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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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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...

Why Did China Hack Federal Employees' Data?

June 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of things that makes hacking so unsettling is the asymmetry of the situation: Unlike with a physical theft, the victims sometimes don’t know they’re victims for a long time, and once they find out, it’s hard to tell just how badly they’ve been victimized. That’s true of the massive...

What Was the Purpose of the OPM Hack?

June 8, 2015 One of things that makes hacking so unsettling is the asymmetry of the situation: Unlike with a physical theft, the victims sometimes don’t know they’re victims for a long time, and once they find out, it’s hard to tell just how badly they’ve been victimized. That’s true of the massive...

What's Causing Baltimore's Crime Spike?

June 5, 2015 Baltimore residents seem to be facing an impossible dilemma: They can have abusive policing, or hardly any at all. The first option was abundantly well-documented in the days after Freddie Gray’s death: the history of rough rides and brutality; the repeated inattention to emergencies; the unwise tactical decisions. Since the...

Why Is It So Hard to Track Police Killings?

June 4, 2015 The recent spate of highly publicized killings of black men by police officers has driven many people to wonder how common such police violence is. Incredibly, no one knows—not even FBI Director James Comey. The federal government doesn’t track it, and until this week, no one else did either. Earlier...

Immigration Advocates Place Their Faith in Obama

June 1, 2015 Time and again, the Obama administration has stepped forward with a new initiative on immigration. Time and again, those efforts have encountered difficulty, and time and again the White House has thrown up its hands, said it has done all it can, and tried to move on. And each time,...

Can the Feds Clean Up Cleveland's Police Force?

May 26, 2015 It’s a sign of how troubled the Cleveland Police Department really is that amid protests over the acquittal of a police officer in one case, and as anger and anxiety linger over the death of Tamir Rice, the city is at the same time completing a consent decree with the...

How Terrorism Prolongs Conflict But Loses the War

May 26, 2015 Nearly 14 years into the war on terror, there are signs of terrorism all around us, from Memorial Day tributes to the victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the raging congressional debate over reauthorizing the Patriot Act. Yet some of the most basic information about terrorism remains...

The Corruption of Bipartisanship

May 5, 2015 People say they want more bipartisanship. In poll after poll after poll, they decry the polarized atmosphere in Washington and say they want their leaders to work together. To which the people of New York and New Jersey might reply: seriously? It's indictment-and-arrest season in the tri-state region. Monday morning,...

The Baltimore Riot Didn't Have to Happen

April 30, 2015 No riot is normal, but after several days of peaceful protests, the violence that broke out on Monday in Baltimore looks more and more like a strange departure. There's a familiar narrative around this outbreak of violence that makes it fit into our experience of past riots—Ferguson to Los Angeles...