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Margot Patterson has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad. Most recently, she worked for the National Catholic Reporter for seven years as Senior Writer and then Opinion and Arts Editor. She lives in the Kansas City area and is the

Politics & Society Short Take
June 13, 2017
The misclassification of government documents has caught people up in phony scandals costly to them and to the public at large.
Politics & Society Last Take
April 18, 2017
Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan; Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia are on the brink of it.
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Politics & Society Short Take
March 14, 2017
Comparing the president to Putin, Hitler or the anti-Christ distracts from what is taking shape on the ground.
An election night rally in New York City Nov. 8. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Politics & Society Columns
December 06, 2016
At the end of this election year, a time for silence seems sorely needed.
Politics & Society
November 21, 2016
A majority of Catholics—52 percent—voted for Mr. Trump.
Hillary Clinton speaks in New York on Nov. 9 after conceding the presidential election to Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Politics & Society In All Things
November 10, 2016
Clinton's loss says more about the enduring presence of sexism in our society than about populism.
Putin and Obama meet to discuss Syria. (CC photo/Kremlin.ru)
Politics & Society Columns
October 12, 2016
U.S. violations of international law continue.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are introduced during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
In All Things
September 27, 2016
We did not hear much if anything about crucial questions for Catholic voters.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, speak at United Party's election headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.
In All Things
September 23, 2016
The importance of Russia in the U.S. presidential campaign, and the New York Times' role in amplifying it, has been bizarre.
In All Things
September 09, 2016
Georgetown University has taken several steps to come to terms with its slaveholding past.