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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

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio waves to supporters with his wife Jeanette, after he announced that he will be running for the Republican presidential nomination, during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

NY TIMES GOES AFTER RUBIO, WIFE -- FOR TRAFFIC TICKETS

The New York Times, which targeted its most feared Republican candidate last year when it tarred New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a scandal he had nothing to do with, is now going after the new top opponent of the Grey Lady's favorite candidate, Hillary Clinton. Published June 5, 2015

Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups, listens during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS official: 'Lois Lerner was the tip of the iceberg'

The IRS's director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure division testified Wednesday that the tax agency set up a special committee with hundreds of lawyers to handle the probe into whether Tea Party groups were targeted, but repeatedly said she had no idea how it operated. Published June 3, 2015

The legacies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush loom large over the campaigns of HIllary Clinton and Jeb Bush. (Associated Press)

POLL: Voters won't hold George W., Bill against Jeb, Hillary

While Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley says the presidency isn't a crown to passed between two families, Iowa voters don't seem to care much if the next president has the same name as a former one -- or if he or she consults with Presidents No. 43 or 42. Published June 3, 2015

POLL: Hillary Clinton dishonest, untrustworthy

Nearly 6 in 10 think Hillary Clinton is dishonest and untrustworthy, a new poll finds. In just two months, the number of people who say Hillary can't be trusted has risen 8 points to 57 percent, according to a new CNN/ORC poll on the 2016 race. Exactly half agreed that she does not inspire confidence, also up 8 points. Published June 2, 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren meets with members of the Berkshire Brigades and takes a selfie with BCC student Jacob Robbins before delivering the commencement address at the Berkshire Community College graduation ceremony at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass,  Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Run Warren Run To Close, Close, Close

A MoveOn.org-run organization to encourage Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for the Democratic presidential nomination has finally decided to throw in the towel. Published June 2, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam attend a press conference before a state Republican Party fundraising dinner in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Harry Reid intervened on Nevada proposal to switch to primary

Sen. Harry Reid personally intervened to shut down a move to switch Nevada elections from caucuses to a statewide primary, which political analysts say is a blow to Jeb Bush, who is making the state a key part of his yet-to-be-announced presidential run. Published June 2, 2015

A think tank with ties to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton issued strong criticisms Thursday of the Obama administration's strategy to combat the Islamic State, with analysts writing that the U.S. is "failing" and needs to change course. (Associated Press)

Hillary to kick off campaign June 13 -- in NYC?

"Hillary Clinton's official campaign launch will occur Saturday, June 13th, starting with a major speech in New York City and continuing with a nationally webcast organizing meeting in Iowa. Her launch will continue with a swing through all four early primary states," according to a press release Monday. Published June 1, 2015

SCHIEFFER: Media weren't 'skeptical enough' about Obama

In his exit interview after 40 some years as a TV reporter and news commentator, CBS' Bob Schieffer said the media weren't "skeptical enough" of Barack Obama as they greased the skids for his election in 2008. Published June 1, 2015

Sen. John McCain, R-Az., walks to the Senate Chamber to begin a special session to extend surveillance programs, in Washington, Sunday, May 31, 2015. The Senate was unable to make a deal to extend contested anti-terror provisions and as a result, the post-Sept. 11 programs expired at midnight Sunday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

McCain spanks Paul: 'Learn the rules of the Senate'

Sen. John McCain, the GOP's top hawk in the Senate, was none too pleased with Sen. Rand Paul's efforts to kill the National Security Agency's phone "metadata" collection program. Published June 1, 2015

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks in Washington in this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Obama goes after the farmers

Farmers are now the bad guys. President Obama's administration last week claimed dominion over all of America's streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands -- perhaps even puddles -- in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority. Published May 31, 2015

FILE - In this June 25, 2014 file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks alongside then-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley during the closing session on the final day of the annual gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America, in Denver. More than a decade ago, Bill Clinton spotted a political star on the horizon, someone he predicted would go from a big-city mayor to a national leader _ maybe even to the White House. In the years that followed, Clinton and his wife, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, showed up time and again as their young ally rose up the political ranks, hosting fundraisers, headlining rallies, and connecting him with their sprawling network of political donors.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

O'Malley teases with 'Hail to the Chief' -- on guitar

Martin O'Malley is going to push his youth in his race for the Democratic presidential nomination, and even before he jumps into the race, he's teasing -- with a guitar riff. A new 24-second video popped up on YouTube showing the musically-inclined O'Malley tuning a guitar. Then, at the end of the short clip, he picks out the tune to "Hail To The Chief." Published May 29, 2015

FILE - In this  Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, front, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek reelection for a 12th term as he stands on the steps of the old Kendall County courthouse with, from left, his son Josh; wife Jean; and daughter-in-law Heidi, grandson Jack, in Yorkville, Ill. Federal prosecutors have indicted Thursday, May 28, 2015, the former U.S. House Speaker on bank-related charges. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey, File)

Hastert paid to 'conceal his prior misconduct'

J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in U.S. House history, was being blackmailed, and he paid millions to keep his secret. That's what federal indictment says, anyway. Hastert has been charged with illegally moving cash and lying to investigators. This is what's known: There is a person -- "Individual A" -- in the indictment (no one knows if that person is a male or a female). Hastert was paying Individual A $3.5 million to cover up "past misconduct." Published May 29, 2015

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, former House Speaker Dennis, Hastert, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek re-election for a 12th term in Yorkville, Ill. Federal prosecutors have indicted Thursday, May 28, 2015, the former U.S. House Speaker on bank-related charges. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey, File)

Weird C-SPAN phone call: 'Hi Denny. Remember me from Yorkville?'

A day after J. Dennis Hastert was indicted on charges of "structuring" and lying to federal agents, an odd video clip has emerged showing the former House Speaker taking questions on C-SPAN. The caller, who identified himself as "Bruce" and called in on the independent line, says "Hello, Denny," using the Sepaker's nickname. "Hi, how're you doing," Hastert says. Published May 29, 2015