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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

USS Pueblo still held hostage by North Korea as Trump, Kim meet

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy, sits in Boston, revered by sailors and history buffs. The second-oldest ship, the USS Pueblo, floats at a river dock in Pyongyang, still a hostage more than 50 years after North Korea seized it in a January 1968 raid in the frigid waters of the East Sea off the Hermit Kingdom's northeastern coast. Published June 11, 2018

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