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Valerie Richardson

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

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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

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

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

University of Virginia students walk to campus past the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Rolling Stone is casting doubt on the account it published of a young woman who says she was gang-raped at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party at the school, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the student's account. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) **FILE**

Rolling Stone backs off on explosive U.Va. rape article charges

The explosive account in Rolling Stone of a brutal gang rape at University of Virginia fraternity lost more credibility Friday as the fraternity '"vehemently" challenged key facts in the story and the magazine’s editor expressed doubts about the key source and apologized for “discrepancies.” Published December 5, 2014