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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

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., speaks during a Democratic Party rally Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum's matchup against the Republican nominee, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, and Nelson's race against Republican Gov. Rick Scott are two of the most-watched races in the midterm elections. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Bill Nelson, Rick Scott reach out to Puerto Rican voters

Florida's U.S. Senate hopefuls reached out Monday to one of the state's newest growing blocs of voters — Puerto Ricans — in a day of dueling endorsements from current and former island officials. Published October 1, 2018

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, left, endorses U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson for the senate during a news conference Monday Oct. 1, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Senate hopefuls woo Puerto Ricans in Florida

Florida's U.S. Senate hopefuls reached out Monday to one of the state's newest growing sectors -- Puerto Ricans -- in a day of dueling endorsements from current and former island officials. Published October 1, 2018

FILE- In this Aug. 6, 2018, file photo Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.l istens during a roundtable discussion with education leaders from South Florida at the United Teachers of Dade headquarters in Miami.  Florida's 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor's office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and Floridians will vote on several proposed constitutional amendments.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Red-state Democrats say they won’t confirm Brett Kavanaugh

The one-week pause on the Supreme Court confirmation process for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh might not be enough to change the minds of red-state Democratic senators who already have announced their opposition, siding with the base of their party on the issue over the partisan leanings of their respective states. Published September 30, 2018

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., speaks to reporters at a rally in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Ellis Rua)

Incumbent Bill Nelson takes 7-point lead in Florida Senate race: Poll

Florida's Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has taken a lead over Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the Sunshine State's tight midterm battle, an extraordinarily expensive race upon which the Democrats' dream of retaking a Senate majority could rest, according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll. Published September 25, 2018

In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to supporters at Republican rally in Orlando, Fla. Top Florida Republicans including Scott have been quick to say President Donald Trump is wrong about the death toll in Puerto Rico. Scott said he disagreed with the president and that he has seen the “devastation firsthand.” (AP Photo/John Raoux) **FILE**

Rick Scott Hurricane Irma contracts set for Homeland Security IG audit

In response to a request from nearly a dozen Democratic elected officials, the Inspector General at Homeland Security will conduct an audit of cleanup and debris removal contracts signed by Gov. Rick Scott's administration after Hurricane Irma last year. Published September 24, 2018

This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a resident in Providence, R.I., as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. A Trump administration plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census has prompted legal challenges from many Democratic-led states. But not a single Republican attorney general has sued _ not even from states with large immigrant populations. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)

Citizenship question for 2020 census sparked online uproar: Commerce

A proposed question regarding citizenship on the 2020 census generated a remarkable amount of online feedback, with much of it negative comments copied and pasted from opposing group's suggestions, the Commerce Department said Friday. Published September 21, 2018