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John Dickerson

John Dickerson is the co-host of "CBS This Morning" and a frequent substitute "Washington Week" host. 

He was previously the anchor of CBS News' "Face the Nation" and the network's chief Washington correspondent. He is also a political columnist for Slate magazine and the author of “On Her Trail,” a Simon and Schuster book about his mother, the late Nancy Dickerson, a pioneering newswoman. 

Prior to joining Slate, Dickerson covered politics for 12 years for TIME magazine. His last four years he was the magazine’s White House correspondent.

At Slate, Dickerson has covered the administration's policy on the war in Afghanistan, the state of bipartisan politics, Iraq, and written extensively on the health care reform debate. Previously, he wrote on the Bush administration policies and political strategy. Dickerson has interviewed George Bush five times since his election in 2000.

In 2004 he co-wrote the TIME cover story naming George Bush TIME's Person of the Year. In 2004, The Washington Post  wrote about his talent for asking questions: "The master of the game is John Dickerson of TIME magazine, who has knocked Bush off script so many times that his colleagues have coined a term for cleverly worded, seemingly harmless, but incisive questions:  Dickersonian." The cover story he co-wrote on Karl Rove was included in The Best Political Stories of 2003.

During the 2000 presidential election, Dickerson covered John McCain, co-writing several cover stories on the Arizona Senator, and wrote at length on Republican candidate George W. Bush throughout the general campaign season. At the end of the contentious Florida election recount, he reported and wrote the cover story naming George W. Bush TIME’s “Person of the Year” after spending an afternoon with the future president at his Texas ranch.

Previously, Dickerson covered Capitol Hill, reporting on the Gingrich Congress, the House impeachment proceedings and Senate trial of President Clinton. Before covering Congress, Dickerson wrote about economics, providing analysis on entitlements, the budget process and taxes. During the 1996 national election he covered the campaigns of Bob Dole, Lamar Alexander and Steve Forbes.

Dickerson has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and Men's Vogue. In addition to being a regular panelist on “Washington Week,” he has appeared on "Face the Nation," "Today Show," "NBC Nightly News," "Good Morning America," "ABC’s This Week,"  "The PBS News Hour," "Nightline," "Larry King Live," and the BBC.

A native Washington,  DC he graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a degree in English.

Most Recent Appearances

Recent Stories

  • CBS News
    February 19, 2019
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he will run again for the Democratic nomination.
  • Slate
    November 15, 2016
    Gwen's smile. It was so strong it greeted you before you met her. You could read by the light of her smile. And if you could make her laugh that was a prize. The sound of pure joy.
  • CBS News
    September 22, 2016
    CBS News political director and "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss Monday's upcoming presidential debate and Trump's praise for the controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy
  • CBS News
    September 20, 2016
    Donald Trump’s promotion of birtherism isn’t just a story about the last five years, it’s a story about last Saturday night. When responding to criticism from Defense Secretary Robert Gates Trump said, “He’s a nasty guy.
  • CBS News
    September 16, 2016
    In 1955 when president Dwight Eisenhower had a heart attack, his staff told the press he had simply “suffered a digestive upset in the night.” Twelve hours later, the president’s team told the truth. White House reporters were furious.
  • CBS News
    September 15, 2016
    CBS News political director and "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson joins "CBS This Morning" from Washington to discuss Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton releasing new health information, and an enthusiasm gap between Clinto
  • CBS News
    September 2, 2016
    CBS News political director and "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the role of fear in the presidential election and GOP nominee Donald Trump's efforts to behave more like a "n
  • CBS News
    September 1, 2016
    CBS News political director and "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson joins "CBS This Morning" from Washington to discuss Donald Trump's immigration address on Wednesday night.
  • CBS News
    August 18, 2016
    Usually, you have to wait until a person becomes president to see if they can fulfill the promise of their presidency. But Donald Trump is offering us a sneak preview.
  • CBS News
    July 22, 2016
    The crowd wasn't booing Ted Cruz: they were saying "Cruuuuuuuuz."
  • CBS News
    July 11, 2016
    On "Face the Nation" Sunday, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani defended tough policing policies and accused the Black Lives Matter movement of being "inherently racist." CBS News political director and "Face the Nation"
  • CBS News
    July 6, 2016
    FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that he will not recommend charges for Hillary Clinton in her use of a private email server while secretary of state.
  • CBS News
    July 1, 2016
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch has decided to take a reduced role in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server, following her controversial impromptu meeting with former President Bill Clinton.
  • CBS News
    May 19, 2016
    CBS News political director and "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the discord within the Democratic Party, with Bernie Sanders and party leaders accusing each other of lying about a dis
  • CBS News
    May 4, 2016
    "It's Donald Trump's Republican Party now," CBS News Political Director says the day after RNC Chairman Reince Priebus called Trump the "presumptive nominee." But how will the #NeverTrump movement affect Trump's ca
  • CBS News
    April 29, 2016
    Donald Trump makes a lot of bold claims. It can be hard to check those claims.
  • CBS News
    April 20, 2016
    John Dickerson, CBS News political director and anchor of "Face the Nation," offers more insight into both the Republican and Democratic races in the Empire State.
  • CBS News
    April 2, 2016
    Donald Trump said Friday that he believes the laws regulating abortion should stay as they are, but he doesn't disagree with the proposition that abortion is murder.
  • Slate
    February 3, 2016
    It seemed like Donald Trump was going to upend every truth of politics, but the rule of Iowa held. A campaign based on the tested model of voter courtship with state-of-the-art improvements won the day.
  • CBS News
    January 29, 2016
    John Dickerson breaks down the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucus.
  • Slate
    January 13, 2016
    The GOP may not be big enough for Donald Trump and Paul Ryan.
  • CBS News
    December 16, 2015
    CBS News political director and “Face the Nation” moderator John Dickerson joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss Tuesday night's GOP presidential race in Las Vegas.
  • Slate
    December 14, 2015
    The Texas senator has shown some impressive restraint in how he’s approached the fight of his life.
  • Slate
    December 12, 2015
    The Texas senator has shown some impressive restraint in how he’s approached the fight of his life.
  • Slate
    December 9, 2015
    His GOP rivals still see it as too risky to fully cast him off.
  • CBS News
    December 8, 2015
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defended his call to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States by comparing it to former President Roosevelt's 1942 executive order that authorized the internment of 110,000 American c
  • Slate
    October 29, 2015
    There’s a theory in presidential politics that if you’re a young senator facing questions about your inexperience and ability to lead, you can create an aura of leadership through successful campaign moments that can substitute for actual experience.
  • Slate
    October 22, 2015
    When Joe Biden announced that he wasn’t running for president, he thanked those in the audience who had been good to him over his long period of deliberation.
  • Slate
    October 20, 2015
    Jeb Bush has gone from not wanting to be defined by his brother to using his brother’s legacy to define Donald Trump.
  • Slate
    October 14, 2015
    Hillary Clinton came into the first Democratic presidential debate as the front-runner, and for perhaps the first time in the campaign, she looked like one.
  • CBS News
    October 13, 2015
    "Face the Nation" moderator and CBS News political director John Dickerson joins "CBS This Morning" from Washington to preview the debate.
  • Slate
    October 8, 2015
    Joe Biden is expected to announce whether he is running for president any day now. If he does decide to jump in the race, there will be one critical question for which he doesn’t quite have an answer: Why are you running?
  • Slate
    September 22, 2015
    Scott Walker is the only governor to survive a recall but the first sitting governor who could not survive Donald Trump.
  • Slate
    September 21, 2015
    Paul Ryan wants Republicans to have a serious conversation about ending poverty.
  • Slate
    September 17, 2015
    Carly Fiorina did the most to help her campaign in the three-hour CNN Iron Man debate.
  • Slate
    September 8, 2015
    Jeb Bush has decided to stoop to conquer. The onetime GOP front-runner didn't think Donald Trump was worth his time. By simply being the adult in the race, he hoped, voters would stick with him and turn away from Trump.
  • Slate
    August 7, 2015
    What a show the first GOP debate was! A rock ’em, sock ’em affair full of heated exchanges, punches, and counterpunches. It was entertaining and informative, for which viewers can thank the Fox News moderators and Donald Trump.
  • Slate
    August 4, 2015
    A discussion about whether Vice President Joe Biden should run for president gets deep pretty fast. Any talk about ambition, a life’s purpose, and the end of a career must take into account of all the woe Biden has had to face in his life.
  • Slate
    August 3, 2015
    Donald Trump has changed the rules of campaigning. In no area has he done more pioneering work than in the field of insults.
  • Slate
    July 23, 2015
    We interrupt the Donald Trump cavalcade to present you with a story you will not read. It’s about Ohio Gov. John Kasich and not Donald Trump. It’s not that I don’t want you to read it. I just fear that what’s true of the polls is true of readers.
  • Slate
    July 21, 2015
    Donald Trump is unlikely to be president for many reasons. One is his lack of modesty.
  • Slate
    July 10, 2015
    Donald Trump must really want to be president. Because he is letting his brand take a beating.
  • Slate
    July 9, 2015
    Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history explains how Bill Clinton earned the nickname the Comeback Kid during the 1992 Democratic primary.
  • Slate
    July 8, 2015
    Donald Trump and Jeb Bush are polar opposites on immigration. Where on the spectrum will the GOP fall?
  • Slate
    July 6, 2015
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a “telling it like it is” campaign for president. It’s his theme. “I mean what I say, and I say what I mean, and that's what America needs right now,” he says.
  • Slate
    July 1, 2015
    The remarkable week that roused the president from dejection and inspired a stirring call to action.
  • Slate
    June 25, 2015
    The man blocking the entrance to the subway so he can check his phone, and what to do about him.
  • Slate
    June 12, 2015
    Why presidential candidates traveling overseas doesn’t tell us much.
  • Slate
    June 11, 2015
    Slate’s podcast about campaign history looks back at George McGovern’s disastrous handling of the Eagleton Affair in 1972.
  • Slate
    June 2, 2015
    The Kentucky senator could inspire an important foreign policy debate—if he doesn’t destroy it first.
  • Slate
    May 26, 2015
    Chris Christie is offering a blunt-talking tough-guy routine to win over voters.
  • Slate
    May 19, 2015
    Republican presidential candidates are having trouble answering hypothetical questions about what they would have done in Iraq.
  • Slate
    May 12, 2015
    Jeb Bush isn’t giving clear answers about America’s lessons in Iraq. That’s something no serious candidate can avoid.
  • Slate
    May 6, 2015
    Some conservatives are trying to unify the GOP around a single candidate—if only they could agree on the same one.
  • Slate
    May 1, 2015
    When candidates are confronted by ideological opposition from within their own party, they face two options: They can fight it or embrace it. In 1952 Dwight Eisenhower and Robert Taft fought. In 1980 Jimmy Carter and Edward Kennedy fought.
  • Slate
    April 21, 2015
    overage of the first gathering of Republican presidential candidates in New Hampshire last weekend focused on how many of them attacked Hillary Clinton, but there was another unifying message among several of the speakers: Governor is greater than se
  • Slate
    April 15, 2015
    Hillary Clinton’s first campaign event as a declared candidate went smoothly and was full of contradictions. Held in a working garage where students at a community college learn to fix cars, it was a venue for a jumpsuit, not a pantsuit.
  • CBS News
    April 13, 2015
    People's Champion. That's Hillary Clinton's first crack at explaining why she's running for president.
  • Slate
    April 8, 2015
    Rand Paul is betting on the hope that people have not lost hope in change. Announcing his candidacy for the presidency Tuesday, the first-term senator outlined an agenda for change far more revolutionary than then-Sen.
  • Slate
    April 3, 2015
    Presidential announcement season is upon us. Sen. Ted Cruz has jumped in the pool. Sen. Rand Paul is expected to join him next week. Sen. Marco Rubio will do the same thing the following week.
  • Slate
    March 31, 2015
    The Texas senator’s biggest problem is that he is known more for causing disorder than genuine accomplishments.
  • Slate
    March 23, 2015
    On Thursday, Jeb Bush used the video broadcast app Meerkat to live stream his visit to Atlanta to his Twitter followers.
  • Slate
    March 19, 2015
    Will frivolity or timidity destroy politics faster? We all know about the frivolity problem. Candidates and the media are distracted by one shiny non-news event after another until Election Day.
  • Slate
    March 13, 2015
    Bill Clinton had a strategy when he faced the kind of difficult moment his wife is enduring now. He would throw himself into campaigning or his work. Let the press and his partisan pursuers bleat, he was going to return to important issues.
  • Slate
    March 9, 2015
    This Saturday, Jeb Bush makes his first visit to Iowa as a possible presidential candidate to attend the Iowa Agriculture Summit.
  • Slate
    March 2, 2015
    Earlier this week Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he wasn’t going to take the media’s bait. But his challenge isn’t avoiding taking the bait—it’s avoiding becoming the chum.
  • Slate
    February 27, 2015
    Two years ago Chris Christie wasn’t invited to address the Conservative Political Action Conference. The New Jersey governor was considered too moderate and a member of the Republican establishment.
  • Slate
    February 24, 2015
    Scott Walker is taking a stand against campaign gotcha questions. All praise to him! It’s a noble goal, and a posture that’s very hard to sustain.
  • Slate
    February 19, 2015
    If there were questions about whether Jeb Bush is like his brother, he dispelled some of them on Wednesday at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
  • Slate
    February 5, 2015
    How candidates would campaign about poverty if they really cared about poverty.
  • Slate
    February 3, 2015
    Chris Christie and Scott Walker have had some minor stumbles in recent days.
  • Slate
    January 30, 2015
    Covering the frantic Republican caucus in Iowa while simultaneously covering the drowsy Democratic contest is like stepping off of a moving walkway. You swing your arms and legs at the same quick pace, but you’re not moving fast anymore.
  • Slate
    January 21, 2015
    President Obama delivered a strong partisan speech that roiled Republicans even as it sought to win over everyone else.
  • Slate
    January 16, 2015
    Rand Paul loves the free market, and in a one-day five-stop New Hampshire tour, the Kentucky senator dispensed his praise for it like water from an aspergillum.
  • Slate
    January 12, 2015
    In a new focus group, voters agreed about one thing: Elizabeth Warren is one of the most intriguing contenders for 2016.
  • Slate Magazine
    December 11, 2014
    Mitch McConnell is refreshingly candid about politics sometimes. While some politicians billow to make their political moves seem high-minded, Sen. McConnell is blunt.
  • Slate Magazine
    December 3, 2014
    Will a potential Republican presidential candidate give a speech about the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri? It would be a political opportunity, a chance to prove that he is precisely the type of leader the likely 2016 candidates will claim to be.
  • Slate Magazine
    November 25, 2014
    President Obama expects to get a few dings from his successor and he doesn’t mind it. He told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he understands that the next Democratic presidential nominee will need to distance herself from him.
  • Slate Magazine
    November 20, 2014
    President Obama will likely soon announce his executive actions revamping his administration’s immigration policies. (Update, Nov.
  • Slate Magazine
    November 17, 2014
    If only Halloween hadn’t passed, someone could go as MIT’s Jonathan Gruber. He is the economist most likely to get people in Washington to run out of a room.
  • Slate Magazine
    November 7, 2014
    President Obama’s coalition may not have turned out for Democrats on Election Day, but at his press conference Wednesday the president was clear that he still has a coalition behind him. “I am the guy who is elected by everybody,” he said.
  • Slate Magazine
    November 4, 2014
    Finally, we’re going to get some results on Election Day 2014. Here are the signposts and early returns that I’m looking for and the questions I want to see answered.
  • Slate
    October 30, 2014
    Will this be a wave election? In these uncertain times, when we use a weather metaphor it should be clear. You're either wet or you're not. But it's not clear, because we're using the wrong metaphor.
  • Slate Magazine
    October 28, 2014
    Republicans are going to pick up seats in both houses of Congress. They may even take control of the Senate. Those victories will provide an unequivocal mandate for support of one proposition: widespread dislike of President Obama. That’s it.
  • Slate Magazine
    October 27, 2014
    For a short time, there was a feeling, shared by Republicans and Democrats, that Medicare and Social Security were losing their power as third rails in American politics.
  • Slate Magazine
    October 10, 2014
    There are many reasons modern presidential campaigns are so dreadful.
  • Slate Magazine
    October 9, 2014
    If you receive political fundraising emails, you know the end is near. As Politico reported recently, pessimism brings in the donations, and as the Wall Street Journal confirmed, studies back that up: “Donors and would-be donors are more likely to
  • Slate Magazine
    October 1, 2014
    Sens. Mark Udall, Jeanne Shaheen, and Kay Hagan all serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • Slate Magazine
    September 30, 2014
    Once a GOP White Knight decides to run for president, the party turns on him. Romney knows that better than anyone.
  • Slate
    September 25, 2014
    My Twitter feed and my email inbox are in tension. Conservatives have been passing around a story on Twitter from the Washington Free Beacon, which has been doing great work unearthing new items from Hillary Clinton’s past.
  • Slate Magazine
    September 19, 2014
    The Colorado referendum on women is just 47 days away. That’s not its official title. Most people here refer to it as the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, Cory Gardner.
  • Slate Magazine
    September 17, 2014
    Hillary Clinton opened her remarks at the 37th annual Harkin Steak Fry by talking about the imminent arrival of her daughter’s first child and her possible presidential campaign. It was hard to tell which was more pregnant.
  • Slate Magazine
    September 8, 2014
    The Iowa State Fair is over, but the circus is coming to town. On Sept. 14, Hillary and Bill Clinton will attend the 37th annual Harkin Steak Fry, the famous Iowa political event named after Sen. Tom Harkin.
  • CBS News
    September 3, 2014
    CBS News Political Director John Dickerson breaks down the upcoming midterm Congressional elections, where control of the Senate hangs in the balance and leans toward Republicans.
  • Slate Magazine
    August 28, 2014
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may survive, but the Walker Hypothesis seems dead.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 29, 2014
    Usually people return from vacation with a lighter outlook, but after the year-end Senate break, Majority Leader Harry Reid is in a glum mood.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 29, 2014
    Lots of politicians get blamed for gridlock, but few can really grab it with both mitts and own it the way Gov. Chris Christie now can.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 29, 2014
    For two hours New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did a full hangout, or at least as close as we're likely to get in politics these days.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 29, 2014
    As Bridgeimbroglio unfolds in New Jersey, we are likely to get to a forensic tour through Chris Christie's administration. Democrats in the Legislature are investigating, the U.S.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 28, 2014
    Has the Benghazi “smoking gun” been found?
  • Slate Magazine
    July 25, 2014
    Mitt, the documentary about Willard Mitt Romney's two presidential campaigns, is not so much a campaign movie as it is a home movie.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 25, 2014
    In advance of President Obama's State of the Union address, he and his aides have been talking about his desk set.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 25, 2014
    “America does not stand still," said President Obama in his State of the Union address, "and neither will I." For the next hour the president plotted the path he would walk and the strides he would take to get around the members of Con
  • Slate Magazine
    July 25, 2014
    One hundred and seventy-nine years ago today, President Andrew Jackson had a close call. The 67-year-old president emerged from a funeral in the House chamber and was set upon by Richard Lawrence, a housepainter who was off that day.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 23, 2014
    Do you remember the Republican reality show of 2012? There were 20 episodes.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 23, 2014
    President Obama was asked recently about regrets. “I regret not having spent more time with my mother,” he said. The president’s mother, Ann Dunham, died at age 52 when Barack Obama was 34.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 23, 2014
    When you get an envelope from your insurance company, it can contain a variety of surprises. Sometimes a check falls out. The claim was paid quickly—and they covered more than you expected. This is rare.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 23, 2014
    In the famous scene from Monty Python's Holy Grail, a man tries to convince an undertaker with a cart full of bodies that the old man he is carrying on his shoulder is dead.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 23, 2014
    As the White House prepares to host French President François Hollande for a rare state dinner on Tuesday, here are three questions to start the week:
  • Slate Magazine
    July 23, 2014
    Let us now praise ruthless men. And women. The two most talked-about potential presidential candidates in 2016 are enduring public examinations of their ruthlessness.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 23, 2014
    We're all very busy, so here's a time-saver: Let's all agree to not talk about Monica Lewinsky for at least two years. In fact, let’s not discuss any of the “events” in the Clinton marriage.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 22, 2014
    In school did you ever cram for a Shakespeare exam by reading a lot in one sitting? It temporarily rewired your brain. When from your hand let slip the rhyme’d page, backward did run the lines in your hot brain.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 22, 2014
    Washington is coasting. For the past several years, chroniclers of the relationship between the president and Republicans in Congress have searched in vain for new ways to describe chaos.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 22, 2014
    Imagine there were a political movement that was against pablum in the public square, that promoted tough debates on pressing issues, that was suspicious of coronations, and cared about a presidential candidate’s qualities as much as the ideas she wo
  • Slate Magazine
    July 21, 2014
    “Be careful to ‘be real.’ ” That was Hillary Clinton adviser Mandy Grunwald’s advice in 1999 as the first lady took her first steps toward running for the Senate seat from New York.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 21, 2014
    If you are a member of the 1 percent, be wary, the politicians are coming for you. They’d like a donation to their campaign. Given all the talk about income inequality, you might have worried that they’d be supporting policies that could hurt you.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 21, 2014
    The Republican Party is having a debate about its future. Before it can have the debate, its leaders must agree on just how it should take place.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 21, 2014
    Sen. Rand Paul may not be a foreign policy hawk but he is a political one.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 21, 2014
    How do you spy on a spy? In the case of Senate investigators, you do it by adopting some of their methods.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 21, 2014
    When you are the chairman of a political party, it doesn’t pay to be subtle. So when GOP Chairman Reince Priebus met with reporters Tuesday for breakfast, he got right to the point.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 21, 2014
    As I watched the big television screen broadcasting the focus group taking place in Charlotte, N.C., I was tempted to tweet about it. This is the modern instinct. I don't just mean for reporters.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 21, 2014
    At the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on Monday, President Obama and other world leaders participated in a hypothetical exercise playing out what they would do if terrorists gained nuclear weapons.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 21, 2014
    For the first time in my life I have a secretary. If I were a branch manager or assistant V.P. of sales in an honest profession, I might have gotten one sooner. But I am a journalist and we work alone.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 18, 2014
    Jeb Bush is having a moment.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 18, 2014
    On Tuesday, President Obama celebrated the success of two franchises known for their long-suffering fans: He hosted the World Series champion Boston Red Sox and announced that his health care plan had signed up 7.1 million people.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 16, 2014
    The civil war in the Republican Party is so civil. At least on the Senate battlefield, the much-anticipated and contentious intraparty fights are not happening.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 15, 2014
    The story of trouble at the Department of Veterans Affairs is a familiar one: A political firestorm erupts, and firings are called for. Hearings are held. Outrage is produced. Pundits want to know what the president is going to do.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 15, 2014
    If you’ve ever been seriously sick or helped a family member who is, you know how dark it can get.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 11, 2014
    Congress has historically low approval ratings. Gridlock and partisanship are the top reason Americans are so critical.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 11, 2014
    Kathleen Sebelius, the outgoing health and human services secretary, has one last job she can do for President Obama. She can allow Republicans to heap criticism upon her as she heads out the door.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 11, 2014
    How do I get you to pay attention to this story? I could type out a balanced tale about an incremental change in White House spin and message control, relying on your discernment, patience, and kindness toward all the creatures of the Earth.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 9, 2014
    What qualities do voters want in a president? A white male Protestant lawyer of European descent from a big state has been the historical answer, but the Pew Research Center recently asked this question to get a more current view.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 8, 2014
    T-minus 12 days and counting until June 10, when Hillary Clinton launches her campaign. That’s the date of the release of her book, Hard Choices, though the campaign has really already begun.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 8, 2014
    The candidate who boasted she had castrated hogs won the Republican Senate primary in Iowa Tuesday, and in the bitter Mississippi GOP primary race, it might just come to that.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 8, 2014
    Reporting on Rick Perry this week has included more talk about a spit guard than I would have expected.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 8, 2014
    During the 2008 campaign, Hillary Clinton ran a blunt television ad asking whether Barack Obama could handle a foreign policy crisis. In it, a phone rang and a variety of children were shown in their beds. “It’s 3 a.m.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 8, 2014
    Be afraid, be very afraid. In February, a top GOP aide explained why immigration reform was never going to happen this year.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 8, 2014
    Listening to Republican presidential candidates talk to GOP activists in Iowa, it’s hard to tell which party is in more trouble.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 8, 2014
    Meet the new leader, same as the old leader. Rep. Eric Cantor’s defeat last week was a message from grass-roots conservatives to Washington’s Republican leaders: No more business as usual.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 8, 2014
    President Obama taunted Republicans on Tuesday. “Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff,” he said.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 8, 2014
    On Monday morning, at a White House summit on policies to help working families, Vice President Joe Biden reflected on his wealth.
  • Slate Magazine
    July 1, 2014
    With the world in chaos and voters losing faith in President Obama’s leadership, the Republican Party has an opportunity to reclaim its place in the foreign policy conversation. First, though, the party has to figure out what it wants to say.