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Jason Cherkis is a national investigative reporter for The Huffington Post. He has investigated and reported in-depth pieces on gun violence in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, and the neglect of plant workers in Kentucky. He first joined The Huffington Post as a politics reporter covering the 2012 elections. He previously worked as a crime reporter for 14 years at Washington City Paper, where he was a two time Livingston Awards for Young Journalists finalist, and received multiple awards from the Association of Alternative News Weeklies.

Entries by Jason Cherkis

Jeb Bush Couldn't "Fix It." There's A Simple Reason Why.

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2016 | 4:25 PM


In an alternate universe, Jeb Bush would currently be preparing for the most trying half year of his life. The former governor of Florida was the favorite to be the Republican nominee for president. But his strengths -- a famous last name, deep pocketed...

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Why Do Marylanders Keep Voting For White Men?

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 6:00 PM


WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday night, Maryland was once again offered the chance to back an African American seeking statewide office, and once again said no. Even with record turnout among African-American voters, Rep. Donna Edwards lost her primary fight with Rep. Chris Van Hollen for...

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Why Clay Aiken Didn't Fully Embrace Being Gay Until The Day After His Campaign Ended

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 10:57 AM


When he launched a long-shot, quixotic campaign for Congress, Clay Aiken held no illusions about how the public would perceive his sexuality. He was a famous musical artist and he was gay. He was, in fact, famous in part for being gay.


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Clay Aiken Is Still Plagued By Guilt Over His Primary Opponent's Death

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 10:17 AM


Clay Aiken's congressional run in 2014 was never going to be a typical political affair. Not only was he a former "American Idol" and reality television star trying to hack it in the world of politics -- he was an openly gay man running in a conservative...

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In 2012, One Candidate Refused To Suck Up To Trump. Here's Why.

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 10:17 AM

WASHINGTON -- In piecing together a hot take on what might have propelled Donald Trump from loutish pitchman to Republican front-runner, you might want to begin with the 2012 presidential primary.

In the very early stages, nearly all the candidates from the established to...

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Here's What It's Like To Lose An Election By 4 Votes

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2016 | 11:23 AM


There are a few ways that a candidate for public office can brutally lose an election. You can be caught in a sex scandal -- physical or online -- forcing you from the race under an avalanche of moral judgement. That certainly isn't a fun way...

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Anthony Weiner Thinks Donald Trump Is As Doomed As He Was

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 5:46 PM


Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is pretty sanguine about the Democratic Party's chances in a general election should Donald Trump become the Republican Party's nominee.


Unlike the labor wing of the party, which worries about Trump's appeal to working-class white voters, and operatives who fear...

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Obama Administration Offers Desperately Needed Help For People Addicted To Opioids

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 6:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a proposed rule on Tuesday to double the number of patients a doctor can treat with an opioid addiction medication that public health officials consider essential. The change could help alleviate the long waiting lists in places hard hit by...

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Anthony Weiner Was The 'Perfectly Evolved' Politician -- Until He Screwed Up

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 6:09 PM


In the spring of 2013, as he embarked on a campaign for mayor of New York City, Anthony Weiner dutifully shook hands with subway commuters, rattled off policy proposals — and anxiously awaited the day his life would blow up.


Weiner had experienced...

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No One Has Hated Campaigning More Than This Man

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 3:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- It took years to convince Richard Carmona to run for office.

As he tells it in the latest episode of "Candidate Confessional," political leaders would often prod him to join their ranks. When he served as surgeon general under President...

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Rep. Cummings Rips Pharma Company For Price Gouging On Heroin Overdose Drug

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 9:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- In his opening remarks at the Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the heroin epidemic, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) slammed the pharmaceutical company that makes the overdose antidote naloxone for profiting off the crisis.

“We can no longer allow drug companies to...

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Paul Ryan's Commitment To 'Regular Order' Collides With Major Heroin Legislation

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 2:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Shortly after the Senate passed a sweeping bill to combat the opioid crisis, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) spoke about the need for action.

"There's also a crisis at home I want to touch on," Ryan said unprompted at a press conference earlier this...

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Donald Trump Perfected The Art Of Making Immigration Policy Dumb

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 7:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- In American politics, few issues are as clouded by zany solutions as immigration reform. It might seem like Donald Trump came up with his proposal to build a giant wall along the U.S.-Mexican border on his own. But despite the wall being tremendously costly...

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This Senate Candidate Explains How God-Awful And Life Consuming Fundraising Is

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 5:57 PM


There is a quaint perception that the life of a congressman is spent crafting legislation and casting votes that will help guide the country and shape meaningful public policy for years to come.  


In actuality, a solid chunk of a lawmaker's time is spent...

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Rob Ford, Toronto's Controversial But Complicated Ex-Mayor, Is In Grave Condition

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 5:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been in the hospital in grave condition.  

For the past year and a half, Ford has battled an aggressive form of soft-tissue cancer, and in the past few months underwent chemotherapy for tumors on his bladder. 

In a statement Thursday evening,...

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Senate Amendment Would Dramatically Improve How Doctors Treat Heroin Addiction

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 7:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate health committee on Wednesday passed a measure that would dramatically expand access to a key treatment in the effort to slow the heroin epidemic.

The amendment, pushed by Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and passed unanimously, would increase access to buprenorphine (commonly...

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Heroin Bill Moving In Congress, But Leaving A Critical Piece Behind

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 2:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Last week, the Senate took a major step forward in the effort to combat the opioid epidemic, sending a sweeping piece of legislation to the House for consideration. With more than 90 House co-sponsors, roughly...

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How The Hell Do You Lose An Election To Rob Ford?

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2016 | 1:12 PM


To anyone living outside of Toronto, its former mayor, Rob Ford, must seem like the least daunting candidate in the history of politics. His limitations as a candidate are easily found on YouTube: viral clips of the sweaty, rotund man, his voice pinched, smoking crack cocaine. Never...

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Death By $15 Million Cuts: How A Super PAC Took Down Newt Gingrich

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 1:50 PM


After former GOP hopeful Jeb Bush’s well-financed super PAC failed to save his campaign during the 2016 Republican primary, it’s tempting to think these organizations are not the nefarious forces they were once feared to be.  


After all, the former governor of...

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The Senate Finally Did Something To Help Combat The Opioid Epidemic

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 10:05 AM


WASHINGTON -- After an uncertain and at times rancorous debate, the U.S. Senate on Thursday did the unthinkable: It passed a major piece of legislation by a nearly unanimous vote.


The sweeping bill, targeted at the opioid epidemic, aims to bend drug policy away...

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