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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


7.7 earthquake hits off Jamaica

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A massive earthquake - the biggest that the Carribean since Haiti in 2010 - has hit somewhere between Cuba and Jamaica, according to the U.S. Geological Service. Published January 28, 2020

Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters march through the Near West Side after a rally in Union Park on day five of a Chicago Public Schools district-wide strike, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Chicago Public Schools announced Sunday night that classes and after school activities are canceled Monday as the strike enters its first full week. The work stoppage began on Thursday. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) **FILE**

Union membership falls in steady decline

Membership in labor unions fell to 10.3% of the nation's workforce last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday, continuing the steady decline of a key Democratic constituency that traditionally wielded enormous clout. Published January 22, 2020

A Mississippi River bonfire in the shape of an alligator ready for lighting. (Special to The Washington Times/courtesy of Stephen Peytavin.)

Christmas Eve bonfires set to light along Mississippi River

Grinches may have made the Christmas bonfires smaller, but that doesn't mean Santa Claus will be flying in the dark Tuesday night as he follows the winding Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana. Published December 24, 2019

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, right, looks out at the crowd during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Lexington, Ky. Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear last month in a close race, issued more than 400 pardons since the Nov. 5 election, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State's office.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kentucky man insists evidence -- not ties to Matt Bevin -- led to pardon

A convicted killer who has been pardoned plans to hold a Kentucky press conference Tuesday amid backlash over the former governor's decision to pardon him after the man served less than two years for a conviction on reckless homicide and other charges. Published December 16, 2019

Training for Saudi nationals in programs at U.S. military facilities is now limited to classrooms only as the Pentagon conducts a wide-ranging review, an official said. Members of foreign militaries routinely receive instruction at U.S. facilities, and investigators are thought to be questioning other Saudi students about possible involvement in Friday's attack. Three people died in the shooting. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Pentagon halts operation training with Saudi Arabia

The Pentagon has halted all operational training of Saudi Arabian military officers at U.S. bases in the wake of Friday's shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola that claimed the lives of three sailors. Published December 10, 2019

FILE - In this June 25, 2019, file photo a FedEx delivery truck is loaded by an employee on the street in downtown Cincinnati. FedEx reports financial results Tuesday, Sept. 17. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

FedEx CEO challenges New York Times publisher to tax debate

FedEx CEO and Chairman Frederick W. Smith wants a chance to debate federal tax policy with A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times, after the paper published an "outrageous" story about the delivery giant paying no federal income tax. Published November 18, 2019

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards talks to media at his campaign office in Shreveport, La., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Edwards narrowly reelected Louisiana governor

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is declaring victory Saturday night with unofficial election results apparently showing the first-term Democrat holding on to the governor's mansion, surviving a Republican campaign blitz that included campaign rallies headlined by President Trump. Published November 16, 2019