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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

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

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