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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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21 Emails From the Democratic Party About Impeachment

July 30, 2014 By almost every indication, President Obama is not going to be impeached. Sure, there are rabble-rousers like Sarah Palin calling for it, but her influence in the GOP has been waning for years. Party mandarins are hasty to warn against it. And Speaker John Boehner, whose chamber would have to ...

Why Putin Turned Against the U.S.

July 3, 2014 ASPEN, Colo.—One major divide in international relations, as well as in other social sciences, is between those who believe in structure and those who believe in agency. Members of the first group say leaders are just representations of cultures and nations, subject to long-running political dynamics; their counterparts insist, no, ...

Newt Gingrich: VA Will be Easier to Fix Than Congress

July 3, 2014 ASPEN, Colo.—Newt Gingrich has seen the future, and it is on his—and your—smartphone. The former speaker of the House and Republican presidential candidate was at the Aspen Ideas Festival Tuesday to talk about his new book, which bears the impeccably Gingrichian title Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of ...

Between Two Ferns: The Selling of the President, 2014

March 12, 2014 President Obama stormed the internet Tuesday with his appearance on Zach Galifianakis's beloved series Between Two Ferns. There are (in my opinion) some solidly entertaining moments here, but of course Obama's reason for appearing is to work on selling Healthcare.gov and the Affordable Care Act. And of course, reactions to ...

Obama's New Budget Is All About the Midterm Elections

March 5, 2014 Every budget is a political budget, and President Obama's proposed spending plan for fiscal year 2015 is no different. But there are two kinds of political budgets: Those that set out a negotiating position, and those that try to establish an electoral posture. This year's budget is one of the ...

Is Obamacare a Job-Killer After All?

February 5, 2014 For years, Republicans have insisted that the Affordable Care Act would tank the economy by reducing employment. The idea that Obamacare was a "job killer" was one of Mitt Romney's favorite 2012 talking points. For just as long, Democrats have been saying that's false—and they've had the experts on their ...

Why a Grand Bargain or Anything Else Won't End the Shutdown Soon

October 3, 2013 A confluence of events sent D.C.'s collective heart rate up early Wednesday evening. First, President Obama was meeting at the White House with Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell and House leaders John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi. And second, Robert Costa, National Review's Washington editor and scoop machine, reported ...

Analysis: By Joe Biden’s Own Metric, the Obama Administration Is Failing

September 17, 2013 Until the shooting in the Washington Navy Yard cast a pall over the city, Monday was supposed to be a day for President Obama to mark the fifth anniversary of the financial crash and tout his administration's handling of the economic recovery. His argument -- in remarks at the White ...

Commentary: The Best Way to Guarantee Something Will Fail Is to Call It a 'Grand Bargain'

July 31, 2013 It's like clockwork -- which is good, because nothing else about the nation's budgeting process seems to work these days: If it's a late summer in the Obama era, it's time to talk about a "grand bargain" on spending that's almost certain to go nowhere. (Linguistic aside: Perhaps it's telling ...

Forget the Charm, Keep the Offensive: Obama's Aggressive New Strategy

June 5, 2013 No more Mr. Nice President. For a brief few weeks this spring, the president was on what was universally, and rather uncreatively, described as a "charm offensive." But a series of high-profile power plays this week show suggest a White House that has either lost faith in the value of ...