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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.
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.
Management

Viewpoint: Trump Invites Pence to Stay at His Place—Then Hands Taxpayers the Bill

The president suggested that Vice President Mike Pence and his retinue spend tens of thousands of dollars at his golf resort in Ireland.

Management

When a Hurricane Hits, Neighbors Are the Real First Responders

The best determinant of how well a community fares in a storm is often not what happens after landfall, but what it was like before the wind and water hit.

Oversight

Viewpoint: James Comey Gets a Taste of His Own Medicine

An inspector general says the former FBI director won’t be prosecuted, but scolds him harshly for his handling of documents. Hillary Clinton can probably relate.

Management

Viewpoint: Trump’s Unpardonable Admission About His Border Wall

The president wants to spend billions of taxpayer dollars for a project that he acknowledges is largely symbolic—even if it breaks the law.

Management

Viewpoint: Trump Wants to Nuke His Way Out of Big Problems

The president seeks bumper-sticker solutions to complicated problems, from hurricane prevention to border walls.

Management

North Carolina Sheriffs Win a Round Against ICE

Republican lawmakers had sought to make counties help enforce immigration law.

Management

Analysis: Obama Warned Trump—But He Didn’t Listen

The 44th president became a devotee of unilateral presidential actions—and then saw many moves quickly reversed once he left office.

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Viewpoint: Trump Is Breaking the System of Political Appointments

There’s a tension built into the constitutional system—and the president is pushing it to the limit.

Defense

Trump Sides With North Korea Against the CIA

The president responded to reports that Kim Jong Un’s brother had been an American asset by reassuring the strongman he would not allow such spying in the future.

Management

Viewpoint: A Single Scandal Sums Up All of Trump’s Failures

The president has been intervening in the process of producing a border wall, on behalf of a favored firm.

Management

Analysis: Trump’s Border Obsession Is Courting Disaster

The president’s single-minded focus on immigration is shortchanging Homeland Security’s other crucial functions, from election security to emergency response.

Management

Analysis: Kirstjen Nielsen Shows Why It’s Impossible to Restrain Trump

If anyone was going to moderate the president’s worst impulses, it was an expert and a bureaucrat like the former DHS secretary. Instead, all she did was sacrifice her own reputation.

Management

Trump Aides Keep Writing Memos to Protect Themselves

Their urge to document the president's requests and interactions is justified by his behavior.

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Michael Cohen's Stunning Testimony About Trump

New claims from the president's former fixer help fill in essential gaps in the Russia investigation.

Management

Trump’s Emergency Declaration Is a Test for Senate Republicans

For weeks, GOP lawmakers have warned the president against pursuing extraordinary measures. What now?

Management

Trump’s End Run Around Senate Cabinet Confirmation

In a wide-ranging TV interview, the president explained why he prefers acting secretaries over permanent ones—an arrangement that flouts the U.S. Constitution.

Management

Analysis: The Shutdown Leaves Trump’s Base Cracked

The president closed the government in the belief that his core supporters would never forgive him if he didn’t build the wall. Instead, the closure showed weaknesses in that coalition.

Management

Analysis: Why Trump Can’t Find Anyone to Be His Chief of Staff

Sure, the job is terrible—but that’s not new. What’s different is that this president can’t use the same leverage that predecessors such as George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton did.

Management

Analysis: John Kelly Couldn't Fix the Trump Presidency

Under Kelly’s guidance, the White House functioned more effectively than it had during the tenure of his predecessor—yet it still remained unfathomably chaotic.