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Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She's also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at

Articles by Cheryl K. Chumley

Former president Bill Clinton speaks at a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University, in this March 21, 2014, file photo taken in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Bill Clinton shocks with quip on Goldman Sachs CEO: 'Slit his throat'

Bill Clinton may have been joking, but his advice to former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on what to do about banking bailout opponent Goldman Sachs' CEO Lloyd Blankfein shocked just the same: The former president suggested taking him to a dark alley and killing him. Published May 9, 2014

** FILE ** South African President Jacob Zuma, second left, talks with Mandla Mandela, left, after they and other dignitaries unveiled a bust of former South African President Nelson Mandela, right, at the South African Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, April 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

Fake Mandela memorial sign interpreter freed from psych ward to cut app ad

The fake sign language interpreter for the deaf who put on a baffling yet humorous performance at the memorial service of former South African President Nelson Mandela — right on stage next to U.S. President Obama — has been set free from his psychiatric ward confines for a day to help an Israeli company cut a commercial. Published May 9, 2014

** FILE ** Wild macaques huddled against the cold in southwest China's Guizhou province as record-breaking winter storms pound eastern, central and southern provinces, stranding holiday travelers and burying dwellings in Nanjing (above) in the east under heavy snow. (Associated Press)

China's new secret air force weapon: Monkeys

The People's Liberation Army Air Force has spent time and money training macaques — a form of monkey with a shorter tail — to clear the base of nesting birds, and in so doing, keep troops healthy and from harm's way, the PLA website reported. Published May 9, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks during a campaign stop at American Legion Post 20 on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Greenwood, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

GOP senators push for federal ban on post-20 week abortions

Senate Republicans under the pressing of South Carolina's Lindsey Graham are using the one-year anniversary of the Kermit Gosnell abortion atrocity to press for new federal bans on the procedure, post 20 weeks. Published May 9, 2014

** FILE ** Operation Welcome Home Maryland team leader Anne Church, left, leads volunteers and friends and family in the Pledge of Allegiance before the arrival of a Delta charter flight bringing troops home at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Texas teen suspended for sitting during Pledge of Allegiance

A sophomore at a Texas high school was given a two-day in-school suspension for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag — something he said he does to protest the National Security Agency's spy tactics. Published May 9, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, leaves a tea party rally against the IRS at the U.S. Capitol in D.C. on June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Louie Gohmert: Today's climate change was 1970's global freezing

Rep. Louie Gohmert scoffed at the recent climate change alarmism that's emanated from the White House, saying that it was only a few short years ago that today's heated rhetoric about global warming had instead focused on the opposite — global cooling. Published May 8, 2014

** FILE ** In this 2008 file photo, Assyrian Christians Isaac Samow and his wife, Ziada, say their children, including Hala (center) still speak their language, but they fear the loss of their culture in their grandchildren in asylum in Modesto, Calif., and among other Assyrians fleeing the violence and persecution in the ancient homeland of Mesopotamia. (Associated Press)

Team Obama accused of turning blind eye on persecuted Christians overseas

The Obama administration hasn't exactly reached out a helping hand to Christians in overseas settings, turning a blind eye to much of the religious persecution they've suffered in regions of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, not to mention North Korea, a new report accuses. Published May 8, 2014

Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio (left) and Gov. Charlie Crist were cordial to each other earlier this month, but some supporters of Mr. Rubio's Senate bid are angry at the NRSC for favoring Mr. Crist.

Marco Rubio on Charlie Crist: He's 'absolutely' a big phony

Sen. Marco Rubio issued a sharp rebuke of Charlie Crist and his cited reason for leaving the Republican Party — that the GOP was filled with members possessed of race-based hostility toward the president — and said during a Fox News appearance that the Florida politico was simply putting on a show. Published May 8, 2014

A Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurant in Atlanta is seen here on July 19, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

New York gays with taste for Chick-fil-A face quandary: To eat or not to eat?

Chick-fil-A is expanding with gusto into the New York City market, and that leaves gays and gay activists in the area facing quite a quandary that pits their principles — their opposition to CEO Dan Cathy's publicly expressed biblically based views of homosexuality — against their tastebuds. Published May 8, 2014