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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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, speaks to members of the media about healthcare, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington following a policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate GOP's health reform already stymied by stupid

A 13-member working group with a lead mission to forge the Senate's version of Obamacare reform-slash-repeal is all men -- no women. Come on now. Leadership really could've seen this one coming. You know, there's a thing called token. Published May 10, 2017

People protest outside the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., Monday, May 8, 2017. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday is examining a ruling that blocks President Donald Trump's administration from temporarily barring new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It's the first time an appeals court is hearing arguments on the revised travel ban, which is likely destined for the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Steve McMillan)

Activist judges review Trump's rhetoric, not text of ban

Were it not for President Donald Trump's campaign trail rhetoric about Muslims and national security, his latest revised travel ban order would pass constitutional muster with barely a legal argument. Published May 9, 2017

In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to employees of the EPA in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

EPA, Interior pink slip moment a jolt of sanity

Outside agencies that have advised the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior on matters related to science for years have been handed pink slips of sorts in recent days. This is a real returning-to-sanity moment in American history Published May 9, 2017

Undated handout photo of a parchment manuscript of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, believed to date from the 1780s and found in a records office in Chichester, southern England. Harvard University researchers say they've discovered a second parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence, The Boston Globe reported Friday, April 21, 2017. (West Sussex Record Office Add Mss 8981 via AP).

No, no, NO -- health care is not a right

Republicans on Capitol Hill, who hold the majorities in all the political power channels -- the House, Senate and White House -- are playing the Democratic game and talking about health care as if it's a right. When the heck did that happen? Published May 9, 2017

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accompanied by his wife Cindy McCain, pauses after speaking in Phoenix. A Trump administration official says that Cindy McCain is likely to take on a prominent State Department role. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

John McCain, a la Toy Story, is 'at it again'

Sen. John McCain, the Republican best loved, in order, by Democrats, RINOs and the mainstream media, is at it again, taking up partisan rhetoric to slam a fellow GOPer. Really, Mr. McCain. It seems a story like this comes out about you at least once a month. It's starting to become a yawner. Published May 8, 2017

United States former President Barack Obama waves as he leaves his hotel, in Milan, Monday, May 8, 2017. Obama, who is Italy for a two-day visit to participate at the "Seeds&Chips - Global Food Innovation" summit, is also meeting former Italian premier Matteo Renzi and representatives of the local business community. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Obama awarded for 'courageous' kill of free market

Barack Obama, the guy who's no longer president, gave a campaign-type, rally-the-troops speech a few hours ago -- while accepting an award for "politically courageous leadership," no less -- aimed at making President Donald Trump's life more difficult. He didn't put it that way; it was implied. Published May 8, 2017

Plastic cups spell out Rockville Strong, at Rockville High School in Rockville, Maryland, on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom, allegedly by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the U.S. illegally from Central America. (AP Photo/Brian Witte) ** FILE **

Maryland prosecutor drops rape charges against illegals

Two teenage boys in Maryland -- illegal immigrants -- accused of raping and sodomizing a classmate in a high school bathroom skated charges Friday. Why? Prosecutors dropped the case. Lack of evidence, they said. Published May 5, 2017

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016 file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Mt Airy Church of God In Christ in Philadelphia. President Donald Trump on Thursday, May 4, 2017, signed a new executive order aimed at weakening the enforcement of a law that bars churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates. A look at the law in question, known as the Johnson Amendment. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Hillary's 'Onward Together' resistance group smells like scandal

Hillary Clinton, after a six-month break from public life, is emerging to head up a resistance group, "Onward Together," aimed entirely at taking out President Donald Trump's policies and bringing down the Republican agenda. It smells like a watchdogger's dream. Can you say "Clinton Foundation, Deja Vu?" Published May 5, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. pauses while meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, following a policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Senate better not stall on Obamacare

Sen. Ted Cruz warned Americans the Obamacare reform passed through the House might not have such a quick and easy journey through the Senate. Why? Because senators hold their seats for six years, not two, like legislators. Cruz didn't say that -- but it's implied. Published May 5, 2017

A man walks past defaced election campaign posters for French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, in Saint Jean de Luz, southwestern France, Thursday, May 4, 2017. France will vote on Sunday May 7 in the second round of the presidential election. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

France goes America: Macron is to Hillary as Le Pen is to Trump

Oh, France, which way will you go? Freedom hangs in the balance -- freedom, individual rights, sovereignty, the fate of borders, yay, even the fate of the entire French culture. It's like November in America: Emmanuel Macron is Hillary Clinton and Marine Le Pen is Donald Trump. Published May 4, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a school choice event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The president Donald planned to meet with lawmakers who authored a plan aimed at preventing another collapse of the Republican health care bill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sorry, atheists -- churches are getting back political free speech

President Donald Trump has a new executive order in the works, one to open the doors for churches to endorse political candidates without losing tax exempt status. Freedom From Religion Foundation -- exit, stage left. Don't let the door hit you. And here, take a Bible for the long walk home. Published May 4, 2017

House Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, following the Republican Caucus meeting. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Hey, Republicans -- take a memo: You won

Do Republicans even know they won? Forgive the question, but it dawns, given their recent behavior in Congress, that Republicans are either above and beyond courteous, desirous of helping Democrats every which way they can -- or they just don't know they won, that they are the party of the majority. Published May 4, 2017

FILE - In this March 10, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, during a meeting on healthcare.  Washington policymakers have a time-tested method for rolling out new ideas: float a trial balloon. Spread rumors of a policy change or selectively leak it to the press, then see how it plays and proceed only if it looks doable. Trump has flipped that script. Big and startling ideas fly out of his mouth or from his Twitter feed. Then the rest of his administration scrambles to catch up _ and to figure out when his statements signal new presidential policies and when theyre offhand remarks that mean little.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Yale professor warns 'inevitable' -- Trump's taking over U.S.

A Yale history professor, Timothy Snyder, warned in an interview with Salon about his new book, "On Tyranny," that President Donald Trump is -- seriously now -- trying to take over the U.S. government. Cue coup alert. (Only technically, since Trump's already leader of the free world, wouldn't his coup be -- what, of himself??) Published May 3, 2017

Honoree former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Hillary Clinton joins 'resistance,' snuffing last semblance of dignity

Hillary Clinton, failed presidential candidate, figures she has nothing left to live for so she's tossing aside dignity and jumping deep off the political end, joining the "resistance." What, is Piggly Wiggly hiring no baggers? Is there no position out there that offers her self-respect? Published May 3, 2017