Joel Mathis, The Week

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Recent articles by Joel:

The U.S. gave Ukraine tanks. Are jets next?

How to balance helping Ukraine without triggering a wider war with Russia → Read More

America's fastest-growing states: Why so many people are moving south

Six of the 10 fastest-growing states are below the Mason-Dixon line, including Texas, Florida, and Georgia → Read More

Why (some) Republicans want a national sales tax

Is America ready for a national sales tax? Rep. Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) has introduced the Fair Tax Act, a bill in Congress that would eliminate most federal taxes and replace them with a sales tax on goods and services. A so-called "consumption tax" deserves support because it "simplifies our tax code," says Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.). But Democrats like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer… → Read More

Did sexism drive Jacinda Ardern from office?

The sharpest opinions on the debate from around the web → Read More

Why it's getting easier to fix your John Deere tractor

Is your John Deere tractor broken down? Fix it yourself. Under a new agreement with the American Farm Bureau Federation, the company will allow farmers to mend their own machines instead of requiring them to use officially authorized parts or service facilities. The agreement is a victory for the "grassroots right-to-repair movement that has been putting pressure on manufacturers to allow… → Read More

Should gas stoves be banned?

Critics say cooking with gas is bad for your lungs and the climate → Read More

Why car sales are falling in the U.S.

GM retook the sales crown, but in a rough year for automakers → Read More

Can Twitter be blamed for the fall in Tesla's stock price?

The sharpest opinions on the debate from around the web → Read More

Does Canada make assisted suicide too easy?

The controversy over Canada's 'Medical Assistance in Dying' law, explained → Read More

Will TikTok be banned in the U.S.?

Is TikTok about to be banned in America? The popular social media app might be best known for viral dance crazes and other silly videos. But TikTok is owned by a China-based company, raising concerns that it's a tool that might be used for purposes that harm U.S. national security. A number of states — including Maryland, South Dakota, Texas, and others — have recently banned or blocked the app… → Read More

Why is Europe mad about Biden's IRA?

The Inflation Reduction Act was a hit with U.S. environmentalists. Europeans? Not so much. → Read More

In the FTX crypto collapse, echoes of recent history

The 21st century has been one financial scandal after another → Read More

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

"Trump hates DeSantis for the offense of being in the way," is how National Review's Rich Lowry put it in a headline. Indeed, Trump reportedly believes DeSantis is disloyal for maneuvering toward a Republican nomination that Trump so clearly wants. The New York Times reports that the former president is "particularly irked" that DeSantis has undermined the COVID vaccines that Trump's… → Read More

Will Republicans in Congress abandon Ukraine?

Old habits still live among some older Republicans, though: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reportedly remains committed to Ukraine's defense. If McCarthy and House GOP members try to shortchange that defense, they will meet some resistance from their Senate colleagues. "I would imagine that there would be significant tension because McConnell certainly is not going to shy away… → Read More

Weak Apple projections hint at global slump

Should the Federal Reserve keep raising interest rates? → Read More

What OPEC's latest move means for Biden and Putin

The sharpest opinions on the debate from around the web → Read More

The resignation of Liz Truss, explained

The rise — and very quick fall — of the U.K. prime minister → Read More

Will Republicans impeach Biden?

Before Trump became president, there were two presidential impeachments in all of American history → Read More

America's declining life expectancy, explained

Americans aren't living as long as they once did. For the second straight year, life expectancy in America has dropped significantly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced that "life expectancy at birth dropped by nearly a year between 2020 and 2021 – and by more than two and a half years overall since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic," CNN reports. In 2019, the… → Read More

California's ban on gas-powered cars, explained

The Golden State's big plan to tackle climate change → Read More