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NPR 2010-03-28

时间:2010-04-02 05:13来源:互联网 提供网友:beiju   字体: [ ]

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


Sarah Palin’s charging up a crowd of Tea Party activists1 in Nevada where people are launching a national bus tour to protest the new health care overhaul2 law. On a windy day in Searchlight today, Palin took several swipes at the Democratic leadership.


It’s like that old bumper3 sticker that says, government: “if you think our problems are bad, wait until you see our solutions”.


Palin traveled to Nevada from Arizona where she’s been campaigning for the reelection of a former presidential running mate, Senator John McCain.


The Tea Party activists are also calling for the ouster of Senate Majority Leader Harry4 Reid who’s from Searchlight. One of the chief organizers Mark Williams says the rally is just the beginning.


“We’re doing, I believe it’s up to 44 stops now between Searchlight and Washington, D.C. where we wind up on the 15th of April, or in its end there will actually be a number of events on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.”


GOP critics of the bill say the Democrats5’ plan will severely6 undermine the quality of health care and drive the economy deeper into debt. But Democrats argue not only will it help millions of Americans, but will also lead to huge savings7 for the country over the next decade.


The Senate has adjourned8 for a two-week recess9 without extending unemployment insurance benefits that are due to expire in the middle of the congressional break. As NPR’s David Welna tells us, both Democrats and Republicans agree the benefits should be continued, but they don’t agree on how to pay for them.


A temporary extension of unemployment benefits expires April 5th. The House approved another one-month extension, but Senate Republicans balked10, saying it would add another nine billion dollars to the deficit11. Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin disagrees.


“This is an emergency. And yet, it’s being obstructed12 by the minority, by the Republicans. Let’s say it for what it is. Republicans are stopping this. It’s simply inexplicable13.”


Republican Senators say the unemployment benefits should be paid for with funds from last year’s stimulus14 bill. Their leader in this fight is Oklahoma’s Tom Coburn.


“Somebody has to start saying ‘no’ to the addiction15 that we have is that every time we have a problem, we just spend money.”


The Senate votes to end the filibuster16 on extensions when it returns April 12th. David Welna, NPR News, the Capitol.


President Obama is making 15 recess appointments. In a White House statement today, the president says posts include key members of his economic team, as well as members of the National Labor17 Relations Board and the head of Customs and Border Protection.


The families of South Korean marines still missing from a naval18 accident in the Yellow Sea yesterday are demanding answers today. A group turned up at a naval base south of Seoul angry; they weren’t being told more. Yesterday, a South Korean military ship sank near the disputed sea border. Officials say there was an explosion but did not offer a cause.


From Washington, this is NPR News.


The head of the Arab League says that Arab leaders should be looking ahead to the day when the Israeli-Palestinian peace process collapses20. Amr Moussa also counseled more direct contact with Iran. NPR’s Peter Kenyon has details from Cairo.


The Arab League summit in Libya is focusing on the recent controversy21 surrounding Jewish settlement activity in East Jerusalem. Israel says it will not stop building in the eastern part of the city which Palestinians see as the capital of a future Palestinian state. The Arab League recently gave its blessing22 to indirect talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis, but Moussa says those talks are impossible, unless Israel imposes a settlement freeze, and he warned that the settlements could cause the peace process to collapse19 altogether. Moussa also said Arab states concerned about Iran’s nuclear program and its regional ambitions should open a dialog with Iranian leaders. Moussa proposed a forum23 involving both Iran and Turkey, a proposal that may be at odds24 with US and Israeli desires to isolate25 and punish Iran. Peter Kenyon, NPR News, Cairo.


A political dispute is brewing26 in Iraq where Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is pledging to appeal the results of this month’s parliamentary elections. Meanwhile, the declared winner Iyad Allawi is pledging to work with all factions27 to form a coalition28 government.


While days after signing landmark29 legislation to revamp health care, President Obama’s planning to do the same with an education bill on Tuesday. In his weekly address, the president says that he believes the student loan measure can make graduation rates in the US among the highest in the world. He says the law will spur more student lending, including more money for minority colleges and universities.


I’m Lakshmi Singh, NPR News.


1 activists 90fd83cc3f53a40df93866d9c91bcca4     
n.(政治活动的)积极分子,活动家( activist的名词复数 )
  • His research work was attacked by animal rights activists . 他的研究受到了动物权益维护者的抨击。
  • Party activists with lower middle class pedigrees are numerous. 党的激进分子中有很多出身于中产阶级下层。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 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。
3 bumper jssz8     
  • The painting represents the scene of a bumper harvest.这幅画描绘了丰收的景象。
  • This year we have a bumper harvest in grain.今年我们谷物丰收。
4 harry heBxS     
  • Today,people feel more hurried and harried.今天,人们感到更加忙碌和苦恼。
  • Obama harried business by Healthcare Reform plan.奥巴马用医改掠夺了商界。
5 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》
6 severely SiCzmk     
  • He was severely criticized and removed from his post.他受到了严厉的批评并且被撤了职。
  • He is severely put down for his careless work.他因工作上的粗心大意而受到了严厉的批评。
7 savings ZjbzGu     
  • 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。
8 adjourned 1e5a5e61da11d317191a820abad1664d     
(使)休会, (使)休庭( adjourn的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The court adjourned for lunch. 午餐时间法庭休庭。
  • The trial was adjourned following the presentation of new evidence to the court. 新证据呈到庭上后,审讯就宣告暂停。
9 recess pAxzC     
  • The chairman of the meeting announced a ten-minute recess.会议主席宣布休会10分钟。
  • Parliament was hastily recalled from recess.休会的议员被匆匆召回开会。
10 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》
11 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。
12 obstructed 5b709055bfd182f94d70e3e16debb3a4     
阻塞( obstruct的过去式和过去分词 ); 堵塞; 阻碍; 阻止
  • Tall trees obstructed his view of the road. 有大树挡着,他看不到道路。
  • The Irish and Bristol Channels were closed or grievously obstructed. 爱尔兰海峡和布里斯托尔海峡或遭受封锁,或受到了严重阻碍。
13 inexplicable tbCzf     
  • It is now inexplicable how that development was misinterpreted.当时对这一事态发展的错误理解究竟是怎么产生的,现在已经无法说清楚了。
  • There are many things which are inexplicable by science.有很多事科学还无法解释。
14 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。
15 addiction JyEzS     
  • He stole money from his parents to feed his addiction.他从父母那儿偷钱以满足自己的嗜好。
  • Areas of drug dealing are hellholes of addiction,poverty and murder.贩卖毒品的地区往往是吸毒上瘾、贫困和发生谋杀的地方。
16 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。
17 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。
18 naval h1lyU     
  • He took part in a great naval battle.他参加了一次大海战。
  • The harbour is an important naval base.该港是一个重要的海军基地。
19 collapse aWvyE     
  • The country's economy is on the verge of collapse.国家的经济已到了崩溃的边缘。
  • The engineer made a complete diagnosis of the bridge's collapse.工程师对桥的倒塌做了一次彻底的调查分析。
20 collapses 9efa410d233b4045491e3d6f683e12ed     
折叠( collapse的第三人称单数 ); 倒塌; 崩溃; (尤指工作劳累后)坐下
  • This bridge table collapses. 这张桥牌桌子能折叠。
  • Once Russia collapses, the last chance to stop Hitler will be gone. 一旦俄国垮台,抑止希特勒的最后机会就没有了。
21 controversy 6Z9y0     
  • That is a fact beyond controversy.那是一个无可争论的事实。
  • We ran the risk of becoming the butt of every controversy.我们要冒使自己在所有的纷争中都成为众矢之的的风险。
22 blessing UxDztJ     
  • The blessing was said in Hebrew.祷告用了希伯来语。
  • A double blessing has descended upon the house.双喜临门。
23 forum cilx0     
  • They're holding a forum on new ways of teaching history.他们正在举行历史教学讨论会。
  • The organisation would provide a forum where problems could be discussed.这个组织将提供一个可以讨论问题的平台。
24 odds n5czT     
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
25 isolate G3Exu     
  • Do not isolate yourself from others.不要把自己孤立起来。
  • We should never isolate ourselves from the masses.我们永远不能脱离群众。
26 brewing eaabd83324a59add9a6769131bdf81b5     
n. 酿造, 一次酿造的量 动词brew的现在分词形式
  • It was obvious that a big storm was brewing up. 很显然,一场暴风雨正在酝酿中。
  • She set about brewing some herb tea. 她动手泡一些药茶。
27 factions 4b94ab431d5bc8729c89bd040e9ab892     
组织中的小派别,派系( faction的名词复数 )
  • The gens also lives on in the "factions." 氏族此外还继续存在于“factions〔“帮”〕中。 来自英汉非文学 - 家庭、私有制和国家的起源
  • rival factions within the administration 政府中的对立派别
28 coalition pWlyi     
  • 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。
29 landmark j2DxG     
  • The Russian Revolution represents a landmark in world history.俄国革命是世界历史上的一个里程碑。
  • The tower was once a landmark for ships.这座塔曾是船只的陆标。
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