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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.

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Russian Missiles Aimed At Syria Reportedly Hit Iran

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 1:22 PM

Russian cruise missiles aimed at Syria reportedly landed in Iran on Thursday.

The mistaken bombing, launched from a Russian warship in the Caspian Sea, was first reported by CNN, which received the information from two unnamed U.S. officials.

From the Caspian Sea, the clearest...

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Progressive Activists Protest For A Cause You Should Hear More About, But Won't

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 5:53 PM

More than a dozen community activists picketed the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia this week, protesting what they say is the bank president’s refusal to meet with them to discuss how Fed monetary policy affects real people.


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'Draft Biden' Super PAC Releases First Ad

(9) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 9:04 AM

Draft Biden, a super PAC encouraging Vice President Joe Biden to run for president, released its first advertisement on Wednesday.

The 90-second ad, “My Redemption,” first released on the Internet, uses Biden’s own words from his commencement address at Yale this year to describe how the tragic loss of his wife and infant daughter in a 1972 car accident made him a better parent and a stronger person. Biden’s sons, Beau and Hunter, survived the fatal accident, which occurred just a few weeks after Biden’s election to his first term in the Senate.

The incredible bond I have with my children is the gift I’m not sure I would have had, had I not been through what I went through,” Biden intones, as we see images of his Senate swearing-in by his sons’ side in the hospital. “But by focusing on my sons I found my redemption.”

The ad then shows images of Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in late May at age 46.

“My dad’s definition of success is when you look at your son and daughter and realize they turned out better than you,” Biden says. “And they did.”  The video closes with the words "Joe, run" appearing in white on a black screen.

Sarah Ford, a spokesperson for Draft Biden, said the super PAC will air the ad nationally in all cable markets. She said it was a six-figure ad buy.

Rumors of a Biden bid began months ago, but picked up in earnest over the course of the summer. The New York Times reported in August that Biden was actively exploring a bid in consultation with friends, family and Democratic donors. 

The months since then have been dominated by "will he or won't he" speculation as his support in the polls has risen and putative Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has struggled to cope with the controversy over her private email server.

It has been widely reported that Beau asked his father to run for president on his deathbed in late May. Politico reported on Monday that it was Biden himself who leaked the story of Beau’s dying wish for his father, a claim that Biden has vehemently denied. 

Democratic strategist David Axelrod tweeted his distaste for the ad on Wednesday, saying he didn't think the vice president would approve.

Draft Biden believes that the vice president's personal story will resonate not just with people who have lost a loved one, but with Americans struggling to overcome all kinds of challenges in life.

"This sort of story isn’t just limited to those dealing with the grief of a loved one’s death, but the incredible difficulties that everyday people face: unemployment, serious illness or debilitation, and so on," Ford said. "And all of us pull ourselves up, find hope and happiness in our support networks, in the promise of a better future, in the fact that we live in the greatest country in the world. The vice president’s story is synonymous to so many Americans." 

Biden has not yet announced his plans...

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Child Care Is More Expensive Than College In Most States

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 4:00 PM

The ballooning cost of college isn’t the only thing breaking parents’ bank accounts.  

It's more expensive to pay for a year of day care for an infant than to pay for a year of tuition at public colleges in most U.S. states, according to an

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Donald Trump Says He'll Quit The Race If Polls Turn Against Him

(13) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 4:00 PM

Donald Trump said on Sunday that he will drop out of the presidential race if polling shows that he is going to lose.

"I'm not a masochist," the entertainer and Republican presidential candidate said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "And if I was dropping in the polls,...

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Donald Trump: Middle East Would Be Better Off With Saddam, Gaddafi

(6) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 2:10 PM

Donald Trump said Sunday that the Middle East would be more stable if Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and...

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Chris Christie Raps Donald Trump As 'Painfully Naive' About Syria

(5) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 1:01 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) called Donald Trump's position on Syria "painfully naive" on Sunday, slamming him...

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Donald Trump: More Guns Could Have Stopped Oregon Massacre

(6) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 12:01 PM

Donald Trump said Sunday that lives would have been saved if more people had guns at the Oregon...

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John McCain Blames Hospital Bombing Partly On U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan

(8) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 10:37 AM

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that a hospital in Afghanistan run by Doctors Without Borders might...

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Jason Chaffetz Announces Run For House Speaker

(19) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 9:23 AM

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced his candidacy for speaker of the House of Representatives on Sunday, setting off...

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Bernie Sanders Doubles Down On Gun Control

(20) Comments | Posted October 3, 2015 | 6:58 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) doubled down on his support for tighter gun control legislation on Thursday...

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Oregon Shooter Asked About Religion, Another Survivor Attests

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2015 | 4:31 PM

ROSEBURG, OREGON -- Another survivor of Thursday's mass shooting at an Oregon community college remembers the gunman asking about religion before shooting her, the victim's family members said on Saturday.

Cheyenne Fitzgerald, 16, was shot in the back during the massacre at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg,...

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Oregon Shooter Died By Suicide

(9) Comments | Posted October 3, 2015 | 3:18 PM

Christopher Harper-Mercer, the gunman in Thursday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, died by suicide, local...

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Democrats To Target Gun Loophole With New Bill

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2015 | 11:13 AM

Democratic senators from Connecticut announced Friday that they are introducing a bill to close a loophole that allows people who have not completed background checks to buy guns. 

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) are sponsoring legislation...

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Bernie Sanders Appoints Latino Outreach Director

(5) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 4:36 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) presidential campaign announced on Friday that it has hired a veteran Latino rights activist as its Latino outreach director, marking an escalation of the campaign’s efforts to shore up a constituency that has yet to warm to his candidacy.

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There Are Not Enough Jobs, And Austerity Is To Blame

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 11:53 AM

The especially poor September jobs report reinforces what many economists have been saying for months: The...

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Did The Oregon Shooter Warn Of His Plans On 4chan?

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 5:27 PM

A comment on the web bulletin board 4chan eerily warned of a school shooting in the...

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The Benghazi Investigation Is The 1990s All Over Again

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 8:55 PM

Bill Clinton is having deja vu.

The former president accused Republicans last week of targeting his wife with the same playbook they used against him in the 1990s. And the comparison has merit.

In both the Whitewater investigation of then-president Clinton...

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You Can Ignore This Billionaire Trump Supporter's Prophecy Of Doom

(4) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 6:58 PM

Wall Street billionaire Carl Icahn fancies himself a man of the people. He wants to prevent...

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Bill Clinton Blames GOP, Media For Hillary Email Uproar

(21) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Former President Bill Clinton faulted congressional Republicans and a pliant news media for the fallout over Hillary Clinton’s private email server, arguing that the attention given to the emails has been unwarranted.

“I have never seen so much expended on so little,” Clinton says in...

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