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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

Articles by James Varney

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

Choir members sing worship songs during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) ** FILE **

Southern Baptists keep faith amid sexual misconduct scandal

Pews were packed again Sunday at First Baptist Church, a congregation of thousands that, like all other Southern Baptist churches, is wrestling with the fallout from a massive sexual misconduct scandal. Published February 18, 2019

In this Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, file photo, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during an organizing event at Curate event space in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney, File)

Elizabeth Warren is conservatives’ most-disliked liberal

Many of the Democrats lining up to take on President Trump in 2020 are embracing a nearly identical platform of big increases in taxes and government, but perhaps only one of them has an ability to make conservatives' skin crawl. Published February 3, 2019

Business at Rocket City Tavern in Huntsville, Alabama, was off by at least 35 percent since the partial federal shutdown began. The shutdown had a ripple effect in the city.

Huntsville, Alabama, stunned by government shutdown

HUNTSVILLE, ALA. | A Saturn rocket looms like a technological steeple over this Alabama city, where a well-paid government workforce helps form the backbone of something like a boom town. Published January 28, 2019

Therese Easley, an FDA contract worker, collects food and supplies from a food pantry for furloughed government workers affected by the federal shutdown, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Shutdown’s end comes at good time for Alabama city

Huntsville, Al. -- This northeastern pocket of Alabama may actually get snow this weekend, and with the news Friday afternoon government employees will get paid it means the town can actually enjoy it. Published January 25, 2019

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, waves to supporters as she arrives at a rally organized by Women's March NYC at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) ** FILE **

Democrats catch, surpass GOP in social media use

Young liberal lawmakers haven't just taken social media by storm, it turns out, but instead have helped their party catch up to what had been a Republican advantage over the last decade. Published January 21, 2019