I loved this Atlantic excerpt from Dana Milbank's book Homo Politicus: The Strange and Scary Tribes That Run Our Government.  Before your copy arrives, this brief might have to do if you've any chance of understanding the strange patois of the Washington insider.  

eg. I don't pay attention to the polls.
      My job-approval rating is 32 percent

      You are either with us or against us.
      You are against us

      The following statement is false.

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