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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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Rubio Proves Obama's Point About Islam and Intolerance in the US

February 5, 2016 For years, President Obama avoided visiting a mosque in the United States. While the White House never explained why, American Muslims tended to believe he was afraid of the backlash such a visit might inspire from conservatives. On Wednesday, he finally visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore, and much of...

When Did Rick Snyder Learn About Legionnaire's in Flint?

February 4, 2016 It’s getting increasingly harder for Michigan officials to claim ignorance about the poisoning of the city of Flint. According to newly revealed emails, an aide to Governor Rick Snyder learned nine months ago of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease tied to Flint’s water supply. Ten people died from the bacterial...

Obama Confronts the Politics of Religion and Terrorism

February 3, 2016 Amid what Muslim American leaders describe as the tensest moment in their community’s history, President Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday and delivered some of the most in-depth comments any American leader has made on Islam in the United States. Obama’s comments were aimed at a triple...

Obama Criticizes Islamophobia and Jabs at Republicans at Baltimore Mosque

February 3, 2016 Amid what Muslim American leaders describe as the tensest moment in their community’s history, President Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday and delivered some of the most in-depth comments any American leader has made on Islam in the United States. Obama’s comments were aimed at a triple...

A Federal Criminal Investigation in Flint

February 2, 2016 The poisoning of Flint’s population with lead is a human tragedy, and a story about the failure of government to protect its citizens. But is it a crime, too? The FBI might be looking into that question, the Detroit Free Press reports Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit said...

FBI Video of Shooting of Oregon Occupier LaVoy Finicum

January 29, 2016 What went wrong when Oregon State Police and the FBI tried to arrest leaders of the illegal occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge? During the traffic stop on Tuesday, police managed to arrest six militia members, including leader Ammon Bundy, without much trouble. But the incident ended with an eighth,...

Are the Oregon Occupiers Ready to Give Up Yet?

January 28, 2016 With their leader in jail, their escape routes closed, and pressure mounting, will the militia illegally occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge finally pack it in? So far, it’s a mixed bag. There are about 10 people left at the refuge, according to The Oregonian, and Ammon Bundy—who was arrested...

A Dramatic Turn in the Oregon Standoff: Eight Arrests and a Death

January 27, 2016 For three weeks, a ragtag militia led by Ammon Bundy has illegally occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. And for three weeks, residents and federal officials have worried about the potential for violence to break out, and wondered how the stalemate might be resolved. On Tuesday, suddenly, the...

Corporate Donations Displace Government Aid in Flint

January 26, 2016 A coalition of some of America’s biggest companies is organizing a trucklift for Flint, promising to deliver 6.5 million bottles of water to the city in order to provide clean drinking water for schoolchildren through 2016. Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and PepsiCo say they will deliver 6.5 million bottles to Flint,...

Evaluating the Constitutionality of North Carolina's Voter ID Law

January 26, 2016 Lawyers and advocates were back in a courtroom in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Monday, for a second challenge to the state’s strict new voting laws. A group of plaintiffs, led by the NAACP and the Department of Justice, is seeking to overturn a new rule, which is set to take...