1. verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
synonym: trickery, hocus-pocus, slickness, hanky panky, jiggery-pokery
2. Activities intended to deceive; a con or hoax
It has an interesting etymology
Alternatively spells skullduggery
I think this word it pretty cool and underused. I think it can be easily applied to politicians, lawyers, lobbyists and pundits.