Any wonder why Leslie Knope loves this place?
Icicles formed on gargoyles at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Extreme cold temperatures are expected to continue through this weekend. (Photos via the Washington National Cathedral)
I need a cigarette, for sure.”
Buzzfeed political reporter KATE NOCERA, answering CNN’s Jake Tapper’s question, “Are you okay?” following the Capitol Hill shooting.
Nocera said she had been “dragged” inside by a police officer after shooting erupted; she was not hurt.
READY A United States Capitol Police officer takes aim following a security lockdown in Washington, D.C. Officials say a woman tried to ram through a gate at the White House, injuring another officer; she then fled towards the Capitol, leading cops on a high-speed chase before being shot. Her condition is not immediately known; reports say there was a child inside the car who was removed safely. (Photo: Alex Leary / The Tampa Bay Times via The AP / New York Daily News)
“SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring all occupants in all House Office Buildings to shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, Go Kits and escape hoods; and move to the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not in your office, take shelter in the nearest office, check in with your OEC and wait for USCP to clear the incident. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. All staff should monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.”
– From an alert sent out by U.S. CAPITOL POLICE to Congressional staffers (via CNN)
BEST COAST The Eastern Seaboard of the United States, from the twin forks of Long Island to Washington, DC, is seen in the view from the International Space Station. (Photo via NASA APOD)
HITCHED A NASA jumbo jetliner transporting the retired space shuttle Discovery flies over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. The orbiter will be exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum. (Photo: Twitter user Asianmartin via Business Insider)
Occupy DC heats up outside Reagan tribute: Hundreds of protesters blocked streets near the Washington DC Convention Center near Mt. Vernon Square tonight, in an attempt to prevent people from leaving the center. Why’s that? Well, it’s currently hosting the Defending the American Dream summit, a Ronald Reagan tribute put together by Americans for Prosperity and featuring the two top presidential hopefuls, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, amongst many other conservative icons. Here’s the scene from outside, via Washington Post reporter Tim Craig, who is there and writing stories about what’s happening and took the photo, above. Two people have been reported injured thus far — both hit by cars.
YIKES PEAK An engineer began a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument Tuesday after the National Park Service closed it indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images via the Wall Street Journal)