WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 36 hours after it started, the bipartisan road trip has ended and two Texas congressmen are back at work.
Republican Rep. Will Hurd and Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke started their trip in San Antonio Tuesday morning and have livestreamed the entire ride on Periscope and Facebook Live, calling their trip a bipartisan town hall. They put on their ties and pulled up outside the Capitol on Wednesday evening with minutes to spare before a 6:30 p.m. House vote, welcomed by around 30 well-wishers, staffers and media.
The two rented a Chevrolet Impala in San Antonio on Tuesday after attending a veterans’ town hall together and Hurd’s flight was canceled due to bad weather in the Northeast. O’Rourke proposed driving the long distance and Hurd agreed, after some consideration.
O’Rourke told viewers at the outset the trip would be “a chance to get to know each other, answer your questions and functionally do a cross-country town hall.”
At the Capitol, he said his favorite moment was stopping at Graceland in Memphis around midnight, even though it was closed, and ending up at a doughnut shop where they talked to people about politics. The two went on to Nashville, where they slept for a few hours before starting again.
On Tuesday, the live videos had around 300-500 viewers. After some media coverage of the trip, Wednesday’s viewership ballooned to more than 3,000.
The two discussed issues they agree on, including more services for veterans and opposition to President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, and issues they don’t, like health care. Viewers also watched the two somewhat comedically deal with streaming difficulties, stop at fast-food drivethrus and sing duets of country and classic rock songs.
They joked with each other, talked to media outlets and chatted with several of their colleagues, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
About 30 minutes out, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called in.
“You two are going to be changed permanently by this,” Gingrich said. “You’ll know each other at levels that, sadly, very few members do.”
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has dismissed robbery, assault and all other charges against former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis stemming from a fight last month in Pittsburgh, after a childhood friend testified that he knocked out two men who confronted Revis during a dispute over a cellphone.
The friend, Rashawn Bolton, 31, of Aliquippa, has not been charged in connection with the incident about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 12 on the city’s South Side, a neighbor well-known for its bars, restaurants and night life.
Bolton testified he knocked out Dallas Cousins, 22, and Zacheriah Jarvis, 21, with one punch each after Revis phoned him to say he was being jumped. Bolton ran from a few blocks away and testified he saw one man with his arms about Revis’ waist and the other hanging on Revis’ neck, pulled both off, then punched them in self-defense.
Bolton then took a video, which wound up on TMZ, in which he could be heard saying, “Hey, I knocked both of them (expletives) out. Both of them. They’re both sleeping” and then, turned to one of their friends saying he’d do the same to him.
A criminal complaint quoted Cousins and Jarvis as telling police they had been assaulted by Revis, though the men later acknowledged — and testified at Wednesday’s preliminary hearing — that they didn’t know who hit them. Officer Anthony Burke testified the complaint he filed charging Revis was based on statements the victims gave at the scene.
Cousins testified that he was a sports fan and heard someone say they recognized Revis as Cousins walked with several friends outside a bar that morning. When Revis confirmed he was the star player — well-known from his time at the University of Pittsburgh and nearby Aliquippa High School — Cousins doubted it and said Revis became “irate.”
At that point, Cousins said Revis “nudged” him and caused Cousins to drop his phone, which was damaged. Cousins then picked it up and walked toward Revis, shooting video, before Revis grabbed the phone and tried to delete the video before, eventually, throwing it into the street, Cousins testified.
Cousins and Jarvis acknowledged trying to grab the phone from Revis’ hand, but both denied they had him around the neck of waist in trying to do so. The two men acknowledged they’d been drinking enough that they planned not to drive, but denied being overly intoxicated.
Both suffered concussions, with Cousins also suffering a fractured eye socket and Jarvis a jaw contusion.
Assistant District Attorney Edward Scheid argued that the robbery, aggravated assault and terroristic threat charges should stand based on the legal theory of “accomplice liability” — meaning Revis was responsible even though Bolton committed them. A friend of Cousins and Jarvis testified he heard Revis call on his phone to have “one of his boys” handle the situation. And Scheid suggested Bolton more or less acted as Revis’ bodyguard — which Bolton flatly denied.
Bolton and Revis had been together hours earlier, but separated when Revis went to see a woman, Bolton said. When Revis called for help Bolton started running several blocks in the direction he last saw Revis head, calling back twice to locate Revis.
Bolton said he and Revis, who didn’t testify, didn’t call 911 before walking away because Cousins and Jarvis were regaining consciousness and one of their friends had even begun apologizing for the fracas.
Bolton was accompanied by defense attorney Casey White, who said they’re “fully cooperating with any further investigation, if, in fact, there is one.”
Revis’ attorney, Robert Del Greco Jr., said he didn’t want to accuse the victims of lying.
“We had varying degrees of intoxication, we had head injuries, we had assumptions, we had mischaracterizations, we ha rumors, we had innuendoes and somehow all those events converged into this confluence that Darrelle Revis knocked out two guys and threatened people and robbed people,” Del Greco said.
A lawsuit over the charges is “certainly a possibility,” Del Greco said. “This fella has an impeccable reputation, as I said, a law-abiding man, a quiet man — not on the field — but a peaceful man off the field.”
Revis, the Jets first-round draft pick in 2007, said he’s hoping to sign a free-agent deal, and was relieved by the judge’s decision.
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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Peter Fill didn’t win a downhill race all season. No matter, since ever so steady works, too.
The Italian racer retained his overall downhill title Wednesday by finishing second to teammate Dominik Paris at World Cup Finals.
Fill entered the day trailing Kjetil Jansrud of Norway by 33 points in the standings, but used a consistent run to overtake Jansrud, who wound finished 11th. Fill ended up capturing the title by 23 points during a season in which he wound up on the downhill podium five times, only never on the top step.
That is, until Wednesday, when he accepted the crystal globe for the season title and jumped into the air to punctuate the moment.
“He’s Mr. Consistent,” said Jansrud, who won the downhill title in 2014-15. “That’s how you win globes.”
Paris was the first racer out of the starting gate — a strategic move in the warm conditions — and finished in a time of 1 minute, 33.07 seconds. No one would be able to catch him. Fill was 0.08 seconds behind and Carlo Janka of Switzerland took third.
“I know that it would be warm, so a good decision to take No. 1,” said Paris, who won the downhill in January in Kitzbuehel, Austria. “I was pushing so hard when I could.”
The same strategy was employed by Fill on a course that was hosting a World Cup men’s race for the first time since 2001.
“Not so easy, of course, to make a great run, a great race,” Fill said. “It was a great performance from the whole team. We picked up the globe. We are a strong team that works in the right direction. I hope we can continue on this way.”
Jansrud was the fifth racer out of the gate and when he saw his place — fifth — at the finish, he knew a title wasn’t going to happen. He watched the competition unfold on the video screen, leaning on his ski poles, as he hoped a couple of racers could knock Fill from the podium.
No one could. Janka made an impressive charge at No. 16 to earn third.
“I wasn’t even nervous watching, because I knew this was done,” said Jansrud, who’s already sewn up the super-G title heading into Thursday’s competition. “You just get the feeling. With the snow kind of getting warmer and warmer, no other guys were able to threaten.
“Just (have to) work harder. Even if I had won it, I would’ve worked harder. You want to try to get better every year.”
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai’s ruler has ordered three men who filmed themselves feeding a live cat to a starving dog to clean the city-state’s zoo for four hours a day for the next three months.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in a statement Wednesday that “this brutal and cruel act contravenes our values and the teaching of our tolerant religion, which preaches mercy and welfare for animals.”
The video of the men, who intentionally starved the dog for eating his owner’s food, angered residents of the United Arab Emirates for days.
This is the second-such sentence given by Sheikh Mohammed recently.
In late February, he ordered those filmed doing high-speed turns in an SUV near pedestrians at an outdoor shopping mall to perform four hours of community service for 30 days.