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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 [email protected]. 

Articles by Cheryl K. Chumley

The National Center for Transgender Equality, NCTE, and the Human Rights Campaign gather on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, for a rally. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Clemson University workshop: 'What gender is this apple?'

"What gender is this apple?" Americo asked, in a Clemson Audio clip of the workshop posted on YouTube and at Campus Reform. "I don't know. Does it really matter?" And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why discussions that lead to considerations of more than two sexes ought to fall on deaf ears. Published November 19, 2018

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams makes remarks during a press conference at the Abrams Headquarters in Atlanta, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Democrat Stacey Abrams says she will file a federal lawsuit to challenge the "gross mismanagement" of Georgia elections. Abrams made the comments in a Friday speech, shortly after she said she can't win the race, effectively ending her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Democrats lose political capital when they can't concede with grace

Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat who admitted a week ago that she couldn't beat her Republican rival in the gubernatorial race -- after filing a lawsuit and demanding a provisional ballot recount -- still won't bow out gracefully and issue a proper congratulatory message to her now-newly elected governor, Brian Kemp. Published November 19, 2018

Andrew Shinn, from University City, votes during absentee voting on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at the St. Louis County Board of Elections in St. Ann, Mo. (J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Time to tighten absentee, mail-in and early voting rules

Until the 1980s, the majority of American voters -- save for those facing the most dire of extenuating circumstances -- had to physically travel to the polls to cast their ballots, and they had to do so on Election Day. We need to get back to those times. Published November 17, 2018

CNN's Jim Acosta walks on the North Lawn driveway upon returning back to the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Judge asked the White House to immediately return press credentials of Jim Acosta. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Jim Acosta is smug, and no court ruling changes that

So CNN's Jim Acosta scored some court points with a ruling that orders the White House to give back his press pass, at least for the time being. But he still presents as a smug elitist. Published November 16, 2018

Billy Idol shows caravan how it's done

Billy Idol, U.K.-born rocker of the '80's, became a U.S. citizen this week -- holding a tiny American flag as he took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance. Holding the American flag. Swearing allegiance to America. Caravan-ers, are you paying attention? Published November 16, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) ** FILE **

Trump tweets what we're all thinking: Mueller investigation 'total mess'

President Donald Trump, in characteristic President Donald Trump fashion, took to Twitter to give voice to his latest opinion on the ongoing -- never-ending, it would seem -- special counsel investigation of Russia collusion being conducted by Robert Mueller, and said: "The inner workings ... are a total mess." Well, that's just well said. Published November 15, 2018

Michael Avenatti leaves the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division after posting bail for a felony domestic violence charge, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

Michael Avenatti's arrest a good test for due process

Social media has gone into overdrive over the news Michael Avenatti, the anti-President Donald Trump trash-talking attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, was arrested for domestic abuse. But conservatives, at least, ought to save the crowing and mocking and celebrating for behind-the-scenes, at least for the time being. Published November 15, 2018

In this Nov. 12, 2018, file photo, ballots are prepared to be tabulated for Maine's 2nd Congressional District's House election in Augusta. Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and three voters sued Tuesday, Nov. 13, over Maine's new voting system, used for the first time in U.S. House and Senate elections. A lawyer for Poliquin's campaign asked the secretary of state to stop the tabulations to allow a judge to rule, but the secretary declined to stop the process. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Principles, honor and the coming banana republic

Can you say banana republic? Fact is, the systems are crumbling. The gate-guards of principle are way too few and far between, way too quiet to be effective. And what's going to result from all this Election Day upset, soon enough, is a major shift in how U.S. elections will be conducted. Published November 15, 2018

In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, photo, a woman carries a fire extinguisher past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. Internet traffic hijacking disrupted several Google services Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, including search and cloud-hosting services. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Google, how about some online security, please?

Google, fresh off the farm of defending last month's leak of 500,000 or so users' sensitive information, has just been hit by another Internet hijacking -- the "worst ever," according to the company that caught the hack. And what's most eye-opening is the hack is the likely work of Russian and Chinese sources. Published November 14, 2018

In this April 30, 2017, file photo, Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Alex Trebek, Jeopardy host, talks #MeToo truths: 'Scary time for men'

Alex Trebek, the 78-year-old long-time host of "Jeopardy," sat down with Vulture to talk politics and culture and #MeToo and more and said what we've all been thinking for some time, particularly post-Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court battle, and that's this: It's a "scary time" to be a guy. Indeed. Published November 13, 2018

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at a rally to encourage voter registration Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

Michelle Obama, still hating, after all these years

Michelle Obama has a new book out where she vows she will "never forgive" President Donald Trump for spreading the birther talk about former President Barack Obama because -- her words -- it was "dangerous" and "deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks." Never forgive? That seems a bit harsh. Published November 13, 2018

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses backstage before her conversation with Kara Swisher at the 92nd Street Y on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) ** FILE **

Make room for the Hillary

Hillary Clinton is supposedly running for president again in 2020. That's according to Mark Penn, a former pollster and adviser to Bill Clinton, and Andrew Stein, a leading Democrat figure from New York, both of whom penned a piece for the Wall Street Journal titled, simply, "Hillary Will Run Again." And all the Republicans go: Yes! Published November 12, 2018

A book and scripts are among the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction house Christies in London, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) ** FILE **

Science's godless problem

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking made headlines from beyond the grave this October when, seven months after his death, his presumed last book was published bearing these words: "There is no God." And with that, the already wide gap separating science and religion, physical from spiritual, got a bit wider. What a shame. Published November 8, 2018

Watch how you walk -- A.I.'s got you ID'd by gait

China has just employed new "gait recognition" technology that can identify individuals by their manner of walk. This is police surveillance taken to a whole new level of frightening. Whispers are that America's airports might make a decent testing ground to bring the artificial intelligence here. Published November 7, 2018

The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington is shrouded in fog early in the morning Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, on Election Day in the U.S. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Democrats score points -- but not big win

So Democrats flipped the House and won some points. But with the Senate firmly in Republicans' control, the left is hardly in a position to crow. What has to happen next is a return to proper politicking -- a laying aside of baseball bats and a call for quieter streets. Democrats, this is up to you to do. Published November 7, 2018

Radio personality Rush Limbaugh introduces President Donald Trump at the start of a campaign rally Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Rush Limbaugh scorches: 'Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia'

Rush Limbaugh took to the stage in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to introduce President Donald Trump -- and in classic blunt and bold fashion, laid out the real case of why Democrats are so violent and angry these days. "The Democrats haven't even accepted that they lost the election in 2016," he said. Precisely. Published November 6, 2018