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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

Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is photographed in a media sit-down in Ridgeland, Miss.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi Senate runoff

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith emerged victorious Tuesday night in the Mississippi Senate runoff, fending off Democrat Mike Espy in the deeply conservative Magnolia State. Published November 27, 2018

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., speaks to attendees at a Gulf Coast Business Council meeting at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, Miss., on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Hyde-Smith is in a runoff with Democrat Mike Espy to retain her Senate seat. (AP Photo/Sun Herald, John Fitzhugh)/The Sun Herald via AP)

Trump to campaign for Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi Senate race

President Trump will jet in next week to campaign with Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi in the final undecided Senate race, hoping to carry her over the finish line in a race she sometimes seems intent on losing. Published November 18, 2018

Protesters gathered outside the Broward County of Supervisor of Elections Office on Sunday as Florida's election recount continued. Ballots for governor, Senate and the Agricultural Commission were run through scanning machines for a second time. (Associated Press)

Ballot counts keep Florida, Arizona, Georgia in suspense

Gov. Rick Scott renewed his claims to victory over Sen. Bill Nelson on Sunday as a recount began in the race for Senate, once again thrusting Florida to the forefront of a national election drama. Published November 11, 2018