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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 [email protected] and on Twitter @josephcurl.

Articles by Joseph Curl

Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly -- good riddance to bad rubbish

With Bill O'Reilly, so many shoes have dropped that he's looking like Imelda Marcos. Just two weeks ago, The New York Times reported that Fox paid out $13 million to five women who accused the bombastic bloviator of sexual harassment. Mr. O'Reilly told The Times that he settled only to avoid hurting his family. Published April 18, 2017

A passenger "voluneers" to be "re-accommodated" when United Airlines "overbooks" a flight. (Associated Press)

The Orwellian explanation of United's 're-accommodation'

There is something very "1984" in the words fluttering around over the strange case of a doctor being ripped from his seat aboard an airplane, pummeled into submission by three burly men and dragged -- quite literally -- bloody and screaming down the aisle and off the plane. Published April 11, 2017

National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaks at the Brookings Institution to outline President Barack Obama's foreign policy priorities, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

CNN really is 'very fake news'

Fact: Susan Rice, the Obama administration's national security adviser, directed the "unmasking" of NSA intercepts of Donald Trump's aides and associates. In other words, the Obama administration used the intelligence community's spying on Mr. Trump, and Ms. Rice then demanded that the names of those captured on intercepts be given to her. Published April 4, 2017

FILE- In this March 6, 2016 file photo, Donald Trump drives himself around the golf course to watch the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament in Doral, Fla. President Donald Trump's executive order seeking to rewrite a rule that protects small streams from pollution raises new questions about financial conflicts of interest for a president whose business holdings include a dozen U.S. golf courses. It's not clear whether any financial benefits from more lax regulation of waterways on golf courses could violate laws meant to keep politicians from using public office for personal gain, but experts say it adds to an appearance of impropriety.(AP Photo/Luis Alvarez, File)

Can we all just get over the fact that presidents play golf?

Presidents play golf. It's that simple. They have since George Washington hit a 3 hybrid over the Delaware River to within six feet of the pin, and they will when George Bush XII hits a virtual 6 iron into the hole on the new Mars International Links in the year 2274. Published March 28, 2017

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney arrives at the Capitol with President Donald Trump to rally support for the Republican health care overhaul, in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

All politics are local -- and usually stupid

I started out in journalism in a quaint little place called Prince William County, Virginia. Back then, the late 1980s, the small county was a bedroom community for Washington. Now PWC has nearly a half-million residents and has helped pushed Virginia into the Democrats' column, but back then there were fewer than 200,000 residents and the state was solidly red. Published March 21, 2017

President Trump. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Trump to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner? Good

Donald Trump is just protecting the presidency. The White House Correspondents' Dinner has become a weeklong party of excess. And the night, now a cross between the Oscars and "Meet the Press," has morphed into everything the press should hate -- a lovefest between reporters and the people they cover. Published February 28, 2017

President Donald Trump, right, speaks as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, listens at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, where Trump announced that McMaster will be the new national security adviser. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Media responds to Trump's 'fake news' charge -- by pumping out fake news!

President Trump, in his extraordinary press conference last week, called out the media for its brazenly biased reporting. In the 77-minute presser, he dissected their stories, called out the incessant tone of "anger" and "hatred" and clearly enunciated his view that the Trump White House is running just fine, no thanks to them. Published February 21, 2017

In this recent but undated photo made available by, former U.S President Barack Obama prepares to kitesurf during his stay on Moskito Island, British Virgin Islands. The former president and his wife stayed on Mosikto Island owned by Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, after he finished his second term as President and left the White House. (Jack Brockway/ via AP)

With Obama gone, media crybabies mull boycotting WHCA dinner

When Barack Obama was in the White House, the political press corps celebrated with him once a year at a ritzy, A-list-only five-course dinner and laughfest inside the Washington Hilton ballroom. Celebrities from Hollywood jetted into town to join America's top media as major news outlets tried to outdo one another with outlandishly lavish parties. Published February 7, 2017


Donald Trump's an idiot, but he's also a fool

Donald Trump is really stupid -- or is he? He's atop the latest polls, people are buzzing about his every move, and he'll be the main target of the other wannabes at the first GOP debate early next month. Published July 26, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at FreedomFest in Las Vegas on July 11, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Donald Trump: Plant? Foil? Something's not right

What's the deal with Donald Trump? He can't possibly think he has a chance against a dozen highly qualified candidates, all but one of whom have held elective office, from governor to senator, for years. Published July 12, 2015