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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** This Monday, May 22, 2006 file photo provided by Mary Sage shows a polar bear watching a whaling crew off shore near Barrow, Alaska. Polar bears were declared as a threatened species by the Interior Department on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 saying polar bears must be protected because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Mary Sage, Joseph Napaaqtuq Sage) ** NO SALES **

Liberal think tank's solution for global warming: Work less

A study, conducted by the liberal think tank Center for Economic Policy and Research, claims Americans can curb global warming by adopting a more Western European model in the workplace. By working less hours per week and taking longer vacations people could reduce its carbon footprint. Published February 5, 2013

Study: Google searches reveal racial bias

Google has been accused of racism since a study revealed the search engine's 25-percent likelihood that names associated with black people will bring up advertisements related to criminality. Published February 5, 2013

** File ** First lady Michelle Obama shows the lollipop she decorated during a holiday decoration preview at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

Ala. coach suspended after Michelle Obama, gay rant

An Alabama high school coach and teacher has been suspended from coaching football for 10 days and from teaching his psychology class for the rest of the year, because he was recorded by a student ranting against the first lady and homosexuals. Published February 5, 2013

Illustration by Paul Tong

Gun crime on the rise in Mass. since 1998 firearms law

Murders, aggravated assaults, and robberies involving guns have risen dramatically in Massachusetts since the state passed a comprehensive package of gun laws in 1998, the Boston Globe reports. Published February 5, 2013

A polar bear rests with her cubs on pack ice in northern Alaska. A federal judge in 2011 said the Bush administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to conduct an environmental impact review before issuing its ruling on the status of polar bears under the Endangered Species Act. (Associated Press)

Book: Polar bear population on the rise

Global hysteria ensued after former Vice President Al Gore posed a theory in his film, "An Inconvenient Truth," that polar bears were on the edge of extinction. Soon after, reports of fish shortages, cross-breeding between species and even polar bear cannibalism added to the global-warming debate. Published February 4, 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves after addressing the 67th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the world body's headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Outrage after McCain tweet compares Ahmadinejad, monkey

Sen. John McCain came under fire Monday after posting a tweet that compared Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the monkey the Iranian government allegedly launched into space last week. Published February 4, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Rep. Allen B. West, Florida Republican, speaks on Feb. 10, 2012, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. (Associated Press)

Watchdog group sues Fla. county elections chief over West recount

Elections watchdog group True the Vote has filed a federal lawsuit against St. Lucie County Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker for failure to comply with federal law after the congressional race and recount between then-Rep. Allen B. West and his challenger, current Rep. Patrick Murphy. Published February 4, 2013

** FILE ** Former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs speaks on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, on NBC's "Meet the Press." (Associated Press)

Gibbs: Hagel 'unimpressive and unprepared' at hearing

Former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said he wasn't too impressed with former Sen. Chuck Hagel's performance at his confirmation hearing to become secretary of defense. Published February 3, 2013