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

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Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said the Obama policy on Syria will be nothing like Bush-era war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo)

Obama says administration may have misjudged Islamic State

President Obama acknowledged Sunday that his administration misjudged the danger from the rising Islamic State, while House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said the result is that U.S. officials may have “no choice” but to send troops back to the Middle East. Published September 28, 2014

Protestors and police wrestle near a barricade on the corner of Wall Street and Broadway during a march demanding action on climate change and corporate greed, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, a day after a huge climate march in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Climate article points up tensions for newspaper

The Los Angeles Times won’t run letters from climate-change “deniers,” so readers may have been surprised to find an article in Monday’s edition on research concluding that natural changes in the wind — not fossil-fuel emissions — are driving West Coast land and sea warming. Published September 24, 2014

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power speaks at United Nations headquarters, Thursday, March 27, 2014.  The draft resolution of the U.N. General Assembly on Ukraine is "confrontational in nature", Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday, March 27. "Russia’s attitude towards the proposed draft resolution is negative. It is confrontational in nature," he said before the vote in the U.N. General Assembly. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Obama needs no U.N. approval to order airstrikes in Syria, ambassador says

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that the Obama administration has a legal basis to conduct airstrikes in Syria without U.N. approval, raising questions about the White House's ability to form an international front against the Islamic State. Published September 21, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Bruce Braley, Iowa Democratic Senate candidate, is seen here on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 18, 2014. (Associated Press)

Four Senate Democratic candidates rake in climate-change cash

Running for office as the favorites of the climate-change movement has its advantages, starting with cash. The same four Senate Democratic candidates being bankrolled by San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer's NextGen Climate Action PAC were the beneficiaries of Wednesday's 24-hour GreenStorm fundraising drive, coordinated by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund. Published September 17, 2014

A recent campaign ad by Democratic Sen. Mark Udall claiming Republican opponent, Cory Gardner, voted to shut down the government as Colorado was cleaning up from a devastating flood has sparked outrage. (Associated Press Photographs)

Udall flood ad sparks outrage in tight Colorado Senate race

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall's efforts to sink his GOP challenger by invoking last year's devastating floods are meeting with a deluge of criticism from Republicans who accuse the Democrat of politicizing the tragedy. Published September 17, 2014