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 on the Federal Government: 'I Never Realized How Big It Was'

April 24, 2017 Every president faces a steep learning curve when he enters the presidency. There is, as John F. Kennedy, wrote, no school for commanders in chief. Yet even by that standard, recent interviews show a Donald Trump who is genuinely surprised by the size of his duties, the interests he must...

How Trump Fell Into His Own 100-Day Trap

April 21, 2017 Everyone knows the feeling: There’s a big deadline coming up at work, and you’re not sure you’re going to get everything you need done before it. As the end of the semester approaches at colleges around the nation, plenty of students are feeling it, and President Trump can sympathize: No...

What's So Bad About Trump Calling Erdogan?

April 18, 2017 Just after Donald Trump grew disenchanted with Vladimir Putin, the U.S. president appeared to strike up a new fling with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Trump’s friendship with Erdogan has been budding for some time, dating back to at least last summer. But his reaction to a controversial, narrowly passed...

Trump's Shifting Surveillance Claims

April 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s now been more than a month since Donald Trump tweeted, without offering any evidence, that Barack Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” (the scare quotes were his) at Trump Tower prior to the election. Since then, the president has refused to back down from a claim obviously unfounded, as the...

Facing Impeachment, Alabama's 'Luv Guv' Resigns

April 10, 2017 The strange, sad saga of Robert Bentley’s governorship of Alabama is over. The Republican was booked in the Montgomery County jail Monday afternoon on a pair of misdemeanor campaign-finance charges. He pled guilty to both as part of a deal that sidesteps the four felony charges he might have faced....

Did Susan Rice Do Anything Wrong By Asking to 'Unmask' Trump Officials?

April 4, 2017 Ever since Devin Nunes’s mysterious announcement of supposed surveillance of Trump transition team members two weeks ago, the story has operated on two levels. The first is why Nunes behaved the way he did—with mysterious cloak-and-dagger maneuvers—and who he got his information from. It now appears that despite rushing to...

The White House Is Being Reset Even Before It Started

April 2, 2017 The “usually” framework has become a staple of coverage of Donald Trump. As in: Usually, you have to hire a full compliment of staffers before you start pushing them out and reshuffling. But normal patterns, as is well known, do not apply to this White House. Consider this. The president...

The Intelligence Devin Nunes Brought to the White House Came From the White House

March 30, 2017 For more than a week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has provided the hottest topic for speculation in Washington: Where did he receive mysterious reports that suggested intelligence surveillance of Trump transition team officials? Now, there appears to be an answer, courtesy of The New York Times: a pair...

The Senate's No-Drama Russia Investigation

March 30, 2017 As Tolstoy would have written if he were a national-security reporter, all dysfunctional committees are dysfunctional in their own way, while all functional committees are frustratingly tight-lipped. Or something like that. In any case, a Wednesday press conference by Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner, the chairman and ranking Democrat...

Stripping Miners of Safety Protections

March 15, 2017 When is a mine-safety agency not really a mine-safety agency? Soon, if a bill under consideration in the West Virginia Legislature passes. The proposal would prevent state regulators from writing policies, downgrading their work to drafting suggested guidelines; strip them of the ability to issue citations and fines; and demote...

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