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Daniel Marans
Daniel Marans is a Reporter at The Huffington Post. Previously, Daniel worked as an Interview Producer for Al Jazeera America's daily news discussion show, Inside Story. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. Daniel can be reached at, or on Twitter @DanielMarans.

Entries by Daniel Marans

Sheldon Whitehouse: Sue Fossil Fuel Companies For Climate Fraud

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 4:16 PM

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has a new plan to combat climate change: sue fossil fuel companies for fraud.

In a May 29 op-ed in The Washington Post, Whitehouse argued that the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to discredit climate science and attack environmentalists may constitute deliberate deception of the...

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Congress May Finally Kill Obamacare's Medical Device Tax

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 7:57 PM

A bill repealing the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax advanced from the House Ways and Means Committee to the House floor on Tuesday.

Bills repealing the tax on medical devices, which include everything from artificial hips to heart pacemakers, have passed the House three times in the...

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WikiLeaks Crowdfunds Reward For Trade Deal Text

(15) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 4:42 PM

WikiLeaks announced on Tuesday that it was crowdfunding a $100,000 reward for any person who leaks the 26 chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that have yet to be disclosed.

As of about 4 p.m. Eastern time, the crowdfunding campaign had raised over $26,000 from more...

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Meet Utah's First Transgender Political Candidate

(67) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 11:57 AM

Utah could soon have its first openly transgender elected official.

On Monday, Sophia Hawes-Tingey, a transgender woman, announced her candidacy for City Council District 2 in Midvale, Utah, a Salt Lake City suburb, Fox13 Salt Lake City reported. She is challenging incumbent councilman Paul Glover. Midvale's city council...

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Barney Frank: Obama Is Making 'A Big Mistake' On TPP

(108) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 9:24 PM

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) told HuffPost Live on Monday that President Barack Obama is making a “big mistake” in his push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Frank said Obama should leverage the trade deal, now being negotiated with 11 Pacific nations, to pass policies that would reduce...

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Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment

(523) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 11:57 PM

On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives. It passed 357 to 66, advancing to the Senate and then-President George W. Bush’s desk for signing.

Hastert took credit for House passage in a 2011...

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George Pataki Announces Presidential Run

(367) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 8:13 AM

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) announced he'll run for president in 2016.

"The system is broken. The question is no longer about what our government should do, but what we should do about our government," he said in a video posted to YouTube on Thursday.

Pataki, 69, who...

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Henry Kissinger Just Turned 92. Here's Why He's Careful About Where He Travels.

(32) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 7:46 PM

As Henry Kissinger turns 92, the former uber-diplomat still enjoys international prestige for his many career accomplishments. Still, there are wide areas of the globe he steers clear of -- the better to avoid questioning in connection with war crimes.

As National Security Advisor and Secretary of...

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The U.S. Just Charged A Bunch Of World Soccer Officials With Corruption. John Oliver Knew All Along.

(41) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 11:29 AM

On Wednesday, the U.S. extradited 14 top international soccer officials on federal corruption charges. But HBO's John Oliver had them dead to rights long before that.

The officials are leaders of FIFA, soccer’s multibillion-dollar international governing body. Though FIFA is officially a nonprofit, its alleged corruption,...

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Rand Paul Amendment Would Increase Executive Branch Power

(100) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 10:25 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) proposed a measure on Friday that would shift budgetary power from Congress to the executive branch.

The “Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act” was an amendment to legislation known as Trade Promotion Authority, which would give President Barack Obama the ability to "fast-track" international trade deals. Senators...

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Mike Huckabee Argues Josh Duggar Deserves Forgiveness

(980) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, declared his support on Friday for reality television's Duggar family after the eldest child, Josh, admitted to molesting underage girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

In a Facebook post, Huckabee...

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Post-9/11 Veterans Group Asks Americans To #GoSilent For Memorial Day

(11) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 10:54 AM

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has launched its fourth annual #GoSilent campaign, asking Americans to observe a moment of silence for fallen military servicemembers on Memorial Day at 12:01 p.m. ET.

The organization is encouraging people to dedicate their moments of silence to the memory of a deceased...

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Here's One Thing You Can Do In An Auto Recall That Might Save Your Life

(10) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 8:43 PM

The latest high-profile recall from the auto industry, involving Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata, now covers 34 million vehicles. That's an enormous number of Americans driving cars with airbags that might explode when deployed. Six people have died already, and hundreds have been injured.

But there is an option...

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Bill De Blasio: 'Lift The Ban' On Gay Scout Leaders

(14) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 4:00 PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) took to Twitter on Thursday to encourage the Boy Scouts of America to lift the group’s ban on gay scout leaders.

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Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Lean In On Debt-Free College

(67) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 10:06 PM

Both declared candidates for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination pushed a progressive priority dear to young voters this week: debt-free college.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for making higher education “as debt-free as possible” on Monday, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed a bill to make public colleges...

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Russ Feingold Was Progressive Before It Was Cool

(51) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 2:24 PM

On a number of key issues -- the Iraq war, surveillance, criminal justice and same-sex marriage, among others -- Republicans and Democrats alike are rushing to calibrate their policy positions with public opinion that has become more progressive, and answer for controversial past votes. As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush...

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Maryland Governor's Plan To Shift Funds From Schools To Pension Turns Out To Be Illegal

(135) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 3:39 PM

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s recently announced plan to funnel $68 million meant for Maryland public schools into the state pension fund cannot be carried out without help from key Democratic legislators, a senior state official told The Huffington Post.

This contradicts Hogan’s claim Thursday that by not releasing...

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Maryland Governor Withholds Money From Schools To Fund State Pensions

(334) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 6:18 PM

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Thursday that he will not be releasing $68 million allocated by the state legislature for education, of which $11.6 million would have gone to Baltimore’s public schools.

Instead, he'll be using the money to boost the state's pension fund, he said....

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Bill Cosby Donated To The Clinton Foundation

(72) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 9:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- The entertainer Bill Cosby made a contribution to the Clinton Foundation, according to a database of the foundation’s donors created by The Washington Post.

Cosby contributed between $1,001 and $5,000. The Clinton Foundation, which funds charitable work around the world, hasn't released the exact amounts...

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This Guy Used 5 Seconds Of Video To Calculate How Fast The Amtrak Train Was Going

(61) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 6:56 PM

According to multiple reports, investigators believe that Amtrak Regional Train 188 -- the train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200 -- was speeding when it jumped the tracks. Just before it derailed, the train was rounding a curve...

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