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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.

Why Biden's team is pushing for a death penalty he won't execute
President Biden.
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Why Biden's team is pushing for a death penalty he won't execute

How censoring RBG adds to our misinformation problem
Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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How censoring RBG adds to our misinformation problem

Biden's Christmas crunch
President Biden.
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Biden's Christmas crunch

Democrats are right to 'do fewer things well'
A small bill.
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Democrats are right to 'do fewer things well'

Lessons about China from the war in Iraq
Xi Jinping.
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Lessons about China from the war in Iraq

The Democrats' self-sabotage
Democrats.
Opinion

The Democrats' self-sabotage

Will Elon Musk turn Texas blue?
Elon Musk.
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Will Elon Musk turn Texas blue?

Threatening the filibuster gets results
Mitch McConnell.
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Threatening the filibuster gets results

The GOP virtue signals on the debt ceiling
Mitch McConnell.
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The GOP virtue signals on the debt ceiling

The unpersuasive intimidation of Kyrsten Sinema
Bathroom symbols.
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The unpersuasive intimidation of Kyrsten Sinema

America's two crime problems
Policing.
Opinion

America's two crime problems

Can SCOTUS ever be apolitical again?
Samuel Alito.
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Can SCOTUS ever be apolitical again?

The threat to democracy goes local
An angry man.
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The threat to democracy goes local

Biden is fundamentally misjudging his own party
President Biden.
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Biden is fundamentally misjudging his own party

Why Russia found America ripe for meddling
Donald Trump.
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Why Russia found America ripe for meddling

Every governor's race is now about Washington
Gavin Newsom.
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Every governor's race is now about Washington

Pitfalls of going big
Nancy Pelosi.
Opinion

Pitfalls of going big

What Chris Cuomo's quick apology means
Chris Cuomo.
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What Chris Cuomo's quick apology means

Trump's bizarre demand for a Texas election audit
Trump in Texas
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Trump's bizarre demand for a Texas election audit

Why the Supreme Court's popularity suddenly matters
A broken gavel.
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Why the Supreme Court's popularity suddenly matters

Why Democrats own the debt ceiling debacle
A donkey.
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Why Democrats own the debt ceiling debacle

Why Democrats might lose the old-fashioned way
President Biden.
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Why Democrats might lose the old-fashioned way

Biden is repeating Bush and Obama's immigration mistake
President Biden.
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Biden is repeating Bush and Obama's immigration mistake

Trump turns on Mitch
Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump.
Opinion

Trump turns on Mitch

Trump keeps linking the GOP to the insurrection
Donald Trump.
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Trump keeps linking the GOP to the insurrection

Why crying election fraud backfires
Larry Elder.
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Why crying election fraud backfires

Biden's booster headache
President Biden.
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Biden's booster headache

High stakes in California
Stickers.
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High stakes in California

The delusions of the Supreme Court
Stephen Breyer and Amy Coney Barrett.
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The delusions of the Supreme Court

Joe Manchin vs. the Democrats
Joe Manchin.
Opinion

Joe Manchin vs. the Democrats

What's the GOP alternative to vaccine mandates?
President Biden.
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What's the GOP alternative to vaccine mandates?

The party that never stopped crying voter fraud
A ballot box.
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The party that never stopped crying voter fraud

If decline is a choice
A check mark.
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If decline is a choice

The challenge of mercy
Sirhan Sirhan.
Opinion

The challenge of mercy

No room for interpretation?
The justices
Opinion

No room for interpretation?

Economy at the mercy of COVID
A hiring sign.
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Economy at the mercy of COVID