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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

Egypt considers banning Al Jazeera

Egyptian officials are assessing the legal status of the Al Jazeera Mubasher satellite channel, "accusing it of threatening stability and national security," the Egypt Independent reported Wednesday. Published August 21, 2013

Muslim women perform an evening prayer called "tarawih," marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at a mosque in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. During Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati) ** FILE **

Kansas public school promotes 5 Pillars of Islam

Parents in Wichita, Kan., were shocked to learn a giant wall display inside their children's elementary school was erected to promote the Five Pillars of Islam. Published August 20, 2013

Obama fundraising group invokes Columbine shooting in letter

Organizing for Action, the successor of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, sent out an email blast Tuesday invoking the tragic 1999 shooting at Columbine High School to fundraise for President Obama's gun control efforts. Published August 20, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, speaks to local residents during a fundraising picnic for the Iowa Republican Party in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, July 19, 2013. (Associated Press)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz releases birth certificate

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz released his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News on Sunday, revealing his dual citizenship in Canada and the United States that could possibly pose a problem down the line. Published August 19, 2013

** FILE ** San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologizes for his behavior in this frame from a video produced by the city on Thursday, July 11, 2013. (Associated Press)

San Diegans demonstrating in support of Mayor Bob Filner

Supporters for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are rallying at City Hall on Monday, a day after a signature-gathering campaign to qualify a recall vote got underway against the embattled Democrat. Published August 19, 2013