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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

Former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson leaves the Blue Earth Co jail with a towel on his head after posting $20,000 bail in his assault case stemming from a fight outside a bar that left another former football player in critical condition with head injuries, in Mankato, Minn, Monday, May 12, 2014. Authorities say Nelson kicked Isaac Dallas Kolstad, 24, in the head after another man punched and knocked him to the ground early Sunday as bars were closing in Mankato.  (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Richard Tsong-Taatarii)  MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT

Rutgers QB Philip Nelson booted from team as assault victim clings to life

Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson has been kicked off the team after he was arrested and charged Sunday with first- and third-degree assault in his connection with an attack that left a former linebacker fighting for his life, football coach Kyle Flood announced Tuesday. Published May 13, 2014

** FILE ** In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, Missouri's All-American defensive end Michael Sam claps during the Cotton Bowl trophy presentation at halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Missouri and Tennessee in Columbia, Mo. Sam was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season for Missouri came out as gay in media interviews this year. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

Michael Sam: I should have been drafted sooner

The NFL's first openly gay player, Michael Sam, stopped just short Sunday of saying his sexuality is the reason he was the seventh-to-last pick in this year's draft. Published May 12, 2014

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul address attendees during the Republican National Committee spring meeting at the Peabody hotel in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday, May 9, 2014.  Paul urged members to rethink policies on national security and drug prosecutions (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, William DeShazer)

Sen. Paul: 'Show us the drone memos'

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul penned an op-ed in The New York Times Sunday, demanding President Obama to release legal memos that justified drone strikes on U.S. citizens overseas — memos that were reportedly written or signed by the president's newest nominee to a federal appeals court. Published May 12, 2014

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during an event hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Chicago. Hagel's speech is his third on new strategic priorities as the armed forces pivot from a 13-year war footing and come under enormous budgetary constraints. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Hagel: Military should 'continually' review transgender ban

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that the policy prohibiting transgender people from serving in the military "continually should be reviewed," though he didn't say whether he supported its reversal. Published May 11, 2014