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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.

Articles by Joseph Curl

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

Rubio rakes in cash after New York Times' hit pieces

Attacks by the New York Times against Republican 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio have backfired, bringing in wads of cash and making the once-vaunted newspaper of record look foolish. Published June 10, 2015

Iowa caucuses to go high-tech in 2016

The Iowa caucuses are a throwback to the old days of politics: candidates stumping across the state and meeting thousands of people, who then gather in churches and schools to select delegates -- a lively process that takes hours. But this time around, technology is going to force its way into the process. Published June 9, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum talks with Bob Crowl, of Panora, Iowa, during a stop at Panora Telecom Solutions, Monday, June 8, 2015, in Panora, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Just one supporter shows up for Santorum lunch

Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2012 and went on to take 11 state primaries and nearly 4 million votes -- more than any other candidate except Mitt Romney -- was down to just one supporter in Iowa on Monday. Published June 9, 2015


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