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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

In this June 8, 2018, photo, Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, attends a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Republican support for Iowa Rep. Steve King erodes

Embattled Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King went to the House floor Friday in an attempt to limit the fallout from his latest controversial comments in support of one of his favorite political themes, what he labels, "Western Civilization." Published January 11, 2019

Tourists at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, whose office adjoins Jean Lafitte's National Park Service headquarters, were met with a sign about the federal government shutdown. Below it, a handwritten sign read "Thanks Trump," with a waggish umlaut over the "u." (Photo by James Varney/The Washington Times)

Tourists feel pinch of government shutdown

Dejected tourists stood in the rain late last week outside the shuttered federal offices of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Published January 6, 2019

An arrest didn't stop this protester from yelling while blocking traffic on a street between the Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol. (Associated Press)

Brett Kavanaugh protesters don’t regret arrests

For most of the protesters arrested during Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, the moment has come and gone, as forgotten as the accusations against the nominee by Christine Blasey Ford and others. Published January 1, 2019

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Wall Street worries: Dow plunges by 650 points

Wall Street's stockings appeared to have coal toes for 2018, as stock markets dropped sharply by 650 points Monday after last week's crushing falls wiped out much of the year's gains. Published December 24, 2018

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says this is the first year it has recorded more job openings than unemployed people seeking work. (Associated Press/File)

Job openings exceed unemployment data: Labor Department

The U.S. economy is running so hot that businesses cannot find people to fill their want ads. The 7.1 million openings recorded at the end of October easily topped the 6 million people the Labor Department said were unemployed and actively seeking jobs at that point. Published December 23, 2018

In this photo provided by WLBT-TV a noose hangs on a tree on the state capitol grounds in Jackson, Miss. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. A Mississippi official says two nooses and six signs were found on the grounds of the Mississippi state Capitol. Chuck McIntosh, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, which oversees the Capitol, says the nooses and signs were found Monday morning between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. (WLBT-TV via AP)

Mississippi noose hung before Cindy Hyde-Smith election produces no charges

The nooses sparked headlines from the U.S. to Ireland to Japan, with American cable television news networks, in particular, suggesting they were the latest race-tinged outrage meant to affect black voters. Authorities vowed swift investigation to find the culprit. Published December 19, 2018

In this April 27, 2017, file photo, right wing group Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson speaks during a rally in support of free speech in Berkeley, Calif. The conflict between Patriot Prayer and the so-called "antifa" has dominated the landscape at marches and rallies in Portland, Ore., in recent months, creating turmoil and soul-searching in the city, a liberal bastion that also hides a dark and lesser-known history of racism dating back decades. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)

Dave Brat pushes freedom of speech bill to protect students

With incidents of First Amendment violations surging on college campuses, Rep. Dave Brat proposed legislation Monday that would safeguard the freedom of speech and assembly that he and some experts consider imperiled. Published December 10, 2018

Soybean plants in fields in front of a farm house in Locust Hill, Va., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Soybean farmers undermined by U.S.-China trade war

Soybean growers across the fruited plain are in a precarious position partly because of the U.S. trade war with China. The uncertainty over that huge export market and the ripple effect it has had on crops from harvest to table have left farmers in a bind. Published December 6, 2018