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Valerie Richardson

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

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** FILE ** Texas Parks & Wildlife Wardens patrol the Rio Grand on the U.S.-Mexico border in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger presence from the Department of Public Safety along the border. (Associated Press)

With Congress adjourned, new options sought for border

With Congress gone for August, the duty of trying to stop the illegal immigrant surge on the southern border now belongs to President Obama and border governors — chiefly Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who said Sunday he will move ahead with plans to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops on the border. Published August 3, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican, defended the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques after 9/11.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Chambliss defends enhanced interrogation techniques post-9/11

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's vice chairman defended the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques after 9/11, saying the program led directly to the discovery of al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden. Published August 3, 2014

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rogers: Enemies see weakness in America's southern border

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warned Sunday that enemy combatants are increasingly entering through the porous U.S. southern border as terrorist groups recognize it as a "weakness" that can be exploited. Published August 3, 2014

Retired coal miner Stanley Sturgill of Harlan County, Kentucky, testifies that coal fired power plants are a danger to public health, on the first of two days of public hearings held by the Environmental Protection Agency on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, in Denver, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. In hearings, hundreds of people across the country are telling the EPA its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

EPA hears testimony on proposed carbon emissions rules

The atmosphere outside was festive, with music, free T-shirts and ice cream giveaways, but the mood inside the Environmental Protection Agency's first hearings on its proposed power plant regulations was anything but. Published July 29, 2014

"Let Israel win!" Rep. Mike Coffman, Colorado Republican, said that being a supporter of Israel "means that I will stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel in the recognition that Hamas is a terrorist state and that Israel should never negotiate with terrorists." (Associated Press)

Coloradans rally to support Israel's fight with Hamas

A crowd of more than 1,500 rallied Sunday on behalf of Israel at the Colorado state capitol, calling on Americans to support the Jewish state's ability to defend itself in its conflict with Hamas in Gaza. Published July 27, 2014

Colorado Democrats fear the anti-fracking crusade of Rep. Jared Polis may jeopardize their tentative hold on Denver. Mr. Polis is sponsoring two ballot measures against hydraulic fracturing. (Associated press)

Anti-fracking crusade in Colorado is backfiring on Democrats

Rep. Jared Polis and his personal fortune were instrumental in helping Democrats wrest control of Colorado from Republicans, but now Democrats fear that he may jeopardize everything they've worked for with his anti-fracking crusade. Published July 21, 2014