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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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Human Rights Have Evaporated from America’s Saudi Policy

October 15, 2018 As the consensus grows that the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, there’s been a growing backlash to the regime in Riyadh. High-profile luminaries and media and business sponsors are bailing on Saudi initiatives and on a major upcoming investment conference in Riyadh. Thomas...

Analysis: Bob Woodward's New Book Shows How Broken the Trump Administration Really Is

September 4, 2018 One unexpected byproduct of the Trump administration has been the resurgence of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. It’s not just that Watergate feels freshly relevant and impeachment is on tongues around the country. The two aging reporters are making vital contributions once more. Bernstein has contributed to several major stories,...

Analysis: Trump’s Risky War of Choice Against the Generals

August 17, 2018 This week, beset by bad news about Omarosa Manigault-Newman, President Donald Trump decided to launch a war of choice. The White House announced Wednesday that he had revoked security clearance for John Brennan, who was the CIA director under Barack Obama and has since become a leading Trump critic. Trump...

Why the Space Force Is Just Like Trump University

August 10, 2018 Late Thursday morning, after playing a round of golf and firing off an angry missive about the Russia investigation, Donald Trump wrote this: Space Force all the way! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018 The tweet is a perfect synecdoche for the program in question: short, punchy, and...

The Doomed Republican Attempt to Impeach Rod Rosenstein

July 26, 2018 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has many reasons to be concerned about his job security, but the articles of impeachment filed against him late Wednesday are probably not one. The documents were filed by Mark Meadows, the chair of the House Freedom Caucus, and are co-sponsored by 10 other members...

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...