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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 cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Cheryl K. Chumley

The first-in-class Zumwalt, the largest U.S. Navy destroyer ever built, floats off a submerged dry dock in the Kennebec River, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in Bath, Maine.  Unlike warships with towering radar- and antenna-laden superstructures, the Zumwalt will ride low to the water to minimize its radar signature, making it stealthier than others. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

USS Zumwalt hits the water as largest Navy destroyer ever

The USS Zumwalt, a massive 610-foot modern-day destroyer with an advanced rocket system, launched into the water off a Maine dock on Monday, in a surprisingly quiet ceremony, given the vessel’s record-breaking size and unusual shape. Published October 29, 2013

Sean Penn (Associated Press)

Sean Penn: Commit tea partyers, Ted Cruz 'by executive order'

If it weren't for the tea party, Congress would work well, Hollywood actor Sean Penn said during a recent appearance on CNN with host Piers Morgan. And he also said tea partyers should be forcibly committed for mental health treatment. Published October 29, 2013

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Faced with anger over revelations about U.S. spying at home and abroad, members of Congress suggested Tuesday that programs the Obama administration says are needed to combat terrorism may have gone too far. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

U.S. intel rages at Obama spy denials: 'People are furious'

The U.S. spy community is reacting angrily to President Obama's suggestion that he knew nothing about America's surveillance of other countries' leaders, characterizing his denials as officially throwing intelligence officials under the bus. Published October 29, 2013

** FILE ** Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is the Democratic Party opponent of Sen. Mitch McConnell. (Associated Press)

Hollywood unleashes A-list guns on Mitch McConnell

Hollywood has set its sights on Mitch McConnell, sending out A-list actors and actresses to defeat the Republican Kentucky senator with big-money donations to his Democratic Party opponent in the 2014 race. Published October 29, 2013

'Star Wars’ blooper reel surfaces on YouTube 36 years later

Storm Troopers that get stuck in the doors. Rebel forces who lose their helmets. C-3PO's dramatic — and mistaken — desert sand fall. That's all part of a blooper reel that's surfaced on the iconic "Star Wars" blockbusters, making the rounds of YouTube fully 36 years after the movies' heydays. Published October 29, 2013

In this photo taken on Oct. 26, 2010, and released by the Chinese Navy on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, a Chinese navy nuclear submarine takes part in a nuclear safety drill at the Qingdao submarine base in east China's Shandong province. In a sign of growing confidence, China's navy gave Chinese media on Sunday unprecedented publicity on its first nuclear submarine fleet, one of its most secretive military programs. China is devoting increasing resources to its naval forces to safeguard its maritime interests and assert its territorial claims. (AP Photo)

China flexes muscle and unveils mystery nuclear sub fleet

China unveiled this week a fleet of nuclear submarines that has been shrouded in mystery and hidden for 40-plus years — a move seen by security experts as a show of force and confidence from a nation that's aggressively pursuing the top spot on the world stage. Published October 29, 2013

Israel: ‘It’s almost a given’ U.S. spies on everybody

One of Israel's top security experts said the world's reaction to America's spy scandal has been a bit over-the-top, reminiscent of one scene in the classic Hollywood blockbuster, "Casablanca," for its shocked — shocked! — undertones. Published October 29, 2013

** FILE ** Poet Maya Angelou. (Charlotte Observer via Associated Press)

Maya Angelou, pro-Obama author, blasts president on education

Maya Angelou, a well-known author and poet who’s been a major supporter of President Obama, now says he’s faltering on education, unwittingly driving away children from reading due to onerous standardized testing. Published October 29, 2013