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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his girlfriend.  NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, APril 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive."  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

CURL: What to do with racism in the 21st century

Let me tell you a story about a TV talking head. You know him — he's on the tube every day. I won't name him — he'd deny it, and there's no tape recording. But the tale comes from a friend I trust, someone who witnessed this incident first-hand, and someone who has no reason to lie. It's solid.

Sterling

CURL: Racism everywhere, Obama and Democrats agree

Racism is everywhere these days. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is a racist. L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a racist. Redskins owner Dan Snyder is a racist. "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson is a racist. And of course, every member of the tea party is clearly racist.

First lady Michelle Obama, right, looks on as President Obama jokes with Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during former South African president Nelson Mandela's memorial service in December. Columnist Joseph Curl says Mrs. Obama can often be seen with her "I'm-Not-Amused" face. (Associated Press)

CURL: Shelly O — The first lady comes in last

First ladies, almost from the beginning, have taken up lofty causes when they move into the White House. Dolley Madison concerned herself with the plight of orphans. Ellen Wilson, shocked by the squalid streets of Washington, took up urban housing (and even got a bill through Congress, the first FLOTUS to do so). Rosalynn Carter made her signature issue mental health.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry defends the Obama administration's response to Russia's moves on eastern Ukraine during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. (Associated Press Photographs)

CURL: The next hot spot is the world's problem, not America's

The Washington Times headline blared the news: "Senators demand arms for restive Ukraine." Yes, the illustrious U.S. Senate, which for the past decade has overspent on the U.S. budget by trillions and trillions of dollars, thinks it's a very good idea if America wades into a battle with Russia over some former USSR territory.

** FILE ** Sen. Harry Reid. (Associated Press)

CURL: Who the hell are the Koch brothers?

Just kidding. I know who the Koch brothers are. They're the billionaire oil magnates who control 4,000 miles of pipeline and whose corporation, Koch Industries, owns dozens of companies like Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, Brawny paper towels, Angel Soft toilet paper, even Dixie cups. Net sales: $115 billion. A year.

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 13, 2014, before signing a Presidential Memorandum directing Labor Secretary Tom Perez to modernize overtime protections. Obama is bypassing Congress and orders changes in overtime rules so employers would required to pay millions more for extra time they put in on the job. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CURL: We overhauled U.S. health care — to insure 4.2 million people?

- The Washington Times

The number bounced around for years — 46 million. President Obama said it in August 2009: "I don't have to explain to you that nearly 46 million Americans don't have health insurance coverage today. In the wealthiest nation on Earth, 46 million of our fellow citizens have no coverage."

CURL: Today's GOP really is Reagan's 'Big Tent' party

The mainstream media have a meme they post over and over and over: The Republican Party is in "disarray." Sometimes they say it's "divided." Or there's "discord," or "dissension," or "dysfunction." Other times, the GOP is ripped apart by "disunity" or "disharmony."