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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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United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power speaks at United Nations headquarters, Thursday, March 27, 2014.  The draft resolution of the U.N. General Assembly on Ukraine is "confrontational in nature", Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday, March 27. "Russia’s attitude towards the proposed draft resolution is negative. It is confrontational in nature," he said before the vote in the U.N. General Assembly. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Obama needs no U.N. approval to order airstrikes in Syria, ambassador says

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that the Obama administration has a legal basis to conduct airstrikes in Syria without U.N. approval, raising questions about the White House's ability to form an international front against the Islamic State. Published September 21, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Bruce Braley, Iowa Democratic Senate candidate, is seen here on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 18, 2014. (Associated Press)

Four Senate Democratic candidates rake in climate-change cash

Running for office as the favorites of the climate-change movement has its advantages, starting with cash. The same four Senate Democratic candidates being bankrolled by San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer's NextGen Climate Action PAC were the beneficiaries of Wednesday's 24-hour GreenStorm fundraising drive, coordinated by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund. Published September 17, 2014

A recent campaign ad by Democratic Sen. Mark Udall claiming Republican opponent, Cory Gardner, voted to shut down the government as Colorado was cleaning up from a devastating flood has sparked outrage. (Associated Press Photographs)

Udall flood ad sparks outrage in tight Colorado Senate race

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall's efforts to sink his GOP challenger by invoking last year's devastating floods are meeting with a deluge of criticism from Republicans who accuse the Democrat of politicizing the tragedy. Published September 17, 2014

FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany.  The U.N. weather agency says carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013. The World Meteorological Organization says the heat-trapping gas blamed for global warming was at global concentrations of 396 parts per million last year. That is an increase of 2.9 ppm from the previous year, which the Geneva-based agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 was the biggest year-to-year change in three decades. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Climate skeptics push back over new rise in carbon

The World Meteorological Organization warned this week that concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached a new high last year, but critics of climate change alarmism say that’s not necessarily a bad thing but instead a reflection of economic progress around the world. Published September 11, 2014