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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

A pine tree planted in memory of The Beatles' George Harrison was ironically killed off by a beetle infestation, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge announced over the weekend. (Wikipedia)

Help! George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

A pine tree planted in memory of Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison was ironically killed off by a beetle infestation, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge announced over the weekend. Published July 22, 2014

** FILE ** Then-Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, speaks during a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., on Dec. 19, 2011, during his bid for the party's presidential nomination. (Associated Press)

Ron Paul: U.S. partly to blame for Malaysia Airlines disaster

Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul said Sunday that the United States shares part of the blame in the attack on the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine last week, and that the Obama administration may try and use the tragedy as an excuse to attack Russia. Published July 21, 2014

This June 2, 2013, file photo shows actor Steven Seagal looking on as he waits for a news conference of the U.S. congressional delegation to Russia in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow,  Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Estonia pulls plug on Steven Seagal over praise for Putin

The Baltic nation of Estonia has yanked an invitation for Steven Seagal to headline at blues festival "Augustibluus," because of the American action star's vocal support for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Published July 21, 2014

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, right, and his attorney Clayton Halunen speak during a press conference, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis. Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe intends to sue the team over allegations of anti-gay conduct by a coach, his lawyer said Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune,Elizabeth Flores )  MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT

Vikings suspend coach for 'round up all the gays' comment

Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer has apologized to the LGBT community after the team announced his suspension for the first three games of the coming season because of a homophobic comment he made to players. Published July 21, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at the "Kids State Dinner" in the East Room of the White House, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Washington. The White House treated more than 50 kid chefs to a "state dinner."  The children earned a seat at the table by whipping up mouth-watering yet healthy meals as part of a nationwide contest sponsored by the food magazine Epicurious and the Education and Agriculture departments. Some of the winning recipes will be served at the dinner hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House defends Obama's photo ops amid international crises

President Obama chowed down on a cheeseburger in Delaware and attended flashy Manhattan fundraisers on Thursday as two international crises unfolded, and the White House is saying that no consideration was given in changing the president's long-planned schedule. Published July 21, 2014

A woman smokes a cigarette. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Smoker's widow awarded $23.6 billion in punitive damages

A jury has awarded $23.6 billion in punitive damages to a Florida widow who says her husband died because tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds was negligent in informing consumers of the negative health effects of smoking. Published July 20, 2014