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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

President Barack Obama speaks Thursday during the Organizing for America National Health Care Forum in Washington. (Associated Press)

Obama taps campaign donor database to sell gun control

Organizing for Action — President Obama’s new nonprofit to bolster his public relations sell of policy to a nationwide audience — has just been handed the golden key of political campaigning: a massive computer database of American voter preferences. Published January 28, 2013

Visitors to Independence National Historical Park view the Liberty Bell Friday, April 8, 2011, in Philadelphia as negotiations continue in Washington to avoid a government shutdown, which would close national parks and many other federal services. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Arizona man arrested for threatening to blow up Liberty Bell

An Arizona man was arrested Sunday for threatening to blow up the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and charged with making terroristic threats and bomb threats, and various other offenses, according to media reports. Published January 28, 2013

Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Perry speaks with Moderator Bret Baier of Fox News during a commercial break of a Presidential Debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

Fox News' van Susteren fires back at Obama

Fox News host Greta van Susteren isn’t taking lightly criticism from President Obama that her news network — along with conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh — is failing America by questioning his policies. Published January 28, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama throws out the first pitch to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (not pictured) before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in St. Louis on Tuesday, July 14, 2009. Asked in an NBC "Today" show interview about the well-worn bluejeans he wore at the game, Mr. Obama said, "I hate to shop." (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Obama derides Rush, Fox News in liberal mag interview

President Obama suggested in an interview with the left-leaning magazine, The New Republic, that conservatives ought to compromise, forget Rush Limbaugh, and fall in line with the Democratic Party's policy platforms. Published January 28, 2013

Illustration: Biofuels

EPA loses: Court tosses mandate for biofuels

The Environmental Protection Agency cannot impose lofty cellulosic biofuel standards on the oil industry and then inflict punishments when the mandates aren’t met, a federal appeals court just ruled. Published January 28, 2013

In this April 27, 2012 photo, the red paddle wheel of the American Queen steamboat churns as it propels the vessel on a Memphis to Cincinnati cruise on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

Oil spill closes part of Mississippi River waterway

Investigators are still trying to determine the location of leak in an oil barge that struck a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss., on Sunday and shut sections of the Mississippi River to traffic. Published January 28, 2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner was among the dignitaries on the platform for President Obama's address. On Inauguration Day, Republicans voiced optimism. (Associated Press)

Foe to frenemy? Boehner vow to halt one-on-ones with Obama now cloudy

House Speaker John A. Boehner’s promise to stop running government via one-on-one meetings with President Obama and let the committee process commence already is crumbling, as congressional members can’t find consensus on how to proceed. Published January 28, 2013

Iran finger-chopping machine seen as political strategy

Iran’s new finger-chopping machine may be touted as a punishment for thieves, but at least one human rights official finds it curious that its unveiling comes at a time when elections dawn and political unrest is high. Published January 28, 2013

Al Qaeda gunmen refuse to free hostages in Philippines

Al Qaeda-linked gunmen in the Philippines have refused to release a reported seven foreigners they’re holding hostage, as two weeks of negotiations with the government end in failure, according to various media reports. Published January 28, 2013

**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden, joined at the White House by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (left), holds a meeting Jan. 9, 2013, with gun-safety advocates and victims' families. (Associated Press)

Holder releases first 3 proposed gun rules

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has released the first three of what could be 23 new proposals aimed at strengthening the nation's gun laws, in line with the goals put forth by President Obama during his inaugural address and by executive order. Published January 25, 2013

The F-16 is one of the Air Force's tactical aircraft. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Pentagon starts pink slip process to 46,000

The Pentagon has started laying off the bulk of its 46,000 temporary work force, as automatic Defense Department budget cut-backs beckon in March. Published January 25, 2013

** FILE ** Russian President Vladimir (Associated Press)

Russia steps toward strict tobacco laws

Russia has taken a step closer toward enacting strict new tobacco prohibitions that set most public places off limits to smokers. Published January 25, 2013

Jim Messina (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama's grassroots group has Soros, big business written all over it

President Obama's supposed grassroots group, Organizing for America, is actually anything but, as invitations for the group's private unveiling event last week revealed its ties to big business, big political donors, and even wealthy philanthropist George Soros. Published January 25, 2013