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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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'Preventable Tragedy': Amtrak 188 and the Case for Positive Train Control

May 17, 2016 In the aftermath of Amtrak 188’s deadly derailment one year ago, investigators, journalists, passengers, and the public all sought some explanation for how Brandon Bostian, an experienced, skilled, and meticulous engineer, crashed his train in Philadelphia. Had there been a mechanical failure? Was Bostian too tired, or impaired for some...

Donald Trump Won't Release His Tax Returns Before the Election

May 11, 2016 “This is the ultimate reality show—it’s the presidency of the United States,” Paul Manafort, a top adviser to Donald Trump, said on MSNBC Tuesday. Manafort’s comment was intended as both a defensive measure—a reply to those who mock Trump as a lightweight who thinks he’s still on The Apprentice—and a...

Sanders Takes the Mountain State

May 11, 2016 The state of West Virginia, John Denver famously said, is “almost heaven.” But purgatory is also just a step away from heaven, and that’s where Bernie Sanders finds himself after the Mountain State’s primary Tuesday. The Vermont senator won big in West Virginia’s Democratic primary, defeating Hillary Clinton. That follows...

The Justice Department and North Carolina Are Suing Each Other Over Bathrooms

May 10, 2016 The Department of Justice has sued the state of North Carolina over HB2, the controversial “bathroom bill” enacted in March. In impassioned remarks Monday afternoon, Attorney General Loretta Lynch blasted the law as “state-sponsored discrimination,” compared the law to segregation provisions of yore, and spoke directly to transgender people from...

North Carolina's Suit to Keep Federal Funding After HB2

May 9, 2016 Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice declared North Carolina’s “bathroom law” discriminatory, and demanded that North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory respond by Monday, promising the state wouldn’t enforce the law. On Monday, McCrory delivered his answer—but not his acquiescence. The governor said he had filed a suit asking federal...

Feds Alert North Carolina About Its Civil Rights Act Violation

May 4, 2016 DURHAM, N.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice is joining Bruce Springsteen, Paypal, and the NBA in weighing in against North Carolina’s HB2, the controversial law that—among other conditions—mandates that transgender people use the bathroom conforming to the gender on their birth certificate, rather than the one which they associate,...

The Voter-ID Fight in Missouri

April 29, 2016 There is a variety of origin stories for why Missouri is known as “the Show-Me State.” But if Republicans in the state legislature get their way, it could take on new meaning for voters headed to the polls—as in, “Show me your photo ID.” The state senate, which is overwhelmingly...

Why Trump Might Regret Playing 'The Woman Card' Against Clinton

April 27, 2016 On Tuesday, presidential front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump built on their leads for their respective parties’ nominations. In the process, they offered a preview of what could be a major—and particularly nasty—general-election theme. On Monday, Clinton appeared at a town-hall event where she promised if elected, that half of...

Trump Accelerates Down the Track

April 27, 2016 On a night awkwardly dubbed the Acela primary, the Donald Trump train steamed out of the station, chugging west toward Cleveland and the Republican National Convention. The entertainer won all five primaries on Tuesday night, tallying huge margins of victory in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Connecticut. Trump is...

Would Clinton Pick a Female Running Mate?

April 22, 2016 What’s more historic than the first major female presidential nominee? The first two-woman presidential ticket, of course. If it happens. But according to Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, it’s a distinct possibility. “We’ll start with a broad list and then begin to narrow it. But there is no question...