David A.

Stories by David A. Graham

  • Obama Warned You--The Senate Can Be A Mess

    The commonly cited reason for the White House's detachment from crafting health legislation has been the 1994 debacle: President Obama and his advisers have seen what happens when the White House overreaches onto senators' turf. But maybe another reason is that the president knows from experience what a messy place the Senate can be....
  • College Students Hit by High-Interest Loans

    College degrees are supposed to last a lifetime, but should tuition loan payments? How some schools got away with charging interest rates of up to 18 percent.
  • John Thune: Probably Not the Next Big Thing

    Perhaps as an antidote to Sarah Palin's media domination over the last two weeks, frequent Palin critic David Brooks offered on Thursday a different presidential contender for 2012: South Dakota Sen. John Thune. And Tuesday, Washington Post political guru Chris Cillizza picked up the tune. "For months—if not years—the Republican/conservative smart set has been looking for a fresh face on which to hang their hopes and dreams," Cillizza wrote. South Dakota Sen. John Thune may be that person."...
  • Conservative Media on Fort Hood Shooting

    A look at the conservative media this morning shows a variety of approaches to the Fort Hood shooting. While most commentators are interested in addressing the question of Islamic terror, and particularly homegrown Islamism, there's clearly a concern in many quarters to avoid generalizations or overstatements--although others, like Michelle Malkin, have decided to go full-speed ahead. But that caution has not prevented sharp criticism of mainstream media reporting or of President Barack Obama's response to the incident....
  • More RNC Internet Follies: Racist Images on Fan Photo Page

    With that sideshow going on, perhaps the RNC has forgotten to keep an eye on their Facebook page, where "fans"─members of the Facebook group─can upload their own images. It's hard to put words to just how appalling the above picture, which appears to have been removed in the last hour or so, is: the idea that miscegenation is an anti-American crime, combined with the racist meme of President Barack Obama eating fried chicken and reference to Loving v. Virginia─the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down laws banning interracial marriage─is pretty stunning. The image was posted Tuesday, coinciding with news out of Louisiana that a justice of the peace was refusing to wed a white woman and a black man; Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu were quick to condemn the judge, while critics have pilloried Republican Sen. David Vitter for his tardy and tepid criticism. This isn't, of course, an isolated incident. E-mail has been a recurrin...
  • Why NY-23 Is More Important Than N.J. and Va. Governor Races

    Republicans are rubbing their hands in glee—and Democrats wringing theirs—at the struggles of Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia. Both of these governor's seats carry great power and would be impressive coups for the GOP, but from a national level, they're really most important for citizens of New Jersey and Virginia. The race the nation should be watching is a special election in upstate New York. ...
  • Oslo Declares Preemptive Peace: Five Presidents Who Flamed Out After Strong Starts

    Regardless of whether you support the Nobel committee's award to President Barack Obama, his selection represents a huge gamble. All they can do in Oslo is hope that the rest of Obama's term—and career after leaving office—rises to the standard they believe merited the prize. Obama's track record is only 263 days long! Besides, there are plenty of presidents in American history who looked golden in their first year only to flame out. Obama could wind up looking like any of these men:...
  • Are There John McCain Birthers, Too?

    Yesterday, Public Policy Polling released results of a poll showing that 42 percent of Republicans nationwide do not believe Barack Obama was born in the United States. This sort of statistic has become old news by now. Despite overwhelming evidence that the president was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born citizen, a core of Americans remain convinced he was born overseas....
  • Gay-Porn Mogul Hopes to Arouse Interest in Israel

    Barack Obama's administration has introduced a harsher line toward Israel than those of his recent predecessors, more Americans favor a two-state solution, and a U.N. panel has found evidence of war crimes in Israel's Gaza offensive last winter. The country could really use some positive attention, says filmmaker Michael Lucas....
  • Another Blockbuster Bush Tell-All

    In an article in this month’s issue of GQ, ex-presidential speechwriter Matt Latimer becomes the latest former George W. Bush aide to publish embarrassing revelations about life in the Bush White House. Some of those who have kissed and told ranked higher than Latimer, but he is the first to illuminate what was going on in the Oval Office during the financial crisis. The juiciest material comes when he dishes on what Bush thought of John McCain’s presidential run (“a five-spiral crash”), Barack Obama ("This is a dangerous world and this cat isn’t remotely qualified to handle it"), and Sarah Palin (“What is she, the governor of Guam?”)....
  • Gaffe by Tweet: Top 10 Social-Media Slip-Ups

    Sooner or later, anything trendy makes its way to the world of politics. This year, it's been the advent of the microblog. Hundreds of politicians have flocked to the microblogging services like Facebook and Twitter over the past few months, heralding it's ability to help them keep in touch with folks back home. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger even dropped by Twitter's headquarters last month to praise it for the services the site offers politicians to communicate with constituents. But for every pol that's mastered the art of the status update, others (including Schwarzenegger) have watched it backfire, earning them far more unflattering press than they bargained for. We bring you the 10 biggest social-media gaffes we’ve seen from politicos this year—at least so far....
  • Nations that Gave up on Nuclear Bombs

    For all the fear that proliferation creates, there are fewer nuclear powers now than in years past. A look at the nations that chased (or even acquired) the bomb but eventually gave it up.