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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** New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (left) rides in a golf cart driven by President Obama while playing golf at Vineyard Golf Club, in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on Aug. 27, 2010. (Associated Press)

Bloomberg: Obama should play golf every weekend

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the president should be playing golf every weekend, despite the public's perception amid major federal spending cuts. Published March 11, 2013

** FILE ** Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass glasses at an announcement for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences at Genentech Hall on the University of California at San Francisco's Mission Bay campus in San Francisco on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (Associated Press)

Seattle dive bar bans Google glasses

A Seattle dive bar has become the first to ban Google's high-tech, augmented-reality "Project Glass" spectacles, which are still in development. Published March 10, 2013

** FILE **  Van Jones is seen at the National Summit in Detroit in on June 16, 2009. The White House issued a statement early Sunday saying Mr. Jones had quit the administration. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Van Jones: 'Rand Paul was a hero yesterday'

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster against John Brennan's appointment to the CIA has gained national applause, and criticism, but one person who is standing with the senator on the president's drone program is a very unlikely ally — Van Jones. Published March 7, 2013

Chris Matthews (Associated Press) **FILE**

Chris Matthews: 'Hate groups must root for Ted Cruz'

MSNBC host Chris Matthews took to his show Wednesday night to blast the filibuster against John Brennan, led by Sen. Rand Paul. Mr. Matthews cited a study released this week by the Southern Poverty Law Center, stating that "patriot groups" or hate groups have been on the rise since Barack Obama took office. Published March 7, 2013

Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes shrugs off the idea that, at age 71, he may have mellowed. "When there is an occasion, I will do what I have to do, and I will win. Is that mellowing? I tend to see it more as picking my battles a little better than I used to." (Associated Press)

Van Jones: Roger Ailes calling Obama 'lazy' is racist

Fox News chief Roger Ailes has stirred up some controversy in his new biography that includes critiques against Newt Gingrich, Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. The biography, by Zev Chafets, quotes Mr. Ailes as saying that President Obama “never earned a penny that wasn’t public money.” Published March 7, 2013

** FILE **Venezuela's deceased president Hugo Chavez (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, file)

Russian Communist leader: Chavez death could be U.S. plot

Leader of Russia's Communist party, Gennady Zyuganov, speculated Wednesday that the death of Venezuelan president Huge Chavez was part of a plot by the United States to infect Latin America with cancer. Published March 7, 2013

Egyptian protesters throw stones at riot police during clashes near a state security building in Port Said, Egypt, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Clashes between protesters and police continued into a fifth day on Thursday in the restive Egyptian city of Port Said. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Egyptian protesters set fire to two FJP offices over activist's death

Egyptian protesters burned two Freedom and Justice Party offices Sunday to protest the killing of an opposition activist. Thousands attended a funeral service for Mohamed al-Shafie who was found dead for unknown reasons. Protesters then headed to the FJP headquarters in Kafr Saad village and set them on fire. Published March 7, 2013