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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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Donald Trump and the Price of Loyalty Oaths

September 3, 2015 Would he or wouldn’t he? In the end, Donald Trump signed the Republican National Committee’s pledge, but he did it his own way, in that inimitable, inch-high Sharpie scrawl, at once as angular and overstuffed as the man himself. The document is Trump’s agreement (along with other Republican candidates) not...

How FEMA Director Craig Fugate Wants to Reshape Disaster Management

September 3, 2015 If you’ve never heard of Craig Fugate, that’s probably best for all involved. Most people only know the names of directors of the Federal Emergency Management Agency when something goes badly wrong—just ask Michael “Heck of a Job” Brown, who led the organization during Hurricane Katrina. “My joke has been...

Robert Gates, Unlikely Gay Rights Hero

July 29, 2015 Eagle Scout. Young Republican. CIA recruit. Air Force officer. CIA director. Secretary of defense. It’s not the resume of a radical civil-rights campaigner, but Robert Gates has now integrated two of the great bastions of macho American traditional morality—first the U.S. armed forces, and now the Boy Scouts of America....

Robert Gates, Overseer of the Demise of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' at Defense, Welcomes Gay Scoutmasters to the Boy Scouts

July 28, 2015 Eagle Scout. Young Republican. CIA recruit. Air Force officer. CIA director. Secretary of defense. It’s not the resume of a radical civil-rights campaigner, but Robert Gates has now integrated two of the great bastions of macho American traditional morality—first the U.S. armed forces, and now the Boy Scouts of America....

Martin O’Malley’s Link Between Climate Change and ISIS Isn’t Crazy At All

July 22, 2015 It’s the dog days of summer for U.S. presidential candidates, when Donald Trump is dominating the airwaves and candidates who seem to be losing their purchase at the polls are doing whatever they can to capture some attention—whether that’s taking a chainsaw to the tax code, like Rand Paul, or...

Martin O’Malley’s Linking of Climate Change and ISIS Isn’t As Crazy As You Might Think

July 22, 2015 It’s the dog days of summer for U.S. presidential candidates, when Donald Trump is dominating the airwaves and candidates who seem to be losing their purchase at the polls are doing whatever they can to capture some attention—whether that’s taking a chainsaw to the tax code, like Rand Paul, or...

The Past Goes On Trial in North Carolina

July 16, 2015 “The history of North Carolina is not on trial here,” Butch Bowers, a lawyer for Governor Pat McCrory, told a court in Winston-Salem on Monday. Pace Bowers, that’s precisely what’s on trial over the next two weeks. A group of plaintiffs—including the Justice Department, NAACP, and League of Women Voters—are...

Can Tunisia Stop Terrorism With a Wall?

July 12, 2015 Governments have tried a vast array of tools to fight terrorism: Mass arrests. Intrusive intelligence-gathering. Buying them off. Aggressive checkpoints. Economic development. Massive force. How about just building a fence to keep terrorists out though? That’s Tunisia’s plan. The North African nation has been hit by a string of terror...

End of the Road for the Confederate Flag at S.C.'s Capitol

July 9, 2015 It’s a great day in South Carolina. After more than six decades flying at the statehouse—first atop it, then nearby—the Confederate battle flag will soon come down for the final time in Columbia. The state House of Representatives voted 94-20 on Thursday to remove the flag, following a 36-3 vote...

Can States Ignore the Supreme Court on Gay Marriage?

July 1, 2015 The Supreme Court’s decision last week did make gay marriage legal around the nation. Unfortunately for social conservatives, it did not, however, make nullification legal around the nation. Nullification is the historical idea that states can ignore federal laws, or pass laws that supercede them. This concept has a long...