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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

President Obama shakes hands outside a small bookstore in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, where he went shopping with his daughters. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

CURL: Postelection surprise: A slew of bad news

Breaking with tradition, this election cycle bypassed the "October Surprise," unless you count finding out that Donald Trump is a complete idiot. In the end, there wasn't even a "November Surprise." But just two weeks after the election, boy, a lot of surprises. Published November 25, 2012

** FILE ** This July 13, 2011, photo made available on the International Security Assistance Force's Flickr website shows U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus shaking hands with Paula Broadwell, co-author of "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus." (AP Photo/International Security Assistance Force)

CURL: Petraeus schools the White House

Ever since CIA Director David Petraeus resigned, one question has risen above all others: Why? There's an easy answer. Published November 18, 2012

A man walks out of the Ohio headquarters of Mitt Romney campaign office carrying a Nobama 2012 sign, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Romney conceded the presidential election shortly after midnight Wednesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CURL: Time for a new Republican Party

The Republican Party did not lose last Tuesday's election. It was obliterated, crushed, slaughtered, massacred, squashed, annihilated — and, let's hope, extinguished. Published November 11, 2012

President Obama, center, and and Gov. Chris Christie meet with local residents as they tour neighborhood effected by superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 in Brigantine, N.J. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CURL: Sandy is Obama’s Katrina — but the media look away

A former top official from the George W. Bush White House and I play a game via email. The slug of each message is always — "Imagine If Bush Had " followed by some egregious act by President Obama. The latest email was, of course, about Hurricane Sandy. Published November 4, 2012

** FILE ** A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 13, 2012, after an attack two days earlier that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. (Associated Press)

CURL: You don’t mess with the CIA

You know who doesn't like getting thrown under the bus? The CIA. You know what the CIA does when you try to throw it under the bus? They get even — quickly, quietly, and with fatal consequences. Published October 28, 2012

The second debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will be held Oct. 16, 2012, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. CNN's Candy Crowley, who referred to Mr. Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate as a “death wish,” will moderate. (Associated Press) **FILE**

CURL: Time to prepare for the ugliest debate ever — ever

Tonight, CNN's Candy Crowley is the media's last chance to protect Their Chosen One. They've got just the right person serving up softballs — a talk show commentator who, after Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, said the choice reflected a "death wish" for the ticket. Published October 15, 2012

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, for a hearing on the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

CURL: The lies pile up on Benghazi

The killing of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks has turned into a massive scandal that threatens to unravel in the final three weeks of the 2012 presidential campaign. Published October 14, 2012

President Obama speaks on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. (Associated Press)

CURL: President Romney vs. Challenger Obama

Something bizarre, surreal, perhaps unprecedented, has happened in the 2012 presidential election. With 28 days to go until Election Day, Mitt Romney, who served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, has become the de facto president of the United States, and Barack Obama, who has served as president of the United States since 2009, has become the challenger — a "candidate." Published October 9, 2012

President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney participate Oct. 3, 2012, in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Denver. (Associated Press)

CURL: The dismantling of Barack Obama

On Wednesday, Americans got their first view of their two options on Election Day: One, a man with a plan — and not the failed plan of the past four years — the other, an emperor with no clothes who thinks it "better to continue the procession under the illusion that anyone who couldn't see his clothes was either stupid or incompetent." Published October 7, 2012

President Obama greets supporters on the tarmac upon his arrival at McCarran International airport, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 in Las Vegas. Obama traveled to Las Vegas for a campaign rally then will be staying in Henderson, Nev., to prepare for the first Presidential debate. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CURL: Obama wins first debate, says everyone in world

In a debate sure to sway millions of voters and quite possibly change the course of mankind if not the very orbit of the heavenly bodies in the Milky Way, President Obama last night crushed Mitt Romney like a bug, displaying an agile and fecund intellect rivaled only by Albert Einstein and possibly Socrates. Published September 30, 2012

In this Sept. 13, 2012, photo, President Obama waves after speaking at a campaign rally in Golden, Colo. Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are embarking on a week heavy with travel through battleground states and appeals key constituencies, with both campaigns wrangling over unrest in the Middle East and who is best equipped to rejuvenate the economy. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

CURL: Obama’s protective press cordon

Protecting and defending President Obama through his failures and blunders and gaffes is a full-time job for America's mainstream press corps — and they're getting worried. Published September 16, 2012

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida waves Sept. 4, 2012, as she opens the party's convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Associated Press)

CURL: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, professional liar

While God had a pretty good week in Charlotte, N.C., enjoying His own Sally Fields Academy Awards moment ("You like me! Right now! You like me!"), one person who has had a decidedly bad week is Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Published September 6, 2012

**FILE** Former President Bill Clinton (Associated Press)

CURL: Clinton’s presence undercuts Democrats’ celebration of women

Talk about your irony. Democrats, who have declared that Republicans are engaging in a "war against women," will be led at their national convention this week by Bill Clinton, whose list of reported transgressions against women is, well, let's say, long. Published September 4, 2012

**FILE** Former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a campaign rally for Kirk Adams, a Republican candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona's 5th Congressional District, on Aug. 27, 2012, in Gilbet, Ariz. (Associated Press)

CURL: Palin still isn’t afraid to ‘rage against the machine’

Four years ago almost to the day, Sarah Palin became a megastar. Overnight, she went from an obscure governor of a state 67 hours by car from the White House to the Republican Party’s second in command, a power player who, very likely, could run for president in 2012 — and win the nomination. Published August 29, 2012

President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left) and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, delivers a statement on Dec. 16, 2010, at the White House. (Associated Press) **FILE**

CURL: Obama, Biden, Clinton — a fly on the wall hears all

President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met in the White House on Thursday. This is, according to a nonpartisan fly that happened to be on the wall, a firsthand, verbatim account of their conversation. Published August 19, 2012