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James Varney

James Varney was a national correspondent for The Washington Times. 

Articles by James Varney

In this Aug. 6, 2018, file photo, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., speaks during a roundtable discussion with education leaders from South Florida at the United Teachers of Dade headquarters in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Bill Nelson tries to deflect Russia hacking claim criticism

In a campaign stop Tuesday, Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson sought to deflect criticism he had either fabricated claims Russian operatives had penetrated the Sunshine State's election machinery or leaked classified information. Published August 15, 2018

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson looks toward the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children during news conference on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Homestead, Fla. Nelson was denied access to the facility. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Bill Nelson goes silent amid charges of fabricating Russian hacking claim

With early voting beginning Monday in some Florida counties, the Senate race there was jolted as Republican Gov. Rick Scott kept up the pressure on Sen. Bill Nelson's thus-far unsubstantiated claims that Russian operatives have already compromised Florida elections. Published August 13, 2018

A San Francisco advocacy group raised $15,000 in a crowd-funding campaign to show the viability of universal basic income, though a pilot program in Ontario lasted just 15 months. (Indiegogo, My Basic Income)

Charles Murray, conservative economist, backs UBI

It might seem a pipe dream straight from one of the left-wing darlings of the moment: a guaranteed regular paycheck from the government. But universal basic income (UBI) has its fans on the right as well. Published July 29, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, talks with Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, center, and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, left, outside Tampa Police Headquarters in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Scott's visit followed the announcement of the arrest in the Seminole Heights murders. (Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Bill Nelson-Rick Scott Florida Senate race: Public safety endorsements key in purple state

Sen. Bill Nelson heads into his re-election bid this year with the backing of the Florida chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Gov. Rick Scott, his Republican opponent, counters with the backing of 55 of his state's 67 sheriffs and the endorsement of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, which publicly favored a Senate candidate for the first time ever last month. In a state familiar with disasters, whether from man or Mother Nature, public safety officials are prominent figures, so these endorsements could play significant roles. Published July 18, 2018

FILE - In this March 31, 2015 file photo,  Charles Krauthammer talks about getting into politics during a news conference in Corpus Christi, Texas.   The Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist says he has only a few weeks to live because of an aggressive form of cancer. Krauthammer disclosed his doctors prognosis in a letter released Friday, June 8, 2018  to colleagues, friends and viewers. Krauthammer wrote that he underwent surgery in August to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen.   (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Charles Krauthammer dies at 68: Report

Charles Krauthammer, the erudite conservative columnist and bestselling author who became a television star and one of the most cogent critics of the Obama administration, died Thursday of cancer. He was 68 years old. Published June 21, 2018