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.
After dominating the first Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday night found herself under almost constant attack from her two main rivals, as Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley repeatedly criticized her on a variety of issues.
The debate began amid the echoes of the terrorist attacks in Paris, as Sanders and O’Malley took Clinton to task over her foreign policy stances as President Obama’s Secretary of State, and her vote in favor of the Iraq War during the Bush Administration.
“I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region completely and led to the rise of al-Qaeda and to ISIS,” said Sanders.
O’Malley meanwhile took aim at the foreign policy landscape under the Obama Administration, a direct attack on Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.
“Libya is now a mess. Syria is a mess. Iraq is a mess. Afghanistan is a mess,” the former Maryland Governor said.
During the debate, Clinton defended her foreign policy choices, and again backed the idea of accepting up to 65,000 refugees from Syria.
“The administration originally said 10. I said we should go to 65, but only if we have as careful a screening and vetting process as we can imagine, whatever resources it takes because I do not want us to, in any way, inadvertently allow people who wish us harm to come into our country,” Clinton said.
Clinton also tangled with Bernie Sanders over the extent of contributions from Wall Street firms to her campaign.
Clinton also needled Sanders at one point over his plan to make college free for Americans, in order to avoid the burden of student loan debt.
“I disagree with free college for everybody,” Clinton said, winding up a verbal haymaker at Sanders. “I don’t think taxpayers should be paying to send Donald Trump’s kids to college.”
There may have been one pothole that Republicans will remind her about – where she said, “I come from the sixties – a long time ago.”
It only lasts four seconds, but it isn’t hard to imagine this as a campaign advertisement for someone like Republican Marco Rubio – and his aides were already tweeting out references to it on Sunday.
“The ad writes itself,” said GOP strategist Kristen Andersen on Twitter.
As for the bottom line from the second Democratic debate, while Clinton took a lot of punches, it seemed like she is still the favorite.
A CBS poll taken after the debate found debate watchers thought Clinton had prevailed over her two rivals.
51 percent of those surveyed declared Clinton the winner, 28 percent for Sanders, and only 7 percent for O’Malley.
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.