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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 ** A Ghader missile is launched from the area near the Iranian port of Jask, on the shore of the Gulf of Oman, during an Iranian navy drill on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jamejam Online, Azin Haghighi)

Iran touts new laser that bolsters missile accuracy

The defense minister of Iran said the military has a new laser system, and it's significantly bolstered the accuracy of ballistic missiles — to the point that they can hit within a couple feet of their targets. Published December 9, 2013

** FILE ** In this Dec. 1, 2013, file photo, an Amtrak train, top, traveling on an unaffected track, passes a derailed Metro North commuter train in the Bronx borough of New York. A week after four people riding the derailed train died in the accident, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Deadly N.Y. train derailment leads to Senate call for cameras at tracks

At least two senators are pushing for cameras at the train tracks — their political response to a deadly derailment outside the Bronx borough of New York that was attributed to a sleepy engineer who entered a curve at three times the posted speed. Published December 9, 2013

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the brains behind the Patriot Act who in recent months has called for a scale-back on part of its surveillance powers, now says that one of the nation’s leading surveillance operatives, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, should be fired and prosecuted. Published December 6, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, chats with Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid, right, before their meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

John Kerry: Israel-Palestinian peace deal 'closer' than ever

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday that a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians is closer than ever, a somewhat surprising claim given the opposite reactions of other key players involved in the talks. Published December 6, 2013

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is lit against the early morning sky Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Washington. The tree was officially lit Tuesday night to kick off the holiday season in the nation's capital. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees

It’s that time of year again – the Christmas tree tax has reared. Congressional members are mulling a 15-cent tax on fresh Christmas trees, a small but significant line-item mention in the current farm bill weaving through the House. Published December 6, 2013

Fox News commentator and author Bill O'Reilly. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invsion/AP, File)

Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’

Amid the wave of grief over Nelson Mandela’s passing, and outpouring of fond memories about his inspiring deeds of greatness, came a harsh reminder from Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly: Let’s not forget he was a communist. Published December 6, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.      (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’

Speaker John Boehner said the Republican Party ought to openly support gay candidates — a blunt statement that's sure to ratchet up tensions among traditional conservatives who see the GOP as straying from core principles and wading into political territories held by Democrats. Published December 6, 2013

** FILE ** Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Associated Press)

CDC sees measles spike and ‘failure to vaccinate’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 175 cases of measles so far this year, a significant spike that’s attributed largely to the failure of those infected to get vaccinated, medical professionals said. Published December 6, 2013