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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

The Tallahassee investigation of city hall corruption came to light in June 2017, not long after Mayor Andrew Gillum (right) declared his candidacy for governor. There have been no indictments or arrests. (Associated Press)

DeSantis slams Gillum for ties to Tallahassee corruption probe

When Florida's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum chose a former primary opponent as his running mate Thursday, he did more than add another sharply progressive voice to the ticket in November's election. Published September 10, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announces his bid to run for the U.S. Senate at a news conference Monday, April 9, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

'Shameless': Bill Nelson says Rick Scott, Trump administration orchestrated drilling exemption

When the Trump administration announced plans this year to ease the offshore drilling ban and then quickly retreated when it came to Florida's coast, Gov. Rick Scott took credit for backing the president away from the idea. But Democrats said it was all orchestrated to bolster the Republican governor's environmental credentials ahead of his anticipated bid to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Published August 27, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

How Zuckerberg can keep straight face with claim Facebook flags 99% of terrorist content

Facebook inventor and CEO Mark Zuckerberg boasted that his company was able to flag "99 percent of the ISIS and al Qaeda content ... before any human sees it" when he testified before Congress in April. But as the debate about social media's responsibility and the First Amendment rages, Mr. Zuckerberg's comment obscures as much as it reveals, experts said. Published August 14, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, the shoreline of Bay Jimmy, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, is seen in an area that has tar mats and oozing crude oil on the marsh platform, in Plaquemines Parish, La. This year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is surprisingly small, but the oxygen-depleted water rose higher toward the surface than usual, scientists said Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Gulf's 'dead zone' significantly smaller this year: NOAA

The "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico shrank over the last year, researchers announced this week, suggesting at least some turnaround from 2017's record-sized region where sea life struggles. Published August 2, 2018