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James Varney

James Varney

James Varney is a national correspondent for The Washington Times. A graduate of Wesleyan and the Columbia Journalism School, he spent decades with The Times-Picayune, including a 5-year stint as the paper's Latin America correspondent and two embedded tours with the Army and the Marines in Iraq in 2003. He was a member of the New Orleans-based reporting team that won two Pulitzer Prizes for Hurricane Katrina coverage in 2006. In sports, he covered both LSU's national championship in 2007 and the Saints victory in Super Bowl XLIV. He can be reached at [email protected].

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FILE - In this March 31, 2015 file photo,  Charles Krauthammer talks about getting into politics during a news conference in Corpus Christi, Texas.   The Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist says he has only a few weeks to live because of an aggressive form of cancer. Krauthammer disclosed his doctors prognosis in a letter released Friday, June 8, 2018  to colleagues, friends and viewers. Krauthammer wrote that he underwent surgery in August to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen.   (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer dies at 68

Charles Krauthammer, the erudite conservative columnist and bestselling author who became a television star and one of the most cogent critics of the Obama administration, died Thursday of cancer. He was 68 years old. Published June 21, 2018

USS Pueblo still held hostage by North Korea as Trump, Kim meet

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy, sits in Boston, revered by sailors and history buffs. The second-oldest ship, the USS Pueblo, floats at a river dock in Pyongyang, still a hostage more than 50 years after North Korea seized it in a January 1968 raid in the frigid waters of the East Sea off the Hermit Kingdom's northeastern coast. Published June 11, 2018

New York City Police Department officers stand at the front entrance of Trump Tower in New York. The new federal spending bill would allocate $61 million to reimburse primarily New York City and Palm Beach County for police overtime and other local expenses related to securing President Donald Trump and his family at Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Bipartisan coalition defends COPS against Trump cuts

A bipartisan coalition of representatives announced Tuesday they're fighting to keep full funding for a federal grant that pays local police and sheriff's departments to hire more officers. Published March 20, 2018

The notion that more police equals less crime grew out of the successful strategies in New York in the 1990s that shifted the emphasis from solving crimes to deterrence. (Associated Press/File)

COPS grant program past its 'peak,' gets slashed in Trump budget

There is little doubt that the COPS grant program, sprung from the 1994 crime bill, helped craft the modern approach to community-based policing. The cash was supposed to be a six-year infusion of federal taxpayer money to encourage local police and sheriff's departments to focus on communities by putting 100,000 more officers on the streets. Published March 18, 2018