David A. Graham
David A. Graham
David A. Graham is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers U.S. politics and global news. More +
  • Jonathan Drake / Reuters

    Meet the New Trump, Same as the Old Trump

    Since the shooting in Orlando, the Republican has adopted some new talking points—including defending LGBT Americans—but his strategy seems to have changed little.

  • Harrison McClary / Reuters

    Trump Versus the Press

    Even in an era when politicians are increasingly able to be stingy about granting media access, the presumptive Republican nominee’s tactics stick out.

  • Jim Cole / AP

    Trump: Obama Puts America's 'Enemy Over Our Allies'

    Once more, the presumptive Republican nominee takes a standard GOP talking point and turns it up a notch, implying the president is guilty of treason.

  • Mark Blinch / Reuters

    The Complicated Pain of America's Queer Muslims

    In the midst of a post-Orlando debate that pits Islamophobia against homophobia, LGBT members of the Islamic community find themselves trying to balance multiple identities.

  • Brian Snyder / Reuters

    Trump's Angry Broadside Against Muslims and Immigration

    The presumptive Republican nominee responded to the shooting in Orlando with a blistering attack on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

  • Aaron Josefczyk / Reuters

    Trump: Obama Was Maybe Involved in the Orlando Shooting

    The Republican nominee has called on the president to resign and implied in no uncertain terms that President Obama may have been implicated in the massacre at a gay bar.

  • Evan Vucci / AP

    Remembering George Voinovich, a Buckeye Statesman

    The former governor of Ohio, U.S. senator, and mayor of Cleveland had died at 79.

  • Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    David Perdue's Prayer for President Obama

    The Georgia senator invokes a psalm calling down divine wrath on an enemy—but insists he meant no harm.

  • Jim Young / Reuters

    He's With Her

    President Obama makes it official, endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.

  • Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

    There Is No Trump Campaign

    The presumptive Republican nominee has little staff, hardly any state organizations, tiny fundraising, and fantasy plans to win in New York.

  • 7 Answers About the Clinton Campaign

    Lucas Jackson / Reuters

    When Donald Trump locked up the Republican nomination in May, I put together a compendium of the GIFs I’d included in my 2016 presidential cheat sheet, tracking Trump’s progress from joke candidate to object of morbid fascination, then on through resignation to his apotheosis. In a similar spirit of self-flagellation, I thought it’d be worth marking the occasion of Hillary Clinton clinching the Democratic nomination by reviewing a piece I wrote back in April 2015, when she jumped into the race. That piece was “10 Questions About the Hillary Clinton Campaign.” Three were rather utilitarian. How’d I do on the other seven? Like the Clinton campaign so far, it’s up and down.

    3. What will her campaign be about? 

    I wrote:

    This is perhaps the biggest unanswered question. Everyone knew she was running; but why? What will her campaign theme be? Is it about income inequality? Foreign policy? Change? Staying the course? We still don't know.

    This is still largely true. Clinton has borrowed some ideas from Bernie Sanders, and she more recently seems to have found her voice in attacking Donald Trump’s fitness for office. Her election-night party on June 7 was all the historic milestone of a female nominee. But the raison d’courir remains a bit vague. As The New York Times delicately put it, “It has not helped that her campaign has cycled through a half-dozen slogans, from championing ‘everyday Americans’ to ‘fighting for us,’ ‘breaking down barriers,’ and, most recently, ‘stronger together.’” She still doesn’t seem to have a great answer.

    4. What has she learned since 2008? And does she really want to be president? 

    There’s no question that Clinton has run a tighter ship than eight year ago, when her campaign devolved into a terrifying nest of infighting, backbiting, and other overwrought gerunds. Of course, it’s much easier to be stable and happy when you’re winning, even if you’re not winning by as much as you’d like; and there was one moment, after the New Hampshire primary, when leaks suggested Clinton would shake up her staff. But she stayed the course, and she won the nomination. Her staff also learned the lessons of the Obama campaign’s 2008 delegate-hunting prowess, realizing that proportional delegate-apportionment rules meant a close loss to Sanders was good for roughly an equal split of delegates, and steaming slowly and steadily toward the requisite threshold. Clinton is still not a natural campaigner, though.

    5. How will Republicans attack her? 

  • Mark Duncan / AP

    Another Court Defeat for Ohio's Strict Voting Laws

    A federal judge says new laws made it too easy to throw out provisional ballots, potentially hurting minority voters.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    Will the Supreme Court Rule on Transgender Bathrooms Sooner Rather Than Later?

    A federal court in Virginia sided with a student who wanted to use boy’s bathroom, but the local school board is appealing the decision.

  • John Locher / AP

    Hillary Makes History

    With a series of decisive wins, Clinton secures the delegates she’ll need to become the first woman to be a major-party nominee.

  • Hillary Clinton's Appeal to History and Unity

    On what’s effectively the last night of the 2016 primary, Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination Tuesday, becoming the first woman to win a major party nomination. The Politics & Policy crew liveblogged the whole thing, and here’s part of my recap:

    A triumphant Hillary Clinton laid claim to the Democratic nomination Tuesday night, making a pitch for unity and celebrating her historic status as the first woman to be a major party’s presidential candidate.

    “We are all standing under a glass ceiling right now—but don’t worry, we’re not smashing this one,” she said in Brooklyn. “Thanks to you we’ve reached a milestone .... Tonight’s victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible.”

    The glass ceiling quip was in part a callback to the speech she gave exactly eight years ago Tuesday, where she conceded the Democratic nomination to Senator Barack Obama, saying, “Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling, thanks to you it's got about 18 million cracks in it.”

    In her victory speech, Clinton reached out to Bernie Sanders’s supporters. She courted them with policy—her own emphases on inequality, affordable college education, and fighting free-trade deals are effectively borrowed from him—and with self-deprecating humor. “I know it never feels good to put your heart into a cause or candidate you believe in and to come up short. I know that feeling well,” she said with a wry smile. But most of all, she relied on praise for Sanders.

    “He has spent his long career in public service fighting for progressive causes and principles, and he’s excited millions of voters, especially young people,” Clinton said. “Let there be no mistake. Senator Sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate we’ve had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, and increase upward mobility, have been very good for the Democratic Party and for America.”

    Read the rest, and play-by-play on the liveblog, here.

  • Carlo Allegri / Reuters

    Is the Democratic Race Really Over?

    Bernie Sanders’s campaign and supporters are furious about declarations that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee, but their arguments don’t hold up to scrutiny.

  • Lucas Jackson / Reuters

    Trump's Libya Quagmire

    The presumptive Republican nominee tries to draw a contrast between himself and Hillary Clinton, but both of them supported U.S. involvement in both Libya and Iraq.

  • Bryan Woolston / Reuters

    Can Prosecutors Convict Anyone at All in the Death of Freddie Gray?

    Officer Caesar Goodson, who was driving the van in which the 25-year-old black man was fatally injured, faces the most serious charges.

  • Track of the Day: 'Highway Anxiety'

    For sheer beauty, William Tyler is one of the top guitarists working today. A longtime sideman (Hiss Golden Messenger, Silver Jews, Lambchop), his solo records have largely been just that—dominated by Tyler’s guitar, which thanks to his drone-y finger style fills up a lot of space with minimal accompaniment.

    On his new record, which came out on Friday, he adds a band, including Phil Cook and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche. Here, the band opens up rather than filling musical space—it’s equal parts Bill Faulkner (near whose home in Oxford, Mississippi, Tyler wrote most of the record) and Bill Frisell. It’s called Modern Country, which seems like a joke, given that it’s all instrumental guitar music. Much Americana is obsessed with lost folkways, but it isn’t always this cerebral of political; Tyler cites George Packer’s The Unwinding in his notes to the album.

    One reality of playing as a mostly solo artist is that you spend a lot of time driving alone between gigs. That’s especially stressful for Tyler, as he explained when I saw him last summer, because a few years ago he found himself having near-panic attacks at the prospect of driving on the interstate. He wrote this song as a salve for his own worried mind, but it’s a good salve for other anxieties, too.

    (Track of the Day archive here. Earlier archive here. Submit via hello@.)

  • Gaffe Track: Trump: 'Look at My African American Over Here!'

    The candidate: Donald Trump

    The gaffe: “Look at my African American over here!” Trump said in Redding, California, pointing to a man in the crowd. The comment came as the Republican nominee predicted strong black support and noted that an African American supporter had slugged a protestor at a previous event.

    The defense: Despite sounding like a hilarious bowdlerized version of a rap lyric, this is in some ways genuine progress. Trump typically speaks about African Americans only as an abstract, distant group, and he usually uses the definite pronoun “the” rather than the possessive “my.”

    Why it matters (or doesn’t): Trump is pioneering new levels in “Did he really say that?” Less offensive than some of his comments this week, this one is just jaw-droppingly weird. It’s not a coincidence that 89 percent of black voters in a recent CBS/New York Times poll backed Clinton, versus just 5 percent for Trump.

    The lesson: If Trump wants more than one black supporter, he must refine his approach.