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NPR NEWS 2008-02-01

时间:2008-07-21 06:39来源:互联网 提供网友:xiesuyi   字体: [ ]

Republican presidential hopefuls debated at the Reagan Library in California yesterday and sparks flew between Mitt1 Romney and John McCain. Romney said McCain's positions on taxes and campaign finance show he is not a true Conservative. 'He voted twice against the Bush tax cuts only two Republicans did that. He is the co-author of McCain-Feingold which I think took a whack2 at the First Amendment3 and I do believe as well hurt our party pretty significantly and I think it has made money haven4 even greater influence in politics today, not lessened5 influence. 'McCain said he voted against the President's tax cuts not because he doesn't believe in low taxes but because that they were tilted6 towards the rich. 'I'm proud of my Conservative record. It's one of reaching across the aisle7 to get things done for Americans obviously. ' Mike Huckabee said that he is the only true Conservative in the race and Ron Paul attacked McCain and Romney for disputing who said what regarding the Iraq war. Paul said the nation should be debating issues. He called the war unconstitutional and said Iraq was not connected to 9/11 and represented no threat to U.S. security. Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the race and endorsed8 McCain.

The landscape is slightly different in the Democratic race today. John Edwards who has not won a single primary or caucus10 after his populous11 message failed to resonate with large numbers of voters dropped out of the contest. He didn't endorse9 Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama the two major candidates left among the Democrats12. Clinton and Obama both spoke13 to Baptists' meeting at Atlanta yesterday and they traded verbal barbs14. In Denver Obama said a Clinton presidency15 would mark a return to the past. Clinton reiterated16 her claim that she has the experience needed to lead and she said Obama's comments reflected a move away from his core campaign message of hope.

The Senate has begun debate on an economic stimulus17 plan. The proposal differs from one passed by the House earlier this week. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

The Senate bill gives all who qualify tax rebates18 of 500 dollars has opposed to the 600 dollars checks approved by the House. But the Senate bill provides money to low income seniors and disabled veterans who do not qualify for rebates under the House plan. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. 'We should do the right thing toward our seniors. We should include them as part of our stimulus package.' The rebate19 checks would phase out for those earning over 150, 000 dollars a year twice the income caps set by the House. Senate leaders hoped to approve the measure by the end of the week so that negotiations20 on a final bill can begin with the House and the Bush administration. Brian Naylor, NPR News, the Capitol.

European markets opened flat today. Banking21 stocks were big losers as worries continued about losses in the U.S. financial system due to the subprime mortgage meltdown. Markets in Asia ended one of the worst months ever with a slight upturn22 today.

From Washington, this is NPR News.

In Afghanistan two suicide attackers killed 7 people and wounded more than three dozen. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has more from Kabul.

Afghan police officials say one bomber23 detonated his explosives during noon time prayers inside the main mosque24 in the southern provincial25 capital of Lashkar Gah. The blast killed the deputy governor of Helmand province who was praying next to the bomber as well as five other people in the mosque. Earlier in Kabul a suicide bomber detonated before reaching his intended target, an Afghan national army bus. The blast shattered the windows on the bus. But no one aboard was killed. Militants26 have increasingly targeted Afghan army and police buses in the capital. The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks although spokesmen insisted the attack on the mosque occurred outside, not inside as police claimed. Meanwhile in eastern Nuristan province officials say militants beheaded four road workers and dumped their bodies on the side of the road. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR News, Kabul.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey has once again refused to say whether the interrogation practice of waterboarding is torture. He told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that it would be inappropriate for him to pass definitive27 judgment28 on the technique's legality because it isn't currently authorized29 as a CIA interrogation technique and may never be. Mukasey said under questioning that waterboarding would feel like torture to him but that doesn't necessarily make it illegal. He drew rebukes30 and even jeers31 from some Senate Democrats. It was Mukasey's first oversight32 hearing since taking over the Justice Department more than 2 months ago after Alberto Gonzales resigned.

Oil prices fell to the 91-dollar level in Asian trading today.

I'm Paul Brown in Washington.


1 mitt Znszwo     
  • I gave him a baseball mitt for his birthday.为祝贺他的生日,我送给他一只棒球手套。
  • Tom squeezed a mitt and a glove into the bag.汤姆把棒球手套和手套都塞进袋子里。
2 whack kMKze     
  • After years of dieting,Carol's metabolism was completely out of whack.经过数年的节食,卡罗尔的新陈代谢完全紊乱了。
  • He gave me a whack on the back to wake me up.他为把我弄醒,在我背上猛拍一下。
3 amendment Mx8zY     
  • The amendment was rejected by 207 voters to 143.这项修正案以207票对143票被否决。
  • The Opposition has tabled an amendment to the bill.反对党已经就该议案提交了一项修正条款。
4 haven 8dhzp     
  • It's a real haven at the end of a busy working day.忙碌了一整天后,这真是一个安乐窝。
  • The school library is a little haven of peace and quiet.学校的图书馆是一个和平且安静的小避风港。
5 lessened 6351a909991322c8a53dc9baa69dda6f     
  • Listening to the speech through an interpreter lessened its impact somewhat. 演讲辞通过翻译的嘴说出来,多少削弱了演讲的力量。
  • The flight to suburbia lessened the number of middle-class families living within the city. 随着迁往郊外的风行,住在城内的中产家庭减少了。
6 tilted 3gtzE5     
v. 倾斜的
  • Suddenly the boat tilted to one side. 小船突然倾向一侧。
  • She tilted her chin at him defiantly. 她向他翘起下巴表示挑衅。
7 aisle qxPz3     
  • The aisle was crammed with people.过道上挤满了人。
  • The girl ushered me along the aisle to my seat.引座小姐带领我沿着通道到我的座位上去。
8 endorsed a604e73131bb1a34283a5ebcd349def4     
vt.& vi.endorse的过去式或过去分词形式v.赞同( endorse的过去式和过去分词 );在(尤指支票的)背面签字;在(文件的)背面写评论;在广告上说本人使用并赞同某产品
  • The committee endorsed an initiative by the chairman to enter discussion about a possible merger. 委员会通过了主席提出的新方案,开始就可能进行的并购进行讨论。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The government has broadly endorsed a research paper proposing new educational targets for 14-year-olds. 政府基本上支持建议对14 岁少年实行新教育目标的研究报告。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 endorse rpxxK     
  • No one is foolish enough to endorse it.没有哪个人会傻得赞成它。
  • I fully endorse your opinions on this subject.我完全拥护你对此课题的主张。
10 caucus Nrozd     
  • This multi-staged caucus takes several months.这个多级会议常常历时好几个月。
  • It kept the Democratic caucus from fragmenting.它也使得民主党的核心小组避免了土崩瓦解的危险。
11 populous 4ORxV     
  • London is the most populous area of Britain.伦敦是英国人口最稠密的地区。
  • China is the most populous developing country in the world.中国是世界上人口最多的发展中国家。
12 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
14 barbs 56032de71c59b706e1ec6d4b8b651f33     
n.(箭头、鱼钩等的)倒钩( barb的名词复数 );带刺的话;毕露的锋芒;钩状毛
  • She slung barbs at me. 她说了些讥刺我的话。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I would no longer uncomplainingly accept their barbs or allow their unaccountable power to go unchallenged. 我不会再毫无怨言地洗耳恭听他们带刺的话,或让他们的不负责任的权力不受到挑战。 来自辞典例句
15 presidency J1HzD     
  • Roosevelt was elected four times to the presidency of the United States.罗斯福连续当选四届美国总统。
  • Two candidates are emerging as contestants for the presidency.两位候选人最终成为总统职位竞争者。
16 reiterated d9580be532fe69f8451c32061126606b     
反复地说,重申( reiterate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • "Well, I want to know about it,'she reiterated. “嗯,我一定要知道你的休假日期,"她重复说。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Some twenty-two years later President Polk reiterated and elaborated upon these principles. 大约二十二年之后,波尔克总统重申这些原则并且刻意阐释一番。
17 stimulus 3huyO     
  • Regard each failure as a stimulus to further efforts.把每次失利看成对进一步努力的激励。
  • Light is a stimulus to growth in plants.光是促进植物生长的一个因素。
18 rebates 5862cab7436152bb9726585397fb1db9     
n.退还款( rebate的名词复数 );回扣;返还(退还的部份货价);折扣
  • The VAT system offers advantages, such as rebates on exports. 增值税有其优点,如对出口商品实行回扣。 来自辞典例句
  • In more recent years rate rebates have been introduced for households. 近年地方税的减免已适用于家庭。 来自辞典例句
19 rebate GTIxY     
  • You can claim a rebate on your tax.你可以要求退回部分税款。
  • Customers are to benefit from a rebate on their electricity bills.顾客将从他们的电费退费中得到实惠。
20 negotiations af4b5f3e98e178dd3c4bac64b625ecd0     
协商( negotiation的名词复数 ); 谈判; 完成(难事); 通过
  • negotiations for a durable peace 为持久和平而进行的谈判
  • Negotiations have failed to establish any middle ground. 谈判未能达成任何妥协。
21 banking aySz20     
  • John is launching his son on a career in banking.约翰打算让儿子在银行界谋一个新职位。
  • He possesses an extensive knowledge of banking.他具有广博的银行业务知识。
22 upturn 8jdwQ     
  • Experts have forecast an upturn in the stock market.专家已预测股票市场价格有上升趋势。
  • The economy is experiencing an upturn.经济正在好转。
23 bomber vWwz7     
  • He flew a bomber during the war.他在战时驾驶轰炸机。
  • Detectives hunting the London bombers will be keen to interview him.追查伦敦爆炸案凶犯的侦探们急于对他进行讯问。
24 mosque U15y3     
  • The mosque is a activity site and culture center of Muslim religion.清真寺为穆斯林宗教活动场所和文化中心。
  • Some years ago the clock in the tower of the mosque got out of order.几年前,清真寺钟楼里的大钟失灵了。
25 provincial Nt8ye     
  • City dwellers think country folk have provincial attitudes.城里人以为乡下人思想迂腐。
  • Two leading cadres came down from the provincial capital yesterday.昨天从省里下来了两位领导干部。
26 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
  • 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。
27 definitive YxSxF     
  • This book is the definitive guide to world cuisine.这本书是世界美食的权威指南。
  • No one has come up with a definitive answer as to why this should be so.至于为什么该这样,还没有人给出明确的答复。
28 judgment e3xxC     
  • The chairman flatters himself on his judgment of people.主席自认为他审视人比别人高明。
  • He's a man of excellent judgment.他眼力过人。
29 authorized jyLzgx     
  • An administrative order is valid if authorized by a statute.如果一个行政命令得到一个法规的认可那么这个命令就是有效的。
30 rebukes 4a30cb34123daabd75d68fd6647b4412     
责难或指责( rebuke的第三人称单数 )
  • His industry rebukes me. 他的勤劳使我感到惭傀。
  • The manager's rebukes in loud voice and stern expression have made the clerks gathered in the out office start with alarm. 老板声色俱厉的责备把聚集在办公室外的职员们吓坏了。
31 jeers d9858f78aeeb4000621278b471b36cdc     
n.操纵帆桁下部(使其上下的)索具;嘲讽( jeer的名词复数 )v.嘲笑( jeer的第三人称单数 )
  • They shouted jeers at him. 他们大声地嘲讽他。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The jeers from the crowd caused the speaker to leave the platform. 群众的哄笑使讲演者离开讲台。 来自辞典例句
32 oversight WvgyJ     
  • I consider this a gross oversight on your part.我把这件事看作是你的一大疏忽。
  • Your essay was not marked through an oversight on my part.由于我的疏忽你的文章没有打分。
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