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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

President Obama enjoys a shave ice at Island Snow in Kailua, Hawaii, where the Obamas spent the 2010 winter holidays. (Associated Press)

CURL: The hypocrisy of Obama's 15-day Vineyard vacation

On April 1, the U.S. economy dropped a whopping 2.9 percent for the first three months of the year (no fooling). The American workforce participation rate fell to a 40-year low. One-third of people aged 18-29 have moved back in with their parents. Millions of Americans this summer will enjoy yet another "staycation": They just can't afford to go to the beach or the mountains, even for a week — again. Published July 13, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after meeting with Gov. Rick Perry in Dallas about immigration on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

CURL: Obama turning millennials into Republicans

When summer ends, millions of adorable toddlers will head off to school for the first time. Each one will be as unique as his or her little fingerprints, but every kindergartner across the country will have one thing in common: They've never known an America that didn't have a black president. Published July 9, 2014

** FILE ** President Obama walks across the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CURL: Obama is the worst president ever

It's official: Barack Obama is the worst president ever. Worse than Richard Nixon, who resigned from office to avoid impeachment. Worse than Jimmy Carter, who blamed Americans for their "malaise." Worse than President Clinton, who had sex in the Oval Office with an intern half his age and actually was impeached. Published July 2, 2014

10ThingstoSeeSports - An athlete dives from the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series platform in the final round, in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 10, 2014. The world's best cliff divers jumped from the 27-meter platform positioned on the historic Morro Castle in Havana. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

CURL: Obama now in all-out free fall

President Obama is now reaching terminal velocity, like a skydiver plunging toward earth. Except he doesn't have a parachute. There's a mighty splat coming soon. Published June 25, 2014

FILE - In this June 17, 2014, file photo, Washington Redskins helmets sit on the field during an NFL football minicamp in Ashburn, Va. The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday, June 18, 2014, that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

CURL: Is the term 'Redskins' really offensive?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is literally wrong about everything, vowed this week to boycott Washington Redskins games until team owner Daniel Snyder changes the name. That's right, the man who lives in the Ritz-Carlton is going to tough it out and give up his Sundays in a luxurious skybox at FedEx Field. How brave. Published June 18, 2014

**FILE** President Richard M. Nixon is shown at his desk in the White House on Feb. 16, 1969. On Aug. 9, 1974, Nixon would go down in history as the only U.S. president to resign. (Associated Press)

CURL: IRS scandal gets Nixonian: The 18½-minute (or 26-month) gap

On Sept. 29, 1973, President Nixon's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, made "a terrible mistake." She was reviewing a tape recording from the previous year when she took a break to take a phone call. She meant to hit the pause button, she said, but hit the record button by accident — and poof, an 18½-minute gap. Published June 15, 2014


CURL: A Brat sends a shudder through comfy incumbents

"The Tea Party is finished: smashed, at last, by the power and dollars of the Republican establishment," a New York Times columnist giddily wrote. "The Tea Party," The Washington Post blared in a succinct headline, "is dead." Published June 11, 2014

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pounds her fist as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CURL: This is what difference it makes, Hillary ...

Hillary "What Difference Does It Make?" Clinton made a remarkable statement this week that fell by the wayside of the Bergdahl and VA scandals engulfing her former boss's presidency. Published June 8, 2014

President Obama. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

CURL: Is Obama really that stupid?

There's something very odd going on these days at the White House. How else to explain the Bowe Bergdahl debacle? Published June 4, 2014

In speech after speech, President Obama blames everyone but himself for the nation's woes. (associated press)

CURL: A desperate president spews bitterness, pessimism

President Obama swept into office on a theme of "Hope and Change" (remember those days?). But 5 1/2 years later, he spits only bitterness and pessimism, blaming Republicans, the media — even ordinary Americans — for his impotence. Published May 28, 2014

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, following his meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Seeking to head off a growing furor over veterans' health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at Veterans Affairs hospitals are "dishonorable" and will be not be tolerated by his administration.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

CURL: Obama, the unaccountable president

Has there ever been a president in the history of America who knew less than President Obama? With each new crisis and scandal, Mr. Obama tells Americans that he just didn't know. Published May 21, 2014

The Left doesn't want Lara Logan to return to CBS' "60 Minutes," in part because she was, and is, unabashedly pro-military. (Associated Press)

CURL: Left scrambles to squash Lara Logan's return

Remember Lara Logan? The foreign war correspondent with the smoldering good looks who had risen to the pinnacle of CBS News, covering wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and uprisings in Egypt and Libya? Published May 14, 2014

Mitt Romney

CURL: GOP finally wises up about nomination process

You know the drill: Every four years, Republicans vying for the presidential nomination move hard right to defeat their challengers in debates and primaries, then are forced to move to the center to be palatable to the mostly-centrist American voter. Published May 11, 2014