Author Archive

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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Trump Tries to Hide the Problem

From the coronavirus to Russian electoral interference, the president keeps trying to paper over problems instead of addressing them.

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America Gets an Interior Ministry

President Trump is cobbling together something the United States has never had before: a national police force, used to quell protests.

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Milley Is Trump's Latest Reluctant Enabler

Maintaining the balance between serving the president and protecting the Constitution is impossible over time.

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Trump Is Attacking the Final Safeguard Against Executive Abuses

The president has defied Congress, and gummed up cases in court. Now he’s firing the inspectors general.

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Donald Trump Has No Plan

Thousands are dying each week, the economy is cratering, and the president is at a total loss.

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Why Michael Flynn Is Walking Free

The former national security adviser figured out that loyalty to Trump is now a better bet than loyalty to the rule of law.

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Trump’s Fixation on the Hostage Crisis Is Driving His Iran Policy

The president’s approach to the Islamic Republic appears stuck in 1979.

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Everyone Knew We Were Losing in Afghanistan

And everyone in charge insisted we were winning.

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It Was a Corrupt Quid Pro Quo

Not only did the president hold up aid to Ukraine; he made its release contingent on a statement advancing his own political interests.

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Trump’s Incriminating Conversation With the Ukrainian President

The White House said a transcript of the call would be exculpatory—but the summary it released only adds to the problems facing Trump.

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The White House’s Impossible Job

The problem is not that Trump failed to get along with John Bolton—it’s that he doesn’t want a national security adviser in the first place.

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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.

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Trump's Thin Skin Is Hurting US National Security

The president’s aides are reluctant even to broach the dangers of white racist violence and electoral interference with him.

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Not Even Trump Has Any Idea What His Iran Policy Is

The president canceled a strike because it was “not proportionate,” and then vowed “obliteration.”

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Trump’s Efforts at Election Tampering Are Growing Bolder

Having exploited foreign assistance in 2016 and gotten away with it, the president is already trying it again in the 2020 race.

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Border Disorder: Trump Can’t Figure Out How to Keep His Biggest Promise

The president insisted that preventing illegal immigration would be simple and easy. Through a series of increasingly desperate attempts, he’s discovering that isn’t true.

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Trump Pushes Army Corps of Engineers to Hire a Favored Firm

The president should not be pressing military leaders to award a contract to a company controlled by a political ally that has failed to meet standards.

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Once Again, Trump Fails to Press Putin on Electoral Interference

No one in government other than Trump denies the Russian attack. That makes his May 3 phone call even more surreal.

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Trump's Approach to National Security: Whatever Benefits Me

This president stands apart from his government, but from Russia to DHS, his selective silence on security matters has policy effects.

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Mueller’s Damning Portrait of Trump

The special counsel’s report shows a president who lies, acts rashly, and is routinely ignored by his own staff.