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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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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 ...

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 ...

Eric Holder's Expansive Vision of Civil Rights

September 29, 2014 Americans are so accustomed to speaking about civil rights as an historical era—Martin and Malcolm, Selma and Montgomery, Jim Crow and segregated fountains—that there's a danger of forgetting that it's an ongoing constellation of issues, not just something for the history books. Nearly every article about Eric Holder stepping down ...

With Eric Holder's Exit, Obama Loses a Key Ally

September 26, 2014 One of Attorney General Eric Holder's major projects has been working to shorten prison sentences for certain offenders. But now Holder is taking a step to spring a different kind of figure from the justice system: himself. The White House announced Thursday that he'll be leaving his post as soon ...

With Eric Holder's Exit, Obama Loses a Key Ally

September 25, 2014 One of Attorney General Eric Holder's major projects has been working to shorten prison sentences for certain offenders. But now is taking Holder a step to spring a different kind of figure from the justice system: himself. The White House announced Thursday that he'll be leaving his post as soon ...

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 ...