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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 ** Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida is chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio, Debbie Wasserman Schultz trade fire over shutdown

Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz lit up the political stage this week, in a contentious, angry exchange that began when the Democratic National Committee chair accused the GOP in general for the government shutdown and in specific, Mr. Rubio and fellow senator colleague Ted Cruz. Published October 11, 2013

** FILE ** In this Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during an event discussing the federal health care overhaul in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Republicans demand HHS answer for Obamacare website glitches

Republicans on Capitol Hill are demanding that Health and Human Service head Kathleen Sebelius answer for the massive glitches that have shadowed the Obamacare rollout — even as the White House still tries to downplay the problems. Published October 11, 2013

** FILE ** Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Secretary John McHugh, right, watch an Army carry team move a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Cody J. Patterson Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., died Oct. 6, 2013, in Zhari district, Afghanistan of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

White House signs bill to restore military death benefits

Just hours after claiming the bill wasn’t necessary, the White House has signed onto a measure that restores the $100,000 death benefit given to families of military members killed in action. Published October 11, 2013

Wearing an American flag, Lino Pedres, joined others in a march outside the building where the state Republican Party Headquarters is located calling on the GOP to support immigration reform, in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. More than two dozen immigrant rights advocates, students, labor and community activists gathered for the protest. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Republicans kick off $10M reach-out to Hispanic voters

Republicans on the hunt for Hispanic votes kicked off a $10 million campaign to court the bloc on Thursday, hoping to find the message that resonates before the next election cycle. Published October 11, 2013

Delaware bus overturns, injuring 39 college kids

Nearly 40 University of Delaware students were injured when the bus they were riding overturned on a patch of roadway just south of Wilmington, late Thursday evening. Published October 11, 2013

** FILE ** Former Rep. Allen B. West, Florida Republican, speaks at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Allen West on Obama: He’s a ‘spoiled brat child’

Former Rep. Allen West took to the media Thursday to give an assessment on the progression of the government shutdown, and President Obama’s leadership skills: He’s throwing a tantrum, acting like a “spoiled brat,” he said. Published October 11, 2013

Smoke rises after a mortar shell hits a residential area during fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels in Maaret al-Numan in the Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Rebels Wednesday overran a military post near the southern city of Daraa, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group. Opposition fighters late last month also captured a nearby military base that previously served as the customs office on the outskirts of Daraa. (AP Photo)

Syrian rebel fighters guilty of war crimes: report

Syrian rebel fighters are guilty of war crimes, and have killed and abducted scores of unarmed civilians during a dozen sieges against villages in Latakia, a human rights group accused on Friday. Published October 11, 2013

A miner sprays water using a hydraulic mining system at an open gold-mine pit near the small town of Nieuw Koffiekamp on the edge of the Suriname's rain forest. Thanks to record gold prices, hundreds of small-scale mining operations are proliferating along the northeastern shoulder of South America, tearing up trees and poisoning creeks with mercury. (Associated Press)

U.N. members line up to sign mercury treaty

A long-awaited international treaty to curb mercury emissions was adopted at this week’s meeting of world heads in Japan, and U.N. members are now lining up to sign their names to the bottom line. Published October 10, 2013

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat (Associated Press)

Rep. Gerry Connolly mocks GOP as witch hunters of IRS

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, barely bothered to conceal his disdain for Republicans who wanted to uncover the truth about the targeting of conservative groups and individuals by the Internal Revenue Service when he smugly asked an agency witness giving Capitol Hill testimony Wednesday: Are you a witch? Published October 10, 2013

** FILE ** British businessman Sir Richard Branson leaves after speaking to journalists at the end of the opening ceremony for the One Young World summit at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa,  Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Richard Branson: Tea partyers need some ‘heavy drug use’

Richard Branson, the billionaire businessman who founded Virgin America airlines, said at a National Press Club panel event Wednesday evening that of all the politicos and players in Washington, D.C., the tea party could benefit the most from taking drugs. Published October 10, 2013

** FILE ** Actor Alec Baldwin and pregnant wife, Hilaria, attend the premiere of the film "Blue Jasmine" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Monday, July 22, 2013. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Alec Baldwin explodes (again!): Photogs are unconstitutional 'vermin' who 'slither'

Oh, Alec, not again. One of Hollywood's noted leftists, Alec Baldwin — affectionately known among media members as the gift that keeps on giving — waded back into controversy recently with a 500-plus-word penned letter to a local newspaper decrying the very industry that boosts his prestige, the paparazzi. Published October 10, 2013