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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.

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Republican Jeb Bush on Tuesday warned Vladimir Putin to back off in Ukraine and eastern Europe, vowing that if he is elected president, the United States will take a harder line on Russian aggression. "Russia must respect the sovereignty of all of its neighbors. And who can doubt that Russia will do what it pleases if its aggression goes unanswered? Our alliance, our solidarity and our actions are essential if we want to preserve the fundamental principles of our international order... an order that free nations have sacrificed so much to build?" Bush said during a visit to Berlin. Published June 9, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of the G-7 summit at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Monday, June 8, 2015. The two-day summit  addressed such issues as climate change, poverty and the fight against terrorism. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)


President Obama on Monday said his administration does not yet "have a complete strategy" on what to do in Iraq, where the Islamic militia ISIS has swept through cities, taking control and slaughtering civilians. Holding a press conference in Krun, Germany, where he is attending the G-7 meeting, Obama said that even though the U.S. has been training Iraqi forces to run security efforts in the country for 12 years, there still isn't a plan on just how to achieve results. Published June 8, 2015

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio waves to supporters with his wife Jeanette, after he announced that he will be running for the Republican presidential nomination, during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


The New York Times, which targeted its most feared Republican candidate last year when it tarred New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a scandal he had nothing to do with, is now going after the new top opponent of the Grey Lady's favorite candidate, Hillary Clinton. Published June 5, 2015

Lois Lerner is the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS official: 'Lois Lerner was the tip of the iceberg'

The IRS's director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure division testified Wednesday that the tax agency set up a special committee with hundreds of lawyers to handle the probe into whether Tea Party groups were targeted, but repeatedly said she had no idea how it operated. Published June 3, 2015

The legacies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush loom large over the campaigns of HIllary Clinton and Jeb Bush. (Associated Press)

POLL: Voters won't hold George W., Bill against Jeb, Hillary

While Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley says the presidency isn't a crown to passed between two families, Iowa voters don't seem to care much if the next president has the same name as a former one -- or if he or she consults with Presidents No. 43 or 42. Published June 3, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam attend a press conference before a state Republican Party fundraising dinner in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Harry Reid intervened on Nevada proposal to switch to primary

Sen. Harry Reid personally intervened to shut down a move to switch Nevada elections from caucuses to a statewide primary, which political analysts say is a blow to Jeb Bush, who is making the state a key part of his yet-to-be-announced presidential run. Published June 2, 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren meets with members of the Berkshire Brigades and takes a selfie with BCC student Jacob Robbins before delivering the commencement address at the Berkshire Community College graduation ceremony at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass,  Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Run Warren Run To Close, Close, Close

A organization to encourage Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for the Democratic presidential nomination has finally decided to throw in the towel. Published June 2, 2015

This Jan. 23, 2013, file photo shows Secretary of State Hillary Rodham as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

POLL: Hillary Clinton dishonest, untrustworthy

Nearly 6 in 10 think Hillary Clinton is dishonest and untrustworthy, a new poll finds. In just two months, the number of people who say Hillary can't be trusted has risen 8 points to 57 percent, according to a new CNN/ORC poll on the 2016 race. Exactly half agreed that she does not inspire confidence, also up 8 points. Published June 2, 2015

President Barack Obama passes then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before delivering a policy address on events in the Middle East at the State Department in Washington on May 19, 2011. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Hillary to kick off campaign June 13 -- in NYC?

"Hillary Clinton's official campaign launch will occur Saturday, June 13th, starting with a major speech in New York City and continuing with a nationally webcast organizing meeting in Iowa. Her launch will continue with a swing through all four early primary states," according to a press release Monday. Published June 1, 2015

SCHIEFFER: Media weren't 'skeptical enough' about Obama

In his exit interview after 40 some years as a TV reporter and news commentator, CBS' Bob Schieffer said the media weren't "skeptical enough" of Barack Obama as they greased the skids for his election in 2008. Published June 1, 2015

Sen. John McCain, R-Az., walks to the Senate Chamber to begin a special session to extend surveillance programs, in Washington, Sunday, May 31, 2015. The Senate was unable to make a deal to extend contested anti-terror provisions and as a result, the post-Sept. 11 programs expired at midnight Sunday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

McCain spanks Paul: 'Learn the rules of the Senate'

Sen. John McCain, the GOP's top hawk in the Senate, was none too pleased with Sen. Rand Paul's efforts to kill the National Security Agency's phone "metadata" collection program. Published June 1, 2015

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks in Washington in this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Obama goes after the farmers

Farmers are now the bad guys. President Obama's administration last week claimed dominion over all of America's streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands -- perhaps even puddles -- in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority. Published May 31, 2015