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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communication.

During her time at University of Florida, she worked as an associate editor for The Gainesville Sun and interned at Entercom Communications. In 2011, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

** FILE ** Muslim demonstrators pray outside the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. A Malaysian appeals court on Monday upheld a government ban against the use of the word "Allah" to refer to God in non-Muslim faiths, overruling claims by Christians in this Muslim-majority nation that the restriction violates their religious rights. "Allah" is the Arabic word for God and is commonly used in the Malay language to refer to God. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian court rules only Muslims can say 'Allah'

A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to refer to God, because it may cause "confusion" in the mainly Muslim country. Published October 14, 2013

N.H. waitress picks up tab for furloughed soldiers

When a waitress at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant in New Hampshire overheard two of her guests say they were furloughed National Guard soldiers, she decided to show her gratitude by picking up their bill. Published October 13, 2013

Bodies of victims lie under plastic sheets after they were recovered from a cliff near the twon of Santa Teresa, Cuzco province, Peru, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. A makeshift bus carrying 51 Quechua Indians back from a party plunged off a cliff into a river Friday night near the provincial capital of Santa Teresa, an area about 310 miles (500 kilometers) southeast of Lima, killing everyone on board, including 14 children according to Santa Teresa police.(AP Photo/La Republica Newspaper)

Peru bus plunge kills 51, including 14 children

An improvised party bus carrying 51 Quechua Indians, including 14 children, on Friday night in southeastern Peru plunged off a cliff into a river, killing everyone on board. Published October 13, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, after a procedural vote on a bill to fund the government. Potential 2016 presidential candidates now in Congress, including Mr. Paul, have been relatively silent about a partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rand Paul: I'll always be a Republican

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning, Sen. Rand Paul told reporter Candy Crowley that he has been, and always will be, a member of the Republican Party. Published October 13, 2013

The home of the family of Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen is seen in Garden Grove, Calif., on Oct. 11, 2013. Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 24, of Garden Grove, was arrested earlier in the day in Santa Ana, Calif., while waiting to board a bus to Mexico, the FBI said in a statement. He was charged with attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda and lying on a U.S. passport application to facilitate an act of terrorism. (Associated Press)

Calif. Islamist convert suspected of aiding al Qaeda

A California Islamist was arrested Friday in Santa Ana on charges that he assisted al Qaeda and was planning to become a foot soldier for the terror group, the Los Angeles Times reported. Published October 13, 2013

Laura Ingraham (Courtesy of the National Association of Broadcasters)

Cindy McCain blasts Laura Ingraham: 'Class act!'

Laura Ingraham appeared at a Goldwater Institute event in Phoenix Saturday night, and Cindy McCain apparently wasn't too impressed with what the radio host had to say about her husband. Published October 13, 2013

**FILE** New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (Associated Press)

Bloomberg's next move: Spend to defeat Sen. Mark Pryor

Appearing on the cover of this week's Time magazine, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg explains how he plans to use his sizable fortune to alter the debate on everything from climate change to guns. Published October 10, 2013