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NPR 2008-04-01

时间:2009-02-03 01:18来源:互联网 提供网友:jette   字体: [ ]

From NPR News in Washington, I am Jack1 Speer.

 It's being described as an important first step by some while others like the head of Senate  Banking2 Committee Connecticut lawmaker Chris Dodd are calling it a "wild pitch". It's not even close to the strike zone. What both sides are talking about is a more than 200-page blueprint4 unveiled today that will revamp US financial system that dates back to the Civil War. Peter Morici is an economist5 and professor at University of Maryland. He says retooling6 of the current system is definitely in order. "Several different regulatory bodies ah... regulate the same kinds of practices, so there is a lot of confusion, overlapping7 authority and also gaps. The idea is to rationalize the process. " Peter Morici also says the measure, which still must be approved by Congress, would have done little to avert8 the current mortgage crisis, in industry which is largely regulated at the state level. The plan would give the Federal Reserve more power to protect the overall financial system.

 A Guantanamo detainee has been charged with murder and supporting terrorism in connection with the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Tanzania. The Pentagon says it would seek the death penalty if Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is found guilty. NPR’s Jackie Northam reports.

 Ghailani, a Tanzanian citizen, is one of 14 so-called high-value detainees being held at a US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Pentagon says that Ghailani provided explosives and detonators used in the attack on the US embassy in Dar es Salaam9, Tanzania nearly a decade ago. Eleven people died in that bombing; another 85 were wounded. The charge sheet says that Ghailani shuttled the bomb maker3 in that attack from Tanzania to Kenya and that he met with suspects in the bombing of the US embassy in Kenya which killed 213 people. The attacks on the two embassies occurred almost simultaneously10. The charge sheet also says Ghailani and several other bombers11 flew from Nairobi to Pakistan. He was arrested there in the summer of 2004. Jackie Northam, NPR News, Washington.

 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reaffirmed the US is working hard to see a Palestinian state established by the end of the year. She ended three days of Mideast shuttle diplomacy12 with talks in the Jordanian capital with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Dale Gavlak reports from Amman.

 Rice said concessions13 won from both Israel and the Palestinians to reach a peace deal were just a start, a positive follow-up to last November’s conference in Annapolis, Marryland. But she warned about unilateral actions like settlement building that could jeopardize14 the process. “Nothing that is undertaken under any guise15 from the point of the United States can prejudge a final status outcome and that has been our position and continues to be.” The Israeli “Pease Now” group released a report today saying that Israel approved the construction of almost 1700 homes in the West Bank since renewing peace talks with Palestinians in Annapolis. From NPR News, I am Dale Gavlak in Amman, Jordan.

 On Wall Street the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 46 points to close at 12,262. This is NPR.

 There is a new proposal being put forth16 as part of an effort to get Michigan’s delegates seated at the Democratic National Convention. Michigan’s congressmen today proposing the delegates be divided between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama based partly on the state’s January primary result, and partly on the popular vote in all of the nation’s presidential primaries. Congressman17 Bart Stupak saying so far the idea has received a positive reception. Stupak says a do-over vote is pretty much a dead deal now. He said he hopes party leaders will support his idea.

South Carolina today received an extension in the deadline for federal law requiring secure driver’s licences. That means residents of the only one state, Maine, face possibility their driver’s licences can’t be used for boarding airplanes and entering federal buildings. NPR’s Pam Fessler reports.

 States were required by March 31st to either comply with the federal Real ID law or to seek an extension, otherwise their residents would face consequences starting May 11th. Forty-nine states have received extensions although several say they have no plans to implement18 the new federal driver’s licence law. In a letter to Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford complained that Real ID is an unfunded federal mandate19. But he asked that the state's residents not be penalized20 because South Carolina has already taken steps to improve the security of its driver’s licences, including requiring applicants21 to verify their citizenship22 status. The Homeland Security Department gave South Carolina an extension, but it is yet to respond to a similar request from the State of Maine. Pam Fessler, NPR News, Washington.

 And I'm Jack Speer, NPR News, in Washington.


1 jack 53Hxp     
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
2 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。
3 maker DALxN     
  • He is a trouble maker,You must be distant with him.他是个捣蛋鬼,你不要跟他在一起。
  • A cabinet maker must be a master craftsman.家具木工必须是技艺高超的手艺人。
4 blueprint 6Rky6     
  • All the machine parts on a blueprint must answer each other.设计图上所有的机器部件都应互相配合。
  • The documents contain a blueprint for a nuclear device.文件内附有一张核装置的设计蓝图。
5 economist AuhzVs     
  • 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。
6 retooling 6f33c2b6e0766642a1a0457c5b012cfe     
v.(给…)更换工具, (给…)更换机械设备( retool的现在分词 );改组,革新
  • The factory is retooling to start making the new line of cars. 工厂正在重新装备以便开始制造新系列车型。 来自辞典例句
  • Among her suggestions: retooling factories to focus on rebuilding America's transportation system. 她的建议包括围绕重新建设美国交通系统这个重心来重组汽车工业。 来自互联网
7 overlapping Gmqz4t     
  • There is no overlapping question between the two courses. 这两门课程之间不存在重叠的问题。
  • A trimetrogon strip is composed of three rows of overlapping. 三镜头摄影航线为三排重迭的象片所组成。
8 avert 7u4zj     
  • He managed to avert suspicion.他设法避嫌。
  • I would do what I could to avert it.我会尽力去避免发生这种情况。
9 salaam bYyxe     
  • And the people were so very friendly:full of huge beaming smiles,calling out "hello" and "salaam".这里的人民都很友好,灿然微笑着和我打招呼,说“哈罗”和“萨拉姆”。
  • Salaam is a Muslim form of salutation.额手礼是穆斯林的问候方式。
10 simultaneously 4iBz1o     
  • The radar beam can track a number of targets almost simultaneously.雷达波几乎可以同时追着多个目标。
  • The Windows allow a computer user to execute multiple programs simultaneously.Windows允许计算机用户同时运行多个程序。
11 bombers 38202cf84a1722d1f7273ea32117f60d     
n.轰炸机( bomber的名词复数 );投弹手;安非他明胶囊;大麻叶香烟
  • Enemy bombers carried out a blitz on the city. 敌军轰炸机对这座城市进行了突袭。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The Royal Airforce sill remained dangerously short of bombers. 英国皇家空军仍未脱离极为缺乏轰炸机的危境。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 diplomacy gu9xk     
  • The talks have now gone into a stage of quiet diplomacy.会谈现在已经进入了“温和外交”阶段。
  • This was done through the skill in diplomacy. 这是通过外交手腕才做到的。
13 concessions 6b6f497aa80aaf810133260337506fa9     
n.(尤指由政府或雇主给予的)特许权( concession的名词复数 );承认;减价;(在某地的)特许经营权
  • The firm will be forced to make concessions if it wants to avoid a strike. 要想避免罢工,公司将不得不作出一些让步。
  • The concessions did little to placate the students. 让步根本未能平息学生的愤怒。
14 jeopardize s3Qxd     
  • Overworking can jeopardize your health.工作过量可能会危及你的健康。
  • If you are rude to the boss it may jeopardize your chances of success.如果你对上司无礼,那就可能断送你成功的机会。
15 guise JeizL     
  • They got into the school in the guise of inspectors.他们假装成视察员进了学校。
  • The thief came into the house under the guise of a repairman.那小偷扮成个修理匠进了屋子。
16 forth Hzdz2     
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
17 Congressman TvMzt7     
  • He related several anecdotes about his first years as a congressman.他讲述自己初任议员那几年的几则轶事。
  • The congressman is meditating a reply to his critics.这位国会议员正在考虑给他的批评者一个答复。
18 implement WcdzG     
  • Don't undertake a project unless you can implement it.不要承担一项计划,除非你能完成这项计划。
  • The best implement for digging a garden is a spade.在花园里挖土的最好工具是铁锹。
19 mandate sj9yz     
  • The President had a clear mandate to end the war.总统得到明确的授权结束那场战争。
  • The General Election gave him no such mandate.大选并未授予他这种权力。
20 penalized c88c37e7a177d0a347c36794aa587e91     
对…予以惩罚( penalize的过去式和过去分词 ); 使处于不利地位
  • You will be penalized for poor spelling. 你拼写不好将会受到处罚。
  • Team members will be penalized for lateness. 队员迟到要受处罚。
21 applicants aaea8e805a118b90e86f7044ecfb6d59     
申请人,求职人( applicant的名词复数 )
  • There were over 500 applicants for the job. 有500多人申请这份工作。
  • He was impressed by the high calibre of applicants for the job. 求职人员出色的能力给他留下了深刻印象。
22 citizenship AV3yA     
  • He was born in Sweden,but he doesn't have Swedish citizenship.他在瑞典出生,但没有瑞典公民身分。
  • Ten years later,she chose to take Australian citizenship.十年后,她选择了澳大利亚国籍。
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