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.
As Democrats on Monday led a filibuster in the Senate against a GOP plan to block all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Republicans vowed to revisit the controversy over how the group sells fetal tissue from abortion to researchers, arguing the activity is beyond the pale.
“We’ve got to do something about it,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), one of many Republicans still expressing shock over undercover videos that spawned the issue.
“This is way outside the bounds of any civil acceptability,” Perdue told me after voting to block Planned Parenthood funding.
Other Republicans joined in saying they would not abandon their effort.
The fight is not over. I will continue to work to fund women's health care, not #PlannedParenthood.
A test vote in the Senate was mainly along party lines, as Republicans were six votes short of the 60 needed to force action on the bill.
“Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who told reporters just off the Senate floor that he wants more answers on what exactly Planned Parenthood is doing with fetal tissue.
As for Democrats, they belittled the Republican effort, again raising their familiar refrain that the GOP was involved in a “War on Women.”
“Do you have any idea what year it is?” asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), as she mocked the GOP effort on Planned Parenthood. “Did you fall down, hit your head and think you woke up in the 1950’s?”
But GOP leaders made clear they were not going to abandon investigations into the issue – especially since more videos will reportedly be released in the weeks ahead.
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.