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Valerie Richardson

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

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Sen. Joe Manchin III (right), West Virginia Democrat, tempered a proposal by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, that would have expanded checks to virtually all private gun sales. (Associated Press)

Manchin looms as key swing vote with Democrats poised to take Senate

West Virginian Joe Manchin calls himself a "moderate conservative Democrat" is poised to become the crucial swing vote in the evenly split Senate, and the last line of defense against a progressive leftist agenda, thanks to the apparent double-Democratic victory in the Georgia Senate runoff. Published January 6, 2021

FILE - In this July 28, 2016 file photo, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Rep. Cleaver says he was surprised by the backlash against how he ended his prayer that opened the new session of the U.S. House on Sunday. Cleaver concluded the prayer with the words, "Amen and A-woman," which he said was a pun meant to honor the record number of women serving in Congress this session. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite File)

Emanuel Cleaver defends 'lighthearted' 'a-woman' prayer

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat, defended Tuesday his decision to end the opening House prayer with "a-woman," calling it a "lighthearted pun" and a reference to the record number of women in Congress. Published January 5, 2021

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Cuomo skewered for opening Bills game with restaurants shuttered

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing accusations of pandemic hypocrisy for revamping his public-health order to allow fans at next week's Buffalo Bills playoff game while keeping a lid on the state's struggling restaurants. Published January 3, 2021

This May 21, 2018, file photo shows a row of dishwashers for sale at Lowe's Home Improvement store in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Biden figures wage war on Trump's high-performance dishwasher rule

Those agitating for faster dishwashers may see their hopes go down the drain with the incoming administration. Two Biden administration picks -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Natural Resources Defense Council President Gina McCarthy -- are leading the legal fight to reverse the Trump administration's recently approved rule creating a new product class for speedier, high-performance residential dishwashers. Published December 31, 2020