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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

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who resigned from the Clinton Foundation's board recently, has faced mounting criticism over the charity's ties to foreign governments. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hillary is the plastic candidate with the AstroTurf campaign

When Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that she is running for president, she declared that "everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion." But as with everything Clinton, the strategy to humanize Hillary — a multimillionaire who hasn't driven since 1996 and can't remember the last time she got her own morning coffee — has been a a surreal exercise in absurdity. Published April 19, 2015

An unknown artist placed a poster on a traffic signal in front of the building where Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign offices are located, Sunday, April 12, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A top adviser to Clinton announced her much-awaited second campaign for the White House on Sunday in an email to alumni of her first presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Hillary’s 2016 game plan: Control the media

And so, Operation Hillary 2016 has begun. She needs the media to push the same message they did last time: This election is historic, "the first female president," blah blah blah. And so, the MSM will push that meme for the next 18 months. Published April 12, 2015

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015.  Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

Media distortion of Indiana's religious freedom bill

'Indiana Governor Signs Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill At Private Ceremony," blared the headline in the Huffington Post. "Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law," screamed National Public Radio. "Indiana's Pence tries to defend new anti-gay measure," barked MSNBC. "Pence: Indiana 'not going to change' anti-LGBT law," bellowed CNN. Published March 29, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.   Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience."  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Hillary Clinton should face criminal charges

Let's get down to brass tacks: Hillary Rodham Clinton should be criminally charged for failing to turn over her government emails as mandated by law. Published March 15, 2015

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks in New York in this May 12, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

What GOP hopefuls need to learn about media 'gotcha' questions

In the 2016 campaign, presidential candidates are, apparently, going to be responsible for what other candidates say and, what the heck, anything a former politician of the same party might say — even if he last won office nearly 20 years ago.* Published February 22, 2015

In 2008, Hillary Rodham Clinton claimed to have landed in Bosnia under sniper fire. She later recanted her statements. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Forget Brian Williams, it's Hillary Clinton's lie that matters

One rainy evening, three people walked into a bar and sat down. One was grim, another solemn, while the sole woman among them was absolutely giddy. The bartender poured a few shots of whiskey and said to the trio, "Why so grim, so solemn, so giddy?" Published February 8, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press)

The lesson for Hillary Clinton in Mitt Romney's decision

There's a wonderful scene in "Citizen Kane" in which the intrepid young reporter Jerry Thompson, in search of just what the dying word "Rosebud" meant, tracks down Charles Foster Kane's best friend. Jedediah Leland is an old man now, living in a rundown retirement home in the Bronx. Frail, maybe a bit senile, Jedediah delivers a dramatic insight into Charlie. Published February 1, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gestures after speaking at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

At 2016 Iowa summit, some fresh GOP faces — finally

The 2016 GOP nominee is going to have to be a whole new breed of Republican. After back-to-back shellackings — first against a nearly unknown first-term U.S. senator, then to a highly unpopular president — the party has no choice but to go in a new direction, and that path does not lead back into the wilderness. The New Breed were on hand Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Published January 25, 2015

Obama: Woohoo! Free stuff for everybody!

There's a new T-shirt out there making the rounds. It says: "I am one of the people who pays for all the free stuff Obama gives you." Published January 20, 2015

The Brussels International Press Association President Tom Weingaertner, left, and European Commission Chief Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas address the media in front of a banner that reads: "Je suis Charlie (I Am Charlie)", as they pay respect for the victims of Wednesday's terror attack in Paris, at the European Commission headquarters, in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor were killed, and eleven people wounded in a terrorist attack against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

I am not Charlie

Shortly after a terrorist attack left 12 dead inside a Paris magazine called Charlie Hebdo, a meme went viral. People posted a new phrase on social media, held signs with the slogan, said it again and again and again on TV: "Je Suis Charlie" — I am Charlie. Published January 11, 2015

In this Dec. 11, 2014, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Palace intrigue: Minimutiny mounting against John Boehner

The rank and file aren't happy. A minimutiny may be underway in the House of Representatives as another conservative has come out to announce that he will oppose Rep. John Boehner in his re-election bid as House speaker. Published January 4, 2015