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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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, speaks during a news conference following a weekly meeting with the Senate Republican caucus, Tuesday, Dec. 8. 2020 at the Capitol in Washington. Americans waiting for Republicans in Congress to acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect may have to keep waiting until January as GOP leaders stick with President Donald Trumps litany of legal challenges and unproven claims of fraud. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP) **FILE**

Republicans outspend Democrats for Georgia runoffs

When it comes to who wants to be majority leader in the Senate, Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell appears to want it more than New York Democrat Charles E. Schumer. At least that's what is reflected by the sums each side's super PACs have poured into the two Georgia runoff races for Senate. Published December 9, 2020

Republican supporters wait for U.S. Senate Sen. Kelly Loeffler, and Sen. David Perdue to speak during a campaign rally on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Cumming, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) **FILE**

Georgia Senate runoff hopefuls lob accusations over campaign cash

Republican candidates in the Senate runoffs in Georgia pummel the Democratic challengers with accusations that they are darlings of coastal left-wingers, running campaigns bankrolled by companies and campuses far removed from the state. Published November 19, 2020