Officers opened fire on a woman on U.S. Capitol grounds Wednesday morning after she nearly ran over multiple U.S. Capitol Police officers while fleeing from a traffic stop, authorities said. >> Read more trending stories No injuries were reported. Officers spotted a woman driving erratically around 9 a.m. on Independence Avenue and attempted to stop her car, Capitol police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said. The unidentified woman made a U-turn and fled. She stopped the sedan near the intersection of Washington and Independence avenues, where authorities apparently fired shots at the woman. Malecki declined to say where the bullets landed or how many shots were fired. The incident did not appear to be related to terrorism. “This appears to be criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism,” Malecki said.
Special prosecutors appointed to put Texas' attorney general on trial are threatening to quit if they don't get paid. Republican Ken Paxton was back in a suburban Dallas courtroom Wednesday. He's charged with felony securities fraud over allegations of duping wealthy investors in a tech startup before becoming Texas' top prosecutor. He has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, Paxton faces 5 to 99 years in prison. The trial is set to begin in May. But two appointed special prosecutors say they're owed more than $200,000 and shouldn't have to work for free. A judge has tied up their invoices after a Paxton supporter filed a lawsuit claiming the case is costing taxpayers too much money. Legal experts say they've never seen a case jeopardized like this.
Apparently President Donald Trump won’t be singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Nationals Park on opening day. Trump has declined to perform the tradition when the Washington Nationals host the Miami Marlins Monday, ESPN reported. >> Read more trending news It is due to a scheduling conflict, The Washington Post reported. The tradition of the president throwing out the first pitch at Washington’s opening-day game started more than 100 years ago , when President William Howard Taft threw out the first pitch for the then-Washington Senators in 1910, ESPN reported. In recent history, George W. Bush and Barack Obama threw out ceremonial first pitches on opening day. Overall, 13 presidents been part of the ceremony either for the Senators or the Nationals. There is no word on who will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Nats all-star pitcher Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start for Washington. Edinson Volquez is the starter listed for the Marlins. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday.
Olympic medalist figure skater Michelle Kwan and Rhode Island attorney and political activist Clay Pell are getting divorced. Pell said in a statement Wednesday that it's with 'deep regret' that the couple's 4-year marriage is coming to an end. They married in Providence in 2013. Pell says it's 'a sad and difficult turn of events.' He says he loves Kwan and wishes her the best as her life takes her in a new direction. He is asking for privacy. Pell is the grandson of Rhode Island's late Democratic U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell. He ran unsuccessfully for Rhode Island governor in 2014. Kwan won Olympic medals in 1998 and 2002. Both were active supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year, and Pell was a member of the Electoral College. __ This story has been corrected to show that Kwan was an Olympic medalist, not an Olympic gold medalist.
Moving to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, Republican leaders decided to give themselves extra time, opting to move ahead with a three week extension of the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, delaying a budget showdown over President Obama’s executive actions on immigration until March 19.
“We cannot let the President get away with unconstitutional activity,” said Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), as GOP lawmakers vented their frustration over their effort to block the President’s immigration changes.
“We are going to hold the line to defend the Constitution, and we are going to defend the country with homeland security funding,” said Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK).
Republicans though acknowledged there was no guarantee this would do anything other than extend the current deadlock into mid-March.
“At the end of the day, who knows what’s going to happen,” said Rep. Richard Nugent (R-FL), who told reporters in the basement of the U.S. Capitol that he was pleased with the move of GOP leaders:
Democrats were not happy with the delay; House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) made that clear on the floor of the House, in an exchange with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
“You coward,” Hoyer could be heard to say off camera after McCarthy had outlined the decision to vote on a three week temporary budget for homeland defense.
Hoyer later apologized.
The reaction of the Obama Administration was negative to the idea of a three week funding extension as well.
“A short-term continuing resolution exacerbates the uncertainty for my workforce and puts us back in the same position, on the brink of a shutdown just days from now,” said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who had spent part of his day just off the House floor chatting with lawmakers in both parties.
The funding plan from Republicans would extend money for DHS until the heart of March Madness:
Outside the Capitol, one Democratic strategist who used to work for Senate Democrats saw the delay as a good thing for his party, and not for the GOP:
Hi house R's – its your friend jim again: thanks for extending the DHS debate. Leaves less time for the rest of your harmful agenda
In the end, the GOP has few options. While there is a vocal group of Republican lawmakers who want to force a budget shutdown showdown over the Department of Homeland Security and the President’s immigration actions – there might be a silent majority opposed to that in both the House and Senate.
“I don’t think we can shut down DHS in this environment,” said Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), who like many other Republicans seemed frustrated with the limited options of his party.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.