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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

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

NAACP sues against Bloomberg's big-soda ban

Some opponents of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's move to ban large, sugary drinks have started making the argument that it just may be a racial infringement. Published January 23, 2013

** FILE ** In this July 20, 1969, photo, astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (AP Photo/Neil Armstrong, NASA)

179 moon trips possible since Senate's last budget

Three Pentagons could have been built, and 179 round trips to the moon could have been taken in the time since the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a budget, House GOP leaders argued Tuesday. Published January 23, 2013

**FILE** Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, listens during a March 26, 2012, news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. (Associated Press)

Gen. Allen cleared in Petraeus email case

A Pentagon probe has absolved Gen. John Allen of professional misconduct in exchanging inappropriate emails with the same Florida socialite, Jill Kelley, involved in the scandal prompting former CIA director David H. Petraeus to resign. Published January 22, 2013

**FILE** In this photo provided Jan. 14, 2013, by Harpo Studios Inc., talk show host Oprah Winfrey (right) interviews Lance Armstrong during taping for the show "Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive" in Austin, Texas. (Associated Press/Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc.)

Armstrong's website still touts Tour de France titles

After coming clean in a one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstong's website still touts his seven Tour de France titles, each of which have been revoked due to doping. Published January 22, 2013

In this frame grab provided by KPRC Houston, an unidentified person is transported by emergency personnel at Lone Star College on Jan. 22, 2013, in Houston, where law enforcement officials say the community college is on lockdown amid reports of a shooter on campus. (Associated Press/Courtesy KPRC TV)

At least 3 people shot at Texas college campus

Two students have been wounded in crossfire after two other students shot at each other at Lone Star Community College in North Harris County, Texas. A fourth man is reported to have suffered a heart attack. Published January 22, 2013