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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 and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney participate Oct. 3, 2012, in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Denver. (Associated Press)

CURL: The dismantling of Barack Obama

On Wednesday, Americans got their first view of their two options on Election Day: One, a man with a plan — and not the failed plan of the past four years — the other, an emperor with no clothes who thinks it "better to continue the procession under the illusion that anyone who couldn't see his clothes was either stupid or incompetent." Published October 7, 2012

President Obama greets supporters on the tarmac upon his arrival at McCarran International airport, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 in Las Vegas. Obama traveled to Las Vegas for a campaign rally then will be staying in Henderson, Nev., to prepare for the first Presidential debate. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CURL: Obama wins first debate, says everyone in world

In a debate sure to sway millions of voters and quite possibly change the course of mankind if not the very orbit of the heavenly bodies in the Milky Way, President Obama last night crushed Mitt Romney like a bug, displaying an agile and fecund intellect rivaled only by Albert Einstein and possibly Socrates. Published September 30, 2012

In this Sept. 13, 2012, photo, President Obama waves after speaking at a campaign rally in Golden, Colo. Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are embarking on a week heavy with travel through battleground states and appeals key constituencies, with both campaigns wrangling over unrest in the Middle East and who is best equipped to rejuvenate the economy. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

CURL: Obama’s protective press cordon

Protecting and defending President Obama through his failures and blunders and gaffes is a full-time job for America's mainstream press corps — and they're getting worried. Published September 16, 2012

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida waves Sept. 4, 2012, as she opens the party's convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Associated Press)

CURL: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, professional liar

While God had a pretty good week in Charlotte, N.C., enjoying His own Sally Fields Academy Awards moment ("You like me! Right now! You like me!"), one person who has had a decidedly bad week is Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Published September 6, 2012

**FILE** Former President Bill Clinton (Associated Press)

CURL: Clinton's presence undercuts Democrats' celebration of women

Talk about your irony. Democrats, who have declared that Republicans are engaging in a "war against women," will be led at their national convention this week by Bill Clinton, whose list of reported transgressions against women is, well, let's say, long. Published September 4, 2012

**FILE** Former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a campaign rally for Kirk Adams, a Republican candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona's 5th Congressional District, on Aug. 27, 2012, in Gilbet, Ariz. (Associated Press)

CURL: Palin still isn’t afraid to ‘rage against the machine’

Four years ago almost to the day, Sarah Palin became a megastar. Overnight, she went from an obscure governor of a state 67 hours by car from the White House to the Republican Party’s second in command, a power player who, very likely, could run for president in 2012 — and win the nomination. Published August 29, 2012

President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left) and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, delivers a statement on Dec. 16, 2010, at the White House. (Associated Press) **FILE**

CURL: Obama, Biden, Clinton — a fly on the wall hears all

President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met in the White House on Thursday. This is, according to a nonpartisan fly that happened to be on the wall, a firsthand, verbatim account of their conversation. Published August 19, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) listens as his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, speaks during a campaign stop at the NASCAR Technical Institute on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Mooresville, N.C. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

CURL: Game-changing pick for Romney, worst nightmare for Obama

Well, that didn't take long. By 11 a.m. Saturday, shortly after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared with his newly picked running mate, the Senate Democratic leader fired out a bitter e-mail. Published August 12, 2012

President Obama tells reporters "I feel older" when asked about his birthday, as he arrives the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CURL: The silly season — Obama’s winning?!

It's political "silly season," when everyone says whatever they want — it doesn't matter, no one will know if it's true or not, and whatever is said will be ancient history by tomorrow morning. Published August 5, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks July 26, 2012, to reporters at 10 Downing Street in London. (Associated Press)

CURL: Romney didn’t say what they said he said

"Romney trip begins in shambles," blared CNN. "Britain is not ready for the Olympics says Mitt Romney," screamed the U.K.'s Daily Mail. "Mitt Romney's Olympics gaffe overshadows visit to London," bellowed Britain's Telegraph newspaper. But guess what? Mr. Romney said nothing of the kind. Published July 29, 2012

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks July 11, 2012, during NAACP annual convention in Houston. (Associated Press)

CURL: Why Romney's NAACP speech matters

Mitt Romney's address to the NAACP, despite the boos, may prove pivotal. He spoke to them like adults — here are your problems and here's what I'll do to address them. Maybe blacks will vote en masse anyway for the first "black" president who didn't even bother to show up for the NAACP. Published July 15, 2012

President Obama arrives July 6, 2012, on the South Lawn of the White House after campaigning for two days in Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Associated Press)

CURL: Who's bailing on Obama? Just about everybody

The president is back on the campaign trail. What's striking is where he's going: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa — places he won in 2008. Why? Simple. All the latest polls show he's losing … well, everyone. Published July 8, 2012

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. (Associated Press)

CURL: Roberts to the rescue for Romney

In voting to uphold President Obama's disastrous health-care overhaul, Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. took away the president's main line of attack that surely would have been deployed had the court voted 5-4, along party lines. Published June 28, 2012

**FILE** President Obama announces June 15, 2012, his administration's immigration plans in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Associated Press)

CURL: Obama's a domestic enemy of the U.S. Constitution

When Congress wrote its own oath of office in 1884, little did they know that, 128 years later, America would face a domestic threat to the U.S. Constitution — from its very own president. Published June 17, 2012