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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

** FILE ** Immigration activists gather on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, as lawmakers speak on the steps of the House of Representatives to appeal for action on an immigration reform bill. A reform bill that could provide a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States has languished as the House Republican leadership has not put the bill to a vote before the holiday recess. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Massachusetts activists strive for drivers' licenses for illegals

One of the largest immigrant advocacy groups in the Northeast has turned to the power of the online petition and painted a tale of woe about a mother who’s in the country unlawfully and can’t get her daughter to the doctor as a means of convincing Massachusetts lawmakers to give drivers’ licenses to illegals. Published January 29, 2014

Pope Francis adjusts his scarf during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis goes pop culture and hits cover of Rolling Stone

Pope Francis has just boosted his image as the pontiff of the people a smidgen higher. The Catholic Church head has gone pop culture, and it’s his smiling face that appears on the most recent cover of the Rolling Stone. Published January 29, 2014

China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with former U.S. President Bill Clinton at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason Lee, Pool)

Beijing boots U.S. reporter over stories of Communist corruption

A U.S. reporter based in Beijing was given until Thursday to leave the country, an order that seems tied to his media filings about the wealth that top Communist Party officials have been able to accumulate through the years. Published January 29, 2014

Traffic Westbound sits nearly still on Interstate 20 below Cherokee Avenue as Eastbound traffic is sparse and moving Tuesday,  Jan. 28, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT.

Weather wimps: Snow dusting leaves Southerners sleeping in cars, Home Depot

Motorists across several Southern states tried to rush home at the first sign of snow, creating a traffic nightmare that left thousands sleeping overnight in their cars on highways, on the floors in schools and in the aisles of 26 Home Depot stores that opened their doors for a makeshift shelter. Published January 29, 2014

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, right, smiles briefly as her husband, retired NASA space shuttle commander Mark Kelly, testifies before a Washington state House panel Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. Giffords, who survived a 2011 shooting, testified before the panel considering an initiative to expand firearm background checks in the state, telling lawmakers that "the nation is counting on you." With Kelly sitting next to her, Giffords spoke slowly and briefly to the panel that was taking public testimony on Initiative 594. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gabby Giffords makes high-profile gun control appeal in Washington: ‘Fight!’

Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who’s made a second career out of turning her high-profile gun injury into a campaign for more Second Amendment crackdowns, spoke briefly but bluntly to Washington lawmakers who were mulling dueling gun bills: “Fight! Fight! Fight!” Published January 29, 2014

** FILE ** Gun dealer Mel Bernstein takes down an AK-47 assault rifle from a sales rack at his own Dragonman's shooting range and gun store, east of Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 15. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

New 'R.I.P.' bullet hailed as 'one-shot man-stopper'

A newly developed bullet from G2 Research is being billed as the last round a gun owner will ever need: a smashing hunk of copper with full metal jacket power to shred through solid objects and stop attackers in their tracks. Published January 28, 2014

** FILE **  Members of Ahrar al-Sham brigade, one of the Syrian rebels groups, exercise in a train camp at unknown place in Syria. The growing muscle of an al Qaeda linked Syrian group is casting a grim shadow over northern Syria, where extremist militants have turned their attention to seizing activists who cover their country. (AP Photo)

U.S. restarts aid to Syria, hoping al Qaeda won't seize it again

The United States has picked up where it left off more than a month ago, and started shipping nonlethal aid to Syria in hopes that al Qaeda won’t seize it and keep it from reaching its intended rebel fighting recipients. Published January 28, 2014

** FILE ** In this June 1, 2011, file photo, Chris Taketa prepares a drink in the food prep area in the back of Dojo sushi restaurant, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)

Utah lawmaker pushes for relaxed liquor laws

A lawmaker in Utah is pushing to tear down a massive wall that's stood between consumers and their liquor — a strictly enforced law that requires drinkers to order food with their alcoholic beverages. Published January 28, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hillary Clinton calls Benghazi her ‘biggest regret’

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead the “biggest regret” of her diplomatic career. Published January 28, 2014