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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

President Trump spent much time before his election criticizing former President Barack Obama for spending what he said was too much time away from the White House on golf courses, and using taxpayer moneys to fund such excursions. However, once in office, Mr. Trump has made many similar golf outings. (Associated Press photographs)

Trump plays golf, shoots 73. Haters go crazy.

Kim Jong-il, the late supreme leader of North Korea, was one heckuva golfer. He only played once, in 1994, and he reportedly shot a 38-under-par round on the country's only golf course, including 11 holes-in-one (although some reports say he only had five). That's right: Par was 72; he shot a 34. His worst score all round long was a birdie. Published October 10, 2017

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with with Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rossello at the Luis Muniz Air National Guard Base before leaving the island in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Trump is visiting Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Democrats scramble to paint Puerto Rico as Trump's Katrina

Even before the storm hit the U.S. territory, home to some 3.5 million people, President Trump declared a federal emergency for the island, putting into action a massive rescue-and-relief plan and freeing up millions in aid. The federal government dispatched the military and throngs of first responders to the Caribbean island, along with tons of water and food. Published October 3, 2017

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Lissa Muscatine at the Warner Theatre in Washington. (Associated Press)

Clinton talks her love of vodka -- and 'sort of, facts' -- on start of book tour

The stage: A couple of comfy green leather chairs, a bookcase between and behind them — filled with copies of one book. The hall, Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., which was sold out Monday night for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's first of 15 tour stops to sell her new book and to tell us all "What Happened." Published September 19, 2017

New Miss America Cara Mund poses for a photo with contestants during Miss America 2018 pageant, Sunday, Sept.10, 2017, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/ Noah K. Murray)

Even the Miss America pageant is political now

In this day and age, when every single Hollywood award ceremony and every daytime talk show and even TV commercials are now political, of course it makes sense that beauty pageants should be, too. Published September 12, 2017

FILE - In this April 19, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump is presented with a New England Patriots jersey from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and head coach Bill Belichick during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, where the Patriots were honored for their Super Bowl LI victory. In addition to the jersey, the team confirmed on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, that Kraft decided after the team's visit to also have a Super Bowl championship ring made for Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

USA Today runs by the fake news story playbook

You've heard it out there. You know the story already. USA Today "broke" it in a huge scoop on Monday: "Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family." Published August 22, 2017

Trump's 'dump' comments may be fake news, but the White House does need serious work

According to a golf writer who quotes only a single anonymous source, President Trump was "chatting with some members before a recent round of golf" when he explained his frequent appearances at the club by saying: "That White House is a real dump." A White House spokesman denied the account -- as did Mr. Trump. Published August 15, 2017

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci walks down the steps of Air Force One after arriving at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Friday, July 28, 2017, for a speech by President Donald Trump on the street gang MS-13. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Trump: 'No WH chaos'; Reality: Massive WH chaos

On tonight's episode of "As The Trump World Turns," special investigator Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is heating up, feuding Republicans fail to get anything done on health care, President Trump's approval rating plunges, the president is publicly bashing his own attorney general, and the White House is in absolute meltdown, with two longtime staffers fired in dramatic fashion (the tears flow!). Published August 1, 2017

"Why aren't the same standards placed on the Democrats. Look what Hillary Clinton may have gotten away with. Disgraceful!" President Trump tweeted Wednesday. (Associated Press/File)

America hates Hillary -- and digs Trump

Nearly every day, another mainstream media poll emerges that claims President Trump has the lowest approval rating since Caligula. But there's one person Americans like even less: Hillary Clinton. Published July 18, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before having lunch with Republican Senators. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Journalism is dead; whatever these guys are doing isn't journalism

None of the latest stories have anyone on the record making the accusations. Instead, the "news" sites that posted the stories -- Politico, the Daily Mail and the Guardian -- simply make the surprising claims and cite anonymous sources. The subjects of the anonymous slurs have no recourse whatsoever, no right to face their accusers, no way to fight back. The accusation streams out onto the internet, where it lives forever -- whether it's true or not. Published June 13, 2017

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders walks between graduates as he arrives for the Brooklyn College commencement ceremony, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in New York. The former Democratic presidential candidate, who hails from Brooklyn and attended the school for a year, urged graduates to stand together and not let demagogues divide the country. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Socialist Bernie Sanders gets superrich in capitalist U.S.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist from Vermontistan, spent 2016 preaching his favorite socialist ideologies. His fans ate it up like candy. He packed arenas and fairgrounds across the country bashing The One Percent, spouting off about the proletariat and vowing that, if elected president, he would take from the rich and give to the poor. A modern-day Robin Hood, albeit in a baggy, ill-fitting suit, that Bernie. Published June 6, 2017