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wonk

An individual who studies a subject in great depth. It often refers to technical disciplines such as computers and science and is thus synonymous with "geek." However, a "policy wonk" is a person who is deeply involved in government programs. See geek.
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Kelly said Toigo and Taylor, who took part in the 2010 search of Coffee Wonk, argued they are entitled to qualified immunity because the incense they seized was in plain view.
Sacabo's image "Severed Region of Time," a photogravure that appears in conjunction with Wonk's poem "Sleep," depicts an abstract, aerial view of a mountainous valley with a sinuous bright river (the Styx, perhaps) that divides the dark and shadowy image, and cuts the valleys into two halves.
Bederman was a gift from heaven; to a policy wonk she is the Holy Grail.
By joining AMHCA, you are allowing AMHCA to enfold you as your advocate, policy wonk, and lobbyist, and you promote the reach and appeal of the mental health counseling profession.
Karl Rove is no economist but is a policy wonk of the first order and understands the details of the issues.
Riggs alleges police again searched his business in October 2012 under the guise of a "tavern check," even though he did not have a liquor license for Coffee Wonk. The state indicted him for distributing synthetic cannabinoids but later dismissed the charges.
Something about Nikpour's image just didn't scream policy wonk.
We were cruising along on the way to see my Computer Wonk. He is a very jolly chap who speaks good English.
Not judging by a host of upcoming exhibitions that could set a policy wonk's cold heart on fire.
Bush is likely less interested in starting a number-crunching policy wonk lab than a big-think salon.
He doesn't pretend to be a policy wonk. But the more that the Democratic party turns to Moulitsas for help, the more the limits to his movement become apparent, the less the raw animus of many liberals for the Iraq war seems likely to translate into any lasting liberal movement, and the more the current obsession with his brand of Winnerism looks misplaced.
And yeah, yeah, yeah, I know: With Clinton, the emphasis in "policy wonk" was definitely on the wonking.