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    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the city’s fourth-annual summit Wednesday on Maternal and Infant Health. WTOP/Dick Uliano The summit’s aim is to spread the word about the vital importance of prenatal care and the wellness of moms and babies. WTOP/Dick Uliano (1/2) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via email. Print. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the city’s fourth-annual summit Wednesday on Maternal and Infant Health. The summit’s aim is to spread the word about the importance of prenatal care and the wellness of moms and babies. Bowser started opening day with a panel discussion on the state of maternal and infant health in the nation’s capital. “We’re really highlighting the national conversation that needs to happen to change the trajectory of birth outcomes for American women, especially women in Washington. D.C.,” Bowser said. D.C.’s infant mortality rate is higher than the national average at 7.4 per 1,000 live births, compared to the nation’s overall rate of 5.7 per 1,000 live births, according to the March of Dimes 2020 Report...
    At least six people have been injured after a pedestrian bridge collapsed onto truck on a Washington DC highway.  The bridge collapsed across all three lanes of the I-295 in Northeast Washington, DC at about 12.30pm on Wednesday.  Four people were rushed to hospital, while two others were treated at the scene, authorities say.  It wasn't immediately clear if the injured were pedestrians or drivers.    Four people were rushed to hospital, while two others were treated at the scene when the pedestrian bridge collapsed on Wednesday The bridge collapsed across all three lanes of the I-295 in Northeast Washington, DC at about 12.30pm on Wednesday The truck caught underneath the bridge, which is located at Kenilworth Ave and Polk St, subsequently started leaking fuel. Authorities, including fire and hazmat crews, worked to contain the fuel leak.     At least one other vehicle was damaged after being struck by debris when the bridge collapsed.  No one was trapped as a result of the collapse.   Slabs of concrete and metal fencing could be seen strewn across the highway. The staircases on both...
    VIDEO4:2704:27Cramer: Billionaires will get walloped on taxes by Washington if they don't wake upSquawk Box CNBC's Jim Cramer on Wednesday called on billionaires in the U.S. to more vocally support reforms to the nation's tax code, in attempt to stave off more-liberal legislative proposals from politicians in Washington. "This administration doesn't like you, so come up with something proactively that makes it so you are not being taxed in the way [Sen.] Elizabeth Warren wants you to," Cramer said, referring to the Massachusetts Democrat who, along with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has proposed a wealth tax for billionaires. "But … I think they're very tone deaf," Cramer added on "Squawk on the Street." "I think that billionaires just kind of feel like, 'Well, listen, we're oligarchs and we get to do what we want.'" Cramer said he believes that attitude is misguided, particularly under Democratic President Joe Biden, who succeeded former President Donald Trump, a Republican, in January. Biden has called for higher taxes on wealthy Americans, but has not backed proposals to levy an annual tax on total wealth. "I think...
    Democratic leaders Wednesday predicted passage of Washington, D.C. statehood legislation in the House and called on the Senate to end the filibuster now to create the 51st state in the union. "I hope that the filibuster is jettisoned," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday. "It is not a democratic principle that a minority can ... stop the majority. BIDEN WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALLY SUPPORTS MAKING DC THE 51ST STATE "With the movement of the filibuster, there will be movement for D.C. statehood," added the district's non-voting lone congressional member, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. "And I do believe that the filibuster is on its way out." The lawmakers, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, spoke during a Capitol news conference Wednesday about the merits of granting the District of Columbia statehood. The House is slated to vote on the D.C. statehood legislation Thursday and Hoyer said he expected the bill will pass with all or nearly all House Democrats in support. President Biden supports D.C. statehood and would sign the legislation into law.  HOUSE COMMITTEE ADVANCES DC STATEHOOD BILL ALONG PARTY-LINE VOTE The biggest challenge, however, will be...
    The old rhyme about April showers bringing May flowers doesn’t mention wicked winds and plummeting temperatures, but that’s what the D.C. area faces this week. “From mid-May temperatures today, to cold March-like winds tomorrow, to a frost/freeze threat on Thursday — maybe even Friday — morning,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell said. Tuesday will be the best weather of the week, with sunny skies, a nice breeze and afternoon highs in the mid-70s. It’s all down hill from there, however. Listen to WTOP online and on the radio at 103.5 FM or 107.7 FM. Current traffic conditions Weather forecast Closings and Delays Sign up for WTOP alerts Bell said clouds will begin to increase Tuesday night and at least a few sprinkles of rain arrive around sunrise Wednesday. This is because a powerful storm will reach the Washington region around noon Wednesday. Ahead of it, temperatures will stay in the 50s overnight and briefly reach the mid to upper 60s late Wednesday morning. “Bursts of rain and even some thunderstorms are likely from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday,”...
    The House Oversight Committee is expected to pass legislation on Wednesday that would make Washington, D.C. the nation’s 51st state. Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyFDA ends restrictions on mailing abortion pills during pandemic Hillicon Valley: Parler claims it alerted FBI to threats before Capitol riot | Warner presses Zuckerberg to tackle vaccine misinfo on Facebook, Instagram | U.S. schools increasingly resuming in-person learning Parler says it alerted FBI to threats before Capitol riot MORE (D-N.Y.) and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonDC delegate pushes for removing Capitol fence despite car attack Lawmakers struggle with Capitol security after latest attack Senators to unveil bill banning permanent Capitol fence MORE (D) announced on Wednesday that the panel will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. to consider H.R. 51, also known as the Washington D.C. Admissions Act. Under the bill, the capital would shrink to only include the National Mall, monuments, White House and other federal buildings, while the rest of the city becomes a new state. An identical version of the bill passed in June 2020, but stalled in the Senate....
    Now that the President Joe Bidens inauguration has come and gone without incident in a peaceful transition of power, the status of the ongoing National Special Security Event now becomes a question mark, Fox News reported. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Peter Gaynor oversaw the NSSE event, teaming with Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske, who Gaynor said in a statement, per Fox News, "are committed to ensuring the departments focus remains on securing the homeland while overseeing an orderly transition to the new administration." "It has been my honor to lead the men & women safeguarding our country as the acting Secretary of DHS," Gaynor said in a statement. The uptick in security was requested by Congress and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser after the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania departed the White House peacefully Wednesday morning and President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office. More than 25,000 National Guard members, 14,000 law enforcement officials, and 5,000 Department of Defense employees from all 50 states, three territories,...
    Pro-Trump rioters attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) toggle audio on and off change volume download audio DC Attorney General Karl Racine on WTOP, Jan. 8, 2020 Though some officials have said that prosecuting those involved in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday would be difficult due to the lack of day-of arrests, D.C.’s attorney general said he is going to make every effort to see justice done. Even though hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed their way into the Capitol in an effort to disrupt Congress from affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, arrests were slow-coming and many were able to walk back out of the building unimpeded. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine told WTOP on Friday that he had heard the doubts expressed by Acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. Michael Sherwin about securing prosecutions against members of the mob who had not been arrested Wednesday, but said he wasn’t giving up on it. “I respect Michael Sherwin, and I’m really...
    It’s not the time to drink. American Airlines has reportedly suspended liquor sales on flights in and out of Washington, D.C., after Trump supporters chaotically stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in protests that turned violent. The day prior, cabin crew allegedly struggled to gain control as profane insults flew between supporters of the president and other passengers during a flight from Texas to the nation’s capital. Reuters broke the news last night, tweeting the following: "American Airlines says it is not serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington, D.C., region and that it is increasing staffing at airports in the area as a 'precautionary measure.'" (iStock) The carrier did not respond to a request for further comment. WORLD'S SAFEST AIRLINES NAMED IN NEW 'AIRLINE RATINGS' REPORT News of the new policy comes after Wednesday's violent protests and rioting in Washington, D.C., during which Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol.  Footage shared to Twitter on Tuesday also captured an argument on American's flight 1291 from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Dulles International Airport. Profane language flew as Trump supporters projected a...
    (CNN)As hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, breaking windows and wreaking havoc, politicians and activists were among the many who drew comparisons between the police response on Wednesday to that of last year's Black Lives Matter protests.The death of George Floyd -- a Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck -- in May of 2020 prompted hundreds of protests nationwide over the summer. In many cities, including the nation's capital, police met protesters with tear gas, violence and arrests.However, Wednesday's protests, many pointed out, were different. The Black Lives Matter Global Network, one of the most well-known organizations fighting for the well-being of Black people, described Wednesday's riots as a "coup." The group said it was "one more example of the hypocrisy in our country's law enforcement response to protest.""When Black people protest for our lives, we are all too often met by National Guard troops or police equipped with assault rifles, shields, tear gas and battle helmets," the group said in a statement. "Make no mistake,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The police chief of Washington, D.C., says pro-Trump protesters deployed “chemical irritants” on police in order to break into the U.S. Capitol. Police Chief Robert Contee says officials have declared the scene a riot. One civilian was shot inside the Capitol on Wednesday. Thirteen arrests were made of people from out of the area. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the behavior of the Trump supporters was “shameful, unpatriotic and above all is unlawful.” She says, “There will be law and order and this behavior will not be tolerated.” Metropolitan police have been sent to the Capitol, and authorities were coming in from Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey to help out. The National Guard was also deployed, as were Homeland Security investigators and Secret Service. Trump had encouraged his supporters to come to Washington to fight Congress’ formal approval of President-elect Joe Biden’s win. He held a rally earlier Wednesday and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol, telling...
    Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump are marching Wednesday in multiple rallies in Washington as they back his objection to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election. Trump is speaking at a rally on the Ellipse, just south of the White House. Biden is set to deliver remarks Wednesday from his home in Delaware after meeting with his economic advisers. Congress is expected to certify the Electoral College results on Wednesday. Ahead of Wednesday’s events, Trump continued to use Twitter to make unsubstantiated claims that he won the election. “They won’t stand for a landslide election victory to be stolen,” the president said of those traveling to Washington for the rallies. Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday night in Washington, including some groups who clashed with police. Authorities said they arrested at least six people on charges that included weapons and ammunition possession, assaulting a police officer and possessing a stun gun. Washington streets were shut down, and Mayor Muriel Bowser called in the National Guard, fearing repeats of violence between protest groups like the city saw...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP/WJZ) — At least six people were arrested overnight in Washington D.C. during protests in support of President Donald Trump ahead of the affirmations of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. According to WUSA9, DC’s CBS affiliate, two women were charged with simple assault, one man was charged with assaulting an officer, one man was arrested on gun charges. Two others were arrested but no details were given. On Wednesday, demonstrators are headed to the Ellipse where President Trump is scheduled to speak at the Save America Rally at 11 a.m. Some roads are blocked in downtown D.C. from Freedom Plaza to the White House. Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump descended on the nation’s capital Tuesday to cheer his baseless claims of election fraud a day before a congressional vote to affirm Joe Biden’s victory. Just blocks from the White House, protesters — many without masks — gathered in Freedom Plaza to decry the vote in the Electoral College. As temperatures dropped to the low 40s and a steady rain swept onto the streets, hundreds...
    (CNN)Hundreds of law enforcement officers have mobilized across Washington as thousands of supporters who refuse to accept President Donald Trump's election loss have flocked to the nation's capital to protest when Congress gathers Wednesday afternoon to put the final stamp on President-elect Joe Biden's victory.As part of their preparations, police posted signs around the district warning of the illegality of gun possession during protests as Trump tweeted his support for the protesters, saying, "Our Country has had enough, they won't take it anymore!" and "We Hear you (and love you) from the Oval Office."Authorities -- a mix that includes local police, National Guard and federal uniformed officers -- had already arrested several people ahead of demonstrations including the leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right group that Trump directly addressed during an autumn debate to "stand back and stand by."The Proud Boys' leader, Henry Tarrio, who goes by Enrique Tarrio, was released from police custody Tuesday on charges related to a protest last month and ordered by a local judge to stay out of DC as he awaits trial, including...
    President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday evening that he will deliver an address Wednesday to his thousands of supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. “I will be speaking at the SAVE AMERICA RALLY tomorrow on the Ellipse at 11AM Eastern,” Trump tweeted. “Arrive early — doors open at 7AM Eastern. BIG CROWDS!” I will be speaking at the SAVE AMERICA RALLY tomorrow on the Ellipse at 11AM Eastern. Arrive early — doors open at 7AM Eastern. BIG CROWDS! pic.twitter.com/k4blXESc0c — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2021 It will be his first time speaking publicly in the District of Columbia since state electors delivered President-elect Joe Biden the requisite votes to win the presidency in December. Trump has repeatedly urged supporters on Twitter to attend the rally while simultaneously pressuring Vice President Mike Pence and Republican members of Congress to somehow overturn the election results during Wednesday’s joint session. (RELATED: Trump Claims That Pence Can ‘Reject Fraudulently Chosen Electors’ On Wednesday — Here’s Why He’s Wrong) Pence is scheduled to preside over the election certification, yet despite Trump’s claims, he does...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will personally address a gathering of his supporters in Washington Wednesday as he seeks to rally populist support for his last-ditch efforts to overturn his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. The White House confirmed Tuesday that Trump will speak at a rally on the Ellipse just south of the White House. The protests coincide with Wednesday’s congressional vote expected to certify the Electoral College results, which Trump continues to dispute. The rallies have local officials bracing for potentially violent street clashes. With downtown D.C. businesses boarding up their windows, Mayor Muriel Bowser has requested a limited National Guard deployment to help bolster the Metropolitan Police Department. During a press conference Monday, Bowser urged local area residents to stay away from downtown D.C. and avoid confrontations with anyone who is “looking for a fight.” But, she warned, “we will not allow people to incite violence, intimidate our residents or cause destruction in our city.” Election officials from both political parties, governors in key battleground states and Trump’s former attorney general, William Barr, have said...
    New closures go into effect Wednesday night amid the coronavirus surge in D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s newest coronavirus restrictions go into effect at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, two days before Christmas. The newest order bans all indoor dining. Restaurants can continue outdoor dining and carryout and delivery services. D.C. joins Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in banning dining inside restaurants. All museums and libraries have to close under the new restrictions. Reservations will be required to swim in a city pool or take part in individual fitness room sessions. The DC Circulator National Mall routes will be canceled, and Bowser recommends that all nonessential businesses start teleworking if they haven’t already. Currently, grocery stores, retail stores and houses of worship are held to a 25% indoor capacity with a maximum of 250 people. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio tells WTOP the order will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Jan. 15.
    Protesters carry photos of Breonna Taylor during a protest at the Justice Department on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in D.C. WTOP/Ken Duffy Protesters gather at the Justice Department building in D.C. after the outcome of a grand jury decision not charging Louisville, Kentucky, police for the death of Breonna Taylor. WTOP/Ken Duffy People gather in protest in D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, following the outcome of a Kentucky grand jury decision not to charge the Louisville police who killed Breonna Taylor.   WTOP/Ken Duffy (1/3) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via email. Print. People in D.C. and in other parts of the U.S. are gathering to protest the recent grand jury decision that brought no charges to Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor. Crowds gathered at the Justice Department Building on Pennsylvania Avenue and at Black Lives Matter Plaza near Lafayette Square on Wednesday night, WTOP’s Ken Duffy reported. Breonna Taylor DC march approaches Lafayette Square near the White House Demonstrators aiming to claim streets chanted...
    Democratic Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday that people dining in the city should call the police if protesters harass them. The mayor discussed several incidents wherein protesters harassed DC diners during a press conference Wednesday where she said the people harassing those dining in DC do not have “anything to do with demands for social justice.” “What I saw in those videos was highly inappropriate,” Bowser said at a press conference Wednesday, according to Fox 5 DC. “It was likely against the law if they were on private property. But more importantly I don’t think it had anything to do with demands for social justice.” The mayor added that she encourages “any diner or restaurant to call the police immediately” in such a situation, noting that many of those eating at DC restaurants are doing so to support the city during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I would venture to say that the vast majority of those experiences have been 100 percent positive,” she said, regarding DC dining . “I also don’t think that D.C. residents would be bullied out...
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