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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 Sept. 21, 2018 photo, Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, left, and Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke, right, take part in their first debate for the Texas U.S. Senate in Dallas. The second debate between O'Rourke and Cruz has been postponed because the Senate may be in session this weekend to vote on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool) **FILE**

Cruz, O’Rourke set to square off in second debate

The second debate between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke, set for Tuesday night in San Antonio, is supposed to feature questions about foreign policy but will likely focus more on domestic issues. Published October 16, 2018

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson speaks to members of the media after a debate with Republican challenger Rick Scott, who is Florida's governor, in their campaign for a highly competitive U.S. Senate seat, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Miramar, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Politicians balance constituents and campaign in Panhandle

The last thing people trying to pick up the shattered pieces after Hurricane Michael probably want to think about is politics, but politics has to be in the back of the minds of the officials sorting through the Florida wreckage. Published October 15, 2018

Led by Peter Boghossian, an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University in Oregon,  a trio of self-declared "left-wing academics" ran a research project exposing what they call higher education's burgeoning field of "grievance studies."  (Screengrab from Peter Boghossian's Twitter account)

Grievance Studies exposes college corruption with hoax papers

Mein Kampf and intersectional feminism aren't usually lumped together in many people's minds, but if linked with the right language and buzzwords, left-wing academic publications apparently will accept the combination as scholarship. Published October 3, 2018

FILE- In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, Fla. Gov. Rick Scott speaks at a Republican rally in Orlando, Fla. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and challenger Gov. Rick Scott meet in the first of several debates in their campaign for a highly competitive U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 in Miramar, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Rick Scott accuses Bill Nelson of trying to dodge CNN debate

In the aftermath of their first debate Tuesday night, Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott accused his opponent, incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, of trying to wriggle out of another debate, one scheduled on CNN for Oct. 16 in Tampa. The Nelson campaign immediately fired back Wednesday, insisting that not only will it participate in the CNN debate but they'd like to see the candidates sworn in beforehand. Published October 3, 2018