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.
With no other states in the way, voters in Wisconsin will deliver a double barreled verdict on the race for President on Tuesday, as Bernie Sanders bids for a sixth straight win over Hillary Clinton, while Ted Cruz looks to slow down Donald Trump’s drive to the Republican nomination.
Both Cruz and Trump were barnstorming around the Badger State on Monday, in one last bid for support; despite being behind in most polls, Trump was predicting a “very big victory” in Wisconsin.
42 delegates are at stake for the Republicans, which are awarded in two different ways:
+ 18 delegates go to the statewide winner
+ 24 delegates are divided up in eight Congressional districts, as the winner of each district will get 3 delegates per victory.
The other Republican still in the race, John Kasich, was all but admitting defeat in Wisconsin, as he campaigned in New York, which votes in two weeks on April 19.
But Kasich expressed his bemusement at polls which show him trailing both Cruz and Trump in Wisconsin – and yet Kasich is the only Republican winning the state in November when paired against the Democrats.
As for the Democratic race, it’s an important night for both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, as Sanders looks to extend his winning streak, while Clinton hopes to stop that narrative.
Sanders used part of his final day of campaign stops in Wisconsin to go after Gov. Scott Walker.
86 delegates are available for Democrats in Wisconsin; they are doled out proportionally in two ways:
+ 19 delegates proportional for the statewide vote
+ 67 delegates are awarded proportionally in the eight Congressional districts of Wisconsin (each district is worth anywhere between 5 and 11 delegates)
For Clinton, a win would be a big psychological boost, after losing five straight states. She knows that Sanders – who is still raising huge amounts of money – likely won’t be pushed out of the race in coming weeks.
Wisconsin elections officials are predicting a 40 percent voter turnout on Tuesday, which would be the best for a Wisconsin Primary since 1980 – on that day, Jimmy Carter defeated Ted Kennedy and Ronald Reagan turned back George H.W. Bush and John Anderson.
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.