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 their second one-on-one debate in a week, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders again traded jabs on their plans in a PBS debate in Milwaukee, as the two Democrats exchanged familiar verbal darts in a bid to gain more support in their party’s race for President.
Aggressive at times in last week’s debate in New Hampshire, Clinton was more muted this time, as she laid out a series of differences with Sanders, again arguing that the Vermont Senator is not being realistic about the future, as there was no hint that she had been drubbed two days earlier in the Granite State.
“The numbers just don’t add up,” Clinton said of Sanders’ health plan, which would deliver Medicare to all.
“That is absolutely inaccurate,” Sanders retorted.
Once again, Clinton did almost all she could to wrap herself in the work of President Obama, as she rapped Sanders for publicly grumbling about Mr. Obama.
“In the past, he’s called him weak, he’s called him a disappointment,” Clinton said.
“Madam Secretary, that is a low blow,” Sanders said slowly, as he needled Clinton.
“One of us ran against Barack Obama – I was not that candidate,” Sanders said to cheers in the debate hall.
While much of the early part of debate was devoid of prickly exchanges, little by little, it began to change late in the debate, and it reached a crescendo near the finish.
One of the more interesting discussion items that developed was about Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State to President Nixon, someone that Clinton has praised for his acumen.
“Count me in as someone who will not be listening to Henry Kissinger,” said Sanders, denouncing Vietnam era policies of the Nixon Administration.
“I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy, and we have yet to know who that is,” Clinton said.
“Well, it ain’t Henry Kissinger,” Sanders said to laughter.
After two debates in a week, Sanders and Clinton aren’t scheduled to meet in a debate format until March 6 in Michigan.
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.