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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 cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Cheryl K. Chumley

** FILE ** President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joseph R. Biden and House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

Obama mocks freshman lawmaker in closed-door session

Freshman Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee got a quick schooling on Capitol Hill politics this week, after President Obama answered his long-winded question with a snappy dress-down, served on a plate of mocking tone. Published March 15, 2013

**FILE** Smoke rises March 15, 2011, from the badly damaged Unit 3 reactor (left), next to the Unit 4 reactor covered by an outer wall at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Okuma, Japan. The emergency command center at Japan's stricken nuclear plant shook violently when hydrogen exploded at Unit 3 and the plant chief reacted by shouting, "This is serious, this is serious," reveal videos of the crisis as it happened. (Associated Press/Tokyo Electric Power Co., File)

U.S. military sues Tokyo plant over nuclear disaster

Members of the U.S. military who were tasked with helping Japan with the clean-up and recovery from its 2011 nuclear power leak are now suing, claiming the company lied and downplayed dangers. Published March 15, 2013

**FILE** Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at a rally in support of repealing the state's death penalty in Annapolis on Jan. 15, 2013. O'Malley, who said he will be making repeal a priority, argued that the death penalty is a waste of resources that could be better used to fight crime in more productive ways. (Associated Press)

Maryland poised to ban death penalty

The General Assembly in Maryland is poised to pass a bill banning capital punishment in the state. Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is behind the push and will certainly sign the bill into law once it hits his desk, The Associated Press reports. Published March 15, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat (Associated Press)

Sen. Robert Menendez investigated by federal grand jury

A Miami federal grand jury is investigating Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez for allegations that he improperly used his congressional muscle to benefit a wealthy campaign donor who was a friend. Published March 15, 2013

**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

Democrats' budget a 'left-wing manifesto,' says Mitch McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he asked Democrats to bring forth "a thoughtful budget" that tabled tax hikes and worked toward balancing spending with cutting. What he got, however, was a far cry from that. Published March 15, 2013

** FILE ** Libyan military guards check one of the burned-out buildings at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2012, during a visit by Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif to express sympathy for the death of J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and his colleagues in the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate. (Associated Press)

FBI questions Benghazi suspect detained in Libya

A man who is suspected of being involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi is being detained and questioned in Libya, two unnamed sources say. Published March 15, 2013

**FILE** Rebels from al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra wave their brigade flag on Jan. 11, 2013, as they step on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter at a Taftanaz air base in Idlib province in northern Syria that was captured by the rebels. (Associated Press/Edlib News Network)

House Republicans to hold hearing on White House's Syria policy

Scrutiny of the Obama administration's Syria policy mounted on Capitol Hill Thursday, with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs announcing that it will convene a hearing next week to examine Washington's response to the 2-year-old civil war in the Middle East nation. Published March 14, 2013

**FILE** Jimi Hendrix performs in 1970 on the Isle of Wight in England. (Associated Press)

Jimi Hendrix takes No. 2 on Billboard with new album

Even dead, guitarist Jimi Hendrix rocks the music charts. His final studio album, "People, Hell & Angels," was just released last week and has already hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. That's the highest the guitarist has hit on this list since 1969, just months before he died. Published March 14, 2013

Hamas vows amnesty, money for Palestinians who admit spying

Terrorist organization Hamas has a list of Palestinians who are spying for Israel, but will grant amnesty — and even give rewards — to those who turn themselves in, the group's interior minister said. Published March 14, 2013

** FILE ** Passengers fill the terminal after a security breach shut down Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010. Authorities were searching for a man who walked through a screening checkpoint exit into the secure side of a terminal Sunday night. Flights were grounded and passengers were rescreened, an air safety official said. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

TSA says it missed bomb because it's 'hard to spot'

Transportation Security Administration officials responded to Newark inspectors' failure to find bombs planted on security testers this way: We tried, but it's really hard. Published March 14, 2013