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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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Obama postpones key decisions until postelection

The president has pushed back until after the election decisions on a host of high-profile issues related to Obamacare insurance premiums, immigration, the Keystone XL pipeline and his cabinet, prompting critics to accuse him of hiding his policies from the voters until it's too late. Published October 14, 2014

Karl Pierson (Associated Press)

School shooter fooled psychologists as he plotted deadly rampage

He called himself a "psychopath" in his secret diary and vowed revenge for slights dating back to elementary school before the Arapahoe High School shooter killed another student and himself last year, according to a sheriff's report released Friday. Published October 12, 2014

Floodwaters cut a residential neighborhood in two last year in Lyons, Colorado. Thousands of people living along Front Range were forced to evacuate. The freak storm, however, was not a result of man-made climate change, a scientific study shows. (Associated Press)

Scientists reject climate change link to Colorado floods

Climate change activists were quick to blame last year's unprecedented, devastating Colorado flooding on increased human-caused emissions in the atmosphere, but a study released this week says that's not the case. Published October 2, 2014


Scalia defends keeping God, religion in public square

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Wednesday that secularists are wrong when they argue the Constitution requires religious references to be banished from the public square. Published October 1, 2014

Dillon Taylor was reportedly unarmed when he was shot two times near a 7-Eleven on Aug. 11 after getting into a confrontation with police officers. (Facebook)

'Not white' Salt Lake officer 'justified' in shooting of unarmed youth

The Salt Lake County district attorney announced Tuesday that the minority police officer who fatally shot an unarmed white suspect was "legally justified," in a case that drew national attention in the aftermath of the racially charged police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Published September 30, 2014

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney didn't win Colorado two years ago as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, but he was back in the Rocky Mountain State on Monday, campaigning on behalf of the party's candidates for governor, Senate, the House and other offices. (Associated PRess)

Romney proves to be a draw in Colorado races

Luckily for Colorado Democrats, it's too late for a recount of the 2012 presidential race here, since Republican challenger Mitt Romney is proving vastly more popular on the campaign trail than President Obama. Published September 29, 2014

House Speaker John A. Boehner. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Boehner wants to stop 'butting heads' with president

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday he hopes to persuade President Obama after the November election to end the gridlock and tackle a host of contentious issues, including immigration reform and the Keystone XL pipeline. Published September 28, 2014

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said the Obama policy on Syria will be nothing like Bush-era war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo)

Obama says administration may have misjudged Islamic State

President Obama acknowledged Sunday that his administration misjudged the danger from the rising Islamic State, while House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said the result is that U.S. officials may have “no choice” but to send troops back to the Middle East. Published September 28, 2014