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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

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

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association, speaks during a leadership forum at the group's annual meeting on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)

MSNBC anchor: NRA's Wayne LaPierre is 'inciting a riot'

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panel weighed in on the National Rifle Association's executive vice president Wayne LaPierre's speech at the NRA convention over the weekend, with contributor Mike Barnicle going as far as saying the chief is capable of "inciting a riot." Published May 6, 2013

A Libyan man walks inside the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, two days after the attack that left Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead on Sept. 11. Republicans are seeking answers to lingering questions about the attack from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week. (Associated Press)

State Department official knew Benghazi 'was a terrorist attack from the get-go'

A top State Department official scheduled to give congressional testimony Wednesday on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, says he knew immediately the attacks were terror strikes, not a protest turned violent, according to interview transcripts released Sunday, Fox News reports. Published May 5, 2013