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James Varney

James Varney was a national correspondent for The Washington Times. 

Articles by James Varney

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, inmates walk through the exercise yard at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, Calif. California arrest rates have dropped nearly 60 percent since 1989, yet blacks are three times more likely to be arrested than whites, according to a report released by the Public Institute of California, Monday Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Criminal justice reform sparks California crime wave

The First Step Act, heralded as the most important overhaul to criminal justice laws, capped off a wave of local and state laws that eased bail, shortened sentences and reclassified some crimes. The goals were to ease prison overcrowding, reduce costs and make the system more equitable. Published February 13, 2020

President Trump earned bipartisan applause during last week's State of the Union address with his vow to spread high-speed internet service to rural America. An estimated 19 million Americans still lack broadband, according to the FCC. (Associated Press)

High-speed internet expansion promise remains elusive

President Trump's vow in his State of the Union speech to spread high-speed internet service to rural America was one of the few bipartisan applause lines. After all, the same pledge was made by the last two presidents and every 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful. And yet, the quest for universal broadband service has proved a costly promise that somehow is always beyond the government's reach. Published February 9, 2020

This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo shows a Measles, Mumps and Rubella, M-M-R vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. On Feb. 5, 2020, the Louisiana State University (LSU) confirmed there was an outbreak of mumps on the school's campus. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) **FILE**

LSU confirms outbreak of mumps

LSU and the Louisiana Department of Health confirmed several cases of mumps on campus Tuesday, a virus that once stood on the verge of extinction thanks to vaccines. Published February 5, 2020


7.7 earthquake hits off Jamaica

A massive earthquake - the biggest that the Carribean since Haiti in 2010 - has hit somewhere between Cuba and Jamaica, according to the U.S. Geological Service. Published January 28, 2020

Sen. Doug Jones is considered the most vulnerable senator since he won the 2017 Alabama special election against Republican Roy Moore. (Associated Press Photographs)

Doug Jones tied to Chuck Schumer, Trump impeachment

The last thing Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones may have wanted was beginning the year tied to the hip of his party's liberal leadership given that he is running for reelection. Published January 26, 2020

Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters march through the Near West Side after a rally in Union Park on day five of a Chicago Public Schools district-wide strike, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Chicago Public Schools announced Sunday night that classes and after school activities are canceled Monday as the strike enters its first full week. The work stoppage began on Thursday. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) **FILE**

Union membership falls in steady decline

Membership in labor unions fell to 10.3% of the nation's workforce last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday, continuing the steady decline of a key Democratic constituency that traditionally wielded enormous clout. Published January 22, 2020