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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

Chick-fil-A becomes flash point in San Antonio mayor's race

San Antonio's Chick-fil-A fans will get a chance to strike back at the polls Saturday when the mayor who led a successful effort to ban the popular restaurant from the city's chief airport is up for reelection. Published May 1, 2019

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses voting rights for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during a CNN town hall, April 22, 2019. (Image: CNN screenshot)

CNN's trumpeted town halls turn into ratings catastrophe

CNN is on a town hall tear, offering viewers session after session with the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, topped off with a town hall assembly line Monday night that saw five would-be presidents featured in a prime-time row. Published April 23, 2019

The burnt ruins of the Greater Union Baptist Church, one of three that recently burned down in St. Landry Parish, are seen in Opelousas, La., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) **FILE**

Louisiana's St. Landry Parish galvanized after fires at historically black churches

With a sheriff's deputy's son behind bars accused of arson, worshippers at three charred, historically black churches in St. Landry Parish might be expected to have a bitter Holy Week. In fact, they have not. If anything, the alleged arsons have strengthened the community, generating an outpouring of support locally and across the nation: An online campaign was closing in on $2 million in pledges for repairs on Thursday. Published April 18, 2019

The Empire Beauty School, a for-profit college, is seen Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Portland, Maine.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) **FILE**

Tax dollars driving up costs of college education

From seminaries to beauty schools, taxpayers are financing the schooling of millions of students, and the flood of public dollars is driving up the cost of education, critics charge. Published April 2, 2019