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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

White House presses for team of 'nudge' experts to sway American behavior

The White House has kicked off several federal projects aimed at influencing how Americans react to certain policy reforms, going so far as to solicit behavior experts to join a British-style "Behavioral Insights Team" to help nudge voters into accepting key political programs. Published July 30, 2013

American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte, Jr., center, reacts as Dream Defenders Executive Director Phillip Agnew, bottom left, leads a chant Friday, July 26, 2013, in the Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

'Dream Defenders' dig in at Florida Capitol, demand justice for Trayvon Martin

A core group of about 15 "Dream Defenders" — so-dubbed for their stated belief in the need for legislative justice for slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin — have dug in Tuesday outside the Florida Capitol building, refusing to leave until lawmakers pass a bill to moot the state's "stand your ground" gun laws. Published July 30, 2013

**FILE** Practice air-powered handguns sit on a teacher's desk in a classroom at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Ark., on July 11, 2013. Twenty Clarksville School District staff members are training during the summer to be armed security guards on campus. (Associated Press)

Arkansas teachers to carry 9 mm guns on campus come fall

Teachers and staff at Clarksville High School in Arkansas have undergone 53 hours of intensive weapons training in recent weeks, and they stand ready for school doors to open this fall — locked and loaded, ready to fend off the type of disaster that rocked a Connecticut community in December and left 20 children dead. Published July 30, 2013

** FILE ** Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer walks to a cab after trying to collect signatures for his run for New York City comptroller in Union Square in New York, Monday, July 8, 2013. Spitzer, who stepped down in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, says he is planning a political comeback with a run for New York City comptroller. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Eliot Spitzer on Anthony Weiner: I wouldn't vote for him

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who left his office in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, said on Monday that even he wouldn't vote for sexting scandal-plagued Anthony Weiner, who's trying to mount a political comeback to the mayor's office. Published July 30, 2013

A plainclothes police officer takes a photo with his mobile phone of a jail gate that was damaged when Taliban militants attacked, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mahsud)

Taliban storm Pakistani jail, freeing 250

Pakistani's Taliban claimed members stormed a prison in the South Waziristan tribal area around midnight on Monday with rocket grenades and suicide bombers, freeing 250 inmates, including several top militants. Published July 30, 2013

** FILE ** In this Wednesday, July 10, 2013, photo, supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi hold posters of him as they protest during the Islamic month of Ramadan, in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

EU's Catherine Ashton meets with Mohammed Morsi: 'He is well'

The head of the European Union's foreign policy unit, Catherine Ashton, met with Egypt's Mohammed Morsi late Monday, the first time the former president has been granted a meeting with any diplomat since the military threw him from office on July 3. Published July 30, 2013

An antique handwritten Koran is displayed inside the museum in Harar, Ethiopia, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006.

Florida school under fire for pro-Islam, anti-Christian history book

Advanced Placement history students at one Florida school have plenty of course materials on Islam, including 36 pages in the textbook devoted to the religion. But not so much on Christianity or Judaism — and that has one state lawmaker in an uproar. Published July 29, 2013

**FILE** James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, listens March 12, 2013, to testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, where he testified about worldwide threats. (Associated Press)

Eric Holder prodded by ethics group to probe Clapper claims

A government watchdog group demanded Monday in a letter that Attorney General Eric Holder investigate James Clapper, accusing the intelligence head of lying about NSA intelligence collection practices during recent congressional testimony. Published July 29, 2013