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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 ** An "Occupy Wall Street" protester in Zuccotti Park in New York, Oct. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

Occupy Wall Street group to release debit card 'for the 99%'

The Occupy Money Cooperative, an offshoot from the Occupy Wall Street movement, revealed Wednesday its plans to create a new debit card to provide "fairly-priced, member-managed, and non-predatory financial products to the 99%." Published October 3, 2013

** FILE ** Visitors walk among the graves at the Normandy American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on Thursday, June 6, 2013, the 69th anniversary of D-Day. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

U.S. government shuts down American memorials in Normandy

Visitor have not been able to pay their respects to the 9,387 military dead at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach since the U.S. government shut it down on Monday, the Associated Press reported. Published October 3, 2013

Chris Matthews: Reagan was a better president than Obama

Chris Matthews appeared on "The Colbert Report" Wednesday night to promote his new book, "Tip and the Gipper," saying that it's going to be hard for President Obama to beat Ronald Reagan's legacy. Published October 3, 2013

Korean War veteran Robert Olson of Iowa is pushed in his wheelchair by Zach Twedt, also from Iowa, around the National World War II Memorial in Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Veterans who had traveled from across the country were allowed to visit the National World War II Memorial after it had been officially closed because of the partial government shutdown. After their visit, the memorial was closed again. The Lincoln Memorial is seen in the distance. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Closed WWII memorial funded 'almost entirely by private contributions'

Busloads of World War II veterans broke through the barricades at the National World War II Memorial in Washington on Tuesday after the National Park Service closed all of its national parks and memorials because of the federal government shutdown. Published October 2, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. (Associated Press)

Reid on helping one child with cancer: 'Why would we want to do that?'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blamed Republicans Wednesday afternoon for the National Institutes of Health turning away cancer patients, and he flippantly asked a reporter why Senate Democrats would try to help "one child who has cancer" by approving a mini-spending bill to keep the NIH open. Published October 2, 2013

Image: Facebook, Truckers Ride for the Constitution

'Truckers Ride For The Constitution' aims to shut down D.C. further

As thousands of federal employees wonder where their next paycheck is coming from amid a government shutdown, around 3,000 truckers plan to descend on Washington, D.C., in an effort to shut it down further by not hauling freight for a whole weekend. Published October 1, 2013

Image: NBC News 4, New York

Man wielding scissors stabs 5, including toddler, in Manhattan park

A man wielding scissors went on a rampage in a popular Manhattan park Tuesday morning, slashing a 2-year-old boy, his father and three other people in a series of random attacks in less than 10 minutes, a local NBC affiliate reported. Published October 1, 2013