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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.

A new drug that fights Alzheimer's?
Lab research
Briefing

A new drug that fights Alzheimer's?

The Respect for Marriage Act, explained
The Capitol.
Briefing

The Respect for Marriage Act, explained

The North Korean nuclear threat, explained
Kim Jong-Un.
Briefing

The North Korean nuclear threat, explained

China's 'COVID Zero' policy, explained
Zero COVID.
Briefing

China's 'COVID Zero' policy, explained

The Alabama execution failures, explained
Lethal injection.
Briefing

The Alabama execution failures, explained

Why did the government block a big merger between book publishers?
Penguin and Simon and Schuster.
Briefing

Why did the government block a big merger between book publishers?

The successes and failures of the COP27 climate summit
Earth.
Briefing

The successes and failures of the COP27 climate summit

The World Cup controversies, explained
Soccer.
Briefing

The World Cup controversies, explained

Echoes of history in the FTX crypto collapse
Sam Bankman-Fried.
Briefing

Echoes of history in the FTX crypto collapse

Will abortion decide the 2024 presidential race?
The Supreme Court.
Briefing

Will abortion decide the 2024 presidential race?

Why is Donald Trump taking shots at 'Ron DeSanctimonious'?
Trump and DeSantis.
Briefing

Why is Donald Trump taking shots at 'Ron DeSanctimonious'?

The controversy over Arizona's armed ballot watchers, explained
A ballot box.
Briefing

The controversy over Arizona's armed ballot watchers, explained

Elon Musk takes over Twitter
Elon Musk.
Opinion

Elon Musk takes over Twitter

Will Republicans in Congress abandon Ukraine?
An elephant.
Briefing

Will Republicans in Congress abandon Ukraine?

Why your Thanksgiving turkey will be more expensive, explained
A turkey.
Briefing

Why your Thanksgiving turkey will be more expensive, explained

Who is Rishi Sunak?
Rishi Sunak.
Briefing

Who is Rishi Sunak?

The resignation of Liz Truss, explained
Liz Truss.
Briefing

The resignation of Liz Truss, explained

How much can KBJ accomplish in the minority?
Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Briefing

How much can KBJ accomplish in the minority?

The possible charges against Hunter Biden, explained
Hunter Biden.
Briefing

The possible charges against Hunter Biden, explained

Breaking the nuclear taboo?
Earth.
Briefing

Breaking the nuclear taboo?

What OPEC's latest move means for Biden and Putin
A gas line.
Opinion

What OPEC's latest move means for Biden and Putin

The Supreme Court and the future of the internet
The Supreme Court.
Briefing

The Supreme Court and the future of the internet

What's happening with the Nord Stream pipelines?
A pipeline.
Briefing

What's happening with the Nord Stream pipelines?

Doug Mastriano's controversial run for governor in Pennsylvania, explained
Doug Mastriano.
Briefing

Doug Mastriano's controversial run for governor in Pennsylvania, explained

Will Republicans impeach Biden?
President Biden.
Briefing

Will Republicans impeach Biden?

The Electoral Count Act reforms, explained
Liz Cheney.
Briefing

The Electoral Count Act reforms, explained

A history of book banning in America
Book banning.
Briefing

A history of book banning in America

Is the pandemic really over?
COVID.
Opinion

Is the pandemic really over?

Christians in the U.S. are on their way to becoming a minority
A church.
Briefing

Christians in the U.S. are on their way to becoming a minority

Canada's Trump
Pierre Poilievre.
Briefing

Canada's Trump

The debate over big changes to a tradition-bound game
A clock.
Opinion

The debate over big changes to a tradition-bound game

Why Texas is shipping migrants to New York, Chicago, and D.C.
Greg Abbott.
Briefing

Why Texas is shipping migrants to New York, Chicago, and D.C.

Will a special master slow the Trump investigation?
Donald Trump.
Briefing

Will a special master slow the Trump investigation?

America's declining life expectancy, explained
A flag.
Briefing

America's declining life expectancy, explained

'Zombie ice' is real — and it's as spooky as it sounds
Melting ice.
Briefing

'Zombie ice' is real — and it's as spooky as it sounds

The quiet effort to disrupt state election systems
States.
Briefing

The quiet effort to disrupt state election systems