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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].

Articles by James Varney

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

How Zuckerberg can keep straight face with claim Facebook flags 99% of terrorist content

Facebook inventor and CEO Mark Zuckerberg boasted that his company was able to flag "99 percent of the ISIS and al Qaeda content ... before any human sees it" when he testified before Congress in April. But as the debate about social media's responsibility and the First Amendment rages, Mr. Zuckerberg's comment obscures as much as it reveals, experts said. Published August 14, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, the shoreline of Bay Jimmy, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, is seen in an area that has tar mats and oozing crude oil on the marsh platform, in Plaquemines Parish, La. This year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is surprisingly small, but the oxygen-depleted water rose higher toward the surface than usual, scientists said Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Gulf's 'dead zone' significantly smaller this year: NOAA

The "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico shrank over the last year, researchers announced this week, suggesting at least some turnaround from 2017's record-sized region where sea life struggles. Published August 2, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, talks with Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, center, and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, left, outside Tampa Police Headquarters in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Scott's visit followed the announcement of the arrest in the Seminole Heights murders. (Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Cops vs. firefighters in Florida Senate race

Sen. Bill Nelson heads into his re-election bid this year with the backing of the Florida chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Gov. Rick Scott, his Republican opponent, counters with the backing of 55 of his state's 67 sheriffs and the endorsement of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, which publicly favored a Senate candidate for the first time ever last month. In a state familiar with disasters, whether from man or Mother Nature, public safety officials are prominent figures, so these endorsements could play significant roles. Published July 18, 2018

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