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Is Bernie Sanders on an unstoppable path to Democratic nomination – and if so, can he defeat President Trump in November? This week’s columnist on “The Argument” discusses the results for the primary stage in New Hampshire and what they warn about in upcoming race contests. Ross points to the failure of moderate Democrats to circumvent a single alternative to Sanders because Republicans failed in the 2016 primaries to rally around a rival candidate for Trump. David Leonhardt believes Sanders is the first candidate to remain strong compared to what he currently looks like. Michael Goldberg is concerned that the recent turmoil in the Justice Department underscores the dangers of Sanders’ weakness as a potential candidate.

After that, the columnist talks about Valentine’s Day. Is it a head-up celebration of love or a non-romantic abomination?

Finally, David recommends an unprinted midcentury magazine that not only offers a journey in time, but also around the world.

Reading background:


I have been a columnist for Op-Ed since 2009 and write about politics, religion, pop culture, sociology and the places where they all intersect. I am a Catholic and conservative, in that order, which means I am against abortion and criticize the sexual revolution, but I tend to agree with the liberals that the Republican Party is very friendly to the wealthy. I was against Donald Trump in 2016 for reasons specific to Donald Trump, but in general I think populist movements in Europe and America have legitimate complaints and often prefer populists over “reasonable” elites. I have written books about Harvard University, the director general of American Christianity and Pope Francis; I am working on one about degeneration. Benedict XVI was my favorite pope. I review National Film films and have strong opinions on many prestigious TV shows. I have three young children, two girls and a boy, and I live in New Haven with my wife.

I have been a columnist for the New York Times since 2017, writing mainly about politics, ideology and gender. These days, right and left use the word “liberal” as a backdrop, but that is what I am, although the nightmare of Donald Trump’s presidency has made me radically pushed me to the left. I wrote three books, including one in 2006, on the danger of right-wing populism in its fundamentalist religious appearance. (The other two were revolving around the global battle over reproductive rights, and at a brief turn of politics, about adventurous Russian immigrants who helped bring yoga to the West.) I love to travel; a long time ago, after my husband and I fled, we spent a year in the back across Asia. Now we live in Brooklyn with our son and daughter.

I have worked at The Times since 1999 and have been an essayist for Op-Ed since 2016. The press bug caught quite a long time ago – first as a little kid in the late 1970s he loved reading the Boston Globe and beyond as a teenager working in my school High school and college newspapers. I discovered that when my colleagues and I placed a complaint in literature, for all to see, school officials really did care. She has since worked as a Washington correspondent for the Metro Post and a writer for Business Week. In Thames, she started out as a Business Correspondent, working as a Writer for The Times Magazine, Head of the Washington Office and Founding Editor of The Upshot.

My policy left from the middle. But I’m also to the right of many Times readers. I think education reform has accomplished a lot. I think families with parents are good for the community. I think progressives should be realistic about the cultural preservation that dominates much of this country. But most of all, I am deeply concerned about the Republican Party today, which has become very dangerous. These countries face some huge challenges – inequality, climate change, and the rise of China – and it will be very difficult to solve them without both sides committing to the fundamental performance of American democracy.


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This week’s show was produced by Maddy Foley and James T. Green for Transmitter Media and edited by Sara Nics. Our executive producer is Greta-kun. We got help from Tyson Evans, Phoebe Litt and Ian Prasad Felbrick. Our theme is composed by Alison Lytton Brown.

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