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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

** FILE ** A small boat belonging to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico. The Carnival Triumph has been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the aft engine room a day earlier, knocking out the ship's propulsion system. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished. (Associated Press/U.S. Coast Guard)

'Cruise from hell' expected to dock tonight

The stranded Carnival cruise ship with more than 4,000 people aboard with no power, no running water and limited food supply is expected to finally dock tonight in Mobile, Alabama. Published February 14, 2013

In this frame grab from video, Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, takes a sip of water during the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pool)

MSNBC plays 'Rubio sip' 155 times

Between at 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. Wednesday, MSNBC played the tape of Sen. Marco Rubio taking a drink of water 155 times. Published February 14, 2013

** FILE ** Christopher Jordan Dorner (Associated Press)

CNN host: Can Dorner teach us anything about gun violence?

CNN's Carol Costello asked her panel a question Wednesday morning that might have a few people scratching their heads. The "CNN Newsroom" host asked nonprofits founder Van Jones, Politic365's Jason Johnson and The New York Times' Ross Douthat if the Christopher Dorner case teaches us anything about guns. Published February 14, 2013

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CNN asks if Rubio's sip of water a 'career-ender'

The Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer asked his audience if a drink of water "can make or break a political career" Wednesday after Florida Sen. Marco Rubio gave his State of the Union rebuttal Tuesday night. Published February 13, 2013

Police patrol cars and motorcycles escort the hearse containing the casket of Riverside Officer Michael Crain outside the Grove Community Church in Riverside, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 13. The 34-year-old Crain was ambushed in his patrol car on Feb. 7. Authorities believe the shooter was ex-Los Angeles policeman Christopher Dorner. (Associated Press)

Thousands mourn slain LAPD officer

Thousands of mourners gather Wednesday for the funeral of a Riverside police officer believed to have been gunned down a week ago by ex-Los Angeles policeman Christopher Dorner. Published February 13, 2013

** FILE ** Triangular-shaped orange-poppy seed hamantashen cookies are a dessert favorite on the holiday of Purim. (Associated Press)

First LGBT Jewish children's book published

The lack of a gay-themed, Jewish children's book has finally been remedied with "The Purim Superhero," a story of a young boy whose dilemma over which Purim costume to pick is solved with the help of his two dads. Published February 13, 2013

Palestinians buying Caribbean citizenships

Without leaving his home in Dubai, Hadi Mezawi, a Palestinian, recently received a brand-new Dominican passport after sending a $100,000 contribution to the Caribbean island, My Fox New York reports. Published February 12, 2013