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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 

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/File)

Obama to nominate White to SEC chair

President Obama will nominate Mary Jo White, a former U.S. attorney, to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a White House spokesman. Published January 24, 2013

** FILE ** This Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, file image made from video released by the Israeli Defense Forces shows the downing of a drone that entered Israeli airspace in southern Israel. (AP Photo/Israeli Defense Forces via AP video, File)

U.N. launches probe of U.S. drone attacks

The United Nations denies targeting America and Israel, but an investigator has launched a study of drone attack impacts in the very same nations the U.S. has reportedly used the technology: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Palestinian territories and Somalia. Published January 24, 2013

** FILE ** Family members and friends in Norfolk, Va., welcome home the USS Enterprise after its 25th and final deployment, along with the 5,500 sailors and Marines who spent nearly eight months at sea. The Enterprise is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. (Associated Press)

Navy cracking down on drunk sailors

Apparently, drunken sailors are causing such problems that the U.S. Navy has announced random alcohol testing, starting next month. Published January 24, 2013

**FILE** Pedestrians walk past the Federal Reserve Bank in New York on Oct. 18, 2012. (Associated Press)

Mystery: $114 billion withdrawn from banks

More than $114 billion has been withdrawn from the nation's biggest banks in the first full week of January, and industry analysts are struggling to understand why. Published January 24, 2013

** FILE ** Kansas Budget Director Steve Anderson prepares to brief the state House Appropriations Committee on Gov. Sam Brownback's spending plan for the state's next two fiscal years, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Milburn)

Kansas considers cutting out income tax

Kansas lawmakers, led by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, introduced a bill Wednesday that would eventually end the state's income tax. Published January 24, 2013

Striking metro workers stand under a banner that reads: "Strike 8th Day'' at the the central depot in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Greece’s conservative prime minister is holding emergency meeting after a deadline for striking public transport workers expired, leaving Athens’ subway system closed for an eighth day. Strikers protesting pay cuts refused to return to work Thursday despite a court decision declaring their protest illegal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greek government takes hard line with strikers

Return to work or be fired: That's the message of Greece's top transportation official to strikers, following eight days of capital city subway closures. Published January 24, 2013

** FILE ** A religious statue stands in the fire-scorched landscape of Breezy Point after a Nor'easter snowstorm on Nov. 8, 2012, in New York. The beachfront neighborhood was devastated during Superstorm Sandy when a fire pushed by the raging winds destroyed many homes. (Associated Press)

Superstorm Sandy victims scoff at FEMA’s ‘Rapid Repairs’

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are touting a first-of-its-kind "Rapid Repairs" program as speeding aid to Superstorm Sandy victims in New York City. But ask a resident still awaiting help, and the response, more often than not, is: Repairs? What repairs? Published January 24, 2013

** FILE ** Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o answers a question during Media Day for the BCS National Championship college football game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Manti Te’o admits to lie, but it’s no big deal

Scandalized Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o says yes, he did lie about his supposed girlfriend, Lennay Kekua — but that he only did what anybody in his position would do. Published January 23, 2013

Opponents of Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers protest in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Union membership sees sharp decline

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that union membership rates have fallen off sharply in the past year, from 11.8 percent of the workforce to 11.3 percent. Published January 23, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat

Murray vows Senate will bring in a budget

After more than three years, the Democrat-controlled Senate may bring forth a formal budget under the direction of its newly appointed Budget Committee Chairman, Sen. Patty Murray Published January 23, 2013

Dem pol disses women on campaign trail

The Democratic Party may be facing a public relations ding with women. A Democratic candidate seeking a New York City Council seat, Ed Hartzog, responded Tuesday to a female reporter’s question about campaign finances this way: “What’s a pretty girl like you doing reading these?” Published January 23, 2013

Members of Washington DC Fire Department Pipe and Drum Band participate in this year's 38th annual Washington DC St. Patrick's Day Parade which is held along Constitution Avenue.
(Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times)

Oh Blarney: Ireland county seeks OK to drink and drive

Not to advance stereotypes about the Irish and alcohol — but the Kerry County governing body just approved a measure seeking permission for drivers to legally operate a vehicle under the influence. Published January 23, 2013