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CNN 2011-06-05

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Hi, I'm Carl Azuz. And this is CNN Student News. It's June 2nd, and in our penultimate program of the school year, we're starting things off on Wall Street.

Talking about the stock market and yesterday was not a good one. Experts used the Dow Jones Industrial Average to get an idea of how stock market is doing. The Dow dropped 280 points yesterday. That is the worst drop since last August.

Next up today, northern Africa where Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces are fighting against rebels in the civil war. Other countries are involved in this too, the US, Britain, France. They're part of a military coalition1 that's being led by Nato, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The goal of that coalition is to protect Libya's civilians2 during the civil war, and Nato says it is extending that mission for another 90 days. A lot of what the coalition has been doing is carrying out air strikes like these. They are targeting Colonel Gaddafi's forces, his compounds and trying to limit his military resources. The conflict in Libya has been going on since February. Recently, several top officials have left Gaddafi's government that includes some generals in the Libyan army. One official who left the government yesterday said it's in shambles3.

Turning to the US government now, where a big topic on Capitol Hill is the country's debt ceiling. That is the amount of debt that the government is allowed to have. President Obama wants the ceiling raised. Republicans and congress say they won't do that unless the government make some cuts in spending. In fact on Tuesday, the US House of Representatives voted against the idea of raising the debt ceiling without making spending cuts. Christine Romance is here to help us get a better picture of what's going on. Christine, let's start off with the question, what exactly is the debt ceiling.

It's basically America's credit limit. (Uh) Congress sets the cap on how much money the country can spend to pay its bills, and to pay our interest payment. The debt ceiling is a sort of like the credit limit on your credit card bill, only much much bigger. And think it of this way, if you're running a $3,000 balance on a $10,000 credit limit, the US government, we run right up to our credit limit over and over again, and then that's the paying it off, we just raised the debt limit. How big is this pile of debt, $14.3 trillion, more precisely4, $14,293,975,000,000. This is money the government has already spent. Stack on top of each other. This is just to give you an illustration, $14 trillion would reach from the earth to the moon more than 4 times. Your share of this pile of debt, is about $47,000 for every man, woman and child in America. We hit our debt ceiling, the debt limit on May 16th. How are we operating now? The Treasury5 Secretary is juggling6 the bills that are coming in to keep the country from defaulting. He says we can go until August 2nd. After that, the situation he says is critical. Secretary Geithner says not raising the debt limit so America can pay its bills would be quoted "catastrophic". It's like being, he says, a home owner with only enough money to pay some of the bills. You'd pay the mortgage or you pay the credit bills, which one are you gonna pick, and the government would like to pick and choose ,would have to pick and choose what to pay, Geithner says some bills won't get paychecks to millions of Americans like social security, perhaps, would have to stop. Republicans say he is wrong. The US won't default so long as we keep making interest payments on our bonds are all of it big, politically big now, but here you go you guys Congress has raised the debt ceiling 74 times since 1962, 10 times just since 2001. This is the first time it's been so critical, politically and turned into such a big ideological7 fight.


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1 coalition pWlyi     
n.结合体,同盟,结合,联合
参考例句:
  • The several parties formed a coalition.这几个政党组成了政治联盟。
  • Coalition forces take great care to avoid civilian casualties.联盟军队竭尽全力避免造成平民伤亡。
2 civilians 2a8bdc87d05da507ff4534c9c974b785     
平民,百姓( civilian的名词复数 ); 老百姓
参考例句:
  • the bloody massacre of innocent civilians 对无辜平民的血腥屠杀
  • At least 300 civilians are unaccounted for after the bombing raids. 遭轰炸袭击之后,至少有300名平民下落不明。
3 shambles LElzo     
n.混乱之处;废墟
参考例句:
  • My room is a shambles.我房间里乱七八糟。
  • The fighting reduced the city to a shambles.这场战斗使这座城市成了一片废墟。
4 precisely zlWzUb     
adv.恰好,正好,精确地,细致地
参考例句:
  • 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。
5 treasury 7GeyP     
n.宝库;国库,金库;文库
参考例句:
  • 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 juggling juggling     
n. 欺骗, 杂耍(=jugglery) adj. 欺骗的, 欺诈的 动词juggle的现在分词
参考例句:
  • He was charged with some dishonest juggling with the accounts. 他被指控用欺骗手段窜改账目。
  • The accountant went to prison for juggling his firm's accounts. 会计因涂改公司的帐目而入狱。
7 ideological bq3zi8     
a.意识形态的
参考例句:
  • He always tries to link his study with his ideological problems. 他总是把学习和自己的思想问题联系起来。
  • He helped me enormously with advice on how to do ideological work. 他告诉我怎样做思想工作,对我有很大帮助。
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