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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

First lady Michelle Obama, seen with the president and daughters Malia (right) and Sasha, has been a bitter mood lately, heaping criticism on the Republican Party as her husband campaigns for re-election. (Associated Press)

CURL: The very angry first lady Michelle Obama

Michelle's back, and she's madder than ever. She was already pretty angry, seemingly unhappy with just about everything. As her husband wrapped up the Democratic nomination in 2008, she let fly her real feelings: "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country." A few months into her job as first lady, her French counterpart asked how she liked the gig: "Don't ask!" she reportedly spat. "It's hell. I can't stand it!" Published October 30, 2011

CURL: Obama Doctrine: With us, or we'll whack you

The Bush Doctrine, articulated by George W. Bush after terrorists killed almost 3,000 people in the Sept. 11 attacks, was simple: "We will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make: Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists," he said on Sept. 20, 2001. Published October 23, 2011

In 1948, Harry S. Truman displayed a copy of the Chicago Tribune that incorrectly reported he had lost the presidential election to Thomas E. Dewey. Truman ultimately won re-election while running against a do-nothing Congress. (Associated Press)

CURL: Obama's stumbling, bumbling 1-term presidency

One day soon, someone will write a book titled "The Stumbling, Bumbling, One-Term Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama." It will be a best-seller - off the nonfiction shelf, of course. Published October 16, 2011

President Obama holds ups his proposed American Jobs Act legislation while speaking at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver on Sept. 27, 2011. (Associated Press)

CURL: The jobs plan that couldn't

President Obama's claim that everything in his American Jobs Act "will be paid for" was — and is — a flat-out lie, and he knows it. Published October 2, 2011

CURL: Cain's '9-9-9' tax plan is fairer share

Leave it to a pizza guy to come up with the $9.99 deal. Wait, sorry, that's the 9-9-9 deal. And former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has made the proposal the centerpiece of his 2012 campaign for president. Published September 25, 2011

CURL: Econ 101 for dummies

Here is the situation the United States is in right now: Tax revenue 2011: $2,170,000,000,000 (that's trillion) Published September 18, 2011

CURL: Obama's speech will save civilization

How lucky are we, people? We live in a Golden Age — Netflix, iPads, those little plastic wands that let you pick up a tennis ball covered with dog slobber without using your hands. We have NyQuil and DayQuil, reddit.com, Brew-Thrus, and that little beeper thing that lets you find your keys wherever they are. Published September 4, 2011

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama exit Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Aug. 26, 2011. (Associated Press)

CURL: Why so glum, Michelle?

Man, how miserable is Michelle Obama? About 2½ years into her ceremonial stint as first lady, Mrs. Obama seems to have had quite enough of the gig. Published August 28, 2011

CURL: Taking vacation from Obama recession

Unemployment is at 9.1 percent. Economic growth is anemic. America's credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in history. The stock market hits new lows almost every day. And where is President Obama? Published August 21, 2011

**FILE** Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain (Associated Press)

CURL: The tea party IS the third party

The times they are a-changin'. There's a new power force in Washington, and it's running the show right now, deciding the very fate of the nation. Published July 31, 2011

CURL: Is Obama a pathological liar?

In the weird world that is Washington, men and women say things daily, hourly, even minutely, that they know deep down are simply not true. Inside the Beltway, we all call those utterances "rhetoric." But across the rest of the country, plain ol' folk call 'em lies. Published July 24, 2011

CURL: Who says tax cuts kill jobs? Our history sure doesn't

A statement President Obama made halfway through his news conference last week was so unfathomable, so utterly incomprehensible, that befuddled White House stenographers simply gave up and tacked a "[sic]" next to it. Published July 17, 2011