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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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How Obama Has Left Red States Deeper in the Red

January 29, 2015 "There's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America," Barack Obama said at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. That may or may not have been true at the time, but since entering the White House, he's helped to make the division a little more ...

Pravda on the Plains: Indiana's New Propaganda Machine

January 27, 2015 Sometimes you can't believe what you read in the press. Can you imagine, for example, that a Republican governor with a reputation as a small-government conservative would try to launch a government-run news service to disseminate information under the guise of journalism? Oh ... wait: Gov. Mike Pence is starting ...

Secret Service Removes Top Executives

January 15, 2015 The Secret Service couldn't protect the White House, and so now it's being forced to clean its own house. The agency said Tuesday it was sweeping out four assistant directors, and a fifth had already announced his retirement. Acting Director Joseph Clancy gave the bosses of four divisions—protection, investigations, technology ...

'Mercy' for Bob McDonnell

January 6, 2015 It's not often that two years in prison is a win. Then again, it's not often that a former Virginia governor is found guilty of corruption. Bob McDonnell is the first holder of that office to be convicted on such charges, and he'll pay for it with 24 months in ...

Team Obama Isn't Blinking on Cutting Carbon

October 30, 2014 With most signs pointing toward a Republican victory in the midterm elections, is the Obama administration feeling the heat on climate-change policy? It doesn't look like it. Pressed by ABC's Jonathan Karl on carbon policy and more at the Washington Ideas Forum Thursday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was as unruffled ...

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Get Used to Endless War

October 30, 2014 Sometimes it feels like what's happening now, at any given moment, is bigger, more important, worse, and more dangerous than before. Luckily, that often turns out to be incorrect: Today's news is tomorrow's hazy memory, and what once seemed like an existential threat is now nothing more than an unpleasant ...

Hagel: Get Used To Endless War

October 29, 2014 Sometimes it feels like what's happening now, at any given moment, is bigger, more important, worse, and more dangerous than before. Luckily, that often turns out to be incorrect: Today's news is tomorrow's hazy memory, and what once seemed like an existential threat is now nothing more than an unpleasant ...

Detroit and the Evaporating Right to Running Water

October 22, 2014 Detroit: It's a metaphor for the decline of American manufacturing, the object ofthe ruin-porn gaze, and fodder for triumphalist ads. It also raises some serious questions about what living in a civilized democracy means. Take the case of water service for residents of the city. Detroit is undergoing serious austerity ...

Why Would Obama Try to Make the Election About Himself?

October 7, 2014 The president made headlines last week during a speech on the economy, where he implored voters not to make any errors: "Now, I am not on the ballot this fall .... But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot—every single one of them." On Sunday's Meet the Press, ...

Barack Obama's Friendly-Fire Problem

October 3, 2014 Forget the question of whether the Secret Service can protect President Obama from physical threats from strangers. Can no one protect him from the political threats posed by his own friends? Leon Panetta, who served Obama as both director of central intelligence and secretary of defense, has a book out ...