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NPR 2010-04-29

时间:2010-05-11 05:53来源:互联网 提供网友:Suki12322   字体: [ ]

Republican senators again turned back a Democratic financial overhaul1 bill today. The legislation creates new regulations for Wall Street investment firms and for complex products called derivatives2. GOP senators have successfully blocked debate on the legislation three times this week. Democratic Senator Chris Dodd was frustrated3.

"Dislike the bill, vote against it at the end if you want, offer 20 amendments4 if you want, but let us get to the bill."

Democratic leaders are apparently5 prepared to keep the Senate in session all night to work on the legislation. Now, Republican leaders suggest they may be willing to end the filibuster6. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has released a statement, saying he's deeply troubled by several provisions in the legislation, but he's pleased to see bipartisan efforts to address the differences.

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has cut its ratings of Spain's national debt. It's now down a notch7 to AA. S&P analysts8 say Spain is likely going to see very sluggish9 economic growth over the next several years. The downgrade in Spain's debt comes just a day after Greece's debt rating was slashed10 to junk status. Teri Schultz reports from Brussels, Germany is signaling it will support the European bailout plan for Greece.

The European economy's top players appealed to German lawmakers today to authorize11 their governments' share of the 40-billion-dollar EU loan to Greece. After the personal intervention12 by the heads of European Central Bank and the International Monetary13 Fund, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble announced that parliamentary approval could come as soon as next Friday. That's much more optimistic than his earlier statements suggesting the plan could be rejected entirely14. Meanwhile, EU President Herman Van Rompuy is also trying to reassure15 markets that neither Greece nor any other eurozone member will be allowed to default on its loan payments.

"There is no question about restructuring of the debt."

The borrowing costs for Greece took a dip on the news after rising steadily16 for weeks. For NPR News, I'm Teri Schultz in Brussels.

The US Supreme17 Court has revived a land transfer letting a large cross remain on public property. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports the decision was 5 to 4.

In 1934, the Veterans of Foreign Wars erected18 a large cross on an outcropping of rock in the Mojave Desert, land owned by the government. The purpose was to honor American soldiers who died in World War I. Decades later, a retired19 park service ranger20 who often visited the area challenged the cross as an unconstitutional government endorsement21 of religion. The lower courts agreed. That prompted Congress to give the land on which the cross stood to the VFW in a land transfer, but the lower courts ruled that action was in evasion22 of its order to dismantle23 the cross. Now, the Supreme Court has disagreed with the lower courts and is sending the case back to the lower courts. Nina Totenberg, NPR News, Washington.

On Wall Street just before the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 50 points at 11,042. The NASDAQ was down a fraction of a point; it was trading at 2,471.

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The prime ministers of India and Pakistan will meet tomorrow. It's an effort to improve relations damaged following the terror attacks in Mumbai, India during late 2008. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from Islamabad.

The prime ministers of the two nuclear-armed rivals will hold talks on the sidelines of a regional meeting of eight South Asian nations that is underway in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Delhi has insisted it would only revive a full dialog when Islamabad moved more aggressively against the Pakistani militants24 implicated25 in the Mumbai attacks. India is also investigating what it calls a serious breach26 of security after arresting one of its diplomats27 accused of spying for Pakistan while posted at the Indian Embassy in Islamabad. Analysts say there will be no breakthrough at Thursday's meeting of the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers, but rather they hope to keep alive the idea of engagement. The US has urged the two sides to reduce tension so that Pakistan can concentrate on the threat that Taliban poses to its western border with Afghanistan. Julie McCarthy, NPR News, Islamabad.

The US government has given the go-ahead to a wind farm plant that will be off the coast in Massachusetts. The Cape28 Wind project will eventually have 130 turbines. Wind Project leaders say electricity can start flowing by 2012. Opponents fear the turbines will kill wildlife and harm the coast in Massachusetts.

The Coast Guard is trying to stop an oil slick from flowing into sensitive Louisiana marshlands. Emergency response workers are trying to use a controlled fire to stop some of the oil from fouling29 the coast. The oil is from a pipeline30 that was attached to a drilling platform that exploded and sank last week. Eleven workers are missing and feared dead.


1 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。
2 derivatives f75369b9e0ef2282b4d10e367e4ee2a9     
n.衍生性金融商品;派生物,引出物( derivative的名词复数 );导数
  • Many English words are derivatives of Latin words. 许多英语词来自拉丁语。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • These compounds are nitrosohydroxylamine derivatives. 这类合成物是亚硝基羟胺衍生物。 来自辞典例句
3 frustrated ksWz5t     
adj.挫败的,失意的,泄气的v.使不成功( frustrate的过去式和过去分词 );挫败;使受挫折;令人沮丧
  • It's very easy to get frustrated in this job. 这个工作很容易令人懊恼。
  • The bad weather frustrated all our hopes of going out. 恶劣的天气破坏了我们出行的愿望。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 amendments 39576081718792f25ceae20f3bb99b43     
(法律、文件的)改动( amendment的名词复数 ); 修正案; 修改; (美国宪法的)修正案
  • The committee does not adequately consult others when drafting amendments. 委员会在起草修正案时没有充分征求他人的意见。
  • Please propose amendments and addenda to the first draft of the document. 请对这个文件的初稿提出修改和补充意见。
5 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
6 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。
7 notch P58zb     
  • The peanuts they grow are top-notch.他们种的花生是拔尖的。
  • He cut a notch in the stick with a sharp knife.他用利刃在棒上刻了一个凹痕。
8 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
9 sluggish VEgzS     
  • This humid heat makes you feel rather sluggish.这种湿热的天气使人感到懒洋洋的。
  • Circulation is much more sluggish in the feet than in the hands.脚部的循环比手部的循环缓慢得多。
10 slashed 8ff3ba5a4258d9c9f9590cbbb804f2db     
v.挥砍( slash的过去式和过去分词 );鞭打;割破;削减
  • Someone had slashed the tyres on my car. 有人把我的汽车轮胎割破了。
  • He slashed the bark off the tree with his knife. 他用刀把树皮从树上砍下。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 authorize CO1yV     
  • He said that he needed to get his supervisor to authorize my refund.他说必须让主管人员批准我的退款。
  • Only the President could authorize the use of the atomic bomb.只有总统才能授权使用原子弹。
12 intervention e5sxZ     
  • The government's intervention in this dispute will not help.政府对这场争论的干预不会起作用。
  • Many people felt he would be hostile to the idea of foreign intervention.许多人觉得他会反对外来干预。
13 monetary pEkxb     
  • The monetary system of some countries used to be based on gold.过去有些国家的货币制度是金本位制的。
  • Education in the wilderness is not a matter of monetary means.荒凉地区的教育不是钱财问题。
14 entirely entirely     
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
15 reassure 9TgxW     
  • This seemed to reassure him and he continued more confidently.这似乎使他放心一点,于是他更有信心地继续说了下去。
  • The airline tried to reassure the customers that the planes were safe.航空公司尽力让乘客相信飞机是安全的。
16 steadily Qukw6     
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。
17 supreme PHqzc     
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的时刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
adj. 直立的,竖立的,笔直的 vt. 使 ... 直立,建立
  • A monument to him was erected in St Paul's Cathedral. 在圣保罗大教堂为他修了一座纪念碑。
  • A monument was erected to the memory of that great scientist. 树立了一块纪念碑纪念那位伟大的科学家。
19 retired Njhzyv     
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
20 ranger RTvxb     
  • He was the head ranger of the national park.他曾是国家公园的首席看守员。
  • He loved working as a ranger.他喜欢做护林人。
21 endorsement ApOxK     
  • We are happy to give the product our full endorsement.我们很高兴给予该产品完全的认可。
  • His presidential campaign won endorsement from several celebrities.他参加总统竞选得到一些社会名流的支持。
22 evasion 9nbxb     
  • The movie star is in prison for tax evasion.那位影星因为逃税而坐牢。
  • The act was passed as a safeguard against tax evasion.这项法案旨在防止逃税行为。
23 dismantle Vtlxa     
  • He asked for immediate help from the United States to dismantle the warheads.他请求美国立即提供援助,拆除这批弹头。
  • The mower firmly refused to mow,so I decided to dismantle it.修完后割草机还是纹丝不动,于是,我决定把它拆开。
24 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
  • The militants have been sporadically fighting the government for years. 几年来,反叛分子一直对政府实施零星的战斗。
  • Despite the onslaught, Palestinian militants managed to fire off rockets. 尽管如此,巴勒斯坦的激进分子仍然发射导弹。
25 implicated 8443a53107b44913ed0a3f12cadfa423     
  • These groups are very strongly implicated in the violence. 这些组织与这起暴力事件有着极大的关联。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Having the stolen goods in his possession implicated him in the robbery. 因藏有赃物使他涉有偷盗的嫌疑。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
26 breach 2sgzw     
  • We won't have any breach of discipline.我们不允许任何破坏纪律的现象。
  • He was sued for breach of contract.他因不履行合同而被起诉。
27 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》
28 cape ITEy6     
  • I long for a trip to the Cape of Good Hope.我渴望到好望角去旅行。
  • She was wearing a cape over her dress.她在外套上披着一件披肩。
29 fouling 51c8adea6ef6cc2e33d171f8ae739b2d     
n.(水管、枪筒等中的)污垢v.使污秽( foul的现在分词 );弄脏;击球出界;(通常用废物)弄脏
  • He was sent off for fouling the other team's goalkeeper. 他因对对方守门员犯规而被罚出场。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • A basketball player is allowed five personal fouls before fouling out. 篮球运动员侵人犯规五次即被罚下场。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
30 pipeline aNUxN     
  • The pipeline supplies Jordan with 15 per cent of its crude oil.该管道供给约旦15%的原油。
  • A single pipeline serves all the houses with water.一条单管路给所有的房子供水。
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