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 second day of campaigning for Hillary Clinton in the key battleground state of Ohio, President Obama used a rally in Cleveland on Friday to repeatedly mock Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House, urging voters in the Buckeye State to defeat the GOP nominee in November.
“You can reject a politics of fear, and resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate,” Mr. Obama said, as he mocked Trump repeatedly in a speech, arguing that Trump can’t be allowed to pass himself off as a champion of the little guy.
“Now suddenly, he’s acting like he’s a populist out there, ‘man I’m going to fight for working people.’ Come on, man!” Obama said to cheers.
With Clinton on the West Coast raising money, the President again today also tried to tie Republicans to Trump, making the case that too many GOP leaders stood by silently.
“You weren’t appalled earlier when he was saying degrading things about women?” Mr. Obama asked, as he also tried to use other Trump lines against him.
“In a democracy, you can’t just threaten to jail your opponents,” Mr. Obama said, referring to Trump’s line in recent days that Clinton should be in jail over her email server.
The President also noted the speech of his wife this week in New Hampshire, where she said Trump’s vulgar remarks about women had shaken her “to my core.”
“She was also talking on behalf of men who know we’re better than this,” the President said.
Trump was in both Columbus and Cincinnati on Thursday, as the two parties fight over this key state – the polls have been mixed in recent weeks.
Early in Mr. Obama’s speech today, he was interrupted by a Trump protester.
“If you’re confident about the other guy – just go to his rallies,” the President said to applause.
“You don’t have to spend time over here; go knock on some doors for your guy – that’s a better way for you to spend your time – unless you’re being paid to be here,” he added.
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.