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.
All but clinching the Republican nomination for President, Donald Trump steamrolled his way to another victory in Indiana on Tuesday night, knocking his main rival out of the GOP race and setting up what could be a brutal election battle with Hillary Clinton in November.
Trump won all but five of Indiana’s 90 counties, as he finished with 53 percent of the vote, to just under 37 percent for Ted Cruz, as Trump won all 57 delegates at stake in the Hoosier State.
It was the seventh straight big primary win for Trump, as Cruz won only two delegates on the last three Tuesdays – and it was enough to force the Texas Senator out of the GOP race.
Just hours after Cruz bitterly attacked Trump, labeling him a ‘pathological liar’ and more, Cruz made no direct mention of Trump, and did not offer his congratulations for the Indiana win.
As the victor, Trump was able to be a bit more magnanimous, name-checking Cruz several times, and praising him as a worthy competitor – though a few hours earlier Trump had been pushing a story from a supermarket tabloid that linked Cruz’s father to Lee Harvey Oswald.
Trump’s call for unity is sure to fall flat with some conservatives, who immediately made clear that they are not budging on their refusal to support Trump in November.
“Reporters keep asking if Indiana changes anything for me,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), who has repeatedly said he will not support either Trump or Clinton.
“The answer is simple: No,” Sasse wrote on Twitter.
But the Chairman of the Republican Party did not hesitate, as Reince Priebus swiftly moved to embrace Trump, and urged other Republicans to follow suit.
But for all of those who say they won’t vote for Trump – I remember a very similar situation eight years ago – when many people said the Democrats were too badly split after the rough primary between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008.
It didn’t turn out that way in November.
You gotta give Trump some credit, he laid waste to the most impressive field of GOP candidates in recent history.
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.