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James Varney

James Varney was a national correspondent for The Washington Times. 

Articles by James Varney

Delegates to the CPUSA's Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill., deliver a standing ovation to Alex Granado, a representative of the Youth Communists of Venezuela, who addressed the conference's opening session on Friday, June 21, 2019 (James Varney/The Washington Times)

Communist Party USA kicks off 100th anniversary conference in Chicago

With an early morning tour of the Haymarket and a series of rousing speeches, the Communist Party of the USA kicked off its 3-day annual conference here Friday with a mix of vigor and age, as party faithful were cheered by Democrats warmly embracing more radically socialist aims, but roused to anger by U.S. support for opposition leaders working to push Venezuela's socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro from power. Published June 22, 2019

In this May 3, 2017, photo, former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. A federal judge in Chicago says he'll dismiss a lawsuit brought by a parks advocacy group that is trying to stop Barack Obama's presidential center from being built. U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey said there should be no delay in constructing the $500 million center after hearing arguments in court on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. He said a written ruling will follow later Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) **FILE**

Obama Center gets green light from federal judge

A federal judge this week cleared the way for former President Barack Obama to begin building his presidential center on Chicago's South Side, overruling the objections of community groups who said they were being steamrolled. Published June 12, 2019

Reminders of Hurricane Michael's fury are everywhere at Tyndall Air Force Base. (Associated Press/File)

Tyndall’s Hurricane Michael recovery an Air Force slog

To bring a new and improved Tyndall to life would cost at least $4.25 billion, Pentagon officials say, and that money isn't close to being available. Air Force officials are looking to reduce the costs and size of the base. Published June 2, 2019

The logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

China, Iran push bogus stories to spread discord

Partisans may squabble over what impact Russian meddling had on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but scholars are convinced other foreign actors are meddling, too. Published May 27, 2019

In this photo taken May 17, 2017, President Donald Trump waves after giving the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Donald Trump, Cabinet shunned at college graduations

President Trump and his Cabinet are speaking rarely at this year's college graduations, even as the annually lopsided measure of liberal versus conservative commencement speakers seems more balanced than usual. Published May 21, 2019

FILE - In this Monday, June 26, 2017 file photo, Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler, center, stands with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, left, as he speaks to protesters at a rally in San Antonio outside of the Federal Courthouse to oppose a new Texas "sanctuary cities" bill that aligns with the president's tougher stance on illegal immigration. The census, undertaken every 10 years, uses the number of total residents _ not citizens _ to allot seats in the U.S. House of Representatives to each state. "If we don't count all the people who live in our city _ all the residents we have _ it could mean that our community doesn't get our fair share of moneys or aid,” says Adler. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Chick-fil-A center of Ron Nirenberg San Antonio mayor 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