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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

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"The Obama administration should stop trying to scare Americans and then impose costly, unnecessary regulations on them," said House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith. "When assessing climate change, we need to make sure that findings are driven by science, not an alarmist, partisan agenda." (Associated Press)

Experts tell House panel climate change science isn't settled

Liberals have been piling on Rep. Lamar Smith and his fellow House Republicans for failing to hold more committee hearings on climate change, but Thursday's often-heated testimony probably wasn't what the movement had in mind. Published May 29, 2014

** FILE ** In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Ad calls Democrat vows to fix Obamacare a new lie

Vulnerable Democratic senators in tight races are vowing to fix Obamacare, but a national ad campaign unveiled Tuesday by conservative groups calls those promises nothing more than lip service. Published May 20, 2014

"Ring the bells. Out with the old, in with the new. These are exciting and oh, so encouraging times," said Brent Bozell.

Media watchdog seeks Obamacare contraception opt-out

The conservative Media Research Center has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration seeking an exemption from Obamacare's contraception, sterilization and abortion-pill mandate. Published May 15, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado Democrat, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

Colorado Dem faces flak for fracking fight

Rep. Jared Polis has become something of a persona non grata among top Colorado Democrats for funding an anti-fracking initiative, and now a Republican gay rights group has turned on him as well. Published May 13, 2014

Outrage over raise for Colorado health exchange CEO

Frustration with Colorado's shaky health care exchange erupted Monday after the program's board voted to award a five-figure bonus to the CEO even as members consider raising fees in order to keep up with costs. Published May 12, 2014

Ryan Bundy, son of the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, rides an ATV into Recapture Canyon north of Blanding, Utah on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest against what demonstrators call the federal government's overreaching control of public lands. The area has been closed to motorized use since 2007 when an illegal trail was found that cuts through Ancestral Puebloan ruins. The canyon is open to hikers and horseback riders. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson)

State officials slap feds: New Mexico board orders Forest Service fence opened

In what some are calling a replay of the Nevada standoff with rancher Cliven Bundy, a New Mexico county board agreed Monday to instruct the sheriff to remove the Forest Service gates blocking thirsty cattle from reaching water, setting up a clash with federal agents over state water rights and endangered species. Published May 12, 2014

The trial in New York of lawyer Steven Donziger, who brought natives of the Ecuadorean Amazon to court with him in 1999, reaches a climax this week as he defends himself against charges that he engineered a record-breaking $19 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. for contamination of the Amazon rain forest. Ecuador had originally opposed the class-action suit, filed in 1993 on behalf of indigenous Indians and others. (Associated Press)

D.C. firm retreats in Chevron legal battle

In a stunning retreat, high-powered Washington, D.C. firm Patton Boggs agreed Wednesday to pay $15 million to energy giant Chevron and withdraw from its central role in trying to enforce an Ecuadorean court judgment against the oil company that was found to have been obtained through fraud. Published May 7, 2014

FILE - In this May 20, 2013 file photo, graduates pose for photographs during commencement at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. There's still plenty of pomp and circumstance, inspiring words from lofty speakers and tossing tassels, but today's college graduation ceremonies include many a contemporary twist. In 1984, according to some estimates, only half of graduates had debt from college loans, averaging about $2,000. Now, two-thirds of recent bachelor's degree recipients have outstanding student loans, with an average debt of about $27,000, according to a Pew Research Center report. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

University rescinds ban on grads thanking God

Seeking to quell a mounting controversy, East Carolina University officials announced Tuesday that there would be no limits on religious references at its graduation ceremonies after a chemistry professor told his students that they were not allowed to thank God for earning their diplomas. Published May 6, 2014