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NPR 2008-07-08

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Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama cancelled a planned appearance in North Carolina today when his plane had mechanical problems. But speaking in St. Louis where the plane landed, he outlined proposals for revitalizing the sagging1 US economy. "Instead of Washingtongimmicks, like a three-month gas tax holiday that will only pat oil company profits, we need to do what I called for months ago, and pass a second stimulus2 package that provides energy rebate3 checks for working families,a fund to help families avoid foreclosure and increased assistance for states that have been hard hit by the economic downturn.” At a town hall-style meeting in Denver, Obama's GOP rival John McCain said Obama's plans are expensive and will hurt many Americans. "The choice in this election is stark4 and simple. Senator Obama will raise your taxes. I won't. I will cut them where I can." McCain wants to extend President Bush's tax cuts and cut the corporate5 tax rate.

Congress returns to Washington this week after an Independence Week break. The Senate has been in session today with housing and domestic spying on the agenda. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

Lawmakers returned to Washingtonafter hearing from constituents6 about record gasoline prices, but there is little they're likely to do on that front. Another sector7 of the economy, the housing market, will be addressed as the Senate resumes debate on a measure aimed at providing help for some homeowners facing foreclosure. The bill would give qualified8 borrowers a chance to get out of adjustable-rate mortgages whose interest rates keep rising, and into lower-cost fixed-rate loans backed by the government. While it has wide bipartisan support, the measure still faces procedural hurdles9. The Senate also takes up a proposed overhaul10 of the nation's warrantless surveillance laws this week. Some Democrats11 opposed the bill, because it would grant immunity12 to telecommunications companies who gave information to the government. Brian Naylor, NPR News, the Capitol.

One of the three Americans rescued from a Colombian rebel camp last week spoke13 out about the FARC rebels today at a public ceremony in Texas. Marc Gonsalves slammed the people who held them captive for years. "The FARC are not (a) revolutionary group. They are not a revolutionary group. They are terrorists. Terrorists with a capital 'T'. Bad people." Gonsalves claimed other hostages are being punished, because he and 14 other people were rescued from the Colombian jungle.

A suicide car bombing outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan today has left 41 people dead, and injured at least 139. The explosion was the worst in Kabul since the Taliban leadership fell in 2001. Afghan officials quickly accused Pakistan of possible involvement. But Pakistan denied that.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 56 points today to close at 11,231.

This is NPR News.

Scientists in California may have come up with a novel way of someday treating kidney cancer. They have found a compound that persuades cancer cells, and only cancer cells, to commit suicide by digesting themselves. NPR's Joe Palca has more.

 Cells are constantly going through a kind of "internal recycling": breaking down internal parts and re-using the chemicals. But there has to be a balance, or the cell will digest itself out of existence, breaking down all its internal parts so the cell can no longer function. Now, scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found a compound that kicks this internal digestion14 process into overdrive, but only for cells that have a genetic15 defect that causes them to become cancers. The compound doesn't have this effect in normal healthy cells. The researchers cautioned it would be years before this compound would be ready for testing in patients. The research appears in the journal Cancer Cell. Joe Palca, NPR News, Washington.

There is no comment from the State Department on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's remark that his country is now interested in a timetable for foreign troop withdrawals16. In a meeting with Arab ambassadors in the United Arab Emirates, Maliki said, (quote)" we are looking at the necessity of terminating the foreign presence, and restoring full sovereignty". He said there is a need for a memorandum17 of understanding regarding the departure of foreign forces from Iraq or an understanding that a timetable will be set. Maliki didn’t specifically mention the US in his comments. However, US forces make up the vast majority of foreign troops on Iraqi soil. Maliki's government and the US have been negotiating on the terms of US troop presence after a UN mandate18 expires in December.


1 sagging 2cd7acc35feffadbb3241d569f4364b2     
  • The morale of the enemy troops is continuously sagging. 敌军的士气不断低落。
  • We are sagging south. 我们的船正离开航线向南漂流。
2 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。
3 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。
4 stark lGszd     
  • The young man is faced with a stark choice.这位年轻人面临严峻的抉择。
  • He gave a stark denial to the rumor.他对谣言加以完全的否认。
5 corporate 7olzl     
  • This is our corporate responsibility.这是我们共同的责任。
  • His corporate's life will be as short as a rabbit's tail.他的公司的寿命是兔子尾巴长不了。
6 constituents 63f0b2072b2db2b8525e6eff0c90b33b     
n.选民( constituent的名词复数 );成分;构成部分;要素
  • She has the full support of her constituents. 她得到本区选民的全力支持。
  • Hydrogen and oxygen are the constituents of water. 氢和氧是水的主要成分。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 sector yjczYn     
  • The export sector will aid the economic recovery. 出口产业将促进经济复苏。
  • The enemy have attacked the British sector.敌人已进攻英国防区。
8 qualified DCPyj     
  • He is qualified as a complete man of letters.他有资格当真正的文学家。
  • We must note that we still lack qualified specialists.我们必须看到我们还缺乏有资质的专家。
9 hurdles ef026c612e29da4e5ffe480a8f65b720     
n.障碍( hurdle的名词复数 );跳栏;(供人或马跳跃的)栏架;跨栏赛
  • In starting a new company, many hurdles must be crossed. 刚开办一个公司时,必须克服许多障碍。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • There are several hurdles to be got over in this project. 在这项工程中有一些困难要克服。 来自辞典例句
10 overhaul yKGxy     
  • Master Worker Wang is responsible for the overhaul of this grinder.王师傅主修这台磨床。
  • It is generally appreciated that the rail network needs a complete overhaul.众所周知,铁路系统需要大检修。
11 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》
12 immunity dygyQ     
  • The law gives public schools immunity from taxation.法律免除公立学校的纳税义务。
  • He claims diplomatic immunity to avoid being arrested.他要求外交豁免以便避免被捕。
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 digestion il6zj     
  • This kind of tea acts as an aid to digestion.这种茶可助消化。
  • This food is easy of digestion.这食物容易消化。
15 genetic PgIxp     
  • It's very difficult to treat genetic diseases.遗传性疾病治疗起来很困难。
  • Each daughter cell can receive a full complement of the genetic information.每个子细胞可以收到遗传信息的一个完全补偿物。
16 withdrawals e8b79ee63bd5060c582d7b93a43ec3dd     
n.收回,取回,撤回( withdrawal的名词复数 );撤退,撤走;收回[取回,撤回,撤退,撤走]的实例;推出(组织),提走(存款),戒除毒瘾,对说过的话收回,孤僻
  • He has made several withdrawals from his bank account. 他从银行账户上提了几次款。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • It is not the bank's policy to deduct interest on withdrawals. 提款需扣除利息这并非是本银行的政策。 来自辞典例句
17 memorandum aCvx4     
  • The memorandum was dated 23 August,2008.备忘录上注明的日期是2008年8月23日。
  • The Secretary notes down the date of the meeting in her memorandum book.秘书把会议日期都写在记事本上。
18 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。
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