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NPR 2009-02-06

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Supreme1 Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is hospitalized today after undergoing cancer surgery in New York. The 75-year-old Justice had surgery in New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center after a routine exam and follow-up turned up a small tumor2. NPR's Nina Totenberg says at this point it's not clear what this means for the composition of the court.

Justice Ginsburg has given no indication of any plans to retire. All we know is that she's had surgery for pancreatic cancer which is a very deadly form of cancer. But that hers was caught extremely early giving her an increased chance of survival. But it is bound to increase speculation3 as well about a possible retirement4.

Currently the only woman on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg was appointed by President Clinton in 1993 and has often been a crucial swing vote. The liberal-leaning Justice is expected to remain in the hospital for at least a week.

Another Obama administration nomination5 appears to be on hold for the moment. Once again it's reportedly over tax troubles. US Senate Committee today abruptly6 postponed7 the vote confirming Hilda Solis, the administration's choice as Labor8 Secretary. A followed publisher reports Solis's husband paid 6, 400 dollars this week to settle tax liens9 that had been outstanding for some 16 years against his business. It's not clear whether that will derail the nomination.

President Obama continued the Presidential tradition today in appearance at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. NPR's Don Gonyea reports from the White House.

The multi-denominational gathering10, the president spoke11 of his own Christian12 faith while also noting that his late father was born a Muslim and later turned atheist13, then that his late mother was skeptical14 of organized religion. He noted15 that he became a Christian as a young man drawn16 to the good work he saw the church doing. He noted that faith is too often used to divide people around the world. "No matter what we choose to believe, let us remember that there is no religion whose central tenet is hate. There is no God who condones17 taking the life of an innocent human being. " Also today the President said he's continuing a program begun by President Bush, the White House Office of faith-based initiatives. Don Gonyea NPR News, the White House.

Labor Department reports today new claims for unemployment benefits rose by 35, 000 last week to a seasonally18 adjusted 626, 000. That's the highest weekly unemployment number since 1982. Robert Brusca is the chief economist19 at Fact and Opinion Economics, he says these are high numbers and the question now is how much higher they'll go. "You tend to get a spike20 high in claims in the recession and then you tend to improve from that, and so I think you must be pretty near to our spike high. " Government tomorrow will release the unemployment numbers for January. Most analysts21 expect the monthly number will also show large numbers of jobs loss.

Despite the dismal22 unemployment figures, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 106 points today, closing at 8, 062. The NASDAQ gained 31 points.

This is NPR.

Cereal and snack maker23 Kellogg says the recall of its products linked directly or indirectly24 to a nationwide salmonella scare is likely to cost the company between 65 and 70 million dollars. Kellogg and a number of other companies have been forced to recall products that contain peanut ingredients found in Georgia-Based Peanut Corp. of America. Peanut paste made by the company has been linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak. It has killed at least eight people and sickened more than 500 others. Kellogg was forced to recall a number of its snack crackers25. The company also pulled some cookies and protein bars from store shelves were made on a manufacturing line where contaminated ingredients may have been present.

Before Iraqi officials release preliminary results from the country's provincial26 elections, a suicide bomber27 killed at least 15 people and wounded a dozen others in a town north of Baghdad. NPR's Cory Flintoff reports from Baghdad.

The attack came at a popular restaurant in the town of Khanaqin which has a large Kurdish population. The town which is only about 90 miles from Baghdad is in an area that's contested by Arabs and Kurds who have been accused of trying to expand their semi-autonomous region in Iraq's north. Iraqi police and US military sources say most of the victims were Kurds. An official with a local chapter of a Kurdish political party blamed Arab political groups for the attack, saying it was designed to intimidate28 the Kurds who came in second in the Diyala provincial election. During the vote, hundreds of Kurds charged that they were illegally purged29 from voter registration30 lists. Cory Flintoff, NPR News, Baghdad.

Crude Oil futures31 prices moved higher today. The near-month contract for benchmark crude was up 85 cents a barrel ending the session at $41. 17 a barrel in the New York Mercantile Exchange.


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1 supreme PHqzc     
adj.极度的,最重要的;至高的,最高的
参考例句:
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的时刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
2 tumor fKxzm     
n.(肿)瘤,肿块(英)tumour
参考例句:
  • He was died of a malignant tumor.他死于恶性肿瘤。
  • The surgeons irradiated the tumor.外科医生用X射线照射那个肿瘤。
3 speculation 9vGwe     
n.思索,沉思;猜测;投机
参考例句:
  • Her mind is occupied with speculation.她的头脑忙于思考。
  • There is widespread speculation that he is going to resign.人们普遍推测他要辞职。
4 retirement TWoxH     
n.退休,退职
参考例句:
  • She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.她想享受退休生活而不必为金钱担忧。
  • I have to put everything away for my retirement.我必须把一切都积蓄起来以便退休后用。
5 nomination BHMxw     
n.提名,任命,提名权
参考例句:
  • John is favourite to get the nomination for club president.约翰最有希望被提名为俱乐部主席。
  • Few people pronounced for his nomination.很少人表示赞成他的提名。
6 abruptly iINyJ     
adv.突然地,出其不意地
参考例句:
  • He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car.他粗鲁地示意弗吉尼亚上车。
  • I was abruptly notified that a half-hour speech was expected of me.我突然被通知要讲半个小时的话。
7 postponed 9dc016075e0da542aaa70e9f01bf4ab1     
vt.& vi.延期,缓办,(使)延迟vt.把…放在次要地位;[语]把…放在后面(或句尾)vi.(疟疾等)延缓发作(或复发)
参考例句:
  • The trial was postponed indefinitely. 审讯无限期延迟。
  • The game has already been postponed three times. 这场比赛已经三度延期了。
8 labor P9Tzs     
n.劳动,努力,工作,劳工;分娩;vi.劳动,努力,苦干;vt.详细分析;麻烦
参考例句:
  • We are never late in satisfying him for his labor.我们从不延误付给他劳动报酬。
  • He was completely spent after two weeks of hard labor.艰苦劳动两周后,他已经疲惫不堪了。
9 liens 3565ea81182966096c3cdcbf6d107414     
n.留置权,扣押权( lien的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Car les liens économiques n'ont jamais été aussi forts. 因为经济纽带从来没有如此强大。 来自互联网
  • Chapter XI Procedures for Publicizing Notice for Assertion of Maritime Liens. 第十一章船舶优先权催告程序。 来自互联网
10 gathering ChmxZ     
n.集会,聚会,聚集
参考例句:
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
11 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
参考例句:
  • 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。
12 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。
13 atheist 0vbzU     
n.无神论者
参考例句:
  • She was an atheist but now she says she's seen the light.她本来是个无神论者,可是现在她说自己的信仰改变了。
  • He is admittedly an atheist.他被公认是位无神论者。
14 skeptical MxHwn     
adj.怀疑的,多疑的
参考例句:
  • Others here are more skeptical about the chances for justice being done.这里的其他人更为怀疑正义能否得到伸张。
  • Her look was skeptical and resigned.她的表情是将信将疑而又无可奈何。
15 noted 5n4zXc     
adj.著名的,知名的
参考例句:
  • The local hotel is noted for its good table.当地的那家酒店以餐食精美而著称。
  • Jim is noted for arriving late for work.吉姆上班迟到出了名。
16 drawn MuXzIi     
v.拖,拉,拔出;adj.憔悴的,紧张的
参考例句:
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
17 condones ea2592ebf02aafe9c86d8b83ce5e567b     
v.容忍,宽恕,原谅( condone的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  • A morality that condones such bloodshed is totally unacceptalbe to me. 宽恕这种杀戮的道德是我完全不能接受的。 来自辞典例句
  • When government condones evil, he insists, "the true place for a just man is a prison." 他坚持认为,当政府宽容罪恶时,“正直人的真正去处是监狱”。 来自哲学部分
18 seasonally ljbzVh     
参考例句:
  • The price of vegetables fluctuates seasonally. 蔬菜的价格随季节变动。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • They moved seasonally among various vegetation types to feed on plants that were flourishing. 它们还随着季节的变化而在各种类型植物之间迁移,以便吃那些茂盛的植物。 来自辞典例句
19 economist AuhzVs     
n.经济学家,经济专家,节俭的人
参考例句:
  • 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。
20 spike lTNzO     
n.长钉,钉鞋;v.以大钉钉牢,使...失效
参考例句:
  • The spike pierced the receipts and held them in order.那个钉子穿过那些收据并使之按顺序排列。
  • They'll do anything to spike the guns of the opposition.他们会使出各种手段来挫败对手。
21 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
22 dismal wtwxa     
adj.阴沉的,凄凉的,令人忧郁的,差劲的
参考例句:
  • That is a rather dismal melody.那是一支相当忧郁的歌曲。
  • My prospects of returning to a suitable job are dismal.我重新找到一个合适的工作岗位的希望很渺茫。
23 maker DALxN     
n.制造者,制造商
参考例句:
  • 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。
24 indirectly a8UxR     
adv.间接地,不直接了当地
参考例句:
  • I heard the news indirectly.这消息我是间接听来的。
  • They were approached indirectly through an intermediary.通过一位中间人,他们进行了间接接触。
25 crackers nvvz5e     
adj.精神错乱的,癫狂的n.爆竹( cracker的名词复数 );薄脆饼干;(认为)十分愉快的事;迷人的姑娘
参考例句:
  • That noise is driving me crackers. 那噪声闹得我简直要疯了。
  • We served some crackers and cheese as an appetiser. 我们上了些饼干和奶酪作为开胃品。 来自《简明英汉词典》
26 provincial Nt8ye     
adj.省的,地方的;n.外省人,乡下人
参考例句:
  • 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。
27 bomber vWwz7     
n.轰炸机,投弹手,投掷炸弹者
参考例句:
  • 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。
28 intimidate 5Rvzt     
vt.恐吓,威胁
参考例句:
  • You think you can intimidate people into doing what you want?你以为你可以威胁别人做任何事?
  • The first strike capacity is intended mainly to intimidate adversary.第一次攻击的武力主要是用来吓阻敌方的。
29 purged 60d8da88d3c460863209921056ecab90     
清除(政敌等)( purge的过去式和过去分词 ); 涤除(罪恶等); 净化(心灵、风气等); 消除(错事等)的不良影响
参考例句:
  • He purged his enemies from the Party. 他把他的敌人从党内清洗出去。
  • The iron in the chemical compound must be purged. 化学混合物中的铁必须清除。
30 registration ASKzO     
n.登记,注册,挂号
参考例句:
  • Marriage without registration is not recognized by law.法律不承认未登记的婚姻。
  • What's your registration number?你挂的是几号?
31 futures Isdz1Q     
n.期货,期货交易
参考例句:
  • He continued his operations in cotton futures.他继续进行棉花期货交易。
  • Cotton futures are selling at high prices.棉花期货交易的卖价是很高的。
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