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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

Crusader of 'right to work' laws a strong supporter of unions

Mark Mix, a tireless fighter for "right to work" laws that guarantee a person cannot be compelled to join a union or pay union dues, says he knows exactly whom he would like to speak for his cause: Samuel Gompers. Published September 20, 2020

In this Oct. 30, 2018, photo, Chick-fil-A signage is displayed in downtown, Athens, Ga. Chick-fil-A said Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, that it no longer plans to open a restaurant in the San Antonio airport, even though the Texas city relented and agreed to let it do so after more than a year of legal wrangling. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP) **FILE**

Chick-fil-A squawks at San Antonio airport deal

Chick-fil-A on Monday walked away from a deal to open a restaurant in the San Antonio Airport, despite the city relenting in its yearlong fight to keep out the conservative-owned fast-food chain. Published September 14, 2020

President Donald Trump speaks with first responders as he tours a warehouse being used as a distribution point for relief aid after Hurricane Laura hit the area, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump tours hurricane damage in Louisiana

President Trump promised all necessary federal aid to rebuild hurricane-ravaged sections of Louisiana and Texas during a trip to both states on Saturday, as he toured storm damage and met with first responders. Published August 29, 2020

The nominating conventions for the Democrats and Republicans went virtual and balloon-free this year. Convention-goers won't be showered with the traditional balloon-release celebration. (Associated press)

Virtual nominating conventions deflate balloon-drop tradition

In place of their traditional festive parties, Democrats and Republicans are offering virtual, balloon-free nominating conventions, which means COVID-19 has claimed another celebration and left those who design and rig the complicated systems that shower celebrants at the gleeful climax with nothing to do but watch glumly. Published August 23, 2020