Smith
John J. Sweeney

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White House Set to Extend Bush Tax Cuts

(WASHINGTON) -- The White House said Wednesday it is prepared to sign off on an across-the-board extension of tax cuts put in place by the Bush administration. 

President Obama's top adviser, David Axelrod, said the extension would ensure that middle-class Americans are not faced with a tax increase at year's end.

The White house would prefer to extend the tax cuts permanently for individuals making under $200,000 and couples making under $250,000, but Republicans have argued that even the wealthiest Americans should see an extension.

Top lawmakers from both parties are set to discuss the issue with the president at the White House next Thursday. Lawmakers will have until the start of the new year to extend the tax cuts.

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