David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.
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No Charges for Charlotte Police Officer Involved in Shooting Death

November 30, 2016 Officer Brentley Vinson will not face any criminal charges in the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September, a prosecutor announced Wednesday morning. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said during a press conference that Vinson, an officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, had acted...

The Bridgegate Verdict's Preview of the Trump Adminstration

November 4, 2016 Time for spin problems on the Trump transition team. Late Friday morning, a jury in New Jersey returned a verdict in the case against former Chris Christie aides Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly in “Bridgegate,” the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge. Jurors decided that Baroni and Kelly...

Everyone Is Angry at James Comey Now

October 31, 2016 What does it take to unite former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, former Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, liberal columnist Paul Krugman, and pitchfork-wielding former Tea Party Representative Joe Walsh? In today’s polarized times, it should be practically impossible—but FBI Director James Comey has managed to pull it off. On...

Could the World Series Help Clinton (or Trump) Win Ohio?

October 25, 2016 In the near future, two implacably opposed forces will collide in Ohio. The two sides are backed by long-suffering supporters hailing from places that have not always been served well by the last decade—or decades. Many of them have been left behind by triumphs in other parts of the country,...

Paul LePage's Binders Full of White People

September 27, 2016 In August, Governor Paul LePage of Maine launched a diatribe at a man who’d asked him about a spate of drug problems in the state. “I don’t ask them to come to Maine and sell their poison, but they come and I will tell you that 90-plus percent of those...

Ohio Can't Purge Infrequent Voters From Its Rolls

September 23, 2016 Ohio can’t summarily kick tens of thousands of voters off its rolls simply for not having voted recently and not returning a postcard, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said on Friday. The decision comes just 46 days before the election day, and as tens of thousands of Buckeye State...

Almost 6,000 Americans Have Already Voted for President

September 23, 2016 Maybe you are one of the millions of Americans who cannot wait for this election to be over, or alternatively, maybe you are paying no attention to this election. (There’s really no third option.) But the weary countdown—46 days left!—misses an important fact: In many places, voting is already underway....

There's Nothing Left in the Tank in the Southeast

September 21, 2016 DURHAM, N.C.—The ’70s are back in the Southeast. No, it’s not a Republican candidate for president promising law and order. It’s not the latest bellbottom revival. It’s not even the North Carolina-centered movement of Grateful Dead-inspired musicians. Instead, drivers across the region are lining up at gas stations, hoping to...

Clinton and Trump Accuse Each Other of Inspiring ISIS

September 20, 2016 Sometimes crises provoke national conversations about American values and the wisdom of contending policy choices. But that’s not what’s happened aftermath of attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota. Even before police in New Jersey arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in explosions on Saturday and Monday, Donald Trump...

An Unrepentant Trump Finally Acknowledges Obama as American

September 16, 2016 You’d think this wouldn’t be too hard a question: Was Barack Obama, the president of the United States, born in the United States? On the one hand, there’s a thick stack of documentation, from official records to newspaper announcements to eyewitnesses. On the other, there’s no evidence and a great...

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