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Jason Cherkis
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

The Democratic Leader House Members Feared The Most Wasn't Nancy Pelosi

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 2:53 PM

The first two years of President Barack Obama's first term in office will be remembered as a time of tremendous legislative productivity. Part of it, of course, was owed to the Democratic Party's complete control of the lawmaking branches of government. But some of it was...

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How Obamacare Town Halls Went From Chaotic To Downright Frightening

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 1:16 PM

In August 2009, the debate over the proposed Affordable Care Act made its way into town hall meetings across the country. Democrats hoped to use the forums to explain the complexities of health care reform and dispel any myths. They came with long-winded answers and PowerPoint slides.

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This Congressman's Story Perfectly Illustrates GOP Obstructionism Toward Obama

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 12:32 PM

Even with President Barack Obama’s triumph on election night in 2008, Tom Perriello needed a recount to squeak out a victory in his House race. He ended up winning by roughly 700 votes in a district the size of New Jersey -- a margin that infuriated Republicans...

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Jesse Jackson Saw Greatness For Bernie Sanders Back In The '80s

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 3:52 PM

When he ran for president in 1984 and 1988, the Rev. Jesse Jackson had precious few prominent endorsers. Many African-American officials turned elsewhere during his first run. Though black leaders were more supportive four years later, the predominantly white Democratic establishment was spooked that he'd torpedo the ticket....

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The Moment A Kid Named Obama Realized A Black President 'Can Happen'

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 12:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the winter of 1983, as he considered running for president in the Democratic primary, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. didn’t see himself as the best choice for the job. He thought of successful African-American politicians better suited to the rigors of a national campaign...

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How A Classmate's Scheduling Conflict Paved The Way For Sandra Fluke

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 12:11 PM

In the first half of 2012, Sandra Fluke went from being an unknown student at Georgetown University Law Center to a leading advocate for contraception rights and a rising star within the Democratic Party.

Her trajectory began with a fight over congressional testimony. She’d been...

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The House Just Passed Opioid Legislation, But There's Still A Fight Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 2:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the modern era of Congress, it's a rare day when lawmakers vote on legislation actually intended to go to the president's desk. It's an even rarer occasion when that legislation is meant to help individuals battling opioid addiction -- as is the case with the...

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Why The Most Sexist Arena Is Still Electoral Politics

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 12:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- In early 2012, few seemed to capture the attention of Washington, D.C. like Sandra Fluke. After initially being denied the opportunity to testify before Congress about contraception coverage -- and then testifying only before Democrats -- the Georgetown Law student became a target of...

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New Documentary 'Making A Killing' Shows How To Prevent Suicides By Gun

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 3:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- With "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA," documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald wanted to dig deep into our national gun debate and chronicle the horrifying...

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Most Americans Think Government Could Do More To Stop Opioid Epidemic

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 12:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans say federal and state governments aren’t doing enough to combat the opioid epidemic, according to a Kaiser Health Foundation poll. More than 60 percent...

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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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