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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 jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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** FILE ** Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. (Associated Press)

MSNBC's Axelrod, Gibbs deny they have pro-Obama bias

The allegations are already flying after MSNBC and NBC News hired President Obama's former White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, and the president's top campaign adviser, David Axelrod. Published February 21, 2013

Kayla Harrison of the United States (in white) competes Aug. 2, 2012, against Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain for the gold medal during the women's 78-kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Associated Press)

Colo. lawmakers suggest carrying pens, learning judo to deter attackers

The gun debate is heating up in Colorado, with politicians from all over the state trying to come up with a way to handle gun violence in a post-Newtown world. Two Colorado Democrats, specifically, have suggested that carrying ballpoint pens or learning judo are better alternatives than carrying a gun. Published February 20, 2013

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The debut episode of Morgan Spurlock's "A Day in the LIfe" series follows billionaire Richard Branson for 24 hours.

Virgin founder Richard Branson to donate half of his fortune to charity

Sir Richard Branson is the latest in high-profile billionaires to pledge half of his Virgin Group fortune to charity. Mr. Branson has added his name to the Giving Pledge campaign set up by U.S. investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, The Daily Mail reports. Published February 20, 2013

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi signs into law the country's new Islamist-backed constitution late on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

Egypt moves to ban alcohol sales

Egypt's Islamic government will no longer be issuing alcohol permits and will not renew existing ones in certain areas of Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities, an official has said. Published February 20, 2013

** FILE ** Soledad O'Brien will be part of a team of Al Jazeera America's on air talent. (Associated Press)

Report: Soledad O'Brien leaving CNN

Soledad O'Brien is reportedly on her way out at CNN as a promised prime-time slot failed to materialize. Published February 20, 2013

** FILE ** Presenter Kim Kardashian arrives on the red carpet of the 2012 MTV European Music Awards show at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, central Germany, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

MTV Twitter account hacks itself in marketing stunt

First, Burger King's Twitter account was hacked by a McDonald's fan, inadvertently gaining it more than 60,000 new followers. Then, Jeep's account was hacked by Cadillac enthusiasts in an apparent connected prank. But things got a little fishy when MTV's account was hacked by BET fans Wednesday, seeing that they're both owned by the same parent company Viacom. Published February 20, 2013

In Nairobi's Korogocho slum, one of Kenya's most dangerous areas, elderly women practice self defense moves. Elderly women in slums are increasingly being targeted by rapists. Officials say the rapists believe that attacking the older women can cure AIDS. Some believe that it will bring them good fortune, while others think it will cleanse their sins. (Associated Press)

Deception defense for women: Tell sex attackers you have 'disease or are menstruating'

The University of Colorado is a gun-free zone, with the exception of university police, and they have some tips for victims who find themselves in the midst of a brutal attack. According to the university's Department of Public Safety, telling your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating are good ways to send your attacker running for the hills. Published February 19, 2013

**FILE** President Obama watches the ball after making a putt on the ninth green during his golf match at the Mid-Pacific County Club in Kailua, Hawaii, on Dec. 31, 2009. (Associated Press)

Tiger Woods calls golfing with Obama 'pretty cool'

Tiger Woods said Tuesday that winning alongside President Barack Obama against a team of U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane was "pretty cool." Published February 19, 2013

Roseanne Barr (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

Roseanne Barr goes on surprising pro-gun Twitter rant

Former Green Party presidential candidate and outspoken feminist Roseanne Barr took to Twitter Tuesday expressing her views on arming women. "Arm the women of the world-send guns and ammo everywhere-train them to make clean headshots. #howtopreventrape," the actress tweeted. Published February 19, 2013

**FILE** Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder addresses Detroit Regional Chamber members in Detroit on Feb. 11, 2013. (Associated Press)

Detroit in financial emergency, review team says

A review team appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to analyze Detroit's financial situation unanimously determined Tuesday that the city is in a financial emergency and has "no satisfactory plan" to resolve the crisis. Published February 19, 2013