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Joseph Curl

Joseph Curl

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at and on Twitter @josephcurl.

Articles by Joseph Curl

FILE - In this  Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, front, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek reelection for a 12th term as he stands on the steps of the old Kendall County courthouse with, from left, his son Josh; wife Jean; and daughter-in-law Heidi, grandson Jack, in Yorkville, Ill. Federal prosecutors have indicted Thursday, May 28, 2015, the former U.S. House Speaker on bank-related charges. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey, File)

Hastert paid to 'conceal his prior misconduct'

J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in U.S. House history, was being blackmailed, and he paid millions to keep his secret. That's what federal indictment says, anyway. Hastert has been charged with illegally moving cash and lying to investigators. This is what's known: There is a person -- "Individual A" -- in the indictment (no one knows if that person is a male or a female). Hastert was paying Individual A $3.5 million to cover up "past misconduct." Published May 29, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Hewlett-Packard CEE Carly Fiorina, reaches out to shake hands at a luncheon hosted by the Derry Republican Town Committee, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)


Carly Fiorina's campaign is having a lot of fun at Hillary Clinton's expense. The Republican presidential candidate's deputy campaign manager, Sarah Isgur Flores, sent out a email to the "traveling press corps" noting that both Fiorina and Clinton will be campaigning in South Carolina on Wednesday. Published May 27, 2015