Interior would see big funding boost under Biden budget proposal, including tribal programs

President Joe Biden’s budget request, released Monday, would boost funding for the Interior Department by nearly one-fifth, well above what the administration has proposed for most discretionary spending. The president’s $5.8 trillion request to Congress for fiscal 2023 proposes a 5% increase for domestic discretionary programs. Interior would see $17.5 billion in discretionary spending, a […]

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Biden budget plan would levy minimum tax on billionaires, boost national security

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden sent a new $5.8 trillion budget request to Congress on Monday that calls on lawmakers to institute a minimum tax on billionaires and boost spending on national security.  The proposal, which lawmakers will undoubtedly change, asks Congress to provide $795 billion in defense funding, a roughly 4% increase, and $915 […]

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Colorado’s top-ranked autism services draw families from across the country, but gaps remain

Dennis Mashue traveled around the country with his son, who is on the autism spectrum, before finding the supportive community he was looking for in Colorado. After deciding to relocate from Michigan to Colorado, Mashue, who now serves on the board of Autism Society of Colorado in Broomfield, said in his experience, people in Colorado […]

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Juneteenth is an American experience

State Rep. Leslie Herod and the Colorado Democratic Black Legislative Caucus have introduced legislation that will make Juneteenth the 11th official Colorado state holiday. And, in doing so, they’ve ensured that this state might take a real first step toward honoring the lives, historic sacrifices, and continuing legacy of Black Coloradans. Early in the discussions, […]

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Boebert kicks off GOP assembly where Tina Peters tells crowd ‘they’re coming after you’

After opening the Mesa County Republican Assembly in Grand Junction with a prayer, a singing of the national anthem, and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, county GOP chairman Kevin McCarney invited his “adopted daughter” Rep. Lauren Boebert to the stage. “One of the things I’m most proud of is being one of 147 who […]

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New process for asylum cases at the border unveiled by Biden administration

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Thursday steps to expedite asylum cases at the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to resolve a years-long backlog, but policy advocates worry the streamlined process could prevent asylum seekers from obtaining legal representation if their cases are denied. “If somebody is not approved in the first instance, they’re going […]

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Fentanyl overdose crisis strategy unveiled by Gov. Polis, state lawmakers

After much anticipation, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers and district attorneys joined Gov. Jared Polis at the Capitol on Thursday to introduce legislation aimed at addressing the rise in fentanyl overdose deaths in Colorado. They propose increasing penalties for people who manufacture, sell or distribute the powerful synthetic opioid while requiring people convicted of […]

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We’ve relied on industry to protect us from air toxics. That approach has failed.

What if you found out you and your family might have been breathing in an invisible poison for years? It sounds like a science fiction plot. But it’s a question that we and thousands of other Coloradans have been asking ourselves. Even for us, as professionals in health fields, trying to answer it leads to […]

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GOP senators attack and interrupt in final day of questioning U.S. Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON — In the third day of hearings Wednesday on the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, several Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee interrogated her about sentences she handed down for child pornography offenses, disagreeing vehemently with her judicial decisions. Republicans grilled her with questions she had already answered about […]

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U.S. to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, levy more sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON — The White House announced a wave of new sanctions against Russia on Thursday while pledging to send more humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and welcome up to 100,000 refugees. The new economic restrictions on Russia and billions more in aid for Ukrainians were detailed as President Joe Biden huddled with North Atlantic Treaty Organization […]

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