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CNN 2011-07-31

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 In Washington, the only movement seems to be another step closer to the August 2nd deadline. In less than six days the federal government could run out of money and default on its bills. 

 
Next hour on Capitol Hill, the doom's day scenario1 is laid out. Executives from credit rating agencies will warn lawmakers of the far- reaching impact of a U.S. downgrade. One debt plan, backed by House Speaker John Boehner, is yanked from a scheduled vote. 
 
The Congressional Budget Office says that savings2 were overstated and the numbers need to be crunched3 again. 
 
And Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says it's time for his fellow Republicans to accept something less than perfect. 
 
Joe Johns is in our Washington bureau, Dan Lothian at the White House. 
 
Joe, let's go ahead and start with you. So how costly4 is today's delay on the Boehner plan and does he even have the support to get it passed in his own House? 
 
Well, Kyra, you know, these are both very good questions. On the one hand, he loses a day and there are only six days to go. So that's a big deal. The other thing is that what's more important is the loss perhaps in credibility. 
 
The speaker said his plan was going to, you know, save something like over $1 trillion. But it only saves about $850 billion. So that's a big difference, too. A question of credibility. 
 
On the other hand, he buys some time because there are a number of people in the House of Representatives, some of whom actually spoke5 out last night, and said this thing is not going to pass. I'm not going to vote for it. So he gets a little bit more time to try to drum up the support he needs, because once he puts something on the floor, he's got to get a yea vote. 
 
All right. 
 
And, Dan, you know, there is some talk of a band-aid-slash-patch approach. You know? What would that do? 
 
Well, look. This is a message that you've heard from the White House over the last week or so, that the president does not embrace a short-term deal, but if in fact it does appear that there is some compromise happening, that both sides have agreed to some kind of a framework of a plan and they need time to work it through the legislative6 process then the president would support that, quote, "band-aid approach" of maybe a couple of days to cross all the T's and dot the I's. 
 
That's as far as the administration will go. But beyond that saying that the president still wants a longer term deal because he believes that if you divide it up as John Boehner's plan looks to do, extending the debt ceiling through this year and then next year as well, that it only sets you up for another battle during the middle of the big election cycle and may not calm the fears of the markets. 
 
All right. We're going to be talking about it every single minute of the next couple of hours. 
 
Joe Johns, Dan Lothian, thanks so much. 
 
And near the bottom of the hour, 9:25 Eastern, Ali Velshi is going to join us once again. He's going to actually look ahead to next hour's congressional hearing on downgrading the U.S. credit score. The impact as it will be told to lawmakers pretty sobering. 
 
All right. This story is trending really high on CNN.com. Zain Verjee talking to us about a 14-year-old hit man and the killings7 are pretty gruesome. He's actually known on the streets as the cloak. 
 
Tell us more about this kid, Zain. 
 
Kyra, he's 14 years old. That's really what's gripping people, both in the U.S. as well as around the world. And he was found guilty in a Mexican court for torturing and beheading at least four people and kidnapping at least three people. 
 
He was asked how did you execute them? Just listen to what he says.
 
Kyra, what's outraging8 a lot of people, too, about this is that because he is only 14 years old, his maximum sentence under Mexican law is that he gets three years in a correctional facility and he also has to pay a $400,000 fine. 
 
So it's really a gruesome story and what a lot of people are saying is that this is all part of the drug wars and you've got the drug gangs in Mexico beginning to recruit young kids like this 14-year-old boy to do their dirty work for them Kyra. 
 
Yes. And you're seeing a lot of kids as young as 14 being recruited by the cartels. It's heart-wrenching. 
 
Let's check stories cross country now.
 
Storms ripping through parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts last night, winds up to 60 miles an hour, along with quarter-sized hail had residents on edge. And this is the same area, by the way, that was hit by a tornado9 last month. 
 
We've seen plenty of homecomings by soldier. Well, this one in Nebraska has a bit of a twist. That's Army Specialist Robert Leonard. He's part of the 134th Cavalry10 that just returned home yesterday from Afghanistan.
 
You see him on the knee there. He convinced his girlfriend to come up on stage and he popped the question. You can probably tell she said yes!
 
And now that the final shuttle mission is done, NASA workers looking for their next job. Well, they held a job fair at the Kennedy Space Center. Some 60 government agencies and private companies showed up to offer jobs.

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1 scenario lZoxm     
n.剧本,脚本;概要
参考例句:
  • But the birth scenario is not completely accurate.然而分娩脚本并非完全准确的。
  • This is a totally different scenario.这是完全不同的剧本。
2 savings ZjbzGu     
n.存款,储蓄
参考例句:
  • I can't afford the vacation,for it would eat up my savings.我度不起假,那样会把我的积蓄用光的。
  • By this time he had used up all his savings.到这时,他的存款已全部用完。
3 crunched adc2876f632a087c0c8d7d68ab7543dc     
v.嘎吱嘎吱地咬嚼( crunch的过去式和过去分词 );嘎吱作响;(快速大量地)处理信息;数字捣弄
参考例句:
  • Our feet crunched on the frozen snow. 我们的脚嘎吱嘎吱地踩在冻雪上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He closed his jaws on the bones and crunched. 他咬紧骨头,使劲地嚼。 来自英汉文学 - 热爱生命
4 costly 7zXxh     
adj.昂贵的,价值高的,豪华的
参考例句:
  • It must be very costly to keep up a house like this.维修这么一幢房子一定很昂贵。
  • This dictionary is very useful,only it is a bit costly.这本词典很有用,左不过贵了些。
5 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。
6 legislative K9hzG     
n.立法机构,立法权;adj.立法的,有立法权的
参考例句:
  • Congress is the legislative branch of the U.S. government.国会是美国政府的立法部门。
  • Today's hearing was just the first step in the legislative process.今天的听证会只是展开立法程序的第一步。
7 killings 76d97e8407f821a6e56296c4c9a9388c     
谋杀( killing的名词复数 ); 突然发大财,暴发
参考例句:
  • His statement was seen as an allusion to the recent drug-related killings. 他的声明被视为暗指最近与毒品有关的多起凶杀案。
  • The government issued a statement condemning the killings. 政府发表声明谴责这些凶杀事件。
8 outraging 686db3e153c095bbc9491b0b95bbbe9d     
引起…的义愤,激怒( outrage的现在分词 )
参考例句:
9 tornado inowl     
n.飓风,龙卷风
参考例句:
  • A tornado whirled into the town last week.龙卷风上周袭击了这座城市。
  • The approaching tornado struck awe in our hearts.正在逼近的龙卷风使我们惊恐万分。
10 cavalry Yr3zb     
n.骑兵;轻装甲部队
参考例句:
  • We were taken in flank by a troop of cavalry. 我们翼侧受到一队骑兵的袭击。
  • The enemy cavalry rode our men down. 敌人的骑兵撞倒了我们的人。
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