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John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

Live at Politics & Prose
Feb. 28 2014 6:28 PMDoes Hillary Clinton Need to “Be Real”?No. There is nothing more fake than trying to appear authentic.
Feb. 26 2014 5:30 PMNothin’ Doin’Washington’s new bipartisan consensus is to do nothing at all.
Feb. 21 2014 1:56 PMWhy the 2016 Presidential Campaign Will Be the Worst Ever
Feb. 17 2014 1:25 PMThe Monica MoratoriumIt’s in nobody’s interest to talk about Hillary Clinton’s marriage.
Political Gabfest
Feb. 14 2014 11:38 AMPlanet Money’s Adam Davidson Joins This Week’s Gabfest
Feb. 10 2014 12:09 PMHow Important are Gay Rights to President Obama?Is it important enough to ban discrimination by executive order?
Political Gabfest
Feb. 7 2014 1:20 PMThe “Take This Job and Shove It, ’Cause I've Got Obamacare” GabfestListen to Slate's show about the 2014 midterms, whether Obamacare will really reduce employment, and the 10th anniversary of Facebook.
Feb. 3 2014 2:11 PMWill Christie Go After His Opponents Personally?And the other stories to follow in the week to come.
Jan. 30 2014 8:20 PMExecutive ActionPresident Andrew Jackson was the first to carry a big stick.
Jan. 28 2014 1:24 PMDon’t Deliver the Same Speech!Obama needs to be creative. Here are a few ideas of how he could save the State of the Union.
Political Gabfest
Jan. 24 2014 11:48 AMWould This Documentary Have Saved Romney’s Campaign?
Jan. 21 2014 7:14 PMInaction HeroFor all the talk of getting things done, President Obama seems worn out.
Political Gabfest
Jan. 17 2014 1:10 PMThe "You're Married—Psych! You're Not Married" GabfestListen to Slate's show about Obama's NSA reform plan, gay marriage in Utah, and abortion protesters in Massachusetts.
Political Gabfest
Jan. 10 2014 11:28 AMWill the Chris Christie Bridge Story Have Legs in 2016?
Jan. 9 2014 1:48 PMBarbarians at the GatesHow the ideologues of Washington misunderstand Robert Gates’ profound new memoir.
Political Gabfest
Feb. 28 2014 11:48 AMIs Clarence Thomas’ Silence Disgraceful?
Feb. 24 2014 5:09 PMD.C. Email JiujitsuHow Washington political players use their email to denote power, hierarchy, and rank.
Political Gabfest
Feb. 21 2014 11:29 AMThe You're No Frank Underwood GabfestListen to Slate's show about the uprising in Kiev, a failed unionization in Tennessee, and Season 2 of House of Cards.
Feb. 14 2014 5:30 PMNow Even Obama Doesn’t Want to Run on Obamacare
Feb. 11 2014 6:47 PMIn Ruthlessness We TrustBut be careful—not all cutthroat politicians are the same.
Feb. 7 2014 7:45 PMDead on ArrivalWhy the forces trying to kill immigration reform are far stronger than those trying to keep it alive. 
Feb. 5 2014 3:32 PMObamacare’s Greatest Political Challenge Is the Uncertainty It Creates
Political Gabfest
Jan. 31 2014 2:38 PMCan Ezra Klein and Nate Silver Crack the Future of News?
Jan. 29 2014 2:40 AMSlow MotionFor all of his talk of action, President Obama offered nothing but modest proposals.
Jan. 27 2014 9:59 PMObama’s MacGyver MomentThe president wants to show America what he can do with a pen, a phone, and a stick of nicotine gum.
Jan. 24 2014 11:17 AMMeet the RomneysMitt isn’t a campaign documentary as much as a home movie.
Jan. 17 2014 5:50 PMRobert Gates Says Any Good President Has to Have a Sense of Humor
Jan. 14 2014 7:43 PMThe Presidential Power ParadoxDoes the New Jersey bridge scandal actually show that Chris Christie is the perfect antidote to Barack Obama?
Jan. 9 2014 6:52 PMChristie’s Jenga TowerHis press conference was bold, but if anything he said turns out to be false, he could be finished.
Jan. 8 2014 1:28 PMWill Christie Apologize?The fate of his presidential campaign hangs on how he responds to the Fort Lee traffic scandal.




The World’s Politest Protesters

The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:58 PM The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The Feds Have Declared War on Encryption—and the New Privacy Measures From Apple and Google

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You

It spreads slowly.

These “Dark” Lego Masterpieces Are Delightful and Evocative


Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.


Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Activists Are Trying to Save an Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death for Killing Her Alleged Rapist

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

  News & Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?