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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 [email protected] and on Twitter @josephcurl.

Articles by Joseph Curl

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California dubbed the tax cut legislation that Republicans passed Tuesday "the worst bill to ever come to the floor of the House." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Middle class gets trickled on again in tax-cut bill

Congress passed a $1.5 trillion tax-cut bill Tuesday, but you won't be seeing too much of that cash. The bill cuts rates for corporations and gives new tax breaks to private businesses, but you ... yeah, not so much. Published December 19, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, called her colleagues to arms against Republican tax reform she says will "raise taxes on the middle class before the American people can see the damage it will cause." (Associated Press)

Two-faced Pelosi excuses sexual harassment -- for Democrats, anyway

The top Democrat in the House seems to be in a perpetual state of confusion, loses her train of thought in mid-sentence often, and just seems out of it most of the time. And when she is able to string together a coherent thought, it's just weird. Published November 28, 2017

Children wave U.S. and Chinese flags as President Donald Trump arrives at Beijing Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Beijing, China. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump triumphs in Asia -- media talks handshakes, goldfish

President Trump just completed a 12-day trip to Asia, his first as the most powerful man in the world. By all accounts, the trip was a resounding triumph. Strike that. By all accounts OVER THERE, the trip was a resounding success. Published November 14, 2017

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush take swings at President Trump in a new book, breaking their pledge to not speak ill of their successors. (Associated Press/File)

Papa Bush and Shrub secretly furious about election 2016

In surprisingly undiplomatic terms for elder statesmen, George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, bash President Trump in a soon-to-be released book. While both of the former presidents vowed when they left office not to speak ill of their successors -- a pledge they've kept for the most part -- there's just something about Donald J. Trump that they can't stand. Published November 7, 2017

Nathan Larson

Thanks, McAuliffe, for letting felons run for office

Once upon a time, a governor elected by the people for the people decided that anyone who had ever committed a felony -- like murder and rape and, maybe, threatening to kill the president of the United States -- should be treated just like a law-abiding citizen. With the stroke of a pen, he restored voting rights to thousands and thousands of ex-felons. Published October 31, 2017

In this Jan. 7, 2009, file photo, then-President-elect Barack Obama is welcomed by then-President George W. Bush for a meeting at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, with former presidents, from left, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. The five living former U.S. presidents are creating the "One America Appeal" to raise money for storm recovery as Texas and Louisiana regroup from Harvey and Florida braces for Hurricane Irma. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Shockingly, Carter comes to Trump's defense

Jimmy Carter, born in 1924, is finally cutting loose. He's been pounding nails for the last 40 years with Habitat for Humanity (OK, and working toward world peace and winning the Nobel Prize), but he's finally comfortable telling it just like it is. Published October 24, 2017

Polls and analyses were already reporting that there was media bias against the presidential hopeful, and the findings have continued. (Associated Press)

New York Times editor admits paper is very, very (very) biased

The muckity mucks in the liberal media pshaw the claim like you've said the sun rises in the west. Big wigs across the massive media conglomerates repeat the denial until they're blue in the face: There is no liberal bias in the media, they say. Published October 17, 2017

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