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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 jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

Audience members, including workers, cheer as President Obama speaks Dec. 10, 2012, about the economy during a visit to the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich. (Associated Press)

47 percent of Detroit's property owners didn't pay taxes last year

Nearly half of Detroit's property owners didn't pay their taxes last year, indicating the financial troubles of the debt-stricken city's residents and the ongoing cycle of declining revenues and diminished services for those residents. Published February 21, 2013

The sun rises over Capitol Hill looking down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, as Washington prepares for the 57th Presidential Inaugural and the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama's second term. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Feds say employee background checks are racist

A federal agency has issued a directive claiming that federal contractors who perform criminal background checks may violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964, because "racial and ethnic minorities are arrested and convicted at a higher rate than whites." Published February 21, 2013

In this Oct. 11, 2010, file photo, Kentucky Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul speaks during a debate with Democrat Jack Conway at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Ky. (AP Photo/David Kohl, File)

Rand Paul writes $600K check to U.S. Treasury

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is returning $600,000 to the U.S. Treasury that he saved by scrimping in the past year at his Senate office. "It's the only budget I control. ... It's not enough, but it's a start," the senator told reporters at a conference in downtown Louisville. Published February 21, 2013

** 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

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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