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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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Trump Under Oath Is a Different Person

January 10, 2018 Sometime soon, President Trump is likely to be deposed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team. Several outlets, beginning with NBC News on Monday, report that Trump’s lawyers are negotiating with Mueller about the president testifying under oath, though Mueller has made no formal request so far. The specific...

North Carolina's Landmark Ruling Against Partisan Gerrymanders

January 10, 2018 DURHAM, N.C.—Federal judges have yet again struck down North Carolina’s congressional districts as an unconstitutional gerrymander, dealing Republicans a blow and throwing the state’s maps into chaos just months before a pivotal midterm election. A three-judge panel, including one circuit-court judge and two district-court judges, ruled Tuesday evening that the...

Using the Justice Department to Investigate Trump's Enemies

January 8, 2018 Amid an otherwise rough week for the Trump administration, the White House got two pieces of good news Friday afternoon. First, The New York Times reportedthat the FBI was once again investigating the Clinton Foundation, apparently asking about potential quid pro quos involving donations and actions by then-Secretary of State...

Trump's White House Is Ahead of the Curve on Pushing Out Campaign Aides

January 3, 2018 The more things change at the White House, the more they stay the same. After all, heavy turnover among staff has been one of the hallmarks of the Trump administration’s first year. In the waning days of 2017, the White House announced that Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn would...

Memphis's Novel Strategy for Tearing Down Confederate Statues

December 21, 2017 When Memphians woke up Wednesday, they lived in a city that owned Health Science Park and Fourth Bluff Park, and that featured prominent public statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General Nathan Bedford Forrest. When they woke up the morning after, neither was true. In a surprise move Wednesday...

Could Positive Train Control Have Prevented the Amtrak Cascades Wreck?

December 19, 2017 Early indications suggest a train that derailed Monday morning near Dupont, Washington, killing several people, was traveling about 50 miles over the speed limit on the stretch of track where it crashed. If that proves correct, it will be the latest example of delayed implementation of a safety failsafe in...

Whistleblower Alleges That Flynn Promised Sanctions on Russia Would Be 'Ripped Up'

December 7, 2017 A whistleblower claims that then-National-Security Adviser Michael Flynn promised that sanctions on Russia would be “ripped up,” enabling a business project for which he’d worked to move forward, according to Representative Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. The claim comes from a letter dated Wednesday and...

Has the Mueller Probe Hamstrung Trump's Foreign Policy?

November 17, 2017 President Trump returned from his 12-day trip to Asia Tuesday night, with few major gaffes to answer for but few accomplishments to show for it, either—a fact he underscored with strange “what I did on my fall vacation” speech Wednesday that failed to produce the “major” announcement he’d promised. Trump...

Trump Demands the Prosecution of His Defeated Rival

November 3, 2017 The good news is President Trump is increasingly aware of important norms constraining presidential misbehavior. The bad news is that isn’t stopping him from transgressing them. On Thursday, Trump appeared on Larry O’Connor’s radio show, where he complained about leaks and the Justice Department failing to prosecute Hillary Clinton: But...

Can the U.S. Hold Russia Accountable for Interfering in the 2016 Election?

November 3, 2017 Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s two big moves to start the week have, rightly, dominated headlines about the 2016 election. But Mueller’s indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and a guilty plea from George Papadopoulos, have focused attention on actors within the United States, and on whether the Trump campaign...