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NPR 2009-12-15

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Senate Democrats2 are preparing to drop a plan to allow the near elderly to buy coverage3 in the Medicare program as part of their health bill. NPR's Julie Rovner has more.

The so-called Medicare Buy-in would have allowed those age 55 to 64 to buy coverage in Medicare. Regular Medicare eligibility4 begins at age 65. The plan was part of an agreement tentatively reached last week between moderate and conservative Democrat1. The deal was to drop a government-run public option in exchange for the expanded Medicare coverage. But on Sunday, Connecticut independent Joe Lieberman said he wouldn't vote for the bill if it included either a public option or the Medicare proposal. Democrats need Lieberman's vote to defeat unified5 Republican opposition6 to the bill. Senators emerging from a closed-door meeting said no final decision has been made, but that it appears the Medicare Buy-in will be dropped from the proposal along with the public option. Lieberman said he was ‘’encouraged'’. Julie Rovner, NPR News, the Capitol.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo said today it plans to repay the entire 25 billion dollars it received under the government's Troubled Asset Relief Program. Wells Fargo, the country's fourth biggest bank, says it will sell 10.4 billion dollars of its common shares. Wells Fargo is the latest of the nation's banks to announce plans for repaying the government and the taxpayers7. Earlier today, Citigroup said it's raising 20 billion of capital to repay the government. Citi received 45 billion dollars in government loans.

The Obama administration has reached an agreement with two watchdog groups to recover an estimated 22 million emails from the George Bush administration. NPR's Peter Overby reports.

These missing emails could cover some of the most controversial episode of the Bush administration, to name a few, the turn of fortune turn in the Iraq War, President Bush's re-election and the push to oust8 several federal prosecutors9. The emails should have been clearly archived, but the system at that time couldn't do that. And for months, the Bush administration said no emails were missing. In 2007, two groups filed suit, the National Security Archive and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics10 in Washington, or CREW. Some details of the arrangement are unclear. At least 33 days of the emails will be produced. CREW says 94 days will ultimately become available. It says the dates were chosen based on email volume and news events. But there's not enough money to restore all 22 million or so. Peter Overby, NPR News, Washington.

Poor countries attending the climate change summit in Copenhagen have apparently11 found a solution due to speak with rich nations, announcing today they will stop their boycott12 of negotiations13 at the summit. Developing countries had brought negotiations to a standstill that demanded rich countries offer much deeper cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions14. According to the environment spokesman for the European Union, the formal discussions resolved the impasse15.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 29 points today.

This is NPR.

A military helicopter is now joining the search effort for a couple of missing hikers on Mount Hood16. Rescuers say despite the fact one member of the party was found dead on a glacier17 Saturday, rescuers are still holding out hope of finding the other two alive. Aircraft and ground crew searching for the missing hikers have been unable to reach the upper elevations18 of what is Oregon’s tallest peak due to bad weather. However, with a break in the weather, the National Guard Black Hawk19 helicopter was able to lift off today to resume the search.

NASA has launched a new space telescope that's designed to make an infrared20 map of the entire sky. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports.

A huge rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

'Five, four, three, two, one. We have ignition and lift-off.'

Inside was a NASA telescope called the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. About an hour later, it had separated from its rocket and was orbiting Earth. After a few weeks of checkouts21, WISE will begin to scan the sky at infrared wavelength22. If all goes well, it will create a panoramic23 map, showing hundreds of millions of space objects. WISE should be able to see dim, dark objects, like failed stars called brown dwarfs24. WISE should also allow researchers to detect hundreds of thousands of asteroids25, including ones nearby that could potentially pose a threat to Earth. Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR News.

Britain's Cadbury is continuing to push back against a hostile takeover bid from Kraft Foods, rejecting a 10-billion-dollar offer. Cadbury's also hinting it may be ready to contemplate26 other offers, though Cadbury's chairman said they have not yet been received from rivals Hershey and Ferrero.

I'm Jack27 Speer, NPR News in Washington.


1 democrat Xmkzf     
  • The Democrat and the Public criticized each other.民主党人和共和党人互相攻击。
  • About two years later,he was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter.大约两年后,他被民主党人杰米卡特击败。
2 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》
3 coverage nvwz7v     
  • There's little coverage of foreign news in the newspaper.报纸上几乎没有国外新闻报道。
  • This is an insurance policy with extensive coverage.这是一项承保范围广泛的保险。
4 eligibility xqXxL     
  • What are the eligibility requirements? 病人被选参加试验的要求是什么? 来自英汉非文学 - 生命科学 - 回顾与展望
  • Eligibility for HINARI access is based on gross national income (GNI). 进入HINARI获取计划是依据国民总收入来评定的。
5 unified 40b03ccf3c2da88cc503272d1de3441c     
(unify 的过去式和过去分词); 统一的; 统一标准的; 一元化的
  • The teacher unified the answer of her pupil with hers. 老师核对了学生的答案。
  • The First Emperor of Qin unified China in 221 B.C. 秦始皇于公元前221年统一中国。
6 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
7 taxpayers 8fa061caeafce8edc9456e95d19c84b4     
纳税人,纳税的机构( taxpayer的名词复数 )
  • Finance for education comes from taxpayers. 教育经费来自纳税人。
  • She was declaiming against the waste of the taxpayers' money. 她慷慨陈词猛烈抨击对纳税人金钱的浪费。
8 oust 5JDx2     
  • The committee wanted to oust him from the union.委员会想把他从工会中驱逐出去。
  • The leaders have been ousted from power by nationalists.这些领导人被民族主义者赶下了台。
9 prosecutors a638e6811c029cb82f180298861e21e9     
检举人( prosecutor的名词复数 ); 告发人; 起诉人; 公诉人
  • In some places,public prosecutors are elected rather than appointed. 在有些地方,检察官是经选举而非任命产生的。 来自口语例句
  • You've been summoned to the Prosecutors' Office, 2 days later. 你在两天以后被宣到了检察官的办公室。
10 ethics Dt3zbI     
  • The ethics of his profession don't permit him to do that.他的职业道德不允许他那样做。
  • Personal ethics and professional ethics sometimes conflict.个人道德和职业道德有时会相互抵触。
11 apparently tMmyQ     
  • 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。
12 boycott EW3zC     
  • We put the production under a boycott.我们联合抵制该商品。
  • The boycott lasts a year until the Victoria board permitsreturn.这个抗争持续了一年直到维多利亚教育局妥协为止。
13 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。
14 emissions 1a87f8769eb755734e056efecb5e2da9     
排放物( emission的名词复数 ); 散发物(尤指气体)
  • Most scientists accept that climate change is linked to carbon emissions. 大多数科学家都相信气候变化与排放的含碳气体有关。
  • Dangerous emissions radiate from plutonium. 危险的辐射物从钚放散出来。
15 impasse xcJz1     
  • The government had reached an impasse.政府陷入绝境。
  • Negotiations seemed to have reached an impasse.谈判似乎已经陷入僵局。
16 hood ddwzJ     
  • She is wearing a red cloak with a hood.她穿着一件红色带兜帽的披风。
  • The car hood was dented in.汽车的发动机罩已凹了进去。
17 glacier YeQzw     
  • The glacier calved a large iceberg.冰河崩解而形成一个大冰山。
  • The upper surface of glacier is riven by crevasses.冰川的上表面已裂成冰隙。
18 elevations cb4bbe1b6e824c996fd92d711884a9f2     
(水平或数量)提高( elevation的名词复数 ); 高地; 海拔; 提升
  • Weight of the crust changes as elevations are eroded and materials are deposited elsewhere. 当高地受到侵蚀,物质沉积到别的地方时,地壳的重量就改变。
  • All deck elevations are on the top of structural beams. 所有甲板标高线均指结构梁顶线。
19 hawk NeKxY     
  • The hawk swooped down on the rabbit and killed it.鹰猛地朝兔子扑下来,并把它杀死。
  • The hawk snatched the chicken and flew away.老鹰叼了小鸡就飞走了。
20 infrared dx0yp     
  • Infrared is widely used in industry and medical science.红外线广泛应用于工业和医学科学。
  • Infrared radiation has wavelengths longer than those of visible light.红外辐射的波长比可见光的波长长。
21 checkouts 0342302db31b9d650a406faec6bd91f2     
n.检验,校验( checkout的名词复数 )
  • The hypermarket stations had a wide selection of branded foods, clean toilets, friendly service and fast checkouts. 这家超大型连锁加油站有各种名牌食品、洁净的卫生间、友好的服务并且结帐迅速。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Make sure all checkouts paid by credit card have been posted accordingly. 确保所有的信用卡结帐都已及时过账。 来自互联网
22 wavelength 8gHwn     
  • The authorities were unable to jam this wavelength.当局无法干扰这一波长。
  • Radio One has broadcast on this wavelength for years.广播1台已经用这个波长广播多年了。
23 panoramic LK3xM     
adj. 全景的
  • Most rooms enjoy panoramic views of the sea. 大多数房间都能看到海的全景。
  • In a panoramic survey of nature, speed is interesting because it has a ceiling. 概观自然全景,速率是有趣的,因为它有一个上限。
24 dwarfs a9ddd2c1a88a74fc7bd6a9a0d16c2817     
  • Shakespeare dwarfs other dramatists. 莎士比亚使其他剧作家相形见绌。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The new building dwarfs all the other buildings in the town. 新大楼使城里所有其他建筑物都显得矮小了。 来自辞典例句
25 asteroids d02ebba086eb60b6155b94e12649ff84     
n.小行星( asteroid的名词复数 );海盘车,海星
  • Asteroids,also known as "minor planets",are numerous in the outer space. 小行星,亦称为“小型行星”,在外太空中不计其数。
  • Most stars probably have their quota of planets, meteorids, comets, and asteroids. 多数恒星也许还拥有若干行星、流星、彗星和小行星。
26 contemplate PaXyl     
  • The possibility of war is too horrifying to contemplate.战争的可能性太可怕了,真不堪细想。
  • The consequences would be too ghastly to contemplate.后果不堪设想。
27 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。
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