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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

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Socialist history curriculum strides toward Philadelphia schools

City council members in Philadelphia have given the go-ahead to a resolution to allow a socialist historian's view of America, via his "A People's History of the United States," to be part of the public high school curriculum. Published October 28, 2013

** FILE ** Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow in this image made from video and released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo)

Newspaper in Spain claims U.S. tapped 60M phone calls a month

A newspaper in Spain has issued a scathing report on the latest in the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance actions, accusing the spy group of tapping into more than 60 million telephone calls in the country — in a single month's time. Published October 28, 2013

**FILE** Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican (Associated Press)

John McCain: Meghan can be ‘a giant pain’

Sen. John McCain and his daughter Meghan, 29, may differ on some issues politically, but on one point they agree: They can be a pain in the butt. Published October 25, 2013

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Anti-tax champions are crowing after the recent budget battle on Capitol Hill. “Republicans have the high ground," says Norquist, author of a "no new taxes" pledge reviled by many in Washington. In the upcoming round of bipartisan talks, he said, Democrats will have little leverage to seek new revenues. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Anti-tax Grover Norquist says yes to tax on marijuana

Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform and creator of the congressional pledge to keep lawmakers from hiking revenues on Americans’ backs, said adding a tax to marijuana sales is as good idea. Published October 25, 2013

Producer and actor Alec Baldwin attends the HBO premiere of "Seduced and Abandoned" at The Time Warner Center on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

MSNBC’s Alec Baldwin: No more giving to politicos

Hollywood actor and MSNBC television host Alec Baldwin — who has a contentious past with members of the media — nonetheless laid down the law this week, and broke out his newfound Rules for My New Journalism Career. Published October 25, 2013

This Sept. 2013 image provided by Patricia Cassidy shows her dog Doodles, while he was sick right before his Sept. 9, death, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Doodles is believed to be one of 580 dogs in the U.S. that have died in the past six years from eating pet jerky from China. Baffled by the cause and seeing another surge in illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration reached out to owners and veterinarians Tuesday to help it find the poison behind the sickening of at least 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007.  (AP Photo/Patricia Cassidy)

FDA warns: Doggie treats may be tainted

An estimated 580 pets have died and another 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have fallen ill since 2007 due to a mysterious ailment related to jerky-based treats, Food and Drug Administration agents said this week. Published October 25, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media at the end of a two-day EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Migration, as well as an upcoming Eastern Partnership summit, topped the agenda in Friday's meeting of EU leaders. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Germany, Brazil press U.N. to stop U.S. Internet spying

Brazil and Germany, frustrated with what they claim is America’s unwarranted surveillance operations on their countries’ top leaders, have turned to the United Nations for redress, and petitioned the global body to outright declare Internet privacy a right. Published October 25, 2013

**FILE** Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and Primate of Belgium Andre-Joseph Leonard addresses the media during the presentation of his latest book, "Act as a Christian," in Mechelen, Belgium, on Jan. 5, 2012. (Associated Press

Topless feminists assail, assault Brussels archbishop

Demonstrators believed to be paid activists for the leftist feminist group Femen — including a group of topless, rowdy women — stormed a recent meeting at the Catholic St. Michael's College in Brussels, took over the stage and threw a pie in the face of Archbishop Andrè-Joseph Leonard. Published October 25, 2013

Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, left, and Deb Markowitz, secretary of  the Vermont Agency of  Natural Resources, view an electric car displayed in Sacramento, Calif., following a news conference to announce the signing of an agreement on zero-emissions cars, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

States swoon to push electric cars onto the road

If the free market can't sell them, maybe the government can — and that's the direction eight states are taking in what's becoming a public-versus-private sector battle to bring electric cars onto the roads. Published October 25, 2013

European parliament rejects abortion as a human right

Abortion is not a human right, the European Parliament voted this week, effectively shutting down a measure that would have pressed all 28 member states of the European Union to provide the procedure on demand. Published October 25, 2013

** FILE ** In this April 4, 2012, file photo, President Obama listens to Jeffrey Martin, the chief executive officer of Sempra U.S. Gas Power, during a tour at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 facility in Boulder City, Nev. John Sowers and Kevin Gillespie also join the tour. (Associated Press)

Burned out: Obama's first land auction for solar goes bust

So much for the White House dream of solar selling like hotcakes. The first federal auction run by the Bureau of Land Management to sell chances to build solar power projects on public land went completely bust on Thursday. Nobody showed to bid. Published October 25, 2013