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NPR 2010-02-26

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From NPR News in Washington, I’m Lakshmi Singh.


The president, the vice1 president and Congress’s top lawmakers from both sides of the aisle2 are sparring over health care overhaul3 in the glare of TV lights. The White House says it is really hoping for consensus4 in this summit. But as NPR’s Scott Horsley reports, there’s been little agreement so far.


Republicans repeated their call for the White House to scrap5 health care legislation that narrowly passed the House and Senate in favor of starting over with a clean sheet of paper. Mr. Obama defended the product of a year-long legislative6 process. He urged Republicans to put aside their talking points and focus instead on areas of common ground. “We might surprise ourselves and find out that we agree more than we disagree. And that would then help to dictate7 how we move forward. It may turn out, on the other hand, there’s just too big of a gulf8, and then we’ll have to figure out how we proceed from there.” Democrats9 have not come out and said they’ll use a budget maneuver10 to bypass a threatened Republican filibuster11, but the president’s plan was crafted in a way to preserver that possibility. Scott Horsley, NPR News, Washington.


The Federal Reserve is looking into Goldman Sachs and other US banks’ use of investment tools to make bets that Greece will default on its debt. Fed chief Ben Bernanke told the Senate Banking12 Committee today that the Central Bank is concerned that credit default swaps13 may have made Greece’s debt crisis worse. Bernanke says the Security and Exchange Commission will probably review the matter as well. Greece’s growing debt and its potential effect on other European nations are shaking world markets in recent weeks.


Economists15 in the US haven’t seen this big surge in six months. Orders for durable16 goods jumped 3% in January, driven up by higher demand for commercial aircraft, as Danielle Karson reports.


The increase was due mostly to a huge spike17, 126% in aircraft orders, specifically for Boeing’s new 787 Dreamland aircraft. Excluding transportation, orders fell 0.6%. Durable goods orders are an important indicator18 of manufacturing activity. But Chris Low, chief economist14 with FTN financial services, says they’re also notoriously volatile19. “Because of that, I wouldn’t worry too much about a decline in one month, especially after a couple of months of growth. But again, it’s one more indication that in January, anyway, the economy downshifted a bit from the fourth quarter.” There was also a setback20 in the labor21 market. New claims for unemployment benefits rose to almost 500,000 last week. Low says that suggests businesses are still hesitant about hiring. For NPR News, I’m Danielle Karson.


Following news on the unemployment claims, we certainly have US stocks continuing its downward spiral. At last check, the Dow was down nearly 90 points at 10,285.


This is NPR.


Italy’s richest agricultural area, the Po River Valley, is threatened by thousands of tons of spill diesel22 fuel. NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli reports authorities suspect the oil spill was deliberate.


Fast currents have prevented efforts to contain the oil slick floating down river. It has reached the important food-producing province of Parma home to Italy’s famed parmesan cheese and prosciutto ham. The local civil protection agency says about 106,000 gallons of fuel poured into a tributary23 of the Po River, Italy’s longest, from storage tanks at a disused refinery24 northeast of Milan. The agencies said the fuel could have been released from tanks intentionally25. Farm groups say the food chain is safe because agricultural production is low this time of year and recent heavy rains mean the Po will not be needed for irrigation. The Po River Valley produces 1/3 of Italy’s agricultural output and represents 40% of the country’s GDP. Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome.


The number of people missing from last weekend’s landslide26 in Portugal may be higher than earlier thought. News reports are citing the tourism office on the Island of Madeira, saying that at least 29 people are still unaccounted for. The figure has fluctuated since Saturday’s storm sent sludge and boulders27 crushing down onto coastal28 homes. At least 42 people are confirmed dead.


A grand jury has indicted29 two men in the alleged30 plot to bomb the New York City subway system. Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin are accused of plotting to carry out the attack last September. They have pleaded not guilty.


I’m Lakshmi Singh, NPR News in Washington.


1 vice NU0zQ     
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
2 aisle qxPz3     
  • The aisle was crammed with people.过道上挤满了人。
  • The girl ushered me along the aisle to my seat.引座小姐带领我沿着通道到我的座位上去。
3 overhaul yKGxy     
  • Master Worker Wang is responsible for the overhaul of this grinder.王师傅主修这台磨床。
  • It is generally appreciated that the rail network needs a complete overhaul.众所周知,铁路系统需要大检修。
4 consensus epMzA     
  • Can we reach a consensus on this issue?我们能在这个问题上取得一致意见吗?
  • What is the consensus of opinion at the afternoon meeting?下午会议上一致的意见是什么?
5 scrap JDFzf     
  • A man comes round regularly collecting scrap.有个男人定时来收废品。
  • Sell that car for scrap.把那辆汽车当残品卖了吧。
6 legislative K9hzG     
  • 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 dictate fvGxN     
  • It took him a long time to dictate this letter.口述这封信花了他很长时间。
  • What right have you to dictate to others?你有什么资格向别人发号施令?
8 gulf 1e0xp     
  • The gulf between the two leaders cannot be bridged.两位领导人之间的鸿沟难以跨越。
  • There is a gulf between the two cities.这两座城市间有个海湾。
9 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 maneuver Q7szu     
  • All the fighters landed safely on the airport after the military maneuver.在军事演习后,所有战斗机都安全降落在机场上。
  • I did get her attention with this maneuver.我用这个策略确实引起了她的注意。
11 filibuster YkXxK     
  • A senator dragged the subject in as a filibuster.一个参议员硬把这个题目拉扯进来,作为一种阻碍议事的手法。
  • The democrats organized a filibuster in the senate.民主党党员在参议院上组织了阻挠议事。
12 banking aySz20     
  • John is launching his son on a career in banking.约翰打算让儿子在银行界谋一个新职位。
  • He possesses an extensive knowledge of banking.他具有广博的银行业务知识。
13 swaps 7852508deb41ee8610612c888aea2f12     
交换( swap的名词复数 ); 交换物,被掉换者
  • He swaps his old car for a new motorcycle. 他用旧车换了一辆新摩托车。 来自英汉 - 翻译样例 - 口语
  • Swaps the anchor and end points of the current selection. 交换当前所选内容的定位点和结束点。
14 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。
15 economists 2ba0a36f92d9c37ef31cc751bca1a748     
n.经济学家,经济专家( economist的名词复数 )
  • The sudden rise in share prices has confounded economists. 股价的突然上涨使经济学家大惑不解。
  • Foreign bankers and economists cautiously welcomed the minister's initiative. 外国银行家和经济学家对部长的倡议反应谨慎。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 durable frox4     
  • This raincoat is made of very durable material.这件雨衣是用非常耐用的料子做的。
  • They frequently require more major durable purchases.他们经常需要购买耐用消费品。
17 spike lTNzO     
  • 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。
18 indicator i8NxM     
  • Gold prices are often seen as an indicator of inflation.黃金价格常常被看作是通货膨胀的指标。
  • His left-hand indicator is flashing.他左手边的转向灯正在闪亮。
19 volatile tLQzQ     
  • With the markets being so volatile,investments are at great risk.由于市场那么变化不定,投资冒着很大的风险。
  • His character was weak and volatile.他这个人意志薄弱,喜怒无常。
20 setback XzuwD     
  • Since that time there has never been any setback in his career.从那时起他在事业上一直没有遇到周折。
  • She views every minor setback as a disaster.她把每个较小的挫折都看成重大灾难。
21 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。
22 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。
23 tributary lJ1zW     
  • There was a tributary road near the end of the village.村的尽头有条岔道。
  • As the largest tributary of Jinsha river,Yalong river is abundant in hydropower resources.雅砻江是金沙江的最大支流,水力资源十分丰富。
24 refinery QiayX     
  • They built a sugar refinery.他们建起了一座榨糖厂。
  • The purpose of oil refinery is to refine crude petroleum.炼油厂的主要工作是提炼原油。
25 intentionally 7qOzFn     
  • I didn't say it intentionally. 我是无心说的。
  • The local authority ruled that he had made himself intentionally homeless and was therefore not entitled to be rehoused. 当地政府裁定他是有意居无定所,因此没有资格再获得提供住房。
26 landslide XxyyG     
  • Our candidate is predicated to win by a landslide.我们的候选人被预言将以绝对优势取胜。
  • An electoral landslide put the Labour Party into power in 1945.1945年工党以压倒多数的胜利当选执政。
27 boulders 317f40e6f6d3dc0457562ca415269465     
n.卵石( boulder的名词复数 );巨砾;(受水或天气侵蚀而成的)巨石;漂砾
  • Seals basked on boulders in a flat calm. 海面风平浪静,海豹在巨石上晒太阳。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The river takes a headlong plunge into a maelstrom of rocks and boulders. 河水急流而下,入一个漂砾的漩涡中。 来自《简明英汉词典》
28 coastal WWiyh     
  • The ocean waves are slowly eating away the coastal rocks.大海的波浪慢慢地侵蚀着岸边的岩石。
  • This country will fortify the coastal areas.该国将加强沿海地区的防御。
29 indicted 4fe8f0223a4e14ee670547b1a8076e20     
控告,起诉( indict的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The senator was indicted for murder. 那位参议员被控犯谋杀罪。
  • He was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of murder. 他被大陪审团以两项谋杀罪名起诉。
30 alleged gzaz3i     
  • It was alleged that he had taken bribes while in office. 他被指称在任时收受贿赂。
  • alleged irregularities in the election campaign 被指称竞选运动中的不正当行为
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