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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.

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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama presents a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

John Lewis, civil rights icon, dies at 80

John Lewis, the son of Alabama sharecroppers in the Jim Crow era who went on to become the dean of Georgia's congressional delegation with legendary credentials as both a civil rights fighter and longtime Democratic lawmaker, has died. He was 80. Published July 18, 2020

Visitors walk near a sign that reads "Welcome to CHOP," Sunday, June 14, 2020, inside what has been named the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone in Seattle. Protesters calling for police reform and other demands have taken over several blocks near downtown Seattle after officers withdrew from a police station in the area following violent confrontations. The CHOP name is a change from CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone) that was used earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)  **FILE**

Lawsuit: Seattle abandoned CHOP's residents, businesses for political purposes

The class-action lawsuit filed by nearly two dozen entities in Seattle's former so-called Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) was amended Friday, as the plaintiffs accuse the city of "deliberate indifference to the known and obvious harm" businesses and residents suffered in the police-free zone. Published July 11, 2020

In this May 27, 2020, file photo, police gather en masse as protests continue at the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct in Minneapolis. More than 150 Minneapolis police officers have started the process of filing for disability claims since the death of George Floyd and the ensuing unrest in the city, with the majority citing post-traumatic stress disorder as the reason for their planned departure, according to an attorney representing the officers. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP, File)  **FILE**

150 Minneapolis cops request post-traumatic stress leave

At least 150 Minneapolis police officers are now seeking disability for post-traumatic stress disorder, the latest sign of municipal law enforcement reeling from weeks of protests, rioting and calls to disband police departments. Published July 10, 2020

President Donald Trump listens during a "National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America's Schools," event in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Washington. When Trump convened the coronavirus roundtable on how to safely reopen schools, the seats surrounding him were filled with parents, teachers and local health officials. The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was relegated to secondary seating on the side. It was a telling indication of how Trump has sidelined and undercut federal health experts.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

GOP scores big in state legislature money race

The Republican State Leadership Committee that boosts the party's state legislative candidates rake in a whopping $10.5 million in the second quarter. Published July 10, 2020

Sen. Jeremy England, R-Vancleave, right, fist bumps with Sen. Juan Barnett, D-Heidelberg following adjournment Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Earlier in the day, England, responded to accusations of spinelessness and political trickery aimed at lawmakers by another senator over the Mississippi state flag issue. England, said he would "hold the line," in pursuing change of the flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi lawmaker expects backlash for vote on state flag

First-term Mississippi state Sen. Jeremy England didn't campaign on removing the Stars and Bars from the state flag and didn't expect to confront the divisive issue when the Legislature convened this summer in Jackson. Published July 7, 2020