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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

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

**FILE** This image provided by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., shows the packaging for the "Plan B" pill. (Associated Press)

NYC schools hand out 12,721 'morning-after' pills

New York City schools are offering young girls a full menu of birth control options, free of parental counsel, thanks to an unpublicized project by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration. Published February 3, 2013