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 different kind of election year twist on Tuesday, a Tea Party conservative Republican from Kansas was defeated in his bid for re-election to the Congress, as the Chamber of Commerce and GOP Establishment prevailed in a primary fight against Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS).
Winning the Republican nomination in the First District of Kansas was Roger Marshall, an OB-GYN who had never run for political office.
Marshall delivered a baby in the morning, and voted for himself a few hours later.
Spending the morning doing what I love – helping bring life into this world. I am blessed to have the opportunity. pic.twitter.com/tDlCd6aYBD
Huelskamp is the fourth member of the House to lose this election year, guaranteeing a turnover of at least 48 members of the House in January of next year.
That number of 48 new members in the House could grow even more in the weeks ahead, as 14 states must still hold primary elections for Congress – and then it would be logical to expect that some lawmakers may lose in November as well.
Three Republicans and one Democrat have been defeated so far in primaries this year in the House. Four lawmakers also lost primary races two years ago in 2014.
Huelskamp was part of the Freedom Caucus, a group of more conservative Republicans, who had helped to push John Boehner out as Speaker of the House; but back home, Huelskamp feuded with agricultural interests in his rural district, and it proved to be part of his undoing.
It was a grumpy ending for Huelskamp, who had invited the press to a primary watch party – only to have his staff boot them out as the numbers rolled in.
Huelskamp kicks media out of election watch party after inviting them in to watch election results. All the media was asked to leave.
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.