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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.

The GOP sets an infrastructure trap
A GOP trap.
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The GOP sets an infrastructure trap

Why a 55-vote filibuster won't work
The Capitol.
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Why a 55-vote filibuster won't work

Why is the DOJ still defending Trump?
Donald Trump.
Opinion

Why is the DOJ still defending Trump?

The Trump scandals we don't know about
Donald Trump.
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The Trump scandals we don't know about

Bad for Democrats. Good for democracy?
A voter.
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Bad for Democrats. Good for democracy?

The left's big Manchin risk
Joe Manchin.
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The left's big Manchin risk

One reason the military was too slow on Jan. 6
The Capitol riot.
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One reason the military was too slow on Jan. 6

Obama's foreclosure lesson
President Biden.
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Obama's foreclosure lesson

The GOP's looming legitimacy crisis
Donald Trump.
Opinion

The GOP's looming legitimacy crisis

Will Pence stand up for himself?
Mike Pence.
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Will Pence stand up for himself?

Biden's real superpower
A vandalizing elephant.
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Biden's real superpower

America's drunk and disorderly reopening
Cavemen.
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America's drunk and disorderly reopening

Harris can't disown immigration
Kamala Harris.
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Harris can't disown immigration

The post-COVID social code
A curtsey.
Opinion

The post-COVID social code

The QAnon contradiction
A q and a question mark.
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The QAnon contradiction

The 'soft on crime' trap
A police cap.
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The 'soft on crime' trap

Trump's revealing new 'Contract With America'
Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich.
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Trump's revealing new 'Contract With America'

How will George Floyd be remembered in 100 years?
Tulsa and a George Floyd protest.
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How will George Floyd be remembered in 100 years?

The myth of bipartisanship
President Biden.
Opinion

The myth of bipartisanship

McConnell is right about one thing
The Capitol.
Opinion

McConnell is right about one thing

The GOP's blatant disregard for democracy
An elephant.
Opinion

The GOP's blatant disregard for democracy

The problem with Ohio's $1 million vaccine lottery
A syringe.
Opinion

The problem with Ohio's $1 million vaccine lottery

The war on the unemployed
An anvil.
Opinion

The war on the unemployed

The insurrectionists are winning
Liz Cheney.
Opinion

The insurrectionists are winning

Kris Kobach wins while losing elections
Donald Trump and Kris Kobach.
Opinion

Kris Kobach wins while losing elections

3 key takeaways from Biden's big speech
President Biden.
Opinion

3 key takeaways from Biden's big speech

America's police no longer get the benefit of the doubt
Protesters.
Opinion

America's police no longer get the benefit of the doubt

George W. Bush can't fix the GOP
George W. Bush.
Opinion

George W. Bush can't fix the GOP

Walter Mondale and the legacy of 1984
Walter Mondale.
Opinion

Walter Mondale and the legacy of 1984

Fauci flubs the freedom question
Anthony Fauci.
Opinion

Fauci flubs the freedom question

Why America failed in Afghanistan
Opinion

Why America failed in Afghanistan

The case against packing the court
The Supreme Court.
Opinion

The case against packing the court

Joe Manchin's filibuster argument makes no sense
Joe Manchin.
Opinion

Joe Manchin's filibuster argument makes no sense

Why would Matt Gaetz resign?
Matt Gaetz.
Opinion

Why would Matt Gaetz resign?

Is Biden setting Harris up to fail?
Kamala Harris.
Opinion

Is Biden setting Harris up to fail?

Biden's early successes prove experience matters
President Biden.
Opinion

Biden's early successes prove experience matters