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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 ** A protester participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests faces a police officer while marching toward Wall Street, Oct. 14, 2011, in New York. (Associated Press)

The untouchables: N.Y. bill would make annoying police a felony

The New York State Senate passed a bill Wednesday that makes it a felony to "harass, annoy, threaten or alarm" an on-duty police officer.The bill, sponsored by Sens. Pat Gallivan, George Maziarz, Michael Ranzenhofe and Joe Griffo, seeks "to establish the crime of aggravated harassment of a police officer or peace officer." Published June 6, 2013

** FILE ** Hezbollah supporters fire weapons as they celebrate the fall of the Syrian town of Qusair to forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah fighters, in Bazzalieh village, Lebanon, near the Lebanese-Syrian border, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (Associated Press)

Jordanian jihadist leader calls for showdown against Hezbollah

A jihadist leader in Jordan has called for an attack on Shi'ite Hezbollah, predicting a final showdown between Sunni Islamists and the Lebanese group in the near future, according to a report in the Arab daily Al-Hayat. Published June 6, 2013

** FILE ** First lady Michelle Obama addresses the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 42nd annual Phoenix Awards dinner in Washington on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (Associated Press)

White House scrubs Michelle Obama's confrontation with LGBT protester

The Washington Times reported on Tuesday that first Lady Michelle Obama confronted a gay rights protester after she was interrupted about ten minutes into her speech at a campaign fundraiser in D.C. — but important elements of the exchange have been left out of the official White House transcript. Published June 5, 2013