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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.

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Obama sets off on scorched-earth rampage

President Obama, fresh off a shellacking in the 2014 midterm elections — in which he made himself a centerpiece, much to the chagrin of embattled Democrats — is about to embark on a scorched-earth rampage that will change the face of America forever. Published November 19, 2014

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. gestures as she addresses  supporters at her election night headquarters in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Landrieu is predicted to be in a runoff with Republican Senate candidate, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La.  Behind Landrieu, left is her husband Frank Snellings, and, her grandson Maddox Snellings, right.(AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Post-election surprises: Obamacare flounders, Keystone revived

Shocker: Now that the midterm elections are over, Team Obama is dumping all the bad news it buried in the weeks running up to what turned out to be a bloodbath for Democrats — and planning a devious move to try to save one embattled senator facing a runoff race. Published November 12, 2014

MSNBC's Chris Matthews unloaded Wednesday night on the "nasty deal" made by the Obama administration in which five Taliban prisoners were released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for suspected deserter, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (MSNBC)

MSM says GOP tsunami means voters are choosing 'none of the above'

To America's mainstream media, the midterm elections are a choice between bad and worse. Here's why, by their reasoning: No one — repeat no one — in their right mind could ever vote for Republicans, so clearly the country's voters are so disengaged and dissatisfied that they couldn't care less about who wins. Published November 2, 2014

This photo taken Oct. 4, 2014 shows scaffolding around the Capitol Dome in Washington. Two weeks before election day, the nation’s likely voters have started seeing eye-to-eye with the election prognosticators. Most now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, more say that’s the outcome they’d like to see.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mainstream media shocked latest polls show GOP pulling away

The mainstream media made a hearty go of it, attempting for the last few weeks to portray the Nov. 4 election as a toss-up. But poll after poll is now showing those reports to be nothing more than a barrel of red herrings: Republicans are solidly in the lead with just more than a week to go. Published October 26, 2014

Should President Obama don a Bill Clinton mask so he can hit the campaign trail? Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times

Trick or treat: Dems running scared from Obama

There's "keeping your distance," and then there's crossing to the other side of the street, pulling your hat down over your eyes and pretending you don't see that annoying neighbor you'd rather not chat with at the moment. Published October 22, 2014

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about Ebola during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, with members of his team coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama's spectacular incompetence turns deadly

It was only a matter of time. President Obama, a short-term college professor and failed community organizer who became a mostly absentee state senator and then an all-but-invisible U.S. senator, has Petered out. Per the Peter Principle, he has risen to his level of incompetence — some would argue far beyond it. Published October 15, 2014

President Obama speaking with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell about the new Ebola virus diagnosis in Dallas. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama now phoning it in — literally

On Sunday, President Obama suited up for work. He put on his pants (most likely one leg at a time, but perhaps not), then slipped on his black windbreaker, the one with the presidential seal on one side, his name on the other (in case he forgets who he is). He put on some comfy sports socks, laced up his shoes real tight — it would be a long, hard day. Published October 12, 2014

President Obama raises his glass to toast during a luncheon hosted by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sept. 24, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama's breathtaking naivete at the United Nations

President Obama on Wednesday delivered a speech at the United Nations filled with his usual soaring rhetoric of global collectivism and the importance of "international norms." But the president also displayed a shocking naivete about global affairs, religion, Islam — a Pollyannaish interpretation on the state of the world and America's role in it. Published September 24, 2014

 ** FILE ** Wolf Blitzer (Getty Images)

Islamic State a deadly threat to America? More like politics as usual

CNN uber-host Wolf Blitzer said a remarkable thing recently. As he motor-mouthed through his usual breathless babble, stomping about the glitzy high-tech studio and gesticulating wildly at the "Multi-Touch Collaboration Wall," he threw out this little nugget. Published September 21, 2014

President Obama might need binoculars to find Senate Democrats after Nov. 4.

Obama's bungling alters midterms at 11th hour

While Barack Obama was playing his 190th round of golf as president, chilling out on Martha's Vineyard for a 15-day vacation at a $12 million mansion, the U.S. electorate began to change — fast. Published September 10, 2014