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Richard LardnerRichard LardnerJanuary 24, 20175min700

Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking. A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 22, 20178min88

America received a new president last week who brings to Colorado the same controversies that marked his tumultuous election campaign. The inauguration ceremonies in Washington included thousands of Coloradans who came to either protest or support Donald Trump. Heather Toth, Colorado organizer of the Women’s March on Washington, said she marched in Washington to let Trump know, “Hey, we didn’t vote for you but we matter as much as the people who did vote for you.”


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Ken ThomasKen ThomasJanuary 21, 20177min900

President Donald Trump opened his first full day as president Saturday at a national prayer service, the final piece of transition business for the nation's new chief executive before a promised full-on shift into governing. Trump and his wife, Melania, and Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, sat in a front pew at Washington National Cathedral for the morning service after a day of pomp, pageantry and protests that accompanied his Friday inauguration. The interfaith service is a tradition for new presidents and is hosted by the Episcopal parish, but the decision to hold a prayer session for Trump sparked debate among Episcopalians opposed to his policies.


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Julie PaceJulie PaceJanuary 20, 201713min710

Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years. Looking out over the crowd sprawled across the National Mall, Trump painted a bleak picture of the nation he now leads, lamenting crime, shuttered factories and depleted American leadership. He vowed to stir "new national pride," bring jobs back to the United States, and "eradicate completely" Islamic terrorism.


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 16, 201713min87

Following the Senate confirmation hearing last week for Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner walked away impressed by the candidate presented to him as the incoming presidential administration and its appointees begin to filter in closer to filling their executive branch positions. Gardner said he came away from the confirmation hearing for Tillerson pleased by the former ExxonMobil CEO's presentation.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 11, 20175min82

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has joined his peers across the country in expressing disappointment with the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to classify election systems as “critical infrastructure” without a promised collaboration process. A news release from Williams' office said one concern is that the classification may give the federal government more control over elections, which are run by states and local governments. The designation was made Friday, Jan. 6.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 11, 201712min930

Even before she took the oath of office, state Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, readily answered to the title of Speaker of the House. As roll call was taken Wednesday, Jan. 11, the first day of the 71st General Assembly, the clerk asked if the speaker was present and both state Rep. Dixie Hullinghorst, D-Gunbarrel - who wrapped up her term as speaker - and Duran answered "here." Duran then laughed lightly from her seat with family members on the House floor.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 10, 20177min79

Beth McCann is now doing the job she really wanted to do. As a result, she made history as the first female district attorney in Denver. McCann, who defeated independent candidate Helen Morgan in last fall's general election, was sworn in to office Tuesday, Jan. 10, before a couple hundred supporters, family, friends, colleagues and other elected officials in the City and County of Denver.