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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.

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One Very Large Man's 18-Year Quest For Hot Dog Eating Glory

(39) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- Eric "Badlands" Booker is exceptional at eating burritos.

In fact, he may be the best in the world. He holds the record for this particular act of gluttony, having once taken down 15 in an eight-minute span.

His gastronomical heroics have also made him a celebrity...

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Chris Christie Negotiates Discount On Heroin Overdose Drug For New Jersey First Responders

(11) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 6:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey's first responders and government agencies charged with addressing the opioid epidemic got a boost Thursday from Gov. Chris Christie, a potential GOP presidential candidate. Christie said he had completed a deal to purchase naloxone, a drug that can revive an overdose victim, at a...

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Senate Bill Would Dramatically Alter Treatment For Heroin Addiction

(229) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 11:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have joined forces to back legislation that would make medically assisted treatments more accessible to opioid addicts.

The legislation, known as the Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act, would loosen restrictions on the number...

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Report: D.C. Police Failed To Identify Themselves In Hundreds Of Cases

(21) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 5:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia's Office of Police Complaints issued a scathing report this week on how officers with the Metropolitan Police Department continually fail to identify themselves to citizens. Since 2006, the office fielded about 400 complaints on this issue.

In some cases,...

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Watch David Letterman Grilling Politicians And Pundits Through The Years

(6) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 4:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the weeks leading up to Wednesday's final show, David Letterman has been hailed as a comic genius, a revolutionary who stormed the networks in a Velcro suit. It’s hard to overstate his influence on comedy in general, and on every talk show host that has followed since....

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Begins Drafting Policy Solutions To Heroin Epidemic

(98) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- After hearing story after story from voters on the campaign trail about heroin's toll, Hillary Clinton instructed her policy team to draw up solutions to the burgeoning opiate epidemic.

A Clinton aide told The Huffington Post that the Democratic presidential candidate decided to make mental...

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U.S. Park Police Enters Historic Settlement Over Mass Arrests

(16) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 6:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Monday morning, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund announced that it had reached a historic $2.2 million settlement with the Justice Department and the Department of the Interior that will ensure the U.S. Park Police will no longer conduct mass arrests of demonstrators known as...

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Report Provides Even More Evidence Of The Misuse Of Solitary Confinement

(105) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 9:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- A report released this week by the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in New York, provides yet more evidence of the misuse of solitary confinement. The researchers add to a growing body of evidence that the practice of housing inmates in...

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Someone Isn't Telling The Truth About Freddie Gray's Death

(1020) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 8:16 PM

By now, everybody knows the injuries that contributed to Freddie Gray's death. Baltimore authorities and representatives for Gray’s family agree that the 25-year-old sustained fatal trauma to his neck and spine at some point while in police custody following his arrest on April 12. Although a full autopsy hasn't yet...

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Republican Congressman Wants Heroin Overdose Drug Sold Over The Counter

(79) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- As heroin deaths continue to spike across the U.S., more and more states are allowing for greater use of naloxone, or Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. More first responders and family members of addicts now have access...

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Kentucky Reforms Drug Court Rules To Let Heroin Addicts Take Prescribed Meds

(117) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 5:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky will no longer require opioid addicts to stop taking prescribed treatment medications as a condition of participating in the state's drug court program, according to a motion filed in federal court.

The state court system had previously mandated that addicts taper off such medications...

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D.C. Mayor Doesn't Want You To See Police Body Camera Footage

(134) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 4:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- After this month's police killing of Walter Scott in South Carolina, Americans were treated to another lesson in how police departments can spin such incidents. If not for a citizen’s cell phone footage, the public may never have known what really happened between Scott and Officer...

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TPG Capital Threatened To 'Gut' Whistleblower 'Like A Carp,' Lawsuit Claims

(31) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 8:45 PM

Private equity firm TPG Capital was sued Thursday by its former head of public affairs, who alleges his bosses threatened to ruin his career, fired him and sued him after he raised concerns about the firm’s business practices.

Adam Levine, former managing director of TPG’s global public affairs department, claims...

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Kentucky's New Heroin Law Marks A 'Culture Shift'

(206) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 7:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday night, Kentucky lawmakers passed wide-ranging legislation to combat the state’s heroin epidemic. The bipartisan measure represents a significant policy shift away from more punitive measures toward a focus on treating addicts, not jailing them.

The state will now allow local health departments to...

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Boy Scout Confronts Chris Christie Over Post-Sandy Rebuilding

(92) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 12:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) famously declared in tourism ads that the state was "stronger than the storm." The question going into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is whether the prospective contender is strong enough to withstand the persistent...

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Kentucky Sued In Federal Court Over Drug Treatment Practices

(62) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:41 PM

Two law firms have teamed up to file a federal lawsuit against the state of Kentucky for its practice of forbidding opiate addicts from receiving medical treatment while under the supervision of the criminal justice system.

The plaintiff, Stephanie Watson, is a nurse with an opiate addiction whose bond...

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Kentucky Considers Changes To Drug Courts For Heroin Addicts

(14) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 7:17 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Kentucky court system is reconsidering how its drug courts treat defendants thanks to a new federal policy that is pushing them to offer medications to opiate addicts.

The state currently bars medication-assisted treatments for addicts in its drug courts. State judges order defendants off medications like Suboxone...

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Federal Government Set To Crack Down On Drug Courts That Fail Addicts

(132) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 7:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, said Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, on Thursday.

Drug courts that receive federal dollars will no longer be...

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'The Scars Of Teen Drug Treatment' Reveals How Kids Were Once Abused

(26) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 8:03 PM

In the early 1970s, Art Barker, a failed nightclub comic and recovering alcoholic in Florida, seized on an idea that he thought could help win the war on drugs: If peer pressure had spurred teenagers to use drugs, peer pressure could be used to get them off drugs.

It was...

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Rolling Stone Fact-Checker Didn't Ask About Alleged Rape Victim In Emails With UVA Officials

(39) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 8:45 PM

NEW YORK –- A Rolling Stone fact-checker didn't ask University of Virginia officials via email about an alleged 2012 gang rape described in an explosive and now unraveling article published last month.

Under a Freedom of Information Act request, The Huffington Post obtained 104 pages of email...

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