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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

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Rand Paul blasts big government for police militarization in Ferguson

Sen. Rand Paul penned an editorial piece on Thursday, blaming big government for incentivizing local police forces to snatch up surplus military equipment, and causing what he says is excessive police force on protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Published August 14, 2014

Rep. Hank Johnson, Georgia Democrat (Associated Press) **FILE**

Democrat plans police anti-militarization bill amid Ferguson violence

Rep. Hank Johnson plans to introduce legislation that would "end the free transfers" of military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, in the wake to the use of heightened police force in a St. Louis suburb rocked by the shooting death of an unarmed teen. Published August 14, 2014

Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev announces sanctions at the Cabinet meeting in Moscow on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.The Russian government has banned all imports of meat, fish, milk and milk products and fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced Thursday. The move was taken on orders from President Vladimir Putin in response to sanctions imposed on Russia by the West over the crisis in Ukraine. The ban has been introduced for one year.   (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Government Press Service)

Russian PM's Twitter account hacked: 'I resign'

The Twitter account for Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was hacked Thursday, denouncing the actions of President Vladimir Putin and announcing his resignation. Published August 14, 2014

FILE - This Nov. 13, 2011 file photo shows actor Robin Williams, left, and his daughter, Zelda at the premiere of  "Happy Feet Two" in Los Angeles. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)

Trolls force Robin Williams' daughter offline

The daughter of deceased actor Robin Williams is abandoning her social media accounts due to receiving a barrage of negative messages since her father's death. Published August 13, 2014

FILE - In this April 9, 2013 file photo, a woman prepares to pay characters in New York's Times Square after she photographed a young girl with them.  A New York City Council member is drafting legislation to regulate the costumed characters who roam Times Square. The bill being proposed by Councilman Dan Garodnick would require that the costumed performers be licensed and go through a background check. There have been a number of troublesome incidents involving costumed figures who try to make a living by charming tourists.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Times square characters want to unionize

Costumed characters in Times Square have started organizing after a spate of violent incidents caused lawmakers to call for a crackdown. Published August 13, 2014