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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 josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twitter @josephcurl.

Articles by Joseph Curl

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks in New York in this May 12, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

What GOP hopefuls need to learn about media 'gotcha' questions

In the 2016 campaign, presidential candidates are, apparently, going to be responsible for what other candidates say and, what the heck, anything a former politician of the same party might say — even if he last won office nearly 20 years ago.* Published February 22, 2015

In 2008, Hillary Rodham Clinton claimed to have landed in Bosnia under sniper fire. She later recanted her statements. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Forget Brian Williams, it's Hillary Clinton's lie that matters

One rainy evening, three people walked into a bar and sat down. One was grim, another solemn, while the sole woman among them was absolutely giddy. The bartender poured a few shots of whiskey and said to the trio, "Why so grim, so solemn, so giddy?" Published February 8, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press)

The lesson for Hillary Clinton in Mitt Romney's decision

There's a wonderful scene in "Citizen Kane" in which the intrepid young reporter Jerry Thompson, in search of just what the dying word "Rosebud" meant, tracks down Charles Foster Kane's best friend. Jedediah Leland is an old man now, living in a rundown retirement home in the Bronx. Frail, maybe a bit senile, Jedediah delivers a dramatic insight into Charlie. Published February 1, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gestures after speaking at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

At 2016 Iowa summit, some fresh GOP faces — finally

The 2016 GOP nominee is going to have to be a whole new breed of Republican. After back-to-back shellackings — first against a nearly unknown first-term U.S. senator, then to a highly unpopular president — the party has no choice but to go in a new direction, and that path does not lead back into the wilderness. The New Breed were on hand Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Published January 25, 2015

Obama: Woohoo! Free stuff for everybody!

There's a new T-shirt out there making the rounds. It says: "I am one of the people who pays for all the free stuff Obama gives you." Published January 20, 2015

The Brussels International Press Association President Tom Weingaertner, left, and European Commission Chief Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas address the media in front of a banner that reads: "Je suis Charlie (I Am Charlie)", as they pay respect for the victims of Wednesday's terror attack in Paris, at the European Commission headquarters, in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor were killed, and eleven people wounded in a terrorist attack against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

I am not Charlie

Shortly after a terrorist attack left 12 dead inside a Paris magazine called Charlie Hebdo, a meme went viral. People posted a new phrase on social media, held signs with the slogan, said it again and again and again on TV: "Je Suis Charlie" — I am Charlie. Published January 11, 2015

In this Dec. 11, 2014, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Palace intrigue: Minimutiny mounting against John Boehner

The rank and file aren't happy. A minimutiny may be underway in the House of Representatives as another conservative has come out to announce that he will oppose Rep. John Boehner in his re-election bid as House speaker. Published January 4, 2015

President Barack Obama smiles at the wheel of a golf cart during golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, on Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Obama needs to wake up and smell the progress

Minutes after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, announced that it would not bring charges against a city police officer who shot a black teenager to protect his life, President Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to deliver a 65-sentence, 1,255-word statement. Published December 21, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses while holding what may be his last news conference of the 113th Congress, though critical legislation is still pending, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans squander mandate won in November elections

Republicans, who just five weeks ago crushed Democrats in the midterm elections — with Americans finally declaring "enough is enough" — were humiliated before, during and after the vote. Published December 14, 2014

The real story behind the release of the CIA ‘torture’ report

Senate Democrats and President Obama have moved up to a whole new level of desperate. On Tuesday, Democrats in the Senate, who will lose control of the chamber in just three weeks, released a report focused on interrogation techniques — during the administration of George W. Bush. Published December 10, 2014

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, greets comedian Chris Rock, right, after Rock introduced Obama at The Apollo Theater in the Harlem section of New York, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Racism: Can we talk about it? Yes — finally

Shortly after the Jan. 20, 2009, inauguration of America's first black president — which I attended, receiving high-fives from strangers, many of whom were black, and even a free cup of hot coffee from a giddy black woman as I, a white man, strolled through Northeast Washington, D.C., without fear — a friend and I took our teenage daughters to a rock show in Baltimore. Published December 7, 2014

Motorist Jerry Reed watches the pump display while filling up his tank at a gas station, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

Cheap gas prices? Obama'll fix that

Gas at $2.50 a gallon. $2.25? $2.00? Maybe even $1.59? (FYI, that's what gas was per gallon just before Barack Obama became president.) Published December 3, 2014

Be afraid: This is the real Obama

In the weeks after voters cast a vote of no confidence on President Obama and his fellow Democrats, the president has gone on a scorched-earth campaign, unilaterally declaring amnesty for some 5 million illegal aliens, firing the only Republican in his Cabinet and rolling out a new federal rule dubbed "the most expensive regulation ever." Published November 30, 2014