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.

Activists hold a rally outside a McDonald's in Saint Louis, Missouri

How St. Louis Workers Won and Then Lost a Minimum-Wage Hike

After a Missouri law took effect on Monday, the wage floor in the city was reduced to $7.70 per hour after three months at $10 per hour—the latest case of a state cracking down on a city that had enacted a progressive policy.

A house sits on flooded land surrounded by the wreckage of a hurricane.

Is Texas Ready for Hurricane Harvey?

Experts have long worried that a powerful storm striking the Gulf Coast could be a costly and deadly environmental disaster.

Rolls of "I voted" stickers for the city of Denver

The Strange Phenomenon of Voter Self-Suppression

As a Trump-commissioned panel searches for phantom fraud, its requests for data have convinced some citizens to opt out of their right to vote preemptively.

Red State, Blue City

The United States is coming to resemble two countries, one rural and one urban. What happens when they go to war?

Baltimore Police Agree to Stop Abusing Their Power

Under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, the troubled force will employ a variety of measures to protect constitutional rights and correct racial disparities.

Why Was NJ Transit Going Too Fast in Hoboken?

In the last minute before a fatal crash last week, a commuter train sped up to twice the limit, the NTSB says.

Have North Carolina Republicans Found a Way to Reinstate Discriminatory Voting Rules?

After a federal court struck down the state’s strict voting law as racially discriminatory, Republicans are trying to restrict voting at the county level.

A 'Not Guilty' Verdict in the Death of Freddie Gray

A judge acquitted Officer Caesar Goodson of all charges in the April 2015 mortal injury of the 25-year-old Baltimore man, including second-degree murder.

Ohio's Questionable Voter Purge

The Buckeye State is kicking residents who haven’t cast a ballot since 2008 off its rolls, an approach critics say disparately affects minorities.

The Show-Me-Your-Voter-ID State?

Missouri voters will decide on a constitutional amendment that would require photo identification in order to participate in elections.

U.S. Attorney General: North Carolina's Bathroom Bill Is 'State-Sponsored Discrimination'

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that it is suing the state over its controversial law on transgender restroom use.

North Carolina's Suit to Keep Both Federal Funding and HB2

Governor Pat McCrory pushes back on whether or not the state’s controversial “bathroom law” violates the Civil Rights Act.

DOJ: North Carolina's Bathroom Law Is a Civil Rights Act Violation

The Department of Justice says HB2 runs afoul of the landmark legislation, and demands that the state not enforce it.

What Can Obama Realistically Accomplish in Flint?

It is hard to imagine his visit will produce a vast material change in the beleaguered Michigan city.

The Stubborn Persistence of Confederate Monuments

A new report identifies some 1,500 memorials to the Civil War’s losing cause, from schools to state holidays, ranging from the Deep South to the Pacific Northwest.

Why a Judge Ruled North Carolina's Voter-ID Law Constitutional

Thomas Schroeder said the state’s strict new voting law did not unfairly prevent black voters from casting ballots.

Will a $6 Million Tamir Rice Settlement Help Reform Cleveland Cops?

The city agreed to the payout in the 2014 death of the 12-year-old boy, but civil lawsuits are a blunt tool to bring about departmental changes.

The Mystery of Amtrak 188

The NTSB’s report on the May 2015 crash in Philadelphia does little to explain why the train was traveling faster than the posted speed before it derailed.

Advice for Rahm Emanuel From a Mayor Who Survived a Policing Scandal

Charlie Luken says that the Chicago leader needs to rethink his police-reform and communication strategies.

How the Law Protects Police Who Kill

Despite the political pressure to prosecute cops in cases like Tamir Rice’s, the current system grants enormous leeway to officers who employ lethal force.