Richard LardnerRichard LardnerJanuary 24, 20175min406

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.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 15, 201616min358

DENVER - Thanks for waiting patiently for today's Hot Sheet. There were some technical difficulties with our interwebs. All the cob webs have since been dispersed ... A week ago today, voters went to the polls (yep, that's what happened alright. Take our word for it). Following were tears, cheers and apparently protests. Despite the signs and marches, President Obama was correct, the sun did indeed rise the following day. We here at The Colorado Statesman are looking forward to following the state Legislature and new leadership from each of the House and Senate ...