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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

Articles by James Varney

In this March 23, 2021, file photo, pedestrians walk past the New York Stock Exchange in New York's Financial District.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

One thing partisan voters agree on: Woke CEOs miss the mark

A broad, bipartisan majority of voters says corporate executives should spend less time virtue signaling on social issues and more on developing and selling their products, according to new research from a leading strategic data analysis firm. Published December 1, 2021

In this undated file photo provided by the County of Los Angeles, incoming Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon speaks after he was sworn in a virtual ceremony in downtown Los Angeles. (Bryan Chan/County of Los Angeles via AP, File)

In California, big city DAs face shifting recall winds

Disgruntled voters in San Francisco and Los Angeles are seeking to recall their left-wing district attorneys, with the effort in San Francisco full of energy and momentum while the Los Angeles movement is trying to regain its footing. Published November 22, 2021

In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. A second set of states has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. The latest suit, dated Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 was filed in Louisiana on behalf of 12 states and comes less than a week after another lawsuit challenging the rule was filed in Missouri by a coalition of 10 states. "The federal government will not impose medical tyranny on Louisiana’s people without my best fight," Landry said in a news release announcing the lawsuit. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) **FILE**

Louisiana, 11 more states take administration to court over shot mandates

A coalition of a dozen states led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed suit against the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all employees, volunteers and contractors who work at health care facilities that receive federal funding. Published November 16, 2021

Larry Fink, CEO of Blackrock, participates in a panel during the One Planet Summit in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Consumer group attacks BlackRock for hypocrisy by investing in Chinese companies

A consumer watchdog group has unveiled a multimillion-dollar campaign against BlackRock, the world's biggest money managers, for hectoring American businesses about leftist causes while simultaneously investing in Chinese companies with poor records on human rights and the environment. Published November 4, 2021

A bus driver travels her route on the first day of in-person instruction at Owasso schools Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 in Owasso, Okla.   (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Liberal groups sue Oklahoma law banning critical race theory

Two liberal groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of Oklahoma's law banning the teaching of critical race theory, the first such action challenging measures taken by lawmakers to combat the controversial pedagogy. Published October 19, 2021