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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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It’s (Mostly) Not FEMA’s Fault

June 27, 2018 The Federal Emergency Management Agency doesn’t have a lot of fans. By the time anyone comes in contact with FEMA, they’ve already been through a disaster. If FEMA’s work goes well, the agency tends to stay out of the spotlight. It’s only when things go wrong that FEMA’s name comes...

Can Global Agreements Survive Without the US? Climate Change Offers A Test Case

June 25, 2018 One year ago, President Trump announced that he planned to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. The decision derived from Trump’s insistence that climate change is a “hoax” and his determination to overturn as much of his predecessor’s legacy as possible. It also matches with Trump’s insistence...

Analysis: Corruption in the Trump Administration Is Spreading

June 22, 2018 You’ve got to at least give credit to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for finding the silver lining—or the gold one, as it were. It was late October 2017, just days before the so-called Paradise Papers, a tranche of leaked documents, would reveal that when he divested some of his holdings...

Analysis: Why Is Trump Protecting Scott Pruitt?

June 14, 2018 Wednesday morning, The Washington Post reported that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had a top aide at the agency call Republican donors to try to get his wife a job. For most Cabinet officials in recent American history, such a revelation would likely be a career ender. For Pruitt, it was...

Missouri's Scandal-Tarnished Governor Resigns

May 29, 2018 Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, once seen as a rising star and possible presidential candidate in the Republican Party, will resign on Friday, less than a year and a half into his term. The scandal-plagued Greitens made the announcement in a surprisingly defiant statement late Tuesday afternoon in Jefferson City, where...

How Bill Clinton Stopped White House Leaks

May 15, 2018 All happy families are alike, Tolstoy could have said, but all unhappy families are aleak. This is the challenge for the Trump administration this week, as it faces the latest series of embarrassing disclosures from within. First, someone revealed to reporters that press aide Kelly Sadler had dismissed Senator John...

Trump Goes to War With Mueller

May 2, 2018 When the president of the United States says repeatedly that he’s going to do something, it’s probably because he intends to do it. Donald Trump lies repeatedly, but on big issues he tends to follow through, or try to follow through, on what he promises. Trump has now several times...

New York’s Double-Jeopardy Loophole

April 19, 2018 New York state has long functioned as the ace up the sleeve of President Trump’s critics. The reasoning goes like this: Trump could attempt to pardon people implicated in the Russia probe, whether Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, or someone else, thus preventing a trial or perhaps insulating himself from legal...

Why Do Trump’s Defenders Assume He’s Guilty?

April 19, 2018 The presumption of innocence is essential to the American legal system. Sometimes prosecutors and the press need to be reminded of this. It’s not as often that the allies of a defendant, or even a prospective defendant, forget. Yet allies of President Trump have made some peculiar comments over the...

The Tenacity of Trump

April 6, 2018 You would think, based on the surprise that has greeted President Trump’s recent decisions to walk to the brink of a trade war with China and dispatch the National Guard to the Southern border, that he had not talked about securing the border and punishing Chinese trade practices for years....