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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

This 2007 file photo shows Palo Alto, Calif., pupils reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Atheists sue N.J. school over 'under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

Atheists have filed a lawsuit on behalf of New Jersey parents who decry the fact that their child is subjected to hearing the words "under God" during daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States. Published April 21, 2014

Former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson (CBS via Associated Press) **FILE**

Sharyl Attkisson: Media Matters 'clearly targeted me'

Former CBS newswoman Sharyl Attkisson, who recently parted ways with her broadcast bureau and began outing the former employer over bias about "Fast & Furious" reports, now says she was targeted by the leftist group Media Matters. Published April 21, 2014

** FILE ** This Wednesday, April 16, 2014, photo provided by the Boy Scouts of America shows Peyton Manning talking to a group of Scouts before he spoke to the Boy Scouts of America's annual breakfast in Denver. (AP Photo/Boy Scouts of America, Dan Sidor)

Boy Scouts boots church as host after gay leadership dispute

The Boy Scouts of America told a Seattle-area church that it wasn't welcome to host Troop 98 any longer because congregation leaders have rallied around a gay man who's serving as cub leader, against BSA policy. Published April 21, 2014

In this Sept. 15, 2013, file photo, the U.S. Capitol dome is silhouetted by the sunrise. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds

America is no longer a democracy — never mind the democratic-republic envision by Founding Fathers. Rather, it's taken a turn down elitist lane and become a country led by a small dominant class comprised of powerful members who exert total control over the general population — an oligarchy, a new study said. Published April 21, 2014

A woman holds an LED candle as she offers prayers during a mass prayer for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, April 6, 2014. The head of the multinational search for the missing Malaysia airlines jet said that electronic pulses reportedly picked up by a Chinese ship are an encouraging sign but stresses they are not yet verified. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Military urged to stay away from National Day of Prayer event

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, run by former Air Force member Mikey Weinstein, is petitioning U.S. military leaders to abstain from attending a National Day of Prayer, saying the annual event is nothing short of right-wing Christian fundamentalism. Published April 18, 2014

** FILE ** Retired surgeon Ben Carson. (Associated Press)

Ben Carson presidential PAC outpaces Hillary, GOP

The push for Ben Carson to run for president in 2016 is picking up steam, as a group encouraging him to run has raised more money in the first three months of this year than the group rallying behind Hillary Rodham Clinton, or those tied to Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and other potential GOP candidates. Published April 18, 2014

**FILE** Freshly-made chocolate bunnies are seen here at the Lake Champlain Chocolates factory in Burlington, Vt., on Feb. 1, 2011. (Associated Press)

Easter woes: Chocolate costs soar, becoming 'unaffordable' luxury

Snag those Easter bunny chocolate deals before they're gone. Market costs of cocoa — and consequently, chocolate — are soaring to such highs that some industry insiders predict its price per pound will soon rival that of top-end champagne. Published April 18, 2014

**FILE** A Michaels store in Dallas is seen here on June 15, 2006. (Associated Press)

Michaels craft chain confirms hackers hit 3M customers

Arts and crafts retail chain Michaels announced this week up to three million credit card numbers may have been hacked from its company computer system between May 8, 2013, and Jan. 27, 2014. Published April 18, 2014