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Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is online opinion editor for The Washington Times, the author of “The Devil in DC: Winning Back the Country From the Beast in Washington” and of "Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming Our Reality," and a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Fund for American Studies. Email her at 

Articles by Cheryl K. Chumley

** FILE ** This Sept. 27, 2010, file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, shows a U.S. military guard walking a corridor between detainee cells at the Parwan detention facility near Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

U.S. denounces Afghanistan’s order to free 37 Taliban-tied inmates

The United States issued a harsh criticism Monday against the Afghan government over the planned release of 37 inmates from Bagram prison that have been deemed “dangerous individuals” with ties to Taliban terrorism by American military authorities. Published January 27, 2014

** FILE ** In this Jan. 3, 2014, file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

New York City police turn from crime to traffic control under new mayor

There’s a new mayor in town, and his name is traffic control. New York City’s newly minted Mayor Bill de Blasio has demanded police focus on achieving a “zero” traffic fatality figure for the city, leading agency commanders to shift focus from crime to reckless driving. Published January 27, 2014

** FILE ** North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left), along with his aunt Kim Kyong-hui (right), attends a statue-unveiling ceremony in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Feb. 16, 2013, the birthday anniversary of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

Family of Kim Jong-un’s uncle dragged from home, shot: report

South Korean news sources reported that North Korean authorities have dragged family members of Kim Jong-un's uncle, Jang Song-theak — the uncle who was executed by order of the dictator for various crimes against the country — from their homes and shot them. Published January 27, 2014

Oreo rattles up store shelves with two new flavors

The classic cookie milk dunker, Oreo, has unveiled a couple new flavors — but don’t delay. The company said it’s only keeping them on shelves for a couple months. Published January 24, 2014

Image: The Gary Sinise Foundation Facebook Page

IRS accused of targeting Hollywood conservatives

The Internal Revenue Service has been accused of targeting Hollywood conservatives, demanding to know all the names of members of a right-leaning group, Friends of Abe. Published January 24, 2014

** FILE ** A woman holds a Bible while standing in silent prayer on the steps of the Supreme Court on Oct. 1, 2012, before the justices return to the bench for another term. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Detroit mom incensed after school bans son’s Bible

A woman who lives outside of Detroit says she was outraged after staffers told her 8-year-old son he couldn't read his Bible during free time — but then gave her daughter a worksheet that made what she thought were inappropriate claims about parents who drink wine. Published January 24, 2014

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. USIS, the company that handled a background check on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden allegedly defrauded the government by submitting at least 665,000 investigations that had not been properly completed, and then tried to cover it up when the government suspected what was going on. (AP Photo/The Guardian)

Russia extends asylum for Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden doesn’t have to return to the United States unless he wants to, the head of the foreign affairs committee for Russia said Friday. Published January 24, 2014

Then-New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner speaks during a news conference alongside his wife, Huma Abedin, at the Gay Men's Health Crisis headquarters in New York on July 23, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Anthony Weiner on Hillary Clinton: ‘Most qualified candidate in history’

Scandal-plagued Anthony Weiner — whose wife is a close associate to Hillary Clinton — laid it on pretty thick for the former first lady this week, characterizing her as quite possibly the best politician for the presidential role in the entire history of the United States. Published January 24, 2014

** FILE ** Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio mulls run for Arizona governor

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the law enforcement local known nationwide for his tough treatment of inmates and illegals alike, said that he’s mulling a run for governor of Arizona. Published January 24, 2014

** FILE ** North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left), along with his aunt Kim Kyong-hui (right), attends a statue-unveiling ceremony in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Feb. 16, 2013, the birthday anniversary of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

North Korea pens appeal to South: Let’s be friends

North Korea’s National Defense Commission sent a somewhat surprising letter to South Korean authorities, suggesting the two countries set aside hostilities and enter an era of friendship. The friendly outreach didn’t come without a caveat, however. Published January 24, 2014

New York police chief charged with child porn possession

A police chief in Mount Pleasant, N.Y., who was tasked with teaching youth how to avoid situations that could lead to sexual abuse, has now been charged with possession of child pornography. Published January 24, 2014