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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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"I think that the president fundamentally misunderstands the constitutional powers," Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Sunday." "The checks and balances come from independent branches of government." (Associated Press)

Paul and King highlight GOP's great divide on surveillance

Republicans Rand Paul and Peter T. King sparred Sunday over the National Security Agency's domestic-surveillance program, illustrating the party's divide on the federal government's monitoring of private data in the interest of national security. Published August 18, 2013

**FILE** New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy delivers a speech at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., on July 30, 2013. During her speech, the first as the head of the EPA, McCarthy told an audience that curbing climate-altering pollution will strengthen the economy. (Associated Press)

On climate change, Obama, EPA plan action without Congress

EPA chief Gina McCarthy said Wednesday the Obama administration is finished waiting for Congress to act on climate change and plans to bypass the legislative branch in developing a federal response. Published August 14, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, on Sunday won an early straw poll for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But Mr. Cruz isn't discussing White House aspirations yet. "At this point, 100 percent of my focus is on the U.S. Senate," he said. (Associated Press)

Sen. Ted Cruz triumphs in 2016 presidential straw poll

Sen. Ted Cruz hasn't said whether he has presidential ambitions, but Sunday he won one of the first straw polls for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The Texas Republican captured 45 percent of the 504 votes cast by attendees at the Western Conservative Summit, a day after drawing several standing ovations during his luncheon speech at the fourth annual conference. Published July 28, 2013

Cut in mineral royalties to Western states tied to sequester

Western lawmakers are waging a bipartisan revolt against the Obama administration's decision to cut mineral royalties to the states as a result of the sequester, but so far the administration isn't budging. Published July 11, 2013

Some alumni are calling for the University of Denver to bring back Denver Boone, the mascot that was jettisoned in 1998 for being politically incorrect.

Mascot feud hits Denver after university introduces Boone replacement

University of Denver officials reignited the school's simmering mascot feud last month by proposing three new mascots — an elk, a jackalope and a "mountaineer" — but many alumni are still smarting over the school's decision to dump Boone, the chubby pioneer who was jettisoned in 1998 for being insufficiently inclusive. Published July 8, 2013

Bolivian President Evo Morales talks to reporters at Schwechat Airport outside Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Mr. Morales plane was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

Bolivian government angry over plane rerouting due to Snowden suspicions

While still apparently holed up in a Moscow airport, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden precipitated another international incident, this time over the Bolivian president's plane being rerouted to Austria over concerns that Mr. Snowden might be onboard. Published July 3, 2013