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.
The conventional political wisdom is that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is going nowhere fast. That he can’t win the White House in 2016, let alone the Republican nomination for President.
But with that very public political assessment hanging over him for months, Christie has kept plugging away in speech after speech, stop after stop, making the case that he’s best positioned to lead Republicans back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“This country needs to lead the world again,” Christie likes to say, accusing the Obama Administration of an absentee foreign policy that has increased the dangers faced by the United States.
“This is not about politics; this is about life and death for our country,” Christie told an audience in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.
Christie on Tuesday will go back to his youth, appearing at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey, where he will officially throw his hat into the Republican ring.
Here was a video put out by the Christie campaign for the run up to that announcement.
In most national polls of the GOP race, Christie trails far behind, after being up at the top for a chunk of 2014 – but the George Washington Bridge scandal and other items took the air out of his balloon, leaving him a long shot in the GOP race.
The Schedule Tells a Story
Long time listeners know I love to examine a candidate’s schedule, because it tells a lot about what the campaign – and the candidate – believe they can achieve.
Earlier this month, Jeb Bush announced his campaign in Miami, and went off on a three day tour of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina, three early voting states.
Other candidates have made the same pilgrimage, making sure they visit those three states and Nevada, the fourth state set to vote in February of 2016.
But Chris Christie’s schedule is not like the rest of the candidates.
It only has New Hampshire.
Tuesday evening in New Hampshire.
Wednesday in New Hampshire.
Thursday in New Hampshire.
Friday in New Hampshire.
And two morning events on Saturday in New Hampshire.
If Gov. Christie is going to stay in this race, he will need to do well early – and New Hampshire would seem to be his best bet – maybe his only bet.
The voters there like a straight talking candidate who goes toe to toe with voters in open town hall meetings.
Can it work? We’ve got six months to find out, and judging from his schedule, Christie is going to spend a lot of time in the Granite State.
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.