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.
In a year-end news conference at the White House, President Obama said he was optimistic about what he might be able to achieve in 2016, his last full year in office, as he vowed not to let his lame duck status block action on a variety of legislative goals.
“Since taking this office, I’ve never been more optimistic about a year ahead than I am right now,” the President told reporters in the White House Briefing Room.
“And in 2016, I’m going to leave it out all on the field,” Mr. Obama added.
One issue where the President said he will keep trying is on his goal of shutting down the terrorist prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.
“I’m presenting a plan to Congress about how we can close Guantanamo. I’m not going to automatically assume that Congress says no,” the President said.
But it seems highly unlikely that Republicans would give in on that issue – especially in an election year.
On terrorism, Mr. Obama was asked about his administration’s work to stop people who have terrorist leanings from entering the U.S., and the general plan to stop the Islamic State.
As for security matters at home, the President acknowledged that law enforcement efforts to stop terrorists can’t always work.
“It’s not that different from us trying to detect the next mass shooter,” the President said. “You don’t always see it.”
The President also vowed to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State, though he gave no indications about any impending changes in U.S. military efforts against that group.
“We’re going to defeat ISIS,” Mr. Obama said.
As for his legislative goals in 2016, the President told reporters he wants action on a major trade deal negotiated with a group of Pacific nations, along with criminal justice reform.
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.