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NPR 2008-10-04

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The House passed a reworked version of the government's financial bailout plan early this afternoon. Speaking outside the White House today, President Bush applauded the action. NPR's Yuki Noguchi has more.

President Bush thanked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders for helping1 craft the bill. "Taken together, these steps represent decisive action to ease the credit crunch2 that is now threatening our economy. With a smoother flow of credit, more businesses will be able to stock their shelves and meet their payrolls3; more families will be able to get loans for cars and homes and college education." The president seemed to acknowledge the majority in his own party who still voted against the measure. "I believe government intervention4 should occur only when necessary. In this situation, action is clearly necessary." And he also asked for patience. The impact of the bill, he said, won't be felt immediately. Yuki Noguchi, NPR News, Washington.

A day after his debate with Republican rival Sarah Palin, Democratic vice5 presidential candidate Joe Biden was back in his home state of Delaware today to say goodbye to his son as he prepares to deploy6 to Iraq. Biden told soldiers outside the state Capitol that his heart is "full of love and pride". He takes comfort in knowing his son junior is among the best prepared group of citizen-soldiers the US has ever put in harm's way. Palin, for her part, has a 19-year-old son who went to Iraq earlier this month.

Last night's vice presidential debate also set a record of sorts and now appears to have been the most watched vice presidential debate in history, drawing almost 70 million viewers. That's according to Nielsen Media Research. By way of comparison, the first of three scheduled presidential debates between Barack Obama and John McCain drew just 52.4 million viewers.

The job market shrank last month by nearly 160,000 jobs. September marked the ninth straight month of decline. And economists8 say it's one more piece of evidence the economy is in recession. NPR's Frank Langfitt reports.

The last time the economy lost this many jobs was more than five years ago when the country was emerging from the last recession. The biggest drops last month came in the usual troubled sectors9. Construction and manufacturing lost more than 80,000 jobs combined and once healthier as like retail10 trade are now reeling. Analysts11 predict the nation's credit problem will claim even more jobs. John Silver is an economist7 with Wachovia. "I would say that over the next three to six months, the average job loss will probably be 120,000 to 140,000 a month. So it's just the credit availability, credit crunch problem has really accelerated here." While the number of jobs fell in September, the unemployment rate actually stayed the same at 6.1%. But analysts don't expect that to last. Frank Langfitt, NPR News, Washington.

On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 157 points. For the week, the Dow lost 7%. The S&P 500 fell 15 points. The NASDAQ lost 29 points.

This is NPR.

Officials in Pakistan are saying at least 12 people were killed as a result of two suspected US missile strikes. The air strikes in villages near the border with Afghanistan were aimed at militants12. US forces have increased cross-border operations against Taliban and al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan's border zone with Afghanistan. Missiles believed to have been fired from unmanned US drones were reported to have been launched just before dusk. Pakistan has said the attacks by the US, while killing13 Taliban leaders, also often bring civilian14 casualties, something they say has fanned extremist actions.
 
World powers are gathering15 momentum16 to fight piracy17 off the coast of Somalia. The capture of a Ukrainian ship laden18 with weapons last week has prompted coordinated19 action. NPR's Gwen Tompkins reports.

In the Indian Ocean north of Mogadishu, US warships21 are surrounding the MV Faina and her treasure of tanks, grenade launchers and ammunition22. Somali pirates are demanding 20 million dollars for the vessel23. But a Russian warship20 is expected. And western powers appeared newly motivated to curb24 piracy off the long Somali coastline. The European Community is coordinating25 a multinational26 effort to patrol the area and a proposed United Nations resolution is calling on even more nations to supply military planes and ships. What's more, regional exports believed the weapons aboard the hijacked27 ship will en route to Southern Sudan, which, if true, undermines a landmark28 peace deal that ended Sudan's long civil war. So the Somali pirates may have prompted an even bigger international incident than even they expected. Gwen Tompkins, NPR News, Nairobi.

Crude oil futures29 ended the session lower. The contract for benchmark grade crude fell nine cents a barrel to close at $93.88 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.


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1 helping 2rGzDc     
n.食物的一份&adj.帮助人的,辅助的
参考例句:
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
2 crunch uOgzM     
n.关键时刻;艰难局面;v.发出碎裂声
参考例句:
  • If it comes to the crunch they'll support us.关键时刻他们是会支持我们的。
  • People who crunch nuts at the movies can be very annoying.看电影时嘎吱作声地嚼干果的人会使人十分讨厌。
3 payrolls 6c9c6a79f750b129f50f4617a38144a8     
n.(公司员工的)工资名单( payroll的名词复数 );(公司的)工资总支出,工薪总额
参考例句:
  • Indices of employment, payrolls, and production steadied in February 1931931年2月,就业、工资额和生产指数稳定。 来自辞典例句
  • Wall Street responded to the payrolls figures with gusto. 华尔街对就业数据作出了积极的反应。 来自互联网
4 intervention e5sxZ     
n.介入,干涉,干预
参考例句:
  • The government's intervention in this dispute will not help.政府对这场争论的干预不会起作用。
  • Many people felt he would be hostile to the idea of foreign intervention.许多人觉得他会反对外来干预。
5 vice NU0zQ     
n.坏事;恶习;[pl.]台钳,老虎钳;adj.副的
参考例句:
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
6 deploy Yw8x7     
v.(军)散开成战斗队形,布置,展开
参考例句:
  • The infantry began to deploy at dawn.步兵黎明时开始进入战斗位置。
  • The president said he had no intention of deploying ground troops.总统称并不打算部署地面部队。
7 economist AuhzVs     
n.经济学家,经济专家,节俭的人
参考例句:
  • He cast a professional economist's eyes on the problem.他以经济学行家的眼光审视这个问题。
  • He's an economist who thinks he knows all the answers.他是个经济学家,自以为什么都懂。
8 economists 2ba0a36f92d9c37ef31cc751bca1a748     
n.经济学家,经济专家( economist的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The sudden rise in share prices has confounded economists. 股价的突然上涨使经济学家大惑不解。
  • Foreign bankers and economists cautiously welcomed the minister's initiative. 外国银行家和经济学家对部长的倡议反应谨慎。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 sectors 218ffb34fa5fb6bc1691e90cd45ad627     
n.部门( sector的名词复数 );领域;防御地区;扇形
参考例句:
  • Berlin was divided into four sectors after the war. 战后柏林分成了4 个区。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Industry and agriculture are the two important sectors of the national economy. 工业和农业是国民经济的两个重要部门。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
10 retail VWoxC     
v./n.零售;adv.以零售价格
参考例句:
  • In this shop they retail tobacco and sweets.这家铺子零售香烟和糖果。
  • These shoes retail at 10 yuan a pair.这些鞋子零卖10元一双。
11 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
12 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The militants have been sporadically fighting the government for years. 几年来,反叛分子一直对政府实施零星的战斗。
  • Despite the onslaught, Palestinian militants managed to fire off rockets. 尽管如此,巴勒斯坦的激进分子仍然发射导弹。
13 killing kpBziQ     
n.巨额利润;突然赚大钱,发大财
参考例句:
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
14 civilian uqbzl     
adj.平民的,民用的,民众的
参考例句:
  • There is no reliable information about civilian casualties.关于平民的伤亡还没有确凿的信息。
  • He resigned his commission to take up a civilian job.他辞去军职而从事平民工作。
15 gathering ChmxZ     
n.集会,聚会,聚集
参考例句:
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
16 momentum DjZy8     
n.动力,冲力,势头;动量
参考例句:
  • We exploit the energy and momentum conservation laws in this way.我们就是这样利用能量和动量守恒定律的。
  • The law of momentum conservation could supplant Newton's third law.动量守恒定律可以取代牛顿第三定律。
17 piracy 9N3xO     
n.海盗行为,剽窃,著作权侵害
参考例句:
  • The government has already adopted effective measures against piracy.政府已采取有效措施惩治盗版行为。
  • They made the place a notorious centre of piracy.他们把这地方变成了臭名昭著的海盗中心。
18 laden P2gx5     
adj.装满了的;充满了的;负了重担的;苦恼的
参考例句:
  • He is laden with heavy responsibility.他肩负重任。
  • Dragging the fully laden boat across the sand dunes was no mean feat.将满载货物的船拖过沙丘是一件了不起的事。
19 coordinated 72452d15f78aec5878c1559a1fbb5383     
adj.协调的
参考例句:
  • The sound has to be coordinated with the picture. 声音必须和画面协调一致。
  • The numerous existing statutes are complicated and poorly coordinated. 目前繁多的法令既十分复杂又缺乏快调。 来自英汉非文学 - 环境法 - 环境法
20 warship OMtzl     
n.军舰,战舰
参考例句:
  • He is serving on a warship in the Pacific.他在太平洋海域的一艘军舰上服役。
  • The warship was making towards the pier.军舰正驶向码头。
21 warships 9d82ffe40b694c1e8a0fdc6d39c11ad8     
军舰,战舰( warship的名词复数 ); 舰只
参考例句:
  • The enemy warships were disengaged from the battle after suffering heavy casualties. 在遭受惨重伤亡后,敌舰退出了海战。
  • The government fitted out warships and sailors for them. 政府给他们配备了战舰和水手。
22 ammunition GwVzz     
n.军火,弹药
参考例句:
  • A few of the jeeps had run out of ammunition.几辆吉普车上的弹药已经用光了。
  • They have expended all their ammunition.他们把弹药用光。
23 vessel 4L1zi     
n.船舶;容器,器皿;管,导管,血管
参考例句:
  • The vessel is fully loaded with cargo for Shanghai.这艘船满载货物驶往上海。
  • You should put the water into a vessel.你应该把水装入容器中。
24 curb LmRyy     
n.场外证券市场,场外交易;vt.制止,抑制
参考例句:
  • I could not curb my anger.我按捺不住我的愤怒。
  • You must curb your daughter when you are in church.你在教堂时必须管住你的女儿。
25 coordinating fc35d08ba9bb2dcfdc96033a33b9ae1e     
v.使协调,使调和( coordinate的现在分词 );协调;协同;成为同等
参考例句:
  • He abolished the Operations Coordinating Board and the Planning Board. 他废除了行动协调委员会和计划委员会。 来自辞典例句
  • He's coordinating the wedding, and then we're not going to invite him? 他是来协调婚礼的,难道我们不去请他? 来自电影对白
26 multinational FnrzdL     
adj.多国的,多种国籍的;n.多国籍公司,跨国公司
参考例句:
  • The firm was taken over by a multinational consulting firm.这家公司被一个跨国咨询公司收购。
  • He analyzed the relationship between multinational corporations and under-developed countries.他分析了跨国公司和不发达国家之间的关系。
27 hijacked 54f3e68c506e45e75f9a155a27738c2f     
劫持( hijack的过去式和过去分词 ); 绑架; 拦路抢劫; 操纵(会议等,以推销自己的意图)
参考例句:
  • The plane was hijacked by two armed men on a flight from London to Rome. 飞机在从伦敦飞往罗马途中遭到两名持械男子劫持。
  • The plane was hijacked soon after it took off. 那架飞机起飞后不久被劫持了。
28 landmark j2DxG     
n.陆标,划时代的事,地界标
参考例句:
  • The Russian Revolution represents a landmark in world history.俄国革命是世界历史上的一个里程碑。
  • The tower was once a landmark for ships.这座塔曾是船只的陆标。
29 futures Isdz1Q     
n.期货,期货交易
参考例句:
  • He continued his operations in cotton futures.他继续进行棉花期货交易。
  • Cotton futures are selling at high prices.棉花期货交易的卖价是很高的。
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