SUMMARY: New York and Washington, the centers of commerce and government in the United States, are focused on the immediate crisis of helping survivors and their families and clearing thousands of tons of debris. The entire country is affected as the federal government, the financial markets and the nation's air system work to restore full services.
UPDATE: The White House and Congress have agreed on a $40 billion emergency aid package for New York and Virginia. About half the money will go toward domestic humanitarian assistance and recovery efforts. The rest of it will go toward intelligence, law enforcement agencies and improved security for transportation systems. President Bush plans to activate as many as 50,000 members of the National Guard to help with recovery and security.
The Federal Aviation Administration has allowed most U.S. airports to reopen under heightened security measures.
Wall Street reopened for business Monday. The Federal Reserve cut interest rates a half a percentage point Monday to try to bolster the economy, which was already close to recession even before the terrorist attacks.
All the nation's large cities remained quieter than usual, with many major events canceled over the weekend.
How has the fabric of New York, Washington and the country as a whole been altered?
What measures will be taken to try to prevent a recurrence of such attacks?
How will these measures affect the American way of life?
What affect will the attacks have on the economy?
What will be the global ripple effect?
IMPACT: The devastating events of September 11 exposed the vulnerability of the world's greatest superpower, presenting the United States with the double challenge of recovering emotionally as well as physically.
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