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.
Displaying photos of loved ones killed by a gunman in a Charleston, South Carolina church, family members joined with top Democrats in Congress to urge action on tighter background checks for gun buyers, saying it’s time for change.
“I am Charleston,” said Andre Duncan, whose aunt, Myra Thompson, was one of the nine people killed in the Emmanuel AME church. “I demand a vote.”
“I am here because there is so much more that Congress can do to keep guns out of the wrong hands and prevent so many of the tragedies that happen in our nation every day,” Duncan said.
That theme from Duncan, of “I demand a vote,” was echoed by others who lost family members in other shootings, and by Democratic leaders in the Congress, who have been unable to push ahead with gun control legislation in recent years.
“Once again, our nation has suffered a staggering tragedy at the hands of someone with outsized hate and easy access to a firearm,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
“But what we need is for this entire Congress to say: ‘We are Charleston,'” Pelosi told a news conference at the U.S. Capitol.
What Pelosi and others want is a plan that was blocked in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, which would tighten checks in hopes of weeding out those who are mentally ill.
The plan, known as the “The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act,” likely would not have stopped accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof.
On board with the effort is the Brady Campaign, a group named for James and Sarah Brady, which has pushed for stronger measures on gun violence for over 30 years.
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.