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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 Republican Party Nominates Trump

July 20, 2016 CLEVELAND—The Republican establishment didn’t get its first choice of a candidate for president—or its second, or its third. What it got was Donald Trump, and on the night that the Republican National Convention formally made the entertainer its nominee, it was the establishment’s turn to go on stage and make...

Melania Trump's Secret Speechwriter: Michelle Obama?

July 19, 2016 CLEVELAND—Before she spoke at the Republican National Convention Monday, Melania Trump told Matt Lauer about how she’d drafted it. “I read it once over, and that's all because I wrote it with as little help as possible,” she said. It turns out one of the few people who helped her...

The Security Challenge in Cleveland

July 17, 2016 Modern party conventions are designed to be dull—or, at least, extremely predictable. Inside the hall, a candidate’s aides work to create a meticulously stage-managed event, with no surprises from speakers or surrogates. Outside the hall, law-enforcement agencies and city officials try to ensure a similar level of control, granting enough...

The Dallas Shooting and the Advent of Killer Police Robots

July 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the mourning over the murders of five police officers in Dallas, and relief that the standoff had ended, one unusual detail stuck out: the manner in which police killed one suspect after negotiations failed. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device...

The Dallas Shooting and the Advent of Killer Police Robots

July 8, 2016 In the mourning over the murders of five police officers in Dallas, and relief that the standoff had ended, one unusual detail stuck out: the manner in which police killed one suspect after negotiations failed. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device...

The Era of Lethal Police Robots has Arrived

July 8, 2016 In the mourning over the murders of five police officers in Dallas, and relief that the standoff had ended, one unusual detail stuck out: the manner in which police killed one suspect after negotiations failed. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device...

Dueling Injunctions on Transgender Rights

July 7, 2016 The federal government and a group of states have each fired fresh salvos in the battle over transgender access to bathrooms, locker rooms, and similar facilities. Late Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion for preliminary injunctive relief in the Middle District of North Carolina, asking the court...

North Carolina's HB2 Compromise That Wasn't

July 5, 2016 North Carolina legislators ended their legislative session late Friday with a small tweak to HB2, the state’s controversial “bathroom bill,” but without touching any of the most contentious issues in the law. The law, passed by the GOP-dominated General Assembly in a special one-day session in March, required transgender people...

Trump: Obama Puts America's 'Enemy Over Our Allies'

June 14, 2016 On Monday, Donald Trump strongly implied that Barack Obama was somehow complicit in, or at the least turning a blind eye to, Islamist terror, a shocking and unfounded accusation to make against the president of the United States. When The Washington Post accurately reported his comments, a furious Trump announced...

Trump's Angry Broadside Against Muslims and Immigration

June 14, 2016 In a fiery, disjointed speech in New Hampshire on Monday, Donald Trump angrily denounced the attacks in Orlando, political correctness, immigration, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the American Muslim community. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee reiterated his call for an indefinite ban on immigration from Muslim countries, and asserted that...

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