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

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"SETTING A TRAP"

A common strategy in which a politician adopts a position intended to force rivals into taking the opposite -- and less defensible -- stance.

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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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FRIDAY, JULY 31 - Dave will discuss Dog Whistles and related topics as part of University Synagogue's Distinguished Speaker's Series, in Irvine, Calif.

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JARGON OF THE WEEK

Our book contains hundreds of entries. Each week we share one with our online readers.

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