Welcome, Michael Sean Winters!

As some of you no doubt noticed, author and occasional America contributor Michael Sean Winters has joined the ranks of our bloggers. Michael has written for The New Republic and Slate, and is the author of the forthcoming, Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats, which will be published this spring by Basic Books. Michael will be blogging for us throughout the primary season, so be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed for regular updates. Tim Reidy
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