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James Varney

James Varney was a national correspondent for The Washington Times. 

Articles by James Varney

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses voting rights for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during a CNN town hall, April 22, 2019. (Image: CNN screenshot)

CNN town halls turn into ratings catastrophe

CNN is on a town hall tear, offering viewers session after session with the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, topped off with a town hall assembly line Monday night that saw five would-be presidents featured in a prime-time row. Published April 23, 2019

In Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court decided last year that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining. (Associated Press/File)

Lawyers challenge bar dues on political grounds

Lawyers across the country are challenging the dues they pay to their state bar associations, saying they're being forced to subsidize organizations that they fundamentally disagree with politically. Published April 21, 2019

The burnt ruins of the Greater Union Baptist Church, one of three that recently burned down in St. Landry Parish, are seen in Opelousas, La., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) **FILE**

Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish galvanized after fires at historically black churches

With a sheriff's deputy's son behind bars accused of arson, worshippers at three charred, historically black churches in St. Landry Parish might be expected to have a bitter Holy Week. In fact, they have not. If anything, the alleged arsons have strengthened the community, generating an outpouring of support locally and across the nation: An online campaign was closing in on $2 million in pledges for repairs on Thursday. Published April 18, 2019

The Empire Beauty School, a for-profit college, is seen Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Portland, Maine.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) **FILE**

Tax dollars driving up costs of college education

From seminaries to beauty schools, taxpayers are financing the schooling of millions of students, and the flood of public dollars is driving up the cost of education, critics charge. Published April 2, 2019

The Agriculture Department predicts a 10 percent uptick from last year in farm profit to $69.4 billion, according to the agency's first forecast for 2019. (Associated Press/File)

Farm subsidies, prices temper Trump trade tariffs

The outlook may be improving for America's farmers, whose famous resilience has been tested by President Trump's trade policies as well as by lower prices driven by several years of bountiful harvests. Published March 31, 2019

In this photo taken Wednesday, March 22, 2017, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., gives reporters an update about the ongoing Russia investigation adding that President Donald Trump's campaign communications may have been "monitored" during the transition period as part of an "incidental collection," on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Devin Nunes sues Twitter over conservative ‘shadow bans’

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes accused Twitter in a lawsuit Monday of censoring him and other conservatives during the 2018 elections, as the social media giant admitted it goofed in blocking the content of a conservative commentator last week. Published March 18, 2019

In the 2020 budget, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has requested more money to improve its ability to recoup improper Medicaid payments. (Associated Press/File)

Chuck Grassley, Pat Toomey find Medicaid waste, fraud stunning

The federal government has gone more than 25 years without making a serious effort to recover overpayments for bogus Medicaid charges that could run into the billions of dollars, according to two senators demanding an explanation. Published March 17, 2019

President Trump has often expressed his opinion that English is an important component of assimilation for immigrants. (Associated Press/File)

Donald Trump can end ‘Press 2 for Spanish,’ save billions

There's no telling how much money the government could save if it were to stop asking Americans to "Press 2 for Spanish." What is clear, according to those pushing the change, is that President Trump could do it with the stroke of a pen. Why he hasn't done so remains shrouded. Published March 10, 2019