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

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

U.S. warns Russia to keep its military out of Ukraine

The Obama administration warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday not to react too aggressively to the fast-moving developments in Ukraine, where pro-Western demonstrators forced the nation's Moscow-backed president from power over the weekend. Published February 23, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, before signing the farm bill. The president signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Conservative court to consider doctor's Obamacare challenge

Dr. Steven Hotze faces a grim choice as he grapples with rising insurance costs under Obamacare: Reduce the hours worked by the 97 employees at his Houston wellness center or jack up prices on his patients. Published February 10, 2014

** FILE ** Original wording on current box of Cheerios. (The Washington Times/Maria Stainer)

MSNBC fires tweeter after racially charged Cheerios gaffe

MSNBC has fired the person who posted a tweet calling conservatives racist after an uproar that included a biracial social-media blitz and a Republican National Committee ban on staff appearances on the left-wing television network. Published January 30, 2014