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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. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., waves during a watch party on election night, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, Atlanta. Loeffler will face Democrat Raphael Warnock in a Jan. 5 runoff. (Branden Camp/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia runoffs to determine Senate control

Two Senate runoff elections are slated for Jan. 5, and they are expected to determine whether Republicans will keep control of the chamber, and the ability to derail Mr. Biden's plans, or whether Democrats will take control. Published November 8, 2020

Sen. Kelly Loeffler greets supporters during a campaign stop at Augusta Regional Airport in Augusta, Ga., Monday morning Nov. 2, 2020. Loeffler, who took office early this year after being appointed to replace retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson, faces Democrat Raphael Warnock and GOP Rep. Doug Collins in a multi-candidate special election. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

One Georgia Senate race heading for runoff

Georgia's two Senate races remained uncalled early Wednesday morning as the vote tallies all night ran wildly at odds with pollsters. Published November 4, 2020

In this Sept. 21, 2020 file photo, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker appears at a news conference in Springfield, Ill. After another record-breaking day in Illinois for new coronavirus infections this weekend, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, again implored residents to do all they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the untreatable virus. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

‘Join Pritzker Lawsuit’ Facebook group blocked again

Facebook for the second time -- even after admitting it made a mistake doing the same thing -- ghosted a conservative group in Illinois that is opposed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's strict coronavirus lockdowns. Published November 2, 2020