Washington (CNN) - She had a 1-year-old child inside and apparently was unarmed.
Instead, the motorist's black Infiniti, according to authorities, itself became a weapon Thursday afternoon, first striking a security barrier and U.S. Secret Service officer near the White House before hurtling down some of the capital's most famous streets, police cruisers in pursuit.
Dramatic video taken minutes later near the U.S. Capitol showed the vehicle backing into a police vehicle before the chase resumed. Gunshots rang through the traffic circle. The motorist was shot by police just a few blocks away.
Washington (CNN) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday it is recalling some furloughed workers to help prepare for Tropical Storm Karen, expected to strike the Gulf Coast this weekend.
About 86 percent of the agency's staff was furloughed Monday due to funding issues associated with the government shutdown.
Washington (CNN) – A conversation between two Republican senators caught on an open microphone Wednesday provided a candid look into their thoughts about the politics surrounding the government shutdown.
Talking about the Democrats' stance of refusing to negotiate a compromise to the shutdown stalemate, Senator Rand Paul told fellow Senator Mitch McConnell:
(CNN) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's hometown paper says, "Just do it."
The conservative Richmond Times-Dispatch published an opinion piece Thursday saying House GOP leadership should pass a clean continuing resolution and stop "placating the tea party caucus."
(CNN) – The government shutdown has caused Vice President Joe Biden to back out of a keynote address to the annual dinner of the national gay and lesbian group Human Rights Campaign, according to his office Thursday.
Biden had been scheduled to be speak at the Human Rights Campaign's national dinner in Washington Saturday night. An HRC spokesman confirmed that Biden had cancelled.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz got a lot of pushback from Republican colleagues during a closed-door meeting questioning his relentless effort to tie government funding to derailing Obamacare.
"Cruz was completely unapologetic about the ads that he is featured in on the Senate Conservatives Fund website that attack other Republicans. He sees himself as the only truly pure Republican. His colleagues are furious. He has no successful strategy but has managed to generate grass roots support for his position," one senior Republican source at Wednesday's meeting told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama went on a rhetorical offensive against House Republicans on the third day of the federal government shutdown, telling a crowd in Maryland Thursday that there's only one party at fault and one remedy.
"There are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives today that if the speaker of the House, John Boehner, simply let the bill get on the floor for an up or down vote, every congressman could vote their conscience, the shutdown would end today," Obama said in a speech in Rockville, Maryland.
(CNN) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said she has regretted calling then-Sen. Hillary Clinton a "monster" nearly every day since she made the comment in the 2008 primary battle when Power worked as an adviser to then-Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
"There is a fair amount of negativity heaped upon her that I find massively unfair. And the idea that I could have contributed in some way to that narrative...that was terrible. So yeah, I have regretted it pretty much every day since," she said in an interview that aired Thursday on NBC's "Today."
New York (CNNMoney) - The United States has never willfully defaulted on any of its legal obligations. So the consequences of doing so are unknowable.
But the general consensus is that it could be catastrophic. Or, in the best-case scenario, seriously damaging to the economy.
(CNN) – While more than 800,000 federal workers, including some congressional staffers, are being furloughed during the government shutdown, members of Congress are still getting paid, as required by law.
But some members of the House and Senate–the very bodies that failed to prevent the shutdown–are giving away their salary in solidarity.
CNN reached out to all 533 current members of Congress about their paycheck plans.