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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

First Lady Michelle Obama attends a meeting with Communities In Schools board members at the Ferebee-Hope Elementary School in Washington, D.C., May 13, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Michelle Obama digs in for GOP 'assault' on lunch mandates

First lady Michelle Obama is gearing up to defend her school lunch menus from Republicans in Congress who are calling for a scale-back to the regulations, based on student complaints of going hungry and districts' claims of losing money. Published May 27, 2014

Army combat helmets assigned to Soldiers participating in the 2009 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition sit at the ready during the Urban Warfighting Orientation Course phase of the competition. U.S. Army photo.

Pentagon spending $30 million to develop brain implants

Boston researchers are set to kick off a five-year, $30 million brain implant project based on President Obama's "BRAIN" initiative -- an ambitious Department of Defense project that is aimed at helping combat veterans deal with the mental injuries and stresses of battlefield deployments. Published May 27, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, has characterized the new House select committee tasked with investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, as "a hunting mission for a lynch mob." Democrats have yet to decide if they will appoint any members to the panel. (Associated Press)

Dianne Feinstein jumps on Calif. shooting to slam NRA: 'Shame on us'

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has taken the recent California shooting by the University of California, Santa Barbara, that left six dead as cause to rally for more gun control, to slam the National Rifle Association's lobby work and to chastise Americans who aren't on board with national background checks. Published May 27, 2014

**FILE** Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Associated Press/Naples Daily News, Scott McIntyre)

Sarah Palin wades into VA fray: All Americans should 'feel outrage'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin sent out a sentimental Memorial Day message to her Facebook followers, reminding of the sacrifices of the military and subtly chastising politicians for the growing scandal within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Published May 27, 2014

People attend a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, May 22, 2014. Scores of protesters chanting "Bring Back Our Girls" marched in the Nigerian capital Thursday as many schools across the country closed to protest the abductions of more than 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram, the government's failure to rescue them and the killings of scores of teachers by Islamic extremists in recent years. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Boko Haram slaughters 20 over nonpayment of Islamist tax

Twenty villagers in northeast Nigeria were slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists after they couldn't provide the full amount of demanded Islamist tax, a fee pushed on those of non-Muslim belief because they're considered second-class citizens. Published May 27, 2014

Patrons visit the pools at The 9/11 Memorial near the World Trade Center which opened to the public Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York.  President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as "a sacred place of healing and of hope" that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism that followed the attacks. (AP Photo)

Grieving visitors scratch graffiti into 9/11 memorial name plaques

Grieving friends and family of those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York have been scratching graffiti into the bronze name panels at the 9/11 Memorial Museum — and police have been primarily turning a blind eye. Published May 27, 2014

** FILE ** Glenn Greenwald speaks to the media after arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport, on Friday, April 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Greenwald to publish list of U.S. citizens NSA spied on

Glenn Greenwald, one of the reporters who chronicled the document dump by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden via the U.K. press, now said he's set to publish his most dramatic piece yet: The names of those in the United States targeted by the NSA. Published May 26, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum closing plenary in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Progressives say they have standing to push Hillary Clinton left

Liberal Democrats of more progressive mind say Hillary Clinton isn't really their candidate for the White House in 2016 -- but she very well could be, given the recent shifts in national policy and demographics which include an embrace of gay marriage and the growth of the Hispanic population. Published May 26, 2014

In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Iran's top leader backs the continuation of nuclear negotiations with the West but says he doubts they will succeed. (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

Iran's ayatollah: Jihad will last until America is wiped out

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the era of negotiation of Tehran's nuclear program has ended and that those who wanted to deal with America — which he said must be destroyed — are guilty of treason. Published May 26, 2014