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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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The Corruption of Bipartisanship

10:39 AM ET People say they want more bipartisanship. In poll after poll after poll, they decry the polarized atmosphere in Washington and say they want their leaders to work together. To which the people of New York and New Jersey might reply: seriously? It's indictment-and-arrest season in the tri-state region. Monday morning, ...

The Baltimore Riot Didn't Have to Happen

April 30, 2015 No riot is normal, but after several days of peaceful protests, the violence that broke out on Monday in Baltimore looks more and more like a strange departure. There's a familiar narrative around this outbreak of violence that makes it fit into our experience of past riots—Ferguson to Los Angeles ...

It Took a Sex Scandal to Topple the DEA Chief. Why?

April 22, 2015 In April 2012, Daniel Chong was arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration officers on suspicion of being involved in an ecstasy ring. While Chong readily admitted to smoking pot, agents determined he wasn't involved in ecstasy trafficking. They told him he'd be released. Instead, the agents forgot about him, leaving him ...

Blackwater, Contracting and the Iraq War Time Warp

April 14, 2015 War moves quickly: In less than an hour in Baghdad in the fall of 2007, American contractors working for Blackwater shot and killed 14 Iraqis, including children. Justice is slower, and it took until Monday for four of those contractors, who were convicted in August, to be sentenced to jail ...

10 Questions About the Hillary Clinton Campaign

April 10, 2015 Enthusiasm. Anxiety. Dread. Resignation. Elation. Relief. However you've been feeling about the launch of Hillary Clinton's campaign, the wait is almost over. All indications point to a launch on Sunday. With several Republicans already in the race or about to declare, the announcement will mark the real kickoff to a ...

The Shockingly Familiar Killing of Walter Scott

April 8, 2015 Walter Scott's killing is unusual in several ways. It's unusual that a traffic stop ended in death. It's unusual—and decisive—that it was caught on film. And it's highly unusual that it has produced a murder charge against the officer. But in other ways, the incident seems depressingly familiar. Scott was ...

Ron Paul, Bill Clinton, and Dynastic Dilemmas

April 8, 2015 Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton don't have a lot in common, and what they do have, both sides might like to downplay. But the wrangling ahead of Paul's formal declaration that he's running for president shows one interesting parallel between the two—the way they're handling their respective éminences grises, Bill ...

Terrorists Are Turning Their Sights on Schools and Students

April 2, 2015 A terrorist attack on a college in northeastern Kenya has left 147 people dead, with dozens injured and more unaccounted for. The attack appears to be the work of the Somalia-based al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group. The Facts on the Attack Reports suggest that the attack began with an explosion ...

Arkansas Reconsiders Its Religious-Freedom Law

April 1, 2015 Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson was surely watching what happened over the last week in Indiana. And it looks like he didn't like it. Just like in Indiana, Arkansas legislators have passed a bill that they say is needed to protect the religious rights of their citizens. Just like in Indiana, ...

Obama Offers Commutations to 22 of 209,155 Federal Prisoners

April 1, 2015 For opponents of the War on Drugs—a group that seems to be growing—and those who think the U.S. incarcerates too many people, Tuesday brought some good news and bad news. The Good News: President Obama has announced that he's issuing commutations to 22 individuals. They all share convictions for drug ...