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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Valerie Richardson

A member of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment walks his post in front of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during the Memorial Day weekend in Arlington, Va., Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Stopping stolen valor: Uncle Sam cracks down on bogus veterans charities

Fed up with charitable scams that exploit public sympathy for veterans, the Federal Trade Commission struck back Thursday by unveiling Operation Donate with Honor, a sweeping campaign aimed at exposing scammers who tug at donors' heartstrings with false promises of helping military personnel. Published July 19, 2018

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks during a news conference announcing a proposed ordinance to provide low income residents with access to free legal representation in landlord-tenant disputes, Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Judge tosses NYC lawsuit blaming oil companies for climate change

A federal judge on Thursday threw out New York City's lawsuit against five of the world's largest oil companies, dealing another setback to liberal jurisdictions seeking to hold the petroleum industry financially responsible for global warming. Published July 19, 2018

Thousands of people take part in the ``Free the People Immigration March,'' to protest actions taken by President Donald Trump and his administration, in Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 18, 2017. March and rally organizers are calling for an end to ICE raids and deportations, minority killings by police and that health care be provided for documented and undocumented individuals. Immigrant, faith, labor and community groups are expected to attend, calling for sanctuary to be given to immigrants.. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Oregon anti-sanctuary initiative qualifies for November ballot

An Oregon anti-sanctuary initiative has qualified for the November ballot, raising the real possibility that one of the nation's bluest states could become the first to repeal sanctuary status for illegal immigrants. Published July 17, 2018

In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, rancher Dwight Hammond Jr. greets protesters outside his home in Burns, Ore. President Donald Trump has pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. The Hammonds were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. (Les Zaitz/The Oregonian via AP, File)

Trump pardons the Hammonds, Oregon cattle ranchers in land dispute

President Trump drew cheers Tuesday in the rural West by pardoning the Hammonds -- father and son ranchers who became symbols of the Obama administration's tight-fisted control of public lands and inspired the Bundy-led Oregon occupation. Published July 10, 2018