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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 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

What Breyer should learn from the Texas abortion case
Stephen Breyer.
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What Breyer should learn from the Texas abortion case

Susan Collins' Kavanaugh misjudgement
Susan Collins.
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Susan Collins' Kavanaugh misjudgement

The Afghanistan fiasco might get Biden impeached
President Biden.
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The Afghanistan fiasco might get Biden impeached

Losing history to climate change
A hurricane and a record.
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Losing history to climate change

Biden's Katrina?
President Biden.
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Biden's Katrina?

The GOP's Biden-Carter wish
President Biden and Jimmy Carter.
Opinion

The GOP's Biden-Carter wish

The 1 time Republicans hate a cop standing his ground
Michael Byrd.
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The 1 time Republicans hate a cop standing his ground

The lie of a bloodless occupation
The Kabul airport bombing.
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The lie of a bloodless occupation

A Trump vaccine counterfactual
Donald Trump.
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A Trump vaccine counterfactual

The Afghanistan evacuation timeline is a negotiation
President Biden.
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The Afghanistan evacuation timeline is a negotiation

Will a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan be a safe haven for terrorism?
The Taliban
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Will a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan be a safe haven for terrorism?

Anti-vaxxer regrets
Ann empty bed.
Opinion

Anti-vaxxer regrets

The Jan. 6 'plot' that wasn't
Jan. 6
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The Jan. 6 'plot' that wasn't

What Biden shares with Bush
Biden and Bush.
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What Biden shares with Bush

Local control for me but not for thee
Elephant in front of school.
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Local control for me but not for thee

Did wokeness lose Afghanistan?
Woke military.
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Did wokeness lose Afghanistan?

Who's keeping rural America alive?
Farm/immigration.
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Who's keeping rural America alive?

Humbled by Afghanistan
U.S. Kabul embassy mural.
Opinion

Humbled by Afghanistan

Child tax credit success
A girl on a swing.
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Child tax credit success

Biden undermines his own climate goals
President Biden.
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Biden undermines his own climate goals

Is vaccination a 'personal choice'?
A nurse.
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Is vaccination a 'personal choice'?

The census is about to set our politics on fire
A capitol rioter.
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The census is about to set our politics on fire

U.N. climate report makes case for Democrats' budget
A match.
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U.N. climate report makes case for Democrats' budget

Mitch's infrastructure win
Mitch McConnell.
Opinion

Mitch's infrastructure win

Apple tests users' privacy limits
The Apple logo.
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Apple tests users' privacy limits

The larger target of anti-critical race theory bills
A school board meeting.
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The larger target of anti-critical race theory bills

GOP governors repeat Trump's COVID mistake
Ron DeSantis.
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GOP governors repeat Trump's COVID mistake

Is Andrew Cuomo's fate sealed?
Andrew Cuomo.
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Is Andrew Cuomo's fate sealed?

The big risk of the Democrats' infighting
Nancy Pelosi.
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The big risk of the Democrats' infighting

America's troubling pandemic reality
A COVID patient.
Opinion

America's troubling pandemic reality

The CDC's abysmal messaging
Rachelle Walensky.
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The CDC's abysmal messaging

Trump's infrastructure deal
Donald Trump.
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Trump's infrastructure deal

In support of the CDC's new mask guidance
A man wearing a mask.
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In support of the CDC's new mask guidance