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Joel Mathis

Contributing Writer

Joel Mathis is a freelance writer who lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and son. He spent nine years as a syndicated columnist, co-writing the RedBlueAmerica column as the liberal half of a point-counterpoint duo. His honors include awards for best online commentary from the Online News Association and (twice) from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

Rushdie, Bolton, and Iran's Revolutionary Guard, explained
John Bolton, Salman Rushdie, and IRG Soldiers
Briefing

Rushdie, Bolton, and Iran's Revolutionary Guard, explained

Climate, crime, and the bodies at Lake Mead
Lake Mead.
Briefing

Climate, crime, and the bodies at Lake Mead

What the Inflation Reduction Act can actually accomplish
Pharmaceutical drugs
Opinion

What the Inflation Reduction Act can actually accomplish

In Trump's missing texts, an echo of Nixon's 18 minutes
Richard Nixon
Briefing

In Trump's missing texts, an echo of Nixon's 18 minutes

America's history of hostage-swapping
Handcuffs
Briefing

America's history of hostage-swapping

The CHIPS Act and industrial policy, explained
semiconductor
Briefing

The CHIPS Act and industrial policy, explained

Andrew Yang's third party precedent
U.S. Political Parties
Briefing

Andrew Yang's third party precedent

The controversy over Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan trip, explained
Nancy Pelosi
Briefing

The controversy over Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan trip, explained

The rise of Christian nationalism
A cross.
Briefing

The rise of Christian nationalism

Kansas' big post-Roe abortion battle
Kansas.
Briefing

Kansas' big post-Roe abortion battle

How conspiracy theorists weaponized ballot boxes
A drop box.
Briefing

How conspiracy theorists weaponized ballot boxes

Will indicting Trump save democracy, or hurt it?
Donald Trump.
Opinion

Will indicting Trump save democracy, or hurt it?

A history of Trump's alleged witness tampering
Donald Trump.
Briefing

A history of Trump's alleged witness tampering

When presidents get primaried
Presidential primary contenders.
Briefing

When presidents get primaried

Is this our Volcker moment?
1970s inflation.
Briefing

Is this our Volcker moment?

Are vasectomies the future of family planning?
A pair of scissors.
Briefing

Are vasectomies the future of family planning?

Four governors who might run for president
Governors.
Briefing

Four governors who might run for president

Abortions on federal lands?
A pregnant woman.
Briefing

Abortions on federal lands?

The new push for Scottish independence, explained
Nicola Sturgeon.
Briefing

The new push for Scottish independence, explained

The future of the pro-life movement
Protesters.
Opinion

The future of the pro-life movement

Why Trump's 'guilty mind' could make or break his prosecution
Donald Trump.
Opinion

Why Trump's 'guilty mind' could make or break his prosecution

The limits of the Geneva Conventions
Soldiers.
Briefing

The limits of the Geneva Conventions

The morbid fates of presidential assassins
John Hinckley, Jr.
Feature

The morbid fates of presidential assassins

Bear markets, explained
A bear.
Feature

Bear markets, explained

Is Google's chatbot program self-aware?
A brain.
Briefing

Is Google's chatbot program self-aware?

The controversy over Biden's solar energy plan
President Biden.
Opinion

The controversy over Biden's solar energy plan

A short history of Congress on TV
Oliver North.
Briefing

A short history of Congress on TV

The new golf league challenging the PGA, explained
Dustin Johnson.
Briefing

The new golf league challenging the PGA, explained

The debate over Putin's 'off-ramps,' explained
Vladimir Putin.
Briefing

The debate over Putin's 'off-ramps,' explained

The debate over showing photos of gun violence victims
Uvalde.
Opinion

The debate over showing photos of gun violence victims

The pros and cons of nuclear power
Nuclear power.
Analysis

The pros and cons of nuclear power

How widespread is the abuse scandal in the SBC?
The Southern Baptist Convention.
Briefing

How widespread is the abuse scandal in the SBC?

Would the U.S. really defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion?
President Biden and Xi Jinping.
Briefing

Would the U.S. really defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion?

Monkeypox comes to America
A monkeypox warning.
Briefing

Monkeypox comes to America

Is the U.S. losing the hypersonic missile race?
A missile.
Briefing

Is the U.S. losing the hypersonic missile race?

'Great Replacement Theory,' explained
Conservatives.
Briefing

'Great Replacement Theory,' explained