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.
Jeb Bush spent much of Tuesday on the defensive over comments he made in a Fox News interview about the Iraq War, while Republicans also questioned his decision to skip the Iowa Straw Poll in August and instead attend a competing GOP gathering in Georgia.
“We hope Governor Bush rethinks his decision and realizes that grassroots will only grow in Iowa if he waters them,” said Iowa GOP chairman John Kaufmann, who ripped Bush on Twitter over the decision.
The RedState Gathering is a four day event and other candidates have already indicated that they will be attending both. (2/3)
Bush and other GOP hopefuls will also be attending the Red State political gathering in Atlanta, hosted by conservative talk show host Erick Erickson.
The news that Bush would not attend the Iowa Straw Poll came days after speculation that Bush might not expend much energy at all in Iowa, and instead look to New Hampshire.
As for Iowa, while Bush remains at the top in national polls, he has struggled in the Hawkeye State; a Quinnipiac poll from last week had him in seventh place, with just 5 percent support.
Bush was the top choice in a bad way for one question – which candidate would you not support – Bush “won” that with 25 percent.
Bush took to talk radio on Tuesday afternoon to make the case that his record was more than enough for Republicans.
“Every year I cut taxes as Governor, every year I cut the government workforce,” Bush said in an appearance on the Sean Hannity radio show, as Bush eagerly defended his record, arguing there should be no debate about his conservative bona fides.
But Bush still faces questions from many within the grass roots, worried by his views on Common Core and immigration reform.
Meanwhile, Bush also used his appearance with Hannity to try to smooth over an answer he had given earlier in the week on Fox News about the Iraq war – Bush said he interpreted the question of Megyn Kelley wrong.
“I was talking about, given what people knew then,” Bush explained, saying back then he would have given the green light to attack Iraq.
But in 20-20 hindsight, the answer now was different.
“Knowing what we know now, clearly there were mistakes,” Bush said to Hannity.
Other GOP hopefuls though weren’t cutting Bush any slack.
If we knew then what we know now & I were president I wouldn't have gone to war. But, u don't get to replay history.
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.