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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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President Obama waves to supporters Nov. 4, 2012, during a campaign event at McArthur High School in Hollywood, Fla. (Associated Press)

Even Democrats knock Obama’s new nonprofit

President Obama’s new advocacy group, Organizing for Action, is not just off-putting to Republicans and government watchdogs, who are alarmed that the tax-exempt group is not subject to normal Internal Revenue Service nonprofit regulations. Published January 23, 2013

** FILE ** In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, file photograph, a worker hangs a huge poster with an image of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overlooking the Ayalon freeway in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Netanyahu wins re-election, Israeli media say

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has officially won re-election, according to Israeli media, but his Likud party is expressing disappointment. Published January 23, 2013

**FILE** Anti-abortion and abortion rights supporters stand face to face Jan. 23, 2012, in front of the Supreme Court in Washington during the annual March For Life rally. (Associated Press)

Right-to-life activists find hope in Kansas

As Roe v. Wade turns 40, right-to-life activists are riding a wave of success in Kansas — where new restrictions on abortions just won a legal challenge — and are pushing the Republican-dominated state to approve more laws. Published January 22, 2013

A kitten looks out of her small cage at the Prince William County Animal Shelter in Manassas, Va. (The Washington Times)

Environmental activist seeks to ban cats

Kill a cat. Save a bird. That's not quite the message one New Zealand environmental activist wants to send, but at the same time — he does want to rid his country of pet cats. Published January 22, 2013

** FILE ** First lady Michelle Obama was at her husband's side as he took the oath of office, holding the Bible as he pledged to protect and defend the Constitution. (Associated Press)

Obama digs in for second term with hard-line remarks

A brief remark during President Obama's inaugural address Monday may prove a harbinger of more partisan politics to come. While speaking of the need to turn attention to the deficit, Mr. Obama returned to campaign mode, using hard-line language aimed more at rallying the party faithful than uniting a country of many under one. Published January 22, 2013

Vice President Joseph R. Biden takes the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the residence of the vice president at the U.S. Naval Observatory as Jill Biden looks on, on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/New York Times, Josh Haner, Pool)

Biden subtly courting Hispanics for 2016

Vice President Joseph R. Biden's choice of Supreme Court justice to swear him into office — Justice Sonia Sotomayor — has fueled rumors of a 2016 presidential run, as analysts guess he was subtly courting the Hispanic vote. Published January 22, 2013

** FILE ** The Total Port Arthur refinery is shown Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, in Port Arthur, Texas. Over the past several years, Total Petrochemical's sprawling oil refinery in southeast Texas has sprayed tons of sulfuric acid and carbon monoxide into the sky. The French company's 62-year-old facility has also released cancer-causing benzene, regularly surpassed allowable pollution limits, failed to report dozens of emissions and how much. Total is the most heavily fined polluter in Texas in the 2009 fiscal year, according to the year-end report summarizing how companies were punished in the state that produces the most industrial pollution. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

White House fixed on 17 percent greenhouse gas emission reductions

President Obama may have entered a new term, but his climate change control plans are all first-term goals. As late as Monday, administration energy officials still were touting a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2020. Published January 22, 2013

President Obama delivers his second inaugural address at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama makes history with ‘gay’ references

President Obama's inaugural event Monday was historical on several counts: Mr. Obama, of course, is the first black man to take the oath of executive office for two times. Mr. Obama's poet, Richard Blanco, was the first Hispanic to recite the inaugural poem. And Mr. Obama is the first U.S. president to use the word "gay" — twice — in his inaugural address in reference to sexuality. Published January 22, 2013