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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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Feds Alert North Carolina About Its Civil Rights Act Violation

May 4, 2016 DURHAM, N.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice is joining Bruce Springsteen, Paypal, and the NBA in weighing in against North Carolina’s HB2, the controversial law that—among other conditions—mandates that transgender people use the bathroom conforming to the gender on their birth certificate, rather than the one which they associate,...

The Voter-ID Fight in Missouri

April 29, 2016 There is a variety of origin stories for why Missouri is known as “the Show-Me State.” But if Republicans in the state legislature get their way, it could take on new meaning for voters headed to the polls—as in, “Show me your photo ID.” The state senate, which is overwhelmingly...

Why Trump Might Regret Playing 'The Woman Card' Against Clinton

April 27, 2016 On Tuesday, presidential front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump built on their leads for their respective parties’ nominations. In the process, they offered a preview of what could be a major—and particularly nasty—general-election theme. On Monday, Clinton appeared at a town-hall event where she promised if elected, that half of...

Trump Accelerates Down the Track

April 27, 2016 On a night awkwardly dubbed the Acela primary, the Donald Trump train steamed out of the station, chugging west toward Cleveland and the Republican National Convention. The entertainer won all five primaries on Tuesday night, tallying huge margins of victory in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Connecticut. Trump is...

Would Clinton Pick a Female Running Mate?

April 22, 2016 What’s more historic than the first major female presidential nominee? The first two-woman presidential ticket, of course. If it happens. But according to Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, it’s a distinct possibility. “We’ll start with a broad list and then begin to narrow it. But there is no question...

Trump and Clinton Win New York

April 20, 2016 New York delivered big wins to a favorite son and a favorite daughter on Tuesday, as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dominated returns. Clinton—who isn’t a native, but in the grand tradition of New York transplants, represented the state in the U.S. Senate—bested Senator Bernie Sanders, who spent his early...

The 2016 Candidates Just Don't Care About Foreign Policy

April 15, 2016 Voters almost never decide a presidential election based on foreign policy. But in the 2016 race, most of the current candidates are taking that rule to an almost extreme conclusion: They’re hardly bothering to deal with it at all. Among the five remaining candidates in the race, there’s one former...

North Carolina's LGBT Bill Sparks Business Backlash

March 27, 2016 When Republicans in North Carolina’s General Assembly decided to pass a law preventing cities from barring LGBT discrimination, creating transgender bathroom accommodation, or enacting minimum wages, they moved quickly. On Monday, they announced a special session. They convened two days later, releasing the legislative language just minutes beforehand. By Wednesday...

LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinances Overturned in N.C.

March 24, 2016 DURHAM, N.C. — The North Carolina General Assembly called lawmakers back to Raleigh on Wednesday for a special session. The reason wasn’t a pressing budget crisis, a natural disaster, or court-mandated redistricting. (That happened last month.) Instead, legislators returned to the state house to overrule a local ordinance in Charlotte...

How Belgium Tried and Failed to Stop Jihadist Attacks

March 23, 2016 “What we feared has happened. We were hit by blind attacks.” That’s how Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel described Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels. They point to the paradox at play in the tiny, divided Low Country nation: Ever since the Paris attacks in November 2015, Belgian counterterrorism officials have been...