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    Bunch of questions again. Thanks in advance!

    What is a "thumb-nail sketch"?
    In "They capped a town hall at the University of Tampa", what does cap mean here?
    In "We start getting into these caricatures. They're so damaging." what does getting into
    caricatures mean?
    What does this sentence mean? He still casts Republicans as a party of "no" and calls that
    their political strategy.
    "Lawmakers are holding their annual retreat." What is annual retreat?

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: Bunch of questions again. Thanks in advance!

    thumbnail sketch = brief description

    cap = bring to a close

    caricature = an exaggerated, distorted picture (in this case, he's talking about the two sides in a debate distorting each other's positions)

    "He still casts Republicans as a party of 'no' and calls that their political strategy." In other words, the Republicans aren't contributing anything to the discussion, they're just saying "no" to whatever the Democrats propose (Keep in mind that the person speaking -- Pres. Obama -- is a Democrat.)

    annual retreat = in this case a conference held away from the usual workplace

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    Re: Bunch of questions again. Thanks in advance!

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: Bunch of questions again. Thanks in advance!

    But there's still somewhere I don't quite get. "He still casts Republicans as a party of 'no' and calls that their political strategy." how does "that" function here in this sentence?

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    Re: Bunch of questions again. Thanks in advance!

    "that" refers to "saying no". In other words, he's saying that the Republicans habitually say "no", and that (saying "no") is their political strategy.

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