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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 ** John Esposito faces the court during his arraignment in Central Islip, N.Y., on charges he imprisoned 10-year-old Katie Beers in an underground bunker for 17 days, Jan. 21, 1993. Esposito, convicted for kidnapping Beers and hiding her under his Bay Shore, N.Y. home in 1992, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at his jail cell in Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, N.Y. He was serving a 15 years-to-life prison term. (Associated Press)

Man who kidnapped Katie Beers in 1993 found dead in prison cell

The man who kidnapped 9-year-old Katie Beers and kept her in a Bay Shore, N.Y., dungeon in 1993 was been found dead in his prison cell just hours after meeting with his parole board, a local television station reported. Published September 5, 2013

James Carville (Associated Press) ** FILE **

James Carville: It's Bush's fault liberals aren't backing Syria strike

James Carville went toe-to-toe with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Wednesday night, suggesting that the reason President Obama hasn't received overwhelming support from liberals is because of former President George W. Bush's "incompetence" in Iraq. Published September 5, 2013

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, poses with President Obama in a picture posted to her official website. (Image:

CBC chairwoman Fudge asks members to 'limit public comment' on Syria

More black lawmakers are beginning to voice dissent over a U.S. military strike against Syria, and the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has asked members to "limit public comment" until they know more about the issue, The Cable first reported. Published September 5, 2013

Howard Dean

Howard Dean scream: We should trust the president on Syria

Howard Dean appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday, suggesting that it's best to trust President Obama on U.S. military action in Syria because he knows more about the crisis than most, first reported. Published September 5, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, listens as Secretary of State John F. Kerry answers Mr. Paul's question on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, as Mr. Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Rand Paul to John Kerry: 'You're making a joke of us'

Sen. Rand Paul invoked the U.S. Constitution during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria Tuesday, imploring Secretary of State John Kerry to "stand up for us." Published September 4, 2013

** FILE ** Archive photo of men throwing stones on the Temple Mount. (Associated Press)

Muslims stone Jewish visitors in Temple Mount riot: report

Police forces had to break up an escalating riot on the Temple Mount Wednesday, after Muslims began throwing stones at Jewish visitors only a few days after an Islamic leader called for Muslims to physically prevent Jews from visiting the the sacred city, Israeli media reported. Published September 4, 2013