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Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who previously stated he was in favor of the death penalty, has been heard on an audiotape telling CNN journalists that he would consider granting "full clemency" to death row inmate Nathan Dunlap, who was convicted of multiple murders. (Associated Press)

Hickenlooper reverses course on Colorado death penalty

In a 45-minute audio interview with CNN conducted Feb. 6, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper intimates twice that if he loses in November, he would have the option of giving "full clemency" before leaving office to death row inmate Nathan Dunlap. Published August 25, 2014

Colo. senator's re-election bid dogged by Obamacare woes

Sen. Mark Udall's support for Obamacare came back to haunt him again Thursday with the release of figures showing that thousands more Coloradans have had their health insurance policies cancelled. Published August 21, 2014

** FILE ** Texas Parks & Wildlife Wardens patrol the Rio Grand on the U.S.-Mexico border in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger presence from the Department of Public Safety along the border. (Associated Press)

With Congress adjourned, new options sought for border

With Congress gone for August, the duty of trying to stop the illegal immigrant surge on the southern border now belongs to President Obama and border governors — chiefly Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who said Sunday he will move ahead with plans to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops on the border. Published August 3, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican, defended the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques after 9/11.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Chambliss defends enhanced interrogation techniques post-9/11

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's vice chairman defended the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques after 9/11, saying the program led directly to the discovery of al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden. Published August 3, 2014

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rogers: Enemies see weakness in America's southern border

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warned Sunday that enemy combatants are increasingly entering through the porous U.S. southern border as terrorist groups recognize it as a "weakness" that can be exploited. Published August 3, 2014