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NPR 2009-03-14

时间:2009-05-21 06:01来源:互联网 提供网友:chilun90   字体: [ ]

From NPR News in Washington, I'm Barbara Klein.

President Obama and his top economic advisors2 are trying to reassure3 Americans about the future as the nation waits for signs that economic stimulus4 measures are working. The president today said his administration is taking the right steps to put the economy back on track. He also said the days of economic growth based on an overheated housing market and huge credit debt are over. Meanwhile, White House economic advisor1 Larry Summers says more confidence and optimism are needed to boost the nation's economy. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

The president's top economic advisor says while Americans were too optimistic during the real estate bubble, they're too fearful now. Larry Summers said it's too soon to judge the impact of the administration's economic moves but some of the signs are modestly encouraging. Summers also defended Treasury5 Secretary Timothy Geithner against critics who say Geithner's taking too long to roll out a bank stabilization6 plan. Summers says it makes sense to wait till a financial review is completed. "My suggestion is that we let the stress testing continue, we allow the process to be carried out, and I think the wisdom of Secretary Geithner's approach will be much clearer." Summers said the stock market lows before this week's rally may be seen by some as the sale of the century. Scott Horsley, NPR News, the White House.

US exports exceeded imports in January for the sixth month in a row. The Commerce Department reports the trade deficit7 shrank by 10%. But analysts8 don't take that as a positive economic sign. They say as Americans spend less, they are just buying fewer products made overseas.

The Obama Justice Department is abandoning the legal rationale used by the Bush administration for detaining prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. NPR's Nina Totenberg has details.

In court papers filed today, the Obama administration ditched the Bush administration's claim that it could detain what it called enemy combatants at Guantanamo based on the president's say-so. With most of the detainees now challenging their imprisonment9 in court, the new administration is justifying10 their detention11 for now instead on international law and the so-called Authorization12 of Military Force passed by Congress in the immediate13 aftermath of 9/11. The Obama administration said it is unprepared at this time, however, to define precisely14 the contours of whom may be detained under what circumstances and for how long. While an interagency task force ponders these definitions though, federal judges in Washington DC are under orders from the US Supreme15 Court to complete a review of most detentions16 and to order release where appropriate. Nina Totenberg, NPR News, Washington.

On Wall Street today, the Dow closed up 53 points at 7, 223. The NASDAQ gained 5 points to close at 1,431. The S&P was up 5.

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Oil company Sonoco says it's cutting 750 jobs. That's 20% of its salaried workforce17. The company says it's hoping to slash18 costs by more than 300 million dollars this year in the face of weak demand for gasoline and diesel19 fuel. Most of the cuts will be from the company's Philadelphia headquarters and refineries20 in the region.

General Motors is recalling over 300,000 vehicles. The company says they may have faulty transmission clips. Sarah Cwiek has more from member station WDET in Detroit.

The recall involves the 2009 models of several popular GM brands, including the Buick Enclave, Chevy Malibu and Saturn21 Outlook. GM says the problem is a partially22 engaged transmission cable clip. That could lead to a discrepancy23 between the gear position on the transmission and what the driver sees on the gear shift. GM spokesman Dan Flores says the good news is that only about 75,000 of the recalled vehicles are actually in customer hands. "Out of that 309,000, just over 75, 000 are actually delivered in customer's hands, so the majority of these vehicles involved in the recall are on dealer24 lots or in process to dealers25. " Flores says that GM hasn't heard of any incidents stemming from the problem but it is proceeding26 with a large scale recall as a precaution. For NPR News, I'm Sarah Cwiek in Detroit.

Lawyers for Minnesota's two vying27 Senate candidates delivered closing arguments today in a seven-week trial to determine which ballots28 to count in the state's disputed election. Democrat29 Al Franken has a 225-vote lead but Republican Norm Coleman wants the court to include absentee ballots that had been rejected.


1 advisor JKByk     
  • They employed me as an advisor.他们聘请我当顾问。
  • The professor is engaged as a technical advisor.这位教授被聘请为技术顾问。
2 advisors 9c02a9c1778f1533c47ade215559070d     
n.顾问,劝告者( advisor的名词复数 );(指导大学新生学科问题等的)指导教授
  • The governors felt that they were being strung along by their advisors. 地方长官感到他们一直在受顾问们的愚弄。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • We will consult together with advisors about her education. 我们将一起和专家商议她的教育事宜。 来自互联网
3 reassure 9TgxW     
  • This seemed to reassure him and he continued more confidently.这似乎使他放心一点,于是他更有信心地继续说了下去。
  • The airline tried to reassure the customers that the planes were safe.航空公司尽力让乘客相信飞机是安全的。
4 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。
5 treasury 7GeyP     
  • The Treasury was opposed in principle to the proposals.财政部原则上反对这些提案。
  • This book is a treasury of useful information.这本书是有价值的信息宝库。
6 Stabilization d25ce94d7d536526af8bf72d72ebfb5f     
  • The position of barycentre on plane directly impacts the stabilization and manipulation of plane. 飞机重心位置直接影响飞机的稳定和操纵特性。
  • With the higher olefins, stabilization of the energetic intermediates occurs more easily. 在较高的烯烃情况下,高能的中间物稳定作用更易出现。
7 deficit tmAzu     
  • The directors have reported a deficit of 2.5 million dollars.董事们报告赤字为250万美元。
  • We have a great deficit this year.我们今年有很大亏损。
8 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • 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。
9 imprisonment I9Uxk     
  • His sentence was commuted from death to life imprisonment.他的判决由死刑减为无期徒刑。
  • He was sentenced to one year's imprisonment for committing bigamy.他因为犯重婚罪被判入狱一年。
10 justifying 5347bd663b20240e91345e662973de7a     
证明…有理( justify的现在分词 ); 为…辩护; 对…作出解释; 为…辩解(或辩护)
  • He admitted it without justifying it. 他不加辩解地承认这个想法。
  • The fellow-travellers'service usually consisted of justifying all the tergiversations of Soviet intenal and foreign policy. 同路人的服务通常包括对苏联国内外政策中一切互相矛盾之处进行辩护。
11 detention 1vhxk     
  • He was kept in detention by the police.他被警察扣留了。
  • He was in detention in connection with the bribery affair.他因与贿赂事件有牵连而被拘留了。
12 authorization wOxyV     
  • Anglers are required to obtain prior authorization from the park keeper.垂钓者必须事先得到公园管理者的许可。
  • You cannot take a day off without authorization.未经批准你不得休假。
13 immediate aapxh     
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
14 precisely zlWzUb     
  • It's precisely that sort of slick sales-talk that I mistrust.我不相信的正是那种油腔滑调的推销宣传。
  • The man adjusted very precisely.那个人调得很准。
15 supreme PHqzc     
  • 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。
16 detentions 2d4769435811f286b7e2f522d8538716     
拘留( detention的名词复数 ); 扣押; 监禁; 放学后留校
  • Teachers may assign detention tasks as they wish and some detentions have been actually dangerous. 老师可能随心所欲指派关禁闭的形式,有些禁闭事实上很危险。
  • Intimidation, beatings and administrative detentions are often enough to prevent them from trying again. 恐吓,拷打和行政拘留足以阻止请愿者二次进京的脚步。
17 workforce workforce     
  • A large part of the workforce is employed in agriculture.劳动人口中一大部分受雇于农业。
  • A quarter of the local workforce is unemployed.本地劳动力中有四分之一失业。
18 slash Hrsyq     
  • The shop plans to slash fur prices after Spring Festival.该店计划在春节之后把皮货降价。
  • Don't slash your horse in that cruel way.不要那样残忍地鞭打你的马。
19 diesel ql6zo     
  • We experimented with diesel engines to drive the pumps.我们试着用柴油机来带动水泵。
  • My tractor operates on diesel oil.我的那台拖拉机用柴油开动。
20 refineries f6f752d4dedfa84ee0eead1d97a27bb2     
精炼厂( refinery的名词复数 )
  • The efforts on closedown and suspension of small sugar refineries, small saccharin refineries and small paper mills are also being carried out in steps. 关停小糖厂、小糖精厂、小造纸厂的工作也已逐步展开。
  • Hence the sitting of refineries is at a distance from population centres. 所以,炼油厂的厂址总在远离人口集中的地方。
21 Saturn tsZy1     
  • Astronomers used to ask why only Saturn has rings.天文学家们过去一直感到奇怪,为什么只有土星有光环。
  • These comparisons suggested that Saturn is made of lighter materials.这些比较告诉我们,土星由较轻的物质构成。
22 partially yL7xm     
  • The door was partially concealed by the drapes.门有一部分被门帘遮住了。
  • The police managed to restore calm and the curfew was partially lifted.警方设法恢复了平静,宵禁部分解除。
23 discrepancy ul3zA     
  • The discrepancy in their ages seemed not to matter.他们之间年龄的差异似乎没有多大关系。
  • There was a discrepancy in the two reports of the accident.关于那次事故的两则报道有不一致之处。
24 dealer GyNxT     
  • The dealer spent hours bargaining for the painting.那个商人为购买那幅画花了几个小时讨价还价。
  • The dealer reduced the price for cash down.这家商店对付现金的人减价优惠。
25 dealers 95e592fc0f5dffc9b9616efd02201373     
n.商人( dealer的名词复数 );贩毒者;毒品贩子;发牌者
  • There was fast bidding between private collectors and dealers. 私人收藏家和交易商急速竞相喊价。
  • The police were corrupt and were operating in collusion with the drug dealers. 警察腐败,与那伙毒品贩子内外勾结。
26 proceeding Vktzvu     
  • This train is now proceeding from Paris to London.这次列车从巴黎开往伦敦。
  • The work is proceeding briskly.工作很有生气地进展着。
27 vying MHZyS     
  • California is vying with other states to capture a piece of the growing communications market.为了在日渐扩大的通讯市场分得一杯羹,加利福尼亚正在和其他州展开竞争。
  • Four rescue plans are vying to save the zoo.4个拯救动物园的方案正争得不可开交。
28 ballots 06ecb554beff6a03babca6234edefde4     
n.投票表决( ballot的名词复数 );选举;选票;投票总数v.(使)投票表决( ballot的第三人称单数 )
  • They're counting the ballots. 他们正在计算选票。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The news of rigged ballots has rubbed off much of the shine of their election victory. 他们操纵选票的消息使他们在选举中获得的胜利大为减色。 来自《简明英汉词典》
29 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。
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