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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, 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

"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest (standing) poses with judges (from left) Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker)

'American Idol' axing all four judges: Source

None of the four judges on Fox's "American Idol" will be asked to return for Season 13, an individual with knowledge of the network's plans told TheWrap. Published May 9, 2013

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Education Dept. eliminates 'father,' 'mother' from student aid forms

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that beginning with the 2014-2015 federal student aid form, the Department will — for the first time — collect income "from a dependent student's legal parents regardless of the parents' marital status or gender, if those parents live together." Published May 9, 2013

A still from  Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws', which he directed in 1975. (Image: Paramount Pictures)

French honeymooner killed by shark

A French honeymooner was killed by a shark in front of his new wife as he was surfing off the shores of Reunion. Published May 9, 2013

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., holds a hearing about last year's deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Left to right are witnesses Mark Thompson, the State Department's acting deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism, Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, and Eric Nordstrom, the State Department's former regional security officer in Libya. House Republicans insist the Obama administration is covering up information about the attack, rejecting administration assurances to the contrary and stoking a controversy with implications for the 2016 presidential race. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

MSNBC's Chuck Todd calls Benghazi a 'conspiracy theory'

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panel questioned conservatives' motives behind going after the Obama administration so fervently, following the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead. Published May 8, 2013

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski said on Monday, May 6 that if a Republican had told a Democratic governor of Indian heritage to go "back to wherever the hell she came from," that the media would cover it much more than it has with Dick Harpootlian's comment over Gov. Nikki Haley.

MSNBC host Brzezinski recognizes media's double-standard in coverage

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski recognized a double-standard in the media Monday, saying a Republican wouldn't have been able to get away with Dick Harpootlian's comment, where he vowed to send Indian-American Gov. Nikki Haley "back to wherever the hell she came from." Published May 6, 2013