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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

Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is photographed in a media sit-down in Ridgeland, Miss.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi Senate runoff

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith emerged victorious Tuesday night in the Mississippi Senate runoff, fending off Democrat Mike Espy in the deeply conservative Magnolia State. Published November 27, 2018

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., whose re-election contest against Republican Gov. Rick Scott is still undecided, is joined by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 201816. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Early hand recount returns look grim for Florida's Bill Nelson

Florida's hand recount kicked into gear Friday with grim news for Sen. Bill Nelson, the incumbent Democrat who trails in the vote tally, but was hoping enough new valid ballots would be discovered to deliver victory. Published November 16, 2018