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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.

Politics
June 3 2014 12:12 PMHow Democratic Senators Can Survive in a Bad YearThink local, talk about pork, and define your opponent early and often.
Politics
May 27 2014 6:33 PMWhat Do You Look For in a President?It doesn’t matter. People rarely vote for the attributes they claim they value.
Politics
May 22 2014 2:44 PMThe Best Shot at Ending Gridlock in NovemberIf you want to shake up Washington, vote for a Republican Senate candidate.
Politics
May 19 2014 1:46 PMWill Obama Work As Hard to Solve the VA Crisis As He Did to Fix Healthcare.gov?
Politics
May 14 2014 10:35 PMWhy Is the GOP’s Civil War So Civil?So far the GOP hardly seems like it is at war with itself. In fact, the party’s primaries are producing strong candidates for the fall.
Slate Plus
May 9 2014 11:07 AMMy Week at SlateSlate’s chief political correspondent John Dickerson shares why he loved writing for the magazine this week.
Doublex
May 8 2014 11:44 PMDear KidsThis Mother’s Day, write a letter to your children. Leave them something for after you’re gone.
Books
May 8 2014 1:52 PMThe Fan in MeThe world of Bob Dylan obsessives.
Political Gabfest
May 2 2014 11:47 AMThe Go Ahead, Search My OkCupid Profile GabfestListen to Slate’s show about Donald Sterling’s racist rant, a botched execution in Oklahoma, and the Supreme Court case regarding warrantless cellphone searches.
Politics
April 29 2014 2:20 PMGeorge Washington Wanted a Simple Inauguration 225 Years Ago. No One Listened.Why the presidency has seemed like a prison ever since.
Politics
April 24 2014 8:23 PMPerry’s PerilWhy Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t need to fear his special prosecutor as much as other Republican presidential hopefuls.
Politics
April 16 2014 6:29 PMObama Trolls the GOPThe refined cynicism of the president.
Politics
April 11 2014 3:55 PMSebelius’ Last JobThe outgoing health and human services secretary needs to take as much blame for the botched Obamacare website as she can strap on her back.
Politics
April 10 2014 12:19 PMYou Are No LBJ!People want Obama to be like Lyndon Johnson. Candidates pretend to have the late president’s qualities. The problem is even LBJ couldn’t be LBJ today.
Political Gabfest
April 4 2014 10:31 AMThe Live Nude Dancing at the Kitty Kat Lounge GabfestListen to Slate’s show about the Supreme Court’s latest campaign finance case, GOP budget and tax reform plans, and the play Arguendo.
Politics
May 29 2014 5:30 PMAmerica’s Next DeciderHillary Clinton’s new book is about many things—but mostly why she is ready to be president.
Political Gabfest
May 23 2014 12:56 PMThe Gabfest Debates Reparations
Politics
May 20 2014 6:23 PMWhy the VA Scandal Is the Real OutrageThere is a cost to being perpetually outraged. We have nothing left when something genuinely terrible is exposed.
Political Gabfest
May 16 2014 1:55 PMThe Google Will Never, Ever, Ever, Ever Forget You GabfestListen to Slate's show about melting ice in Antarctica, Jill Abramson's firing from the New York Times, and an EU court ruling on Internet privacy.
Politics
May 13 2014 6:11 PMPaging Dr. Rove!Karl Rove’s outlandish claim about Hillary Clinton’s brain is only the first of many bizarre charges she will face.
Political Gabfest
May 9 2014 10:53 AMThe I Miss Monica Lewinsky GabfestListen to Slate’s show about the Supreme Court’s prayer decision, North Carolina’s Senate primary, and Monica Lewinsky’s Vanity Fair essay.
Slate Plus
May 8 2014 2:16 PMHe’s Very Well Read It’s Well KnownEverything John Dickerson thinks you should read if you really want to understand Bob Dylan.
Politics
May 7 2014 6:01 AMThe GOP Strikes BackThe Republican Party is reining in its primary debates to take control of the crazy.
Politics
April 30 2014 6:19 PMLies, Damned Lies, and Garden-Variety Self-DeceptionWhy the new Benghazi emails aren’t a “smoking gun.”  
Political Gabfest
April 25 2014 11:10 AMThe "Can You Say President Rick Perry?" GabfestListen to Slate's show about the Common Core curriculum, the Texas gubernatorial race, and the presidential ambitions of Lone Star politicians.
Political Gabfest
April 18 2014 11:27 AMHow Can We Fix the Sexual Assault Epidemic on College Campuses?
Slate Plus
April 16 2014 11:22 AMWe Wanted to Welcome You to Slate Plus… So we created these videos just for you, members!
Political Gabfest
April 11 2014 10:51 AMThe “Emily, Would You Please Stop Being So Emotional?” GabfestListen to Slate's show about a possible Jeb Bush candidacy, “emotional” female politicians, and the ethics of taking your children on the high seas.
Politics
April 9 2014 11:08 AMHillary and the Hard QuestionThe delicate art of talking about running without admitting that you are running.
Politics
April 2 2014 2:48 PMMo’ Drama ObamaHow President Obama learned the value of total panic.

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