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James Varney

James Varney was a national correspondent for The Washington Times. 

Articles by James Varney

Tents are being erected outside the Veterans Administration hospital on Galvez Street in New Orleans. These tents will serve as a drive-through testing site for coronavirus. (James Varney/ The Washington Times)

VA hospitals prepare to treat coronavirus patients

NEW ORLEANS | Outside the Veterans Administration hospital here — by far the hardest hit by the coronavirus in the U.S. network of military care facilities — it's something of a ghost town. Published March 24, 2020

In this Aug. 22, 2018, file photo cargo is unload from trucks at the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) **FILE**

West Coast ports open for business, despite rumors

The nation's biggest ports are wide open for business, despite rumors to the contrary, as they try to rev up after taking a hit from the trade war with China and then the coronavirus pandemic. Published March 21, 2020

A sign posted in a restaurant window in the Chinatown-International District advises of only take out orders Monday, March 16, 2020, in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered all bars, restaurants, entertainment and recreation facilities to temporarily close to fight the spread of the new coronavirus in the state with by far the most deaths in the U.S. from the COVID-19 disease. Take out and delivery food orders are still allowed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Laid-off restaurant workers hoping for help

For Maddy Rowland, the pink slip came Thursday evening. But the coronavirus pandemic made it seem Friday as if most of the nation's 15.6 million restaurant workers had already received one or were expecting one. Published March 20, 2020

Visitors to the Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel due to closures over coronavirus concerns, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in New York. Applications for jobless benefits are surging in some states as coronavirus concerns shake the U.S. economy. The sharp increase comes as governments have ordered millions of workers, students and shoppers to stay home as a precaution against spreading the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Coronavirus infects U.S. economy; millions face financial ruin

Without quick action, the Trump administration has warned the unemployment rate could hit 20%. That catastrophic figure would reverse what has been record employment during the Trump administration across all sectors of society, including the lowest African-American unemployment rate in U.S. history. Published March 18, 2020

A woman pushes a stroller past a liquor store on a nearly empty sidewalk on Broadway on St. Patrick's Day in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Liquor stores struggle with coronavirus quarantine-fueled demand for booze

Stocking up on booze is a common theme on social media, particularly among those who believe brown liquor helps fight the virus. Photos of spray bottle tops attached to scotch and bourbon were ubiquitous on Twitter and Facebook posts, often accompanied by jokes about refusing to see the world end sober. Published March 17, 2020

In this Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, patrons visit a betting kiosk in the sports betting area of Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) ** FILE **

Coronavirus scrambles sportsbooks, shutters casinos

The coronavirus outbreak leaves America's sportsbooks scrambling after forcing the cancellation of the NCAA tournament as well as the suspension of the NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL, PGA and other sports leagues, Published March 16, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

National Education Association endorses Joe Biden

Though it was certain to come at some point, Joe Biden picked up a big endorsement Saturday when the country's largest union -- the National Education Association -- backed his presidential bid. Published March 15, 2020

A man stands at an exchange office screen showing the currency exchange rates of U.S. Dollar and Euro to Russian Rubles in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Oil prices are plunging after Saudi Arabia started a price war against Russia. The Saudis tried to get the Russians to cut oil production to keep prices from falling even more due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Saudi Arabia-Russia oil price war pushes industry to tipping point

The raging oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia has highlighted the delicate balance between oil prices and energy sector profitability, and analysts think the industry has reached the tipping point at which some companies simply won't survive. Published March 12, 2020