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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.

Columns by Joseph Curl

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

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to an audience April 1, 2012, during a campaign stop at a pancake breakfast in Milwaukee, Wis. (Associated Press)

CURL: Romney’s fortunes turn on high court health care ruling

From the day President Obama's trillion-dollar health care package passed in March 2010, political pundits have been pronouncing the Republicans' top hopeful, former Gov. Mitt Romney, dead in the water. All that could change in June when the Supreme Court finally decides whether Obamacare is constitutional. Published April 1, 2012

CURL: ‘Game Change’: A made-up narrative from two axe-grinders

"Game Change" is a ridiculous farce of a movie — even more absurd as a chronicle of a major historical event — that appears to have been written mostly by two players who have major axes to grind with the higher-ups of the McCain campaign. Published March 18, 2012

CURL: Allred proves Sandra is no fluke

Just in case you thought slutgate had reached its apogee of absurdity, the entrance into the story of sluts and hos attorney Gloria Allred should inform you otherwise. Published March 11, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall meeting at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

CURL: Super Tuesday? More like Stupor Tuesday

For those of us who have never been held hostage, now we know what it feels like: Day after day, looking at the same faces, endlessly discussing the same topics, being fed the same gruel over and over. Published March 4, 2012

CURL: Can you really afford four more years?

In January 2009, when President Obama was sworn in, a gallon of regular gasoline cost $1.68. Today, it's more than double that, reaching $5 in parts of California and $6 just outside Disney World in Florida. Published February 26, 2012

President Barack Obama watches as a marshmallow is launched in a gun designed by Joey Hudy, left, of Phoenix, Ariz., left, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington during the White House Science Fair. Obama hosted the second White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

CURL: Here comes Obama’s magic budget

After creating more debt than all presidents from George Washington to Bill Clinton combined, President Obama will unveil a budget Monday that will create millions of jobs, take a $1 trillion bite out of the federal debt and magically solve all of America's problems. Published February 12, 2012

A bronze statue of Ronald Reagan is dedicated Nov. 1, 2011, at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., on the centennial of the former president's birth. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

CURL: The end of the GOP as we knew it

It's the 21st century. We've got robots, genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. So where are the candidates of the Grand Old Party? They're busy trying to be a movie actor born more than 100 years ago. Published January 29, 2012

CURL: The truly dismal state of the union

There is one person — one American among the 300 million of us — who is not to blame for the state of the union. Everyone else, each of you, in some small or large way, bears some share of the blame, but not this guy. Not one little bit. Published January 22, 2012

CURL: Presidential campaign loser: The media

Iowa's sole purpose is to winnow the field — New Hampshire actually decides who'll win. A 10th grader in Des Moines knows that. Apparently, the media does not. Published January 8, 2012

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CURL: Is Romney the next Kerry?

Think about it: Mitt Romney and John F. Kerry are two Boston blue-blood multimillionaires, spending summers in their island estates and winters in their mountain mansions. Published January 1, 2012

**FILE** Condoleezza Rice (Associated Press)

CURL: One president, please, with a side of Rice

Republican diners haven't yet picked their entree, but they've narrowed it down to the steak or the fish. Still, just as interesting as their main course will be their side selection: Will they go for a drab salad, or something more exciting? Maybe a spicy Rice dish? Published December 18, 2011