Michael Sean Winters is the author of Left At the Altar: How Democrats Lost The Catholics And How Catholics Can Save The Democrats (Basic Books, 2008). His biography of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, God's Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right was published by Harper One in January 2012 to critical acclaim. He is a Visiting Fellow at Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.

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Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: The problems with Bloomberg; Sanders' vote-turnout myth; Querida Amazonia through the lens of Vatican II; homosexuality and genetics.

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Buying the nomination is exactly what Bloomberg is trying to do

Distinctly Catholic: Michael Bloomberg's very approach to the election embodies so much of what Sanders' and Warren's supporters find objectionable about the role of money in politics.

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Political news and commentary roundup: Republican leaders behavior; analysis of Latino Catholic experience; inside baseball of cheating; 2020 presidential race

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'Querida Amazonia' shows how Francis is looking for deeper change

Distinctly Catholic: Francis wants us to move away from a monarchical model and engage the whole church in major decisions. You can't achieve synodality if you continually look to the pope to make the tough calls.

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