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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


Hillary has a serious Bernie problem

Eight years ago, in summer 2007, there were two absolute shoo-ins for the presidential nominations. The Republican was head and shoulders above his challengers, his name known to every American. And the Democrat was simply unbeatable, with a team and a machine second to none. Their names were Rudolph W. Giuliani and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published June 21, 2015

FILE - In this May 9, 2007 file photo, then-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley endorses Democratic New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for the 2008 presidency at City Dock in Annapolis, Md. More than a decade ago, Bill Clinton spotted a political star on the horizon, someone he predicted would go from a big-city mayor to a national leader _ maybe even to the White House. In the years that followed, Clinton and his wife, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, showed up time and again as their young ally rose up the political ranks, hosting fundraisers, headlining rallies, and connecting him with their sprawling network of political donors.  (AP Photo/Kathleen Lange, File)


The Democratic Party is becoming ever more liberal. A new Gallup poll released Thursday finds that more than half of Democrats (53 percent) self-identify as socially liberal -- up from 35% in 2001. Published June 18, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


A new poll in New Hampshire shows the underfunded upstart candidacy of virtually unknown Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a serious challenge in the state known for loving underdogs. Published June 16, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a campaign stop at the South Carolina Military Museum, Monday, June 8, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Perry Targets the Dreaded 'Hillary Laugh'

Gov. Rick Perry, who just jumped in to the 2016 presidential race, has taken aim at one thing Americans all agree is heinous: Hillary Clinton's laugh. Published June 16, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives to speak to supporters Saturday, June 13, 2015, on Roosevelt Island in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Hillary Clinton's socialist speech from 'Welfare Island'

The symbolism behind Hillary Rodham Clinton's venue for her second presidential announcement speech was well planned: She chose FDR's Four Freedoms Park in Roosevelt Island, named after the New Deal author's famous 1941 speech that prepared an isolationist America for World War II. Published June 14, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, jokes with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a GOP Get Out the Vote rally in Independence, Ohio, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

NBC News targets Kasich: 'Too cranky to be president'

The New York Times has spent the last week going after Sen. Marco Rubio, first with a piece on his driving record, and then another on his spending habits. Now, NBC News is going after another rising Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Published June 11, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with a glass of beer during a visit to the village of Kruen, southern Germany, Sunday, June 7, 2015 prior to the G-7 summit in Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen starting later the day. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Obama set to force affordable housing into affluent communities

President Obama wants to "diversify" wealthy neighborhoods in America, and his administration plans to to force affluent communities to accept affordable housing, such as Section 8. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is set to release new regulations that would set aside taxpayer money to build cheap housing for poor people in richer areas. Under the rules, the federal government would be able to overrule zoning laws of more than 1,200 local governments and force communities to comply. Published June 11, 2015

FILE - In this June 2, 2015 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev. attends a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is at it again, meddling in Nevada home-state politics to help his Democrats and undermine GOP presidential candidates. Even heading into retirement and blind in one eye, Reid is serving notice that Republicans will have to go through him if they want to win Nevada in 2016 as well as pick up the Senate seat he is vacating. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)


Sen. Harry Reid, who repeatedly bemoaned threats by Republicans to shut down the government when he was Majority Leader, is now delivering his own warning: "We're headed for another shutdown." Republicans now control the Senate, meaning that the GOP can move forward with its own agenda. But Democrats are vowing to filibuster spending bills, holding up funding for various federal agencies. Published June 10, 2015