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Mat

A general term for Russian profanity. The use of mat is illegal in Russia, though this is only enforced sporadically. However, inadvertently using mat can make it more difficult (or at least awkward) to conduct business in Russian.
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John Conyers (D-Mich.), ranking minority member on the House Judiciary Committee, was the Democrats' floor manager for H.R.3709, and he went to the mat for cities.
On foreign policy, he went to the mat for NAFTA, rammed through the expansion of NATO, refused to sign the treaties abolishing land mines and establishing a world court, lobbied for the arms companies, and bombed Iraq, the Sudan, and Afghanistan.
This childhood experience, Lueders writes, helped imprint on Knoll two "bedrock principles: an absolute commitment to nonviolence (he even opposed the use of violence to stop Hitler) and an absolute commitment to freedom of speech (he went to the mat to defend the right of bigots to preach hate)."