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White House defends Biden against Gates criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is bristling over former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new memoir accusing President Barack Obama of showing too little enthusiasm for the U.S. war mission in Afghanistan and sharply criticizing Vice President Joe Biden's foreign policy instincts.

Obama to announce investment in 5 'Promise Zones'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will announce five "Promise Zones" this week as part of his effort to focus on income inequality in the lead-up to his State of the Union address.

Congress Delays Arms to Iraq

Capitol Hill was ready to give Apache helicopters to Baghdad to help fight al Qaeda, but now senators worry the prime minister will use the weapons on domestic enemies.

The Republican Walk of Shame

Frank Luntz says he’s down in the dumps from dealing with the American electorate. But even politics can’t ruin our lives. An open letter to America’s most depressed pollster.

Roger Ailes’ Pearl Harbor

In ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room,’ charges of anti-Semitism, Bill O’Reilly mockery, and a trophy from Lachlan Murdoch’s tenure. All lies, says Fox News, of a book they’ve yet to read.

Centrist Guru: Populists Welcome

The battle is on within the Democratic Party over whether a newly emboldened and resurgent left threatens the carefully cultivated centrist brand Bill Clinton rode to the White House, and which helped elect Barack Obama. Al From, founder of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) credited with bringing the Democratic Party back into the mainstream, said in an interview that he’s not worried about the party damaging its brand and losing electoral strength as it embraces a more populist message focused on economic inequality.

Pope Seeks Exorcists

The Catholic Church says they are dealing with a spike in Satanic worship by training a growing team of specialized priests to keep the devil at bay.

The Wolf Whisperer

Aussie stunner Margot Robbie steals every scene she’s in as Leonardo DiCaprio's fiery, sexually adventurous wife in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’

Meet the ‘Downton’ Costume Queen

Who can forget Sybil's harem pants? Or Mary and Edith's wedding looks? Caroline McCall dishes on what it's like to design for the Ladies of 'Downton.'

New York’s 9/11 Heroes Scam

They said they were too traumatized to serve and protect. How the NYPD built a fraud case against dozens of police and firefighters who prosecutors say duped doctors and cashed in.

Pro-Life vs. Pro-Israel

The Jewish State will spend millions more to subsidize the controversial procedure this year. Why that doesn’t anger the American right.

‘Based On A Not-So-True Story’

The ‘based on a true story’ tagline translates to ‘rewriting history by pumping the story with human growth hormone,’ and makes a box office titan that’s irresistible to the Academy.

Why We Binge-Watch TV

As a society, we’re more distracted than ever. So how is it that streaming hours of complicated TV dramas at a time is becoming our preferred method of watching television?

This Exhibit Could Kill You

Deadly vines in the jungles of Colombia, toxic witches’ brews, and a noble woman with a lethal ring. A new exhibit in New York takes a peek inside the dark world of poison.

Polarized Despite Polar Vortex

More Americans believe in climate change, but don’t expect the numbers to jump as temperatures drop.

Mother Nature’s Brain Freeze

Right now it’s freezing temperatures triggering headaches, but weather is never migraine sufferers' friend, be it fluctuating humidity, high wind, or plunging barometric pressure.

Will GOP Govs Cave on Medicaid?

Several GOP governors turned down federal money to expand their states’ insurance for the poor. Now even some hard-care conservatives are about to take the cash.

Natural gas exports: Slow walk or 'danger zone'?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over exporting liquefied natural gas is intensifying as the Energy Department considers an array of applications to ship the fuel to Japan, India and other countries where prices are far higher than in the United States.