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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Questions About Hillary's Health: The Birtherism of 2016

August 23, 2016 If you can’t beat ’em, you can at least hope they have to withdraw for medical reasons. The last two weeks have seen a steady increase in innuendo by supporters of Donald Trump who claim—without evidence—that Hillary Clinton is frail, unhealthy, or on the verge of physical collapse. The rumors,...

Hillary Clinton's Latest Email Scapegoat: Colin Powell

August 23, 2016 Hillary Clinton has struggled for months to find a satisfactory explanation for why she chose to use a private email server and a personal email address while she was secretary of state, a choice that FBI Director James Comey described as resulting in “extremely careless” handling of classified information. Publicly,...

What If Trump Got Hacked Too?

August 22, 2016 The story seemed so neatly self-contained: Someone hacked the Democratic National Convention. Those hackers were connected to the Russian government, according to U.S. intelligence and outside experts alike. And then someone leaked a tranche of DNC emails just as the Democrats were gathering for their convention in Philadelphia—an optimally damaging...

The Changing U.S. Story on Sending $400 Million to Iran

August 19, 2016 In early August, The Wall Street Journal delivered a fascinating scoop: At the same time that Iran released four American hostages in January, the U.S. arranged to deliver $400 million in cash to Iran. Almost immediately, the agreement was described as a ransom payment. Donald Trump insisted he had watched...

Bill Clinton's Half-Baked Entry in the Presidential Cookie Contest

August 18, 2016 Hillary Clinton has been nationally controversial more or less since the 1992 presidential election, when she first became a national figure. In one early incident, Bill Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination, Governor Jerry Brown of California, accused him of sending business to the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock,...

Donald Trump's Intolerance for Intolerance

August 16, 2016 In Mario Cuomo’s famous phrase, leaders campaign in poetry and govern in prose. But as Donald Trump is finding, sometimes the gap is larger still—more like translating across languages. Take one of Trump’s central policy planks since last fall: excluding people who might pose a risk of terrorism from entering...

Will Donald Trump Debate Hillary Clinton?

August 10, 2016 If Donald Trump doesn’t want to debate Hillary Clinton, why doesn’t he just say so? Last week, Donald Trump alleged that the presidential debates are rigged and lied about receiving a letter from the NFL complaining about the schedules. This week, he has a new angle. “I will absolutely do...

Mike Pence Stands By His Running Mate

August 5, 2016 RALEIGH, N.C.—In the midst of an often-childish presidential campaign, sometimes it’s children who say the most insightful things. During a town-hall-style rally near the North Carolina state capitol Thursday morning, 11-year-old Matthew Schricker took the microphone and calmly asked Governor Mike Pence what, precisely, he was doing on the ticket....

The Clinton Team's Affable Attack Dog

August 4, 2016 GREENSBORO, N.C.—Have you heard the one about Tim Kaine and dad jokes? Sure you have! But we’re going to tell it again, because after all, that’s how dad jokes work: They’re not all that funny, and you have to tell them repeatedly. U.S. Representative Alma Adams struck first at a...

Trump's Turn Toward Appeasement

August 2, 2016 Is it going to be like this every day for the next 98 days? Speaking on Monday in Columbus, Ohio, Donald Trump delivered a new series of head-spinning remarks. Most notably, Trump defended controversial comments he made about Ukraine and Crimea over the weekend, and he preemptively questioned the legitimacy...

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