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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 and on Twitter @josephcurl.

Articles by Joseph Curl

President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left) and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, delivers a statement on Dec. 16, 2010, at the White House. (Associated Press) **FILE**

CURL: Obama, Biden, Clinton — a fly on the wall hears all

President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met in the White House on Thursday. This is, according to a nonpartisan fly that happened to be on the wall, a firsthand, verbatim account of their conversation. Published August 19, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) listens as his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, speaks during a campaign stop at the NASCAR Technical Institute on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Mooresville, N.C. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

CURL: Game-changing pick for Romney, worst nightmare for Obama

Well, that didn't take long. By 11 a.m. Saturday, shortly after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared with his newly picked running mate, the Senate Democratic leader fired out a bitter e-mail. Published August 12, 2012

President Obama tells reporters "I feel older" when asked about his birthday, as he arrives the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CURL: The silly season — Obama’s winning?!

It's political "silly season," when everyone says whatever they want — it doesn't matter, no one will know if it's true or not, and whatever is said will be ancient history by tomorrow morning. Published August 5, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks July 26, 2012, to reporters at 10 Downing Street in London. (Associated Press)

CURL: Romney didn’t say what they said he said

"Romney trip begins in shambles," blared CNN. "Britain is not ready for the Olympics says Mitt Romney," screamed the U.K.'s Daily Mail. "Mitt Romney's Olympics gaffe overshadows visit to London," bellowed Britain's Telegraph newspaper. But guess what? Mr. Romney said nothing of the kind. Published July 29, 2012

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks July 11, 2012, during NAACP annual convention in Houston. (Associated Press)

CURL: Why Romney's NAACP speech matters

Mitt Romney's address to the NAACP, despite the boos, may prove pivotal. He spoke to them like adults — here are your problems and here's what I'll do to address them. Maybe blacks will vote en masse anyway for the first "black" president who didn't even bother to show up for the NAACP. Published July 15, 2012

President Obama arrives July 6, 2012, on the South Lawn of the White House after campaigning for two days in Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Associated Press)

CURL: Who's bailing on Obama? Just about everybody

The president is back on the campaign trail. What's striking is where he's going: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa — places he won in 2008. Why? Simple. All the latest polls show he's losing … well, everyone. Published July 8, 2012

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. (Associated Press)

CURL: Roberts to the rescue for Romney

In voting to uphold President Obama's disastrous health-care overhaul, Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. took away the president's main line of attack that surely would have been deployed had the court voted 5-4, along party lines. Published June 28, 2012

**FILE** President Obama announces June 15, 2012, his administration's immigration plans in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Associated Press)

CURL: Obama's a domestic enemy of the U.S. Constitution

When Congress wrote its own oath of office in 1884, little did they know that, 128 years later, America would face a domestic threat to the U.S. Constitution — from its very own president. Published June 17, 2012


CURL: Forget the 'boring white guy' — Romney will pick Rubio

Paul Ryan. Rob Portman. Tim Pawlenty. Bob McDonnell. Mitch Daniels. Even their names are boring. Sure, they're all highly qualified public servants — governors, senators, congressmen — but they are also borrrrrring. Published June 10, 2012

This combination of Associated Press photos shows President Obama speaking May 24, 2012, at the TPI Composites Factory, a manufacturer of wind turbine blades, in Newton, Iowa, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaking May 31, 2012, at the Solyndra manufacturing facility in Fremont, Calif. (Associated Press)

CURL: This sure isn't the McCain campaign

Historians may well look back, when they dissect Mr. Romney's landslide victory in November 2012, to last week — a week when the Republican candidate not only showed that he's ready to mix it up in the octagon, but the Democratic incumbent looked like an overrated palooka finally matched against someone his own size. Published June 3, 2012

CURL: Obama at home in D.C.'s fetid swamp

With Barack Obama in the White House, Washington is once again a noxious bog, from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to the Point of Four Quadrants. Published April 15, 2012

White House press secretary Jay Carney tries to clear up what President Obama said about health care reform and the Supreme Court during his daily news briefing at the White House on Wednesday. "You're standing up there twisting yourself in knots," one reporter said to Mr. Carney. (Associated Press)

CURL: Carney is twisting himself into knots

Sometimes, being the White House press secretary is a pretty unpleasant job — like being the spokesman for a coal company after a cave-in that kills nine and traps a dozen. Published April 8, 2012