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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

New York City Police Department officers stand at the front entrance of Trump Tower in New York. The new federal spending bill would allocate $61 million to reimburse primarily New York City and Palm Beach County for police overtime and other local expenses related to securing President Donald Trump and his family at Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Bipartisan coalition defends COPS against Trump cuts

A bipartisan coalition of representatives announced Tuesday they're fighting to keep full funding for a federal grant that pays local police and sheriff's departments to hire more officers. Published March 20, 2018

The notion that more police equals less crime grew out of the successful strategies in New York in the 1990s that shifted the emphasis from solving crimes to deterrence. (Associated Press/File)

COPS grant program past its 'peak,' gets slashed in Trump budget

There is little doubt that the COPS grant program, sprung from the 1994 crime bill, helped craft the modern approach to community-based policing. The cash was supposed to be a six-year infusion of federal taxpayer money to encourage local police and sheriff's departments to focus on communities by putting 100,000 more officers on the streets. Published March 18, 2018

A four-story building in St. Petersburg is known as the "Troll Factory," which started interfering in U.S. politics as early as 2014, according to an indictment. (Associated Press)

Sinister scheme of Russian 'Troll Farm' laid bare in federal grand jury indictment

Accounts from as far back as 2014 described a "Troll Factory" in St. Petersburg where Russian tycoon Yevgeny Prighozin, a longtime crony of President Vladimir Putin, reportedly began buttressing the regime of the former KGB officer and eventually morphed into a sprawling operation with international targets. Published February 17, 2018