Washington (CNN) – A long and winding road brought Sir Paul McCartney to the White House on Wednesday, where he was honored by the president of the United States and performed some of the most famous songs from his catalogue with the Beatles and after.
President Barack Obama awarded McCartney the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and then, along with a little help from some of his friends, such as Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and others, McCartney rocked the East Room of the White House.
Obama noted McCartney had been involved in writing more than 200 songs that had made the charts of bestsellers, and his songs had stayed on those charts for a cumulative total of over 32 years. McCartney shook his head in wonder at that fact.
Washington (CNN) - It has been perhaps a long and winding road, but Wednesday Sir Paul McCartney will be honored by the President of the United States for his work both on and off the stage.
McCartney will be awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and then, along with a little help from some of his friends, like Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Elvis Costello, and several others, they will rock the East Room of the White House
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(CNN) - Hours before the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a measure Thursday that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell," a group of pastors, priests and rabbis gathered in the Capitol to encourage lawmakers to retain the ban on gays in the military.
The group opened the press conference with prayer, asking for God to bless their efforts and to soften the hearts of senators and congressmen to their position.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who co-sponsored the presser, said repealing "don't ask, don't tell" could undermine the religious liberties of those serving in the military, particularly military chaplains.
“You have over 200 sponsoring organizations that may be prevented from sponsoring chaplains because they hold orthodox Christian views that will be in conflict with what the military says is stated policy,” said Perkins.
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Dozens of protesters were arrested after they gathered in front of the White House to call for the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the war in Afghanistan nears the start of its ninth year, a group of anti-war protesters gathered in front of the White House today to express their disappointment that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not yet over, and to request a meeting with President Obama.
An estimated 500 people from different anti-war groups gathered on the sidewalk in front of the White House. A few chained themselves to the fence, some laid down on the sidewalk as if they were dead, and others chanted: "mourn the dead, heal the wounded, end the war!"
The protest was peaceful, though U.S. Park Police said that 61 people were arrested for failure to obey a lawful order after the crowd was repeatedly asked to move back from the sidewalk. According to Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser, all were cited and released.
Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004, was among the protestors, and was one of those who were arrested. She said she had not been a supporter of President Obama or of Sen. John McCain during last year's election but said protestors were running out of patience. "I think the mood of the country and the mood of our movement is getting a little bit more desperate, and (that) this will be the time to be able to translate our tireless activism and work for peace," she said.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A woman fell on the tracks at the Gallery Place-Chinatown stop at 9: 25 am. “Reports are that the person is still alive but we don’t have any indication as to how badly hurt they are,” said Metro spokesman Doug Karas.
He did not know how she ended up on the tracks, and he had no reports yet as to what happened to cause the accident.
Right now, red line trains are stopping at Judiciary Square and Farragut North, and turning around. Red line trains are not stopping at Gallery Place and Metro Center, the two downtown stations that serve as the hubs of Washington's Metro system.
UPDATE, 10:30 am: DC Fire Department public information officer Alan Etter says the victim is 68 years old, not 50. Etter again said the woman was not hit by a train, as officials first reported, and was hurt when she fell on the tracks. Her injuries are not serious.
Delays linked to the incident continue throughout the system.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – All of the parking lots near the Washington area's Metro stations are filled to capacity as of 9 am, according to Metro spokesperson Cathy Asato.
The first ones started to fill by 6 am; now they are all are full to capacity. Trains are mostly filling up at the ends of the lines, with most of the crowds exiting around the Mall. Any stops with access to the Mall and Capitol area are very busy.
One problem: People are holding doors for friends to get in, causing technical problems. “We've had a few trains go out because of door problems,” she told CNN.
As of 8 am, over 318,000 people had boarded Metro trains; during a normal weekday morning rush hour commute, there are approximately 240,000 passengers. There have been no reported injuries.