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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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How Mayors Became America's Infrastructure Mavens

March 25, 2015 Governors have long been among the nation's loudest advocates for pouring concrete. Interstate highways? New bridges? Major development projects? They love it. When a huge pot of federal money opened up as part of the 2009 stimulus package, states were eager to get their share of the cash and push ...

Who Owns Your License Plate?

March 23, 2015 There aren't many occasions when citizens are forced to reckon with the liminal strangeness of license plates. They're legally required to operate a car, a burden placed on any citizen who wishes to drive, yet also, increasingly, a space for highly personal self-expression. It's the spot where one can declare ...

A Timeline of Secret Service Scandals

March 13, 2015 The Secret Service may be able to take a bullet for the president or prevent counterfeiting, but the agency can't seem to stop a string of embarrassing missteps and serious lapses. On Wednesday, The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig scored the latest in a series of scoops about the chaos and ...

Ex-CIA Chief Petraeus Avoids Jail Time

March 4, 2015 The Obama administration is against intelligence officials leaking classified information—but some conditions may apply. If you're a CIA analyst who talks to reporters, you might end up serving 30 months in federal prison or facing more. Even a reporter could end up being named a co-conspirator by prosecutors. But if ...

Petraeus Is Getting Off Easy, But Not All Intel Leakers Are So Lucky

March 3, 2015 The Obama administration is against intelligence officials leaking classified information—but some conditions may apply. If you're a CIA analyst who talks to reporters, you might end up serving 30 months in federal prison or facing more. Even a reporter could end up being named a co-conspirator by prosecutors. But if ...

Rahm Emanuel's Moment of Truth

February 23, 2015 Too often, candidates run for office promising one thing and deliver another, alienating or simply disaffecting voters, and ultimately losing their offices. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces a different sort of challenge: For the most part, he's given voters what he said he would. Now, do they want to keep ...

What Does It Mean for Obama to Love or Hate America?

February 23, 2015 Rudy Giuliani is developing a productive sideline in rage-baiting. Fresh off alargely incoherent comment about black-on-black crime following the Michael Brown case, America's Mayor said Wednesday night that President Obama doesn't love America. Here's what Giuliani said, according to Politico, during a "private dinner" for Scott Walker "at the 21 ...

Do We Just Have to Get Used to Fiery Train Crashes?

February 19, 2015 Even for West Virginia, a state that has suffered more than its fair share of industrial disasters, the images from a train crash Monday are apocalyptic: many cars derailed, fires so fierce firefighters are simply waiting for them to burn out, 300-foot fireballs. "It was like an atomic bomb went ...

What the FBI Chief Got Right—and Wrong—About Race and Police

February 13, 2015 FBI Director James Comey gave a bold speech about race and law enforcement Thursday. It's a thoughtful address, and Comey has carefully considered the issues at hand, but there are reasons to question whether he understands the problem in the first place. Comey's speech at Georgetown University—you can read the ...

How Obama Has Left Red States Deeper in the Red

January 29, 2015 "There's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America," Barack Obama said at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. That may or may not have been true at the time, but since entering the White House, he's helped to make the division a little more ...