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Robert David Sullivan is a senior editor at America magazine.
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Politics & SocietyDispatches
Robert David Sullivan
The year 2020 was dominated by three huge topics: the Covid-19 pandemic, the presidential election and the mass movement against racism. What else got the attention of America readers?
Politics & SocietyExplainer
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There is nothing unprecedented in recent decades about close presidential elections—in fact, they’re almost always close these days—and there is also nothing new in a delay in finding out the winner.
Politics & SocietyExplainer
Robert David Sullivan
The Catholic vote in the United States is neither monolithic nor static.
A voter in Louisville, Ky., completes his ballot for his state’s primary election, held on June 23. (CNS photo/Bryan Woolston, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Robert David Sullivan
Even small shifts in the Catholic vote, which covers a lot of ground both geographically and ideologically, could make the difference in the presidential election, writes Robert David Sullivan.
Homeless outreach personnel assist passengers found sleeping on subway cars in New York City on April 30. New York has the highest income inequality among the 50 states, comparable to the inequality in the nation of Angola. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
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Robert David Sullivan
Death rates from the coronavirus have been highest in low-income areas, writes Robert David Sullivan. And according to one measure of economic inequality, the U.S. more closely resembles Latin America and Africa than Europe.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders walks to his car after speaking to reporters on March 11 in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Robert David Sullivan
Joe Biden’s victory in the Michigan primary is raising hopes he can rebuild the “blue wall,” but Robert David Sullivan writes that a Democratic coalition may not be easy to assemble this fall.
Political instability led to the addition of Venezuela to the Global Conflict Tracker last year. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Robert David Sullivan
The Global Conflict Tracker, part of the Council on Foreign Relations, listed 26 “conflicts around the world of concern to the United States” as of February, and there are new threats on the horizon.
Voters cast ballots for the Super Tuesday primary election at a voting center in El Segundo, Calif., on March 3. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Robert David Sullivan
Super Tuesday voters were not keen on a contested convention, writes Robert David Sullivan, and Sanders fumbled his opportunity to unite the Democratic Party.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at a campaign rally on Sunday, March 1, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Robert David Sullivan
The stop-Sanders movement is coalescing around Joe Biden, writes Robert David Sullivan, but is it too late? Super Tuesday may provide the answer.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden departs services at the Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 23. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Robert David Sullivan
Bernie Sanders may yet unify the Democrats, writes Robert David Sullivan, but there are still questions about what to do if most primary voters oppose him.