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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Valerie Richardson

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he accepted the decision of the state Department of Environmental Conservation to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing statewide as a result of a state health department review. (Associated Press)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo OKs fracking ban in New York state

New York on Wednesday announced it will become the second state to ban hydraulic fracturing, ending a five-year moratorium and handing a pivotal win to foes of the revolutionary oil-drilling technique while fueling outrage from proponents of job growth. Published December 17, 2014

Sony Pictures has canceled the release of "The Interview," starring James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen, amid terrorist threats made by hackers. The hackers have recently been connected to North Korea, according to U.S. officials. (Associated Press)

Sony kills 'The Interview' after North Korea hack, terror threat

Federal investigators have connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea, even as the studio on Wednesday canceled the scheduled Dec. 25 release for "The Interview" amid a terrorist threat that had prompted most of the top U.S. cinema chains to pull plans to show the film. Published December 17, 2014

A Rolling Stone article alleged a gang rape occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia. The magazine has since issued an apology for the article, saying the reporter's trust in her source was misplaced. (Associated Press)

Federal crackdown on campus sex assault threatens free speech: report

The Obama administration's crackdown on campus sexual harassment has led to the adoption of "flatly unconstitutional" speech codes and poses what may be the greatest threat to free speech facing higher education today, according to a newly released report. Published December 14, 2014

Central Intelligence Director (CIA) Director John Brennan gestures during a news conference at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Brennan is pushing back hard against the wave of criticism following a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing harsh interrogation tactics employed by intelligence community people against terrorism war-era detainees. Brennan and several past CIA leaders fear the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots. The CIA is now in the uncomfortable position of defending itself publicly, given its basic mission to protect the country secretly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Voters support CIA waterboarding, harsh interrogation tactics: poll

Nearly half of U.S. voters favor the use of waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation tactics employed by the Central Intelligence Agency to procure information from suspected terrorists, according to a poll released Thursday. Published December 11, 2014

Iowa House Speaker and incoming chair of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee Kraig Paulsen said the GOP takeover at the state levels "translates to better public policy [and] greater opportunity for middle-class families." (Associated Press)

GOP holds more state legislatures than ever

Republicans control more state legislative seats and legislative chambers than perhaps at any time in the party's history. So what are they going to do with all those majorities? Published December 10, 2014

Lena Dunham's publisher, Random House, said Tuesday saying that the man identified as the rapist "Barry" in her book was not "Barry One," the former Oberlin College classmate who matched some of her description.

U.Va., Lena Dunham cases could swing pendulum in college-rape cases

As victims go, college men who contend they have been wrongly punished for sexual assault don't get a lot of sympathy. But the fallout from the debacles surrounding the University of Virginia and Lena Dunham rape allegations could change that. Published December 10, 2014