Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster
of American Political Speech

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NIXON-IN-CHINA

A metaphor involving a politician who does something unexpected and out of character, sometimes because he or she has the political stature to do so. It refers to Richard Nixon’s historic 1972 visit to the People’s Republic to improve relations at a time when the president had a reputation as an ardent anti-Communist.

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“A guide through the thicket, a machete with which to cut your way through the jungle of rhetoric… This volume may prove a life saver.” –Jeff Greenfield

Chuck McCutcheon is co-author of National Journal’s Almanac of American Politics, and was co-editor of Congressional Quarterly’s Politics in America 2010.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 - Chuck and Dave will appear on the Gil Gross Show, KKSF radio in San Francisco (one of Dave's regular stations he talks to). The discussion will focus on Dog Whistles. 4:35 p.m. PST.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 - Chuck and Dave will appear on the nationally-syndicated Dennis Prager Show to discuss Dog Whistles and releated political topics. The authors will be on from 11:30 a.m. - 12p.m. PST.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 - Chuck and Dave will be signing copies of Dog Whistles at the National Press Club's Book Fair. The event is at the Club's headquarters, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST

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