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After the Manafort and Cohen news dropped, many wondered how Trump would respond. By the following morning, a messaging strategy seemed to coalesce. Nick Lehr/The Conversation via Reuters and AP Photo

Michael Cohen’s guilty plea? ‘Nothing to see here’

Trump's surrogates have deployed tried and true rhetorical techniques to defend the president.
Did Trump’s rhetoric played a part in radicalizing the far-right protesters in Charlottesville? AP Photo/Steve Helber

Charlottesville and the politics of fear

Trump is a master of using anger to motivate his base. An anti-terrorism researcher explains how to stem the tide.
What can parents do to help their children manage the political climate? AP Photo/Richard Vogel

Child anxiety and parenting in the Trump era

With emotionally charged rhetoric from both sides of the aisle and many parents in a heightened state of distress, children are more vulnerable than ever to anxiety. What can parents do?
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Heroes and American politics

The authors of a new book have data that show politicians and the media love talking about heroes, but ordinary people are much more reluctant. That difference could have political consequences.
Rhetoric can teach scientists how to effectively communicate what’s going on in the lab to the rest of us. Joshua Mayer

Defending science: How the art of rhetoric can help

If you've only ever paired the idea of 'rhetoric' with 'empty,' think again. Rhetoricians of science have concrete techniques to share with researchers to help them communicate their scientific work.

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