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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

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"The message could not be more clear that Republicans and Democrats in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House do not support the president's climate agenda, and the international community should take note," said Sen. James M. Inhofe, chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (Associated Press)

Republicans move to undermine Obama on Paris climate deal

As Obama administration officials confer Tuesday at the climate talks in Paris, a who's who of top climate change doubters will be testifying before a Senate subcommittee at a hearing convened by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Published December 7, 2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan participates in a panel discussion during the Republican Governors Association annual conference Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens) **FILE**

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan: Gun control isn't working

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday that California's strict gun-control laws failed to prevent the San Bernardino mass shooting, and that lawmakers need to seek "better answers." Published December 5, 2015

A victim is wheeled away on a stretcher following a shooting that killed multiple people at a social services facility, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. (David Bauman/The Press-Enterprise via AP)  MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT

Legally armed citizenry seen as mass-shooting, terrorism deterrent

Democrats ramped up their push Thursday for more firearms restrictions even as alarm over recent mass shootings, including one linked to Islamic terrorism, fueled calls for citizens to play a greater role in their own protection. Published December 3, 2015