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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

**FILE** The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

Atheists incensed after IRS grants them tax exemption as religious group

The leader of an atheist group reportedly is incensed that the U.S. government has granted it a tax exemption, citing allowances for religious organizations — and she's even angrier at learning that she's considered a minister under the Internal Revenue Service code. Published August 21, 2013

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Two liberals say Sarah Palin is right: Obama lacks substance

A couple of noted liberal political activists, first Howard Dean and now Noam Chomsky, have found common ground with the most unlikeliest of individuals — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — and admit she's right on at least one key view: President Obama doesn't have a whole lot of substance. Published August 21, 2013

Mohammed Badie, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is seen in a screen capture from Egypt State TV after being detained by Egyptian security officials in Cairo on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Egypt State TV)

UAE journalist offers bounty to capture Islamist leaders

A journalist in the United Arab Emirates has offered $143,000 for information that leads to the capture and arrest of leaders with the Muslim Brotherhood who are being sought by Egyptian security forces. Published August 21, 2013

** FILE ** James Lee DiMaggio (left), 40, and Hannah Anderson, 16, are pictured in a combination of undated file photos provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department. (AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department)

James DiMaggio twist: Family says abducted girl may be his daughter

There’s a new twist in the case of the California girl, 16, who was abducted by a family friend, James DiMaggio, and taken into the wilderness of Idaho. His family thinks he may have been the biological father of the girl, Hannah Anderson, and now they want her DNA. Published August 21, 2013

** FILE ** New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (right) makes comments as Pike River Coal CEO Peter Whittall (left) listens during a press conference in Greymouth, New Zealand, on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Simon Baker)

New Zealand gives go-ahead to spy on own citizens

New Zealand spy agencies now can conduct surveillance operations on its own citizens, thanks to legislation signed into law Wednesday giving government intelligence the expanded powers. Published August 21, 2013

Pakistani cleric Haji Alam Sher, founder of the Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa, talks to the media in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. The United States has placed unprecedented sanctions on the Islamic school for allegedly training and financing fighters from al Qaeda and other militant groups. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

U.S. sanctions Pakistani school for ties to al Qaeda

In a nearly unprecedented move, the United States issued sanctions on a school for Islamic youth in northwest Pakistan, accusing the facility's overseers of holding ties to al Qaeda and other militants groups. Published August 21, 2013

Chris Matthews (Associated Press) **FILE**

Chris Matthews on Obama: He lacks key political skill

President Obama may be a solid public speaker, but when it comes to schmoozing with those of different political ilk — a key ingredient for a successful policy persuader — he's sorely lacking, said one of his chief fans, MSNBC's Chris Matthews. Published August 20, 2013

8 injured in U.S. Navy boathouse explosion

Eight unnamed individuals were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment when a boathouse at the Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey exploded on Tuesday morning, a naval spokesperson said. Published August 20, 2013

Baseball player Chris Lane, shown in an undated photo, was shot and killed in Duncan, Okla., by three "bored" teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said. Mr. Lane, an Australian, was on a baseball scholarship at the state's East Central University. (AP Photo/Essendon [Australia] Baseball Club)

Oklahoma college baseball star, 22, killed for fun, police say

An Australian man, 22, with a promising future in baseball was shot in the back as he jogged through small-town Oklahoma streets, and police said Tuesday the suspected killers' motive was that they had nothing better to do. Published August 20, 2013