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NPR 2009-12-11

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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Carol Van Dam.

President Obama accepted his Nobel Prize today, acknowledging the irony1 of a war president accepting a prize for peace. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

The president gave the kind of speech that no one on the Nobel Committee could have imagined when they chose him in October. He put his decision to send 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan in the context of a just war, saying that evil does exist in the world and negotiations2 can not convince some enemies to lay down their arms.

“To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism, it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of men, and the limits of reason.”

It was a hard-nosed speech in which the president said he rejected the notion that he had to choose between being a realist or an idealist. And he called on Europeans to step up to the plate on offering troops for Afghanistan and sanctions for Iran. He said peace entails3 sacrifice and requires responsibility. Mara Liasson, NPR News, Washington.

Five young American Muslims detained in Pakistan reportedly wanted to fight with the Taliban and join a holy war. But they could not get into a training camp because they were not referred by trusted militants4. FBI agents have joined the investigation5 in Pakistan. The five are all believed to be from northern Virginia. They've been detained this week in the city of Sargodha in the Punjab province. The FBI says four of the five detained men had U.S. passports on them.

The top U.S. military official says 16,000 troops have received orders to head to Afghanistan since president Obama announced his new war strategy. Adm. Mike Mullen says the first to go will arrive in southern Afghanistan next week. The president approved sending an additional 30,000 troops to the region by summer.

Unions are making a last-ditch effort to strip a tax on health benefits from the Senate's Health overhaul6 Bill. NPR's Julie Rovner has the story.

With the Senate health debate apparently7 within days of a conclusion, Union members are worried that their top priority hasn't been addressed yet. They vehemently8 opposed one of the bills financing mechanisms9, a 40% excise10 tax on so-called 'Cadillac' health plans, those with very generous benefits. At a news conference, workers who've been subject to the tax, like steel worker Jim Huber of Baltimore, said they've bargained the way wage increases to get those health benefits.

“We don't need any more taxes on the working class. It's just unfair.”

Health economists11 however, say taxing the most expensive plans is an important step towards beginning to curb12 health inflation. It's not yet clear whether or when the full Senate will vote directly to keep or jettison13 the tax. Julie Rovner, NPR News, Washington.

Bowing to widespread criticism over doling14 out huge bonuses after the Wall Street bailout, Goldman-Sachs says its top 30 executives will not get cash bonuses this year.

On Wall Street, the Dow is up 68 points to 10,005. The NASDAQ is up 7 to 2,190.

This is NPR.

Former Montana's Senator Conrad Burns has been hospitalized in the DC area after suffering a stroke. A statement from Burns' son says family members found him disoriented last evening in his suburban15 Washington home. The statement says the 74-year-old Republican suffered an atrial fibrillation and then had a stroke.

Rick Warren, the Christian16 mega church pastor17 and author is vigorously condemning19 a bill in Uganda to apply the death penalty for homosexual practice. Warren supported California's Prop20 8 which banned gay marriage. And his statement is notable since he has close ties with many Ugandan ministers and politicians. NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports.

Until now, Warren has declined to condemn18 the anti-gay bill, saying that a pastor should not interfere21 in the politics of other countries. But as other religious leaders called for killing22 the bill and Warren remained silent, some people accused him of quietly endorsing23 it. Today, quoting Edmund Burke's observation that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing, Warren sent a video message, urging Uganda's religious leaders to work against the bill, which he called unjust, terrible and evil. Yesterday there were reports that the death penalty and life sentences for homosexual act would be removed. But the bill would still imprison24 gay men and lesbians, and would require pastors25 and others to report these people to the authorities. Warren condemned26 these provisions as well. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR News.

A little more than 31,000 homeowners have received permanent loan modifications27 under the Obama administration's mortgage relief plan. The administration had hoped there would be many more by this time.

I'm Carol Van Dam, NPR News in Washington.


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1 irony P4WyZ     
n.反语,冷嘲;具有讽刺意味的事,嘲弄
参考例句:
  • She said to him with slight irony.她略带嘲讽地对他说。
  • In her voice we could sense a certain tinge of irony.从她的声音里我们可以感到某种讥讽的意味。
2 negotiations af4b5f3e98e178dd3c4bac64b625ecd0     
协商( negotiation的名词复数 ); 谈判; 完成(难事); 通过
参考例句:
  • 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。
3 entails bc08bbfc5f8710441959edc8dadcb925     
使…成为必要( entail的第三人称单数 ); 需要; 限定继承; 使必需
参考例句:
  • The job entails a lot of hard work. 这工作需要十分艰苦的努力。
  • This job entails a lot of hard work. 这项工作需要十分努力。
4 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。
5 investigation MRKzq     
n.调查,调查研究
参考例句:
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
6 overhaul yKGxy     
v./n.大修,仔细检查
参考例句:
  • 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。
7 apparently tMmyQ     
adv.显然地;表面上,似乎
参考例句:
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
8 vehemently vehemently     
adv. 热烈地
参考例句:
  • He argued with his wife so vehemently that he talked himself hoarse. 他和妻子争论得很激烈,以致讲话的声音都嘶哑了。
  • Both women vehemently deny the charges against them. 两名妇女都激烈地否认了对她们的指控。
9 mechanisms d0db71d70348ef1c49f05f59097917b8     
n.机械( mechanism的名词复数 );机械装置;[生物学] 机制;机械作用
参考例句:
  • The research will provide direct insight into molecular mechanisms. 这项研究将使人能够直接地了解分子的机理。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He explained how the two mechanisms worked. 他解释这两台机械装置是如何工作的。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 excise an4xU     
n.(国产)货物税;vt.切除,删去
参考例句:
  • I'll excise the patient's burnt areas.我去切除病人烧坏的部分。
  • Jordan's free trade zone free of import duty,excise tax and all other taxes.约旦的自由贸易区免收进口税、国内货物税及其它一切税收。
11 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》
12 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。
13 jettison GaUz2     
n.投弃,投弃货物
参考例句:
  • Sometimes you need to jettison unhealthy cargo.有时你必须抛弃不好的货物。
  • We jettison an unworkable plan.我们放弃难实行的计划。
14 doling c727602dcb2ca33cfd9ea1b5baaff15a     
救济物( dole的现在分词 ); 失业救济金
参考例句:
  • "What are you doling?'she once demanded over the intercom. 有一次他母亲通过对讲机问他:“你在干什么? 来自英汉非文学 - 科学史
  • Many scrollbars are quite parsimonious in doling out information to users. 很多滚动条都很吝啬,给用户传递的信息太少。 来自About Face 3交互设计精髓
15 suburban Usywk     
adj.城郊的,在郊区的
参考例句:
  • Suburban shopping centers were springing up all over America. 效区的商业中心在美国如雨后春笋般地兴起。
  • There's a lot of good things about suburban living.郊区生活是有许多优点。
16 Christian KVByl     
adj.基督教徒的;n.基督教徒
参考例句:
  • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他们总是以教名互相称呼。
  • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母亲是个虔诚的基督教徒。
17 pastor h3Ozz     
n.牧师,牧人
参考例句:
  • He was the son of a poor pastor.他是一个穷牧师的儿子。
  • We have no pastor at present:the church is run by five deacons.我们目前没有牧师:教会的事是由五位执事管理的。
18 condemn zpxzp     
vt.谴责,指责;宣判(罪犯),判刑
参考例句:
  • Some praise him,whereas others condemn him.有些人赞扬他,而有些人谴责他。
  • We mustn't condemn him on mere suppositions.我们不可全凭臆测来指责他。
19 condemning 3c571b073a8d53beeff1e31a57d104c0     
v.(通常因道义上的原因而)谴责( condemn的现在分词 );宣判;宣布…不能使用;迫使…陷于不幸的境地
参考例句:
  • The government issued a statement condemning the killings. 政府发表声明谴责这些凶杀事件。
  • I concur with the speaker in condemning what has been done. 我同意发言者对所做的事加以谴责。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
20 prop qR2xi     
vt.支撑;n.支柱,支撑物;支持者,靠山
参考例句:
  • A worker put a prop against the wall of the tunnel to keep it from falling.一名工人用东西支撑住隧道壁好使它不会倒塌。
  • The government does not intend to prop up declining industries.政府无意扶持不景气的企业。
21 interfere b5lx0     
v.(in)干涉,干预;(with)妨碍,打扰
参考例句:
  • If we interfere, it may do more harm than good.如果我们干预的话,可能弊多利少。
  • When others interfere in the affair,it always makes troubles. 别人一卷入这一事件,棘手的事情就来了。
22 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。
23 endorsing a5b3f1341cd4294ff105734a1ff0bd61     
v.赞同( endorse的现在分词 );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
参考例句:
  • Yet Communist leaders are also publicly endorsing religion in an unprecedented way. 不过,共产党领导层对宗教信仰的公开认可也是以前不曾有过的。 来自互联网
  • Connecticut Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman is endorsing Republican Senator John McCain. 康涅狄格州独立派参议员约瑟夫。列波曼将会票选共和议员约翰。麦凯恩。 来自互联网
24 imprison j9rxk     
vt.监禁,关押,限制,束缚
参考例句:
  • The effect of this one is going to imprison you for life.而这件事的影响力则会让你被终身监禁。
  • Dutch colonial authorities imprisoned him for his part in the independence movement.荷兰殖民当局因他参加独立运动而把他关押了起来。
25 pastors 6db8c8e6c0bccc7f451e40146499f43f     
n.(基督教的)牧师( pastor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Do we show respect to our pastors, missionaries, Sunday school teachers? 我们有没有尊敬牧师、宣教士,以及主日学的老师? 来自互联网
  • Should pastors or elders be paid, or serve as a volunteer? 牧师或长老需要付给酬劳,还是志愿的事奉呢? 来自互联网
26 condemned condemned     
adj. 被责难的, 被宣告有罪的 动词condemn的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • He condemned the hypocrisy of those politicians who do one thing and say another. 他谴责了那些说一套做一套的政客的虚伪。
  • The policy has been condemned as a regressive step. 这项政策被认为是一种倒退而受到谴责。
27 modifications aab0760046b3cea52940f1668245e65d     
n.缓和( modification的名词复数 );限制;更改;改变
参考例句:
  • The engine was pulled apart for modifications and then reassembled. 发动机被拆开改型,然后再组装起来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The original plan had undergone fairly extensive modifications. 原计划已经作了相当大的修改。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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