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NPR 2009-04-21

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President Obama made his first visit to the CIA's headquarters in Virginia today. The president's visit coming just days after the administration’s decision to release top secret memos1 detailing the agency's use of a simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding in the interrogation of terror suspects. President said in no way was the decision aimed at putting CIA employees in jeopardy2. "I have fought to protect the integrity of classified information in the past and I will do so in the future. And there's nothing more important than protecting the identities of CIA officers. So I need everybody to be clear, we will protect your identities and your security as you vigorously pursue your missions." The White House last week moved to declassify3 the memos, arguing that much of the information they contained had already been made public. Attorney General Eric Holder4 has denounced the interrogation technique which was used by the Bush administration against several 9/11 suspects as torture.

Chrysler is slated5 to resume concession6 talks with the Canadian Auto7 Workers today. The auto maker8 says its future is at stake in the negotiations9. Michigan radio's Tracy Samilton has details.

Both the US and Canadian governments won't give Chrysler more federal aid unless the auto maker partners with Fiat10. Fiat says it won't partner with Chrysler unless its unions agree the concessions11. For the Canadian Auto Workers, that would mean a large reduction in wages and benefits. Harley Shaiken is a labor13 expert at UC Berkeley. "The Canadian Auto Workers are truly between a rock and a hard place right now. They've made some significant cuts in the last year. They are being asked to take a 20% cut about $16 on top of that." The CAW has so far balked14 at Chrysler's demands. The union says if Chrysler does go bankrupt, it won't be the blame but rather the automaker's investors15 who are also refusing concessions. For NPR News, I'm Tracy Samilton in Ann Arbor16.

An economic barometer17 designed to predict the direction of the economy three to six months down the road continues to head lower. There were some signs of leveling off. Business research group - the Conference Board said today its index of leading economic indicators18 fell 0.3% in March. Ken12 Goldstein is an economist19 of the Board, he says while the latest reading shows recession is likely to continue a bit longer, there are signs of easing. "The recession continues. The only good news here is that instead of everything being uniformly bad, and very bad. At least now, the bad news isn't quite so bad, and there’s even a little bit of a mix now and then." Index uses a Market Basket of components20 to try to predict future direction of the US economy.

San Francisco-based Oracle21 Corporation has moved to buy up software maker Sun Microsystems at a 7.4-billion-dollar deal, superseding22 IBM's efforts to acquire the company. With the move, Oracle might be able to become more of a one-stop technology firm assuming ownership of JAVA, the programming language that controls more than a billion devices worldwide.

On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 289 points.

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An inflammatory speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad led to a mass walkout today at the United Nations' conference on racism23 in Geneva. Dozens of diplomats24 got up and left the room as the hard-line leader accused the West of using the Holocaust25, in his words, as a pretext26 for aggression27 against the Palestinians. Speech was also protested by demonstrators. UN chief Ban Ki-moom has condemned28 the Iranian president’s remarks, Ban accusing the Iranian leader of using his speech to, "divide and even incite29 to drag opposition30 to the goals of the meeting".

Colorado law makers31 honored the tenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings today. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio, Bente Birkeland has details from Denver.

One law maker read a poem; another played a video taped message from Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis. Democratic representative Christine Scanlan recalled her days as a student in Columbine in early 80s. She says she's grateful that schools across the country have learned from the tragedy. “This generation of kids thinks differently about high school. And we preach to them, if you will, take care of each other, be aware of each other. That's a generational change.” The state legislature passed a resolution designating April 20th as a day to remember the innocent victims of school shootings. The resolution also urges Coloradoans to recommit to becoming better parents, better community members and better people. For NPR News, I'm Bente Birkeland in Denver.

Las Vegas Sun has won a Pulitzer Prize for public service for exposing a high death rate among construction workers on a Las Vegas Strip. Other big winners this year include New York Times which garnered32 five Pulitzers. As well as the Detroit Free Press which won for appealing sexually explicit33 emails linked to that city's mayor.


1 memos 45cf27e47ed5150a0561ca46ec309d4e     
n.备忘录( memo的名词复数 );(美)内部通知
  • Big shots get their dander up and memos start flying. 大人物们怒火中烧,备忘录四下乱飞。 来自辞典例句
  • There was a pile of mail, memos and telephone messages on his desk. 他的办公桌上堆满着信件、备忘录和电话通知。 来自辞典例句
2 jeopardy H3dxd     
  • His foolish behaviour may put his whole future in jeopardy.他愚蠢的行为可能毁了他一生的前程。
  • It is precisely at this juncture that the boss finds himself in double jeopardy.恰恰在这个关键时刻,上司发现自己处于进退两难的境地。
3 declassify Pxzxi     
  • These reports were only declassified last year.这些报告去年才被撤销了密级。
  • Does the president have the power to declassify information?总统有权利解密相关信息吗?
4 holder wc4xq     
  • The holder of the office of chairman is reponsible for arranging meetings.担任主席职位的人负责安排会议。
  • That runner is the holder of the world record for the hundred-yard dash.那位运动员是一百码赛跑世界纪录的保持者。
5 slated 87d23790934cf766dc7204830faf2859     
用石板瓦盖( slate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Yuki is working up an in-home phonics program slated for Thursdays, and I'm drilling her on English conversation at dinnertime. Yuki每周四还有一次家庭语音课。我在晚餐时训练她的英语口语。
  • Bromfield was slated to become U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. 布罗姆菲尔德被提名为美国农业部长。
6 concession LXryY     
  • We can not make heavy concession to the matter.我们在这个问题上不能过于让步。
  • That is a great concession.这是很大的让步。
7 auto ZOnyW     
  • Don't park your auto here.别把你的汽车停在这儿。
  • The auto industry has brought many people to Detroit.汽车工业把许多人吸引到了底特律。
8 maker DALxN     
  • 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。
9 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。
10 fiat EkYx2     
  • The opening of a market stall is governed by municipal fiat.开设市场摊位受市政法令管制。
  • He has tried to impose solutions to the country's problems by fiat.他试图下令强行解决该国的问题。
11 concessions 6b6f497aa80aaf810133260337506fa9     
n.(尤指由政府或雇主给予的)特许权( concession的名词复数 );承认;减价;(在某地的)特许经营权
  • The firm will be forced to make concessions if it wants to avoid a strike. 要想避免罢工,公司将不得不作出一些让步。
  • The concessions did little to placate the students. 让步根本未能平息学生的愤怒。
12 ken k3WxV     
  • Such things are beyond my ken.我可不懂这些事。
  • Abstract words are beyond the ken of children.抽象的言辞超出小孩所理解的范围.
13 labor P9Tzs     
  • 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。
14 balked 9feaf3d3453e7f0c289e129e4bd6925d     
v.畏缩不前,犹豫( balk的过去式和过去分词 );(指马)不肯跑
  • He balked in his speech. 他忽然中断讲演。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • They balked the robber's plan. 他们使强盗的计划受到挫败。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
15 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
16 arbor fyIzz0     
  • They sat in the arbor and chatted over tea.他们坐在凉亭里,边喝茶边聊天。
  • You may have heard of Arbor Day at school.你可能在学校里听过植树节。
17 barometer fPLyP     
  • The barometer marked a continuing fall in atmospheric pressure.气压表表明气压在继续下降。
  • The arrow on the barometer was pointing to"stormy".气压计上的箭头指向“有暴风雨”。
18 indicators f46872fc1b5f08e9d32bd107be1df829     
(仪器上显示温度、压力、耗油量等的)指针( indicator的名词复数 ); 指示物; (车辆上的)转弯指示灯; 指示信号
  • The economic indicators are better than expected. 经济指标比预期的好。
  • It is still difficult to develop indicators for many concepts used in social science. 为社会科学领域的许多概念确立一个指标仍然很难。
19 economist AuhzVs     
  • 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 components 4725dcf446a342f1473a8228e42dfa48     
(机器、设备等的)构成要素,零件,成分; 成分( component的名词复数 ); [物理化学]组分; [数学]分量; (混合物的)组成部分
  • the components of a machine 机器部件
  • Our chemistry teacher often reduces a compound to its components in lab. 在实验室中化学老师常把化合物分解为各种成分。
21 oracle jJuxy     
  • In times of difficulty,she pray for an oracle to guide her.在困难的时候,她祈祷神谕来指引她。
  • It is a kind of oracle that often foretells things most important.它是一种内生性神谕,常常能预言最重要的事情。
22 superseding 90c76f066e1ebb853ac72894d404db5b     
取代,接替( supersede的现在分词 )
  • This mechanism has such functions as integrating relations, resolving contradictions, superseding the old, improving efficiency. 公务员流动机制具有整合关系、化解矛盾、新陈代谢、提高效能等功能。
  • The issuance, revision, superseding, and withdrawal of all documents should be controlled by maintaining revision histories. 11所有文件的发放、修订、替换和收回应当通过保存修订历史来控制。
23 racism pSIxZ     
  • He said that racism is endemic in this country.他说种族主义在该国很普遍。
  • Racism causes political instability and violence.种族主义道致政治动荡和暴力事件。
24 diplomats ccde388e31f0f3bd6f4704d76a1c3319     
n.外交官( diplomat的名词复数 );有手腕的人,善于交际的人
  • These events led to the expulsion of senior diplomats from the country. 这些事件导致一些高级外交官被驱逐出境。
  • The court has no jurisdiction over foreign diplomats living in this country. 法院对驻本国的外交官无裁判权。 来自《简明英汉词典》
25 holocaust dd5zE     
  • The Auschwitz concentration camp always remind the world of the holocaust.奥辛威茨集中营总是让世人想起大屠杀。
  • Ahmadinejad is denying the holocaust because he's as brutal as Hitler was.内贾德否认大屠杀,因为他像希特勒一样残忍。
26 pretext 1Qsxi     
  • He used his headache as a pretext for not going to school.他借口头疼而不去上学。
  • He didn't attend that meeting under the pretext of sickness.他以生病为借口,没参加那个会议。
27 aggression WKjyF     
  • So long as we are firmly united, we need fear no aggression.只要我们紧密地团结,就不必惧怕外来侵略。
  • Her view is that aggression is part of human nature.她认为攻击性是人类本性的一部份。
28 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
  • 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。
29 incite kx4yv     
  • I wanted to point out he was a very good speaker, and could incite a crowd.我想说明他曾是一个非常出色的演讲家,非常会调动群众的情绪。
  • Just a few words will incite him into action.他只需几句话一将,就会干。
30 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。
31 makers 22a4efff03ac42c1785d09a48313d352     
  • The makers of the product assured us that there had been no sacrifice of quality. 这一产品的制造商向我们保证说他们没有牺牲质量。
  • The makers are about to launch out a new product. 制造商们马上要生产一种新产品。 来自《简明英汉词典》
32 garnered 60d1f073f04681f98098b8374f4a7693     
v.收集并(通常)贮藏(某物),取得,获得( garner的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Mr. Smith gradually garnered a national reputation as a financial expert. 史密斯先生逐渐赢得全国金融专家的声誉。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He has garnered extensive support for his proposals. 他的提议得到了广泛的支持。 来自辞典例句
33 explicit IhFzc     
  • She was quite explicit about why she left.她对自己离去的原因直言不讳。
  • He avoids the explicit answer to us.他避免给我们明确的回答。
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