Joseph Curl | Stories - Washington Times
Skip to content

Joseph Curl

Joseph Curl

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @josephcurl.

Articles by Joseph Curl

President Barack Obama speaks about his ConnetED goal of connecting 99% of students to next generation broadband and wireless technology within five years, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

CURL: Is everyone over at the White House high?

While marijuana's biggest booster — President Obama — says blowing a joint with your buddies is fine anytime, the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy says pot is "dangerous" and that sale of the drug is a "serious crime." (So, maybe just the occupant of the Oval Office is baked.) Published February 5, 2014

** FILE ** In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

CURL: What has happened to the New York Times?

What has happened to The New York Times? The Gray Lady, America's Paper of Record, where readers turn to find "All the News That's Fit to Print," has gone off the deep end. Published February 2, 2014

** FILE ** Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about Syria on Sept. 9, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House Complex in Washington, during a the White House Forum to Combat Wildlife Trafficking. Clinton said any move by Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control would be an "important step." (Associated Press)

CURL: The drip, drip, drip of Benghazi

Another day, another revelation on Benghazi. The "bipartisan" Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week put out a scathing report on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya, citing "systematic failures" that led to the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Published January 19, 2014

** FILE ** President Obama smiles as he walks from 18th green at Mid-Pacific County Club in Kailua, Hawaii, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CURL: Obama administration is in full meltdown

While President Obama hit the beaches and golf courses of sunny Oahu for a three-week vacation in December, palace intrigue was afoot in the White House and beyond. Published January 8, 2014

Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey say that the melting of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf in Antarctica has slowed right down in the last few years. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

CURL: Irony alert: Global warmists get stuck in ice

A ship full of "global warmists" heads off on an expedition to Antarctica to prove that the ice shelf there is melting so fast that every beachfront house in the world will soon be swept away by a massive tsunami. But instead of finding a sad polar bear stuck on a tiny ice sheet, the adventurers found their ship stuck — in ice. Published January 5, 2014

** FILE ** President Obama dances onstage with members of the cast including Santa, Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming, Mariah Carey, in white, and actress Jane Lynch at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony across from the White House in Washington, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

CURL: Christmas comes early to D.C.; New Year’s hangover to follow

With Santa Claus coming to town in just two weeks, the holiday spirit has swept over the nation's capital. Democrats and Republicans met under the mistletoe to strike a rare accord on a federal budget, the first bipartisan pact to come out of a divided Congress since 1986. The Obama administration concluded its bailout of General Motors, saving a private company from bankruptcy by buying a 60 percent stake. Published December 11, 2013

President Barack Obama talks with MSNBC's Chris Matthews during a break in the taping of an interview for the "Hardball with Chris Matthews" show, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at American University in Washington. The show will are later Thursday. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

CURL: Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal

Fact: The IRS targeted conservative and tea party groups requesting tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. That's a fact. But President Obama, in an interview last week with sycophant Chris Matthews, now says the entire scandal was made up by the media. Published December 8, 2013

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the new health care law during a White House Youth Summit, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CURL: 'Mission Accomplished' for Obamacare

The Obama administration this week rolled out its revamped Obamacare website, and right away, traffic picked up — the site was able to handle a whopping 50,000 at the same time (about .00000000001 percent of what Amazon or Google can handle during this holiday season, but not bad for government work). Published December 4, 2013

President Obama (right) is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie upon the president's arrival at Atlantic City International Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, near Atlantic City, N.J. Mr. Obama traveled to the region to take an aerial tour of the New Jersey coastline damaged by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CURL: Christie rising, Obama falling

With America's mainstream media taking the week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, the nation's lonely and underworked pollsters stepped up to feed the beast. Not surprisingly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was a big winner, even if the 2016 election is three years away. Published December 1, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt ceiling during a visit to to M. Luis Construction, which specializes in asphalt manufacturing, concrete paving, and roadway reconstruction, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Rockville, Md. President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats are mocking Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind. for saying Republicans should get something from the budget standoff — but he doesn't know what that is. . (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

CURL: Democrats at war — bailing on Obama

One story the mainstream media just loves: Republicans at war. The party's splintered to shreds, torn beyond repair, rended in two, broken asunder. They write it week after week. The House speaker loses a vote, boom, the Republican Party is ruptured. But guess what story they never write? Published November 24, 2013

United States President Barack Obama, center, watches the action while sitting behind his brother-in-law, Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson, front left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland in College Park, Md., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

CURL: The beginning of the end for Barack Obama

Second-term presidents in the past 30 years have had some pretty embarrassing news conferences, full of frank admissions of failure, submissive spasms of shame and groveling, grieving apologies. Published November 17, 2013