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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

Chinese men walk on the street during a day of heavy pollution in Harbin, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Visibility shrank to less than half of a football field, and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in the city as the region entered its high-smog season. (AP Photo)

China smog emergency shuts down city of 11 million people

Debilitating smog in one of northeastern China's largest cities on Monday forced schools, the airport and some public bus routes to shut down in the country's first air pollution crisis of the winter, Reuters reported. Published October 21, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, following a vote in the Senate rejecting the latest House GOP effort to negotiate on government spending. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sen. John McCain: Obamacare rollout a 'fiasco'

Sen. John McCain on Sunday called the Obamacare rollout a "fiasco" and advised Republicans to go after the law with a rifle-shot approach rather than "a meat ax." Published October 20, 2013

** FILE ** (Associated Press)

Ala. lawmaker proposes castration for sexual predators

An Alabama lawmaker has proposed a bill for the 2014 legislative session that require convicted sex offenders over the age of 21 whose victims were 12 or younger to be surgically castrated. Published October 17, 2013

Anti-fracking protesters torch cop cars in Canada

An anti-fracking protest in Rexton, New Brunswick, turned violent Thursday after Royal Canadian Mounted Police peppered protesters with rubber bullets and demonstrators torched cop cars. Published October 17, 2013