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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

** FILE ** Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin pauses while organizing the start of an Election Day demonstration on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

Tea Party Patriots call key GOP firing a declaration of war

The executive director of the House Republican Study Committee has been fired, and the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots said the ouster is little more than the establishment GOP's latest attempt to drive out the strong conservative element from the party — especially since the replacement hails as an ally of House Speaker John Boehner. Published December 12, 2013

Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Gipson (right) of Atlanta has his resume looked over by Ralph Brown, a management and program analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a job fair for veterans at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2681 in Marietta, Ga., on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

68,000 more file for unemployment — in one week

The number of U.S. citizens who have applied for unemployment benefits soared by 68,000 in one week’s time, bringing the total to 368,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Published December 12, 2013

Michigan state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, the state Senate's Democratic minority leader, cited her own rape in criticizing the Republican-controlled Legislature's final approval on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, of a bill that bans commercial insurance policies from covering abortions unless a woman buys a separate rider to include abortion services. (AP Photo/Michigan Legislature)

Michigan bans in-state insurers from covering abortion

Michigan lawmakers passed a ban on all insurance companies in the state from paying for abortions for women, unless the life of the mother is in danger and unless they’ve purchased a special rider for the coverage. Published December 12, 2013

U.S. President  Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) next to US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95.  (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Selfie at heart of fiasco will remain secret

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who actually snapped the photo of herself with British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama during Nelson Mandela's memorial service, said the picture at the heart of the controversy will not be released to the public. Published December 12, 2013

Megachurch pastor with ties to Obama commits suicide

The Rev. Isaac Hunter, the embattled megachurch pastor who recently resigned his position amid admissions of adultery and accusations of drug and alcohol abuse, has committed suicide, police said. Published December 12, 2013

** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden smiles while hosting a reception at the Naval Observatory in Washington, Sept. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Joe Biden admits his ancestors were illegal immigrants

Vice President Joseph R. Biden probably thought he was making a compelling argument for the House to pass immediate immigration reform — but what he did instead was admit his ancestors were lawbreakers. Published December 12, 2013

A Canada Post employee delivers mail and parcels to residential homes in Toronto on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The nation's postal service said it will phase out home delivery within urban centers within the next five years as it begins to post significant financial losses because of growing use of digital communication. Canada Post, a government corporation, said it will replace foot delivery with community mail boxes, (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Canada doing away with door-to-door mail delivery by 2018

Within the next five years, Canadian residents will have to go pick up their own mail. The nation’s postal service, facing $104 million in losses in the second quarter of this year alone, will halt door-to-door delivery, lawmakers announced this week. Published December 12, 2013

National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

NSA chief defends phone spying: ‘There is no other way’

Take away the National Security Agency's ability to tap into telephone records, and the nation is left unsecure — that's the claim of the head of the NSA, Gen. Keith Alexander, to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Published December 12, 2013

Same sex celebrant Rodger Munson, center, watches Chris Teoh, left, put a wedding ring on Ivan Hinton's finger as they take their vows during a ceremony at Old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Australia court strikes down 5-day-old, gay-marriage law

Australia had a gay-marriage law — for five days. On Thursday, the country's highest court struck it down, sidelining the dreams of more than two dozen gay couples who had traded vows but now faced immediate annulment. Published December 12, 2013

** FILE ** On Nov. 15, 2012, a woman photographs a granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments after it was erected on the north side of the Capitol in Oklahoma City. The word "Sabbath" was misspelled on the monument. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel)

Atheists smug as Hindus join Satanists to demand display at Oklahoma Statehouse

First came the Christians, then the Satanists. And now come the Hindus — the latest group to fight for First Amendment freedoms and demand equal display access at Oklahoma's Capitol. And the ensuing political frenzy is leaving some atheists laughing, calling the quandary "beautiful." Published December 11, 2013