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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 jvarney@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by James Varney

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., addresses the Road to the Green New Deal Tour final event at Howard University in Washington, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

American Communists unite behind Green New Deal

One of the Communist revolutionary's eternal problems -- making a living while also pursuing the socialist dream -- was thrown into relief at the party's national convention during a spirited discussion over the Green New Deal. Published June 22, 2019

Delegates to the CPUSA's Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill., deliver a standing ovation to Alex Granado, a representative of the Youth Communists of Venezuela, who addressed the conference's opening session on Friday, June 21, 2019 (James Varney/The Washington Times)

Red and Proud: Communist Party USA celebrates centenary in Chicago

With an early morning tour of the Haymarket and a series of rousing speeches, the Communist Party of the USA kicked off its 3-day annual conference here Friday with a mix of vigor and age, as party faithful were cheered by Democrats warmly embracing more radically socialist aims, but roused to anger by U.S. support for opposition leaders working to push Venezuela's socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro from power. Published June 22, 2019

In this May 3, 2017, photo, former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. A federal judge in Chicago says he'll dismiss a lawsuit brought by a parks advocacy group that is trying to stop Barack Obama's presidential center from being built. U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey said there should be no delay in constructing the $500 million center after hearing arguments in court on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. He said a written ruling will follow later Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) **FILE**

Obama Center gets green light from federal judge

A federal judge this week cleared the way for former President Barack Obama to begin building his presidential center on Chicago's South Side, overruling the objections of community groups who said they were being steamrolled. Published June 12, 2019