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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

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

SHOCK POLL: BERNIE CATCHING HILLARY

A new poll in New Hampshire shows the underfunded upstart candidacy of virtually unknown Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a serious challenge in the state known for loving underdogs. Published June 16, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a campaign stop at the South Carolina Military Museum, Monday, June 8, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Perry Targets the Dreaded 'Hillary Laugh'

Gov. Rick Perry, who just jumped in to the 2016 presidential race, has taken aim at one thing Americans all agree is heinous: Hillary Clinton's laugh. Published June 16, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives to speak to supporters Saturday, June 13, 2015, on Roosevelt Island in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Hillary Clinton's socialist speech from 'Welfare Island'

The symbolism behind Hillary Rodham Clinton's venue for her second presidential announcement speech was well planned: She chose FDR's Four Freedoms Park in Roosevelt Island, named after the New Deal author's famous 1941 speech that prepared an isolationist America for World War II. Published June 14, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, jokes with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a GOP Get Out the Vote rally in Independence, Ohio, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

NBC News targets Kasich: 'Too cranky to be president'

The New York Times has spent the last week going after Sen. Marco Rubio, first with a piece on his driving record, and then another on his spending habits. Now, NBC News is going after another rising Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Published June 11, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with a glass of beer during a visit to the village of Kruen, southern Germany, Sunday, June 7, 2015 prior to the G-7 summit in Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen starting later the day. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Obama set to force affordable housing into affluent communities

President Obama wants to "diversify" wealthy neighborhoods in America, and his administration plans to to force affluent communities to accept affordable housing, such as Section 8. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is set to release new regulations that would set aside taxpayer money to build cheap housing for poor people in richer areas. Under the rules, the federal government would be able to overrule zoning laws of more than 1,200 local governments and force communities to comply. Published June 11, 2015

Rubio rakes in cash after New York Times' hit pieces

Attacks by the New York Times against Republican 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio have backfired, bringing in wads of cash and making the once-vaunted newspaper of record look foolish. Published June 10, 2015

FILE - In this June 2, 2015 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev. attends a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is at it again, meddling in Nevada home-state politics to help his Democrats and undermine GOP presidential candidates. Even heading into retirement and blind in one eye, Reid is serving notice that Republicans will have to go through him if they want to win Nevada in 2016 as well as pick up the Senate seat he is vacating. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

REID: 'WE'RE HEADED FOR ANOTHER SHUTDOWN'

Sen. Harry Reid, who repeatedly bemoaned threats by Republicans to shut down the government when he was Majority Leader, is now delivering his own warning: "We're headed for another shutdown." Republicans now control the Senate, meaning that the GOP can move forward with its own agenda. But Democrats are vowing to filibuster spending bills, holding up funding for various federal agencies. Published June 10, 2015

Iowa caucuses to go high-tech in 2016

The Iowa caucuses are a throwback to the old days of politics: candidates stumping across the state and meeting thousands of people, who then gather in churches and schools to select delegates -- a lively process that takes hours. But this time around, technology is going to force its way into the process. Published June 9, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum talks with Bob Crowl, of Panora, Iowa, during a stop at Panora Telecom Solutions, Monday, June 8, 2015, in Panora, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Just one supporter shows up for Santorum lunch

Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2012 and went on to take 11 state primaries and nearly 4 million votes -- more than any other candidate except Mitt Romney -- was down to just one supporter in Iowa on Monday. Published June 9, 2015

BUSH IN BERLIN: STEP OFF, VLAD

Republican Jeb Bush on Tuesday warned Vladimir Putin to back off in Ukraine and eastern Europe, vowing that if he is elected president, the United States will take a harder line on Russian aggression. "Russia must respect the sovereignty of all of its neighbors. And who can doubt that Russia will do what it pleases if its aggression goes unanswered? Our alliance, our solidarity and our actions are essential if we want to preserve the fundamental principles of our international order... an order that free nations have sacrificed so much to build?" Bush said during a visit to Berlin. Published June 9, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of the G-7 summit at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Monday, June 8, 2015. The two-day summit  addressed such issues as climate change, poverty and the fight against terrorism. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

'WE DON'T YET HAVE A COMPLETE STRATEGY'

President Obama on Monday said his administration does not yet "have a complete strategy" on what to do in Iraq, where the Islamic militia ISIS has swept through cities, taking control and slaughtering civilians. Holding a press conference in Krun, Germany, where he is attending the G-7 meeting, Obama said that even though the U.S. has been training Iraqi forces to run security efforts in the country for 12 years, there still isn't a plan on just how to achieve results. Published June 8, 2015