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Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is online opinion editor for The Washington Times, the author of “The Devil in DC: Winning Back the Country From the Beast in Washington” and of "Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming Our Reality," and a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Fund for American Studies. Email her at 

Articles by Cheryl K. Chumley

Rare blue lobster caught off coast of Maine

A daughter-father fishing duo caught the catch of their lifetime off the coast of Maine — a blue lobster that's so rare that the chances of netting one are about 1-in-2 million. Published August 25, 2014

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2014, Starbucks barista Laura Rodriguez serves up a drink while practicing inside a mobile truck on James Madison University campus in Harrisonburg, Va. The new mobile pilot program is only running in two other universities across the nation. (AP Photo/The Daily News-Record, Nikki Fox)

Starbucks 'pay it forward' streak hits nearly 400 customers

Hundreds of customers at the drive-thru of a Tampa-area Starbucks participated in the random act of kindness trend made famous by the movie "Pay it Forward," grabbing the tab for the car behind them — for nearly 400 cars. Published August 22, 2014

Grayson Murphy, 5, of Pink Hill, N.C., left, listens to his father Hal, right, as he settles into kindergarten on the first day of school Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston, N.C. (AP Photo/Daily Free Press, Janet S. Carter)

Kindergarten 'sweat shop' testing frenzy comes under fire

Kindergarten classes around the nation have been facing fire from parents and teachers who say the mandated test-taking trend is pushing out playtime, leaving behind a "sweat shop" atmosphere that stresses students, one educator said. Published August 22, 2014

** FILE ** In this May 31, 2013, file photo Canadian singer Justin Bieber's former pet the capuchin monkey named Mally stretches out its tongue in its quarantine room at the new home in an animal park near Hodenhagen, northern Germany, Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa, Holger Hollemann, File)

Monkey selfie can't be copyrighted, federal office says

Apparently, the monkey has his rights. The U.S. Copyright Office has refused to register the copyright of a selfie snapped by a monkey, bringing an end to a legal battle between the Wikimedia Foundation and a British photographer. Published August 22, 2014

** FILE ** McDonald's Happy Meal was the target of a class-action lawsuit filed in California in 2010 and dismissed by a San Francisco judge in 2012. It had claimed the hamburger chain was violating consumer protection laws and exploiting children's vulnerability to toys to get them to eat nutritionally unbalanced meals that can lead to obesity. (Associated Press)

New York City Council presses to ban McDonald's meal toys

If McDonald's didn't hand out toys, kids would eat better — at least that's the theory of one New York City council member who wants to ban the restaurant from giving out the goodies in its Happy Meal boxes. Published August 22, 2014

Palestinians gather around the rubble of a destroyed house following Israeli strikes in the Rafah refugee camp, Southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Hamas executes 11 suspected informants for Israel

Hamas terrorists on Friday said they've shot and killed — execution style — 11 suspected informants who were accused of helping Israel with its recent airstrikes on a house in Gaza. Published August 22, 2014