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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

It would surprise no one if President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were to announce the ratification of the sweeping climate change agreement before the Sunday opening of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. (Associated Press)

White House defends Obama evading Senate on Paris climate deal

The White House on Monday defended President Obama's decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without Senate ratification but stopped short of confirming a Chinese report that he will do so this week during his trip to China. Published August 29, 2016

David Key, an insurance adjuster, examines the flood damage to his own backyard in Prairieville, Louisiana. After a series of storms dumped nearly 3 feet of rain on the area, Mr. Key fled with his wife and three children.. (Associated Press)

Obama's refusal to interrupt vacation amid Louisiana flooding stirs anger

President Obama is stirring resentment over his refusal to interrupt his Martha's Vineyard vacation to survey the Louisiana flood -- the worst U.S. natural disaster since 2012 -- while drawing comparisons to President George W. Bush's hotly criticized response to Hurricane Katrina in the same state. Published August 18, 2016