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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 arrives July 6, 2012, on the South Lawn of the White House after campaigning for two days in Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Associated Press)

CURL: Who’s bailing on Obama? Just about everybody

The president is back on the campaign trail. What's striking is where he's going: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa — places he won in 2008. Why? Simple. All the latest polls show he's losing … well, everyone. Published July 8, 2012

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. (Associated Press)

CURL: Roberts to the rescue for Romney

In voting to uphold President Obama's disastrous health-care overhaul, Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. took away the president's main line of attack that surely would have been deployed had the court voted 5-4, along party lines. Published June 28, 2012

This combination of Associated Press photos shows President Obama speaking May 24, 2012, at the TPI Composites Factory, a manufacturer of wind turbine blades, in Newton, Iowa, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaking May 31, 2012, at the Solyndra manufacturing facility in Fremont, Calif. (Associated Press)

CURL: This sure isn’t the McCain campaign

Historians may well look back, when they dissect Mr. Romney's landslide victory in November 2012, to last week — a week when the Republican candidate not only showed that he's ready to mix it up in the octagon, but the Democratic incumbent looked like an overrated palooka finally matched against someone his own size. Published June 3, 2012

CURL: Obama at home in D.C.’s fetid swamp

With Barack Obama in the White House, Washington is once again a noxious bog, from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to the Point of Four Quadrants. Published April 15, 2012

White House press secretary Jay Carney tries to clear up what President Obama said about health care reform and the Supreme Court during his daily news briefing at the White House on Wednesday. "You're standing up there twisting yourself in knots," one reporter said to Mr. Carney. (Associated Press)

CURL: Carney is twisting himself into knots

Sometimes, being the White House press secretary is a pretty unpleasant job — like being the spokesman for a coal company after a cave-in that kills nine and traps a dozen. Published April 8, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to an audience April 1, 2012, during a campaign stop at a pancake breakfast in Milwaukee, Wis. (Associated Press)

CURL: Romney’s fortunes turn on high court health care ruling

From the day President Obama's trillion-dollar health care package passed in March 2010, political pundits have been pronouncing the Republicans' top hopeful, former Gov. Mitt Romney, dead in the water. All that could change in June when the Supreme Court finally decides whether Obamacare is constitutional. Published April 1, 2012

CURL: ‘Game Change’: A made-up narrative from two axe-grinders

"Game Change" is a ridiculous farce of a movie — even more absurd as a chronicle of a major historical event — that appears to have been written mostly by two players who have major axes to grind with the higher-ups of the McCain campaign. Published March 18, 2012

CURL: Allred proves Sandra is no fluke

Just in case you thought slutgate had reached its apogee of absurdity, the entrance into the story of sluts and hos attorney Gloria Allred should inform you otherwise. Published March 11, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall meeting at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

CURL: Super Tuesday? More like Stupor Tuesday

For those of us who have never been held hostage, now we know what it feels like: Day after day, looking at the same faces, endlessly discussing the same topics, being fed the same gruel over and over. Published March 4, 2012

CURL: Can you really afford four more years?

In January 2009, when President Obama was sworn in, a gallon of regular gasoline cost $1.68. Today, it's more than double that, reaching $5 in parts of California and $6 just outside Disney World in Florida. Published February 26, 2012