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 race for President collided with work in Congress on the Iran nuclear deal on Wednesday, as Hillary Clinton urged Democrats to stand with President Obama on that agreement, and two leading Republicans rallied with thousands outside the Capitol against the deal.
“We are led by very, very stupid people,” Donald Trump said to cheers from a crowd gathered on the U.S. Capitol grass, as Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took jabs at both President Obama and GOP leaders in the Congress.
“Mitch McConnell and John Boehner can stop this deal,” Cruz told the crowd, which booed lustily at almost every mention of the GOP leadership in the Congress, as various speakers blamed Republican chieftains for not doing enough to stop the Iran agreement.
While Cruz received loud applause, and was the one who invited his GOP rival, it was Trump who clearly drove many people to venture to the U.S. Capitol on a hot and steamy summer day.
“We’re Trump supporters,” said Jim McDonald, who joined with a friend in holding up a giant home made Trump sign.
Trump delighted the crowd with his speech, which after taking issue with the Iran deal veered into more of a general stump speech by the real estate mogul.
“We are going to turn this country around,” Trump declared, before he ventured into the Capitol to meet with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
Inside the Capitol
Inside the bowels of the Capitol, Trump sat down with Sen. Sessions and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin; the GOP front runner then emerged and took questions from reporters:
Trump patted me on the shoulder as he left like I was an old golfing buddy of his; we then trailed him around the corner where broad smiles greeted him as he jumped in an elevator.
I ran up the stairs and caught him for a few more quick questions.
The post-mortem on Trump in the Press Gallery was interesting – my colleagues agreed that Trump was much more accessible than most lawmakers, and he gave off the vibe of just being ‘one of the guys’ in the hallway.
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.