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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** Ron Paul speaks Aug. 26, 2012, during the "We Are the Future Rally" at the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Ron Paul looks to U.N. for help in website fight

Former Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has turned to the United Nations — an agency he's criticized for years — for assistance in taking back the domain names RonPaul.com and RonPaul.org from a group of Libertarian supporters. Published February 11, 2013

French Communist Party drops hammer and sickle

French Communists have dropped the widely recognized hammer and sickle icon from their membership cards in efforts to appeal to younger generations. Published February 11, 2013

**FILE** Former President Bill Clinton (Associated Press)

Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton shut out at the Grammys

Former President Bill Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama were nominated for Grammys in the spoken-word category Sunday night, but neither of them ended up taking the prize, much to the surprise of the winner, Janis Ian Published February 11, 2013

** FILE ** The annual street festival of Capital Pride, organized by the nonprofit Capital Pride Alliance Inc., is held along Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest near the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sunday, June 14, 2009. The event was part of the Washington area's annual celebration of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community. (The Washington Times)

Lesbian teacher suing school for firing her over LGBT showcase

A former high school teacher is suing a central Michigan school district over her dismissal, which she claims was because she's a lesbian and led a club that celebrated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Month. Published February 10, 2013

Meat department manager Kevin Morlan arranges packages of pork at a Dahl's grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Federal spending cuts may shut down meat industry for 2 weeks

The White House warned Friday that spending cuts set to take effect in March may result in furloughing every U.S. meat and poultry inspector for two weeks, causing the meat industry to shut down, Reuters reports. Published February 10, 2013

Actor Charlie Sheen attends the FX Summer Comedies Party at Lure in Los Angeles on June 26, 2012. (Todd Williamson/Invision/Associated Press) **FILE**

Charlie Sheen to cop-killings suspect Dorner: Call me

Actor Charlie Sheen recorded a video Saturday, reaching out to ex-Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner, the triple-murder suspect who is the subject of a massive manhunt. Published February 10, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (Associated Press)

Univision staffer calls Rubio a 'token slave boy' on Facebook

An assistant to a top executive at the Spanish-language television network Univision attacked Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, on a staff member's Facebook page Wednesday, calling him a "loser" and a "token slave boy." Published February 10, 2013