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NPR 2010-05-11

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President Obama's latest nominee1 to the US Supreme2 Court, Elena Kagan, says she's grateful for what she called "the honor of a lifetime". Mr. Obama says he chose Kagan in part because she understands that law is not an intellectual exercise, a thought echoed by Kagan.

"Law matters because it keeps us safe, because it protects our most fundamental rights and freedoms and because it is the foundation of our democracy."

Kagan is currently US solicitor3 general, a job in which she represents the government in cases before the high court. But she's never been a judge, a point already being emphasized by key Senate Republicans. NPR's Mara Liasson reports the White House is emphasizing Kagan's record as a consensus4 builder.

Whether former Harvard Law School dean Elena Kagan will actually be able to create 5-4 progressive majorities on a court dominated by conservatives is still just a theory, but the president cited it as one of Kagan's chief strengths

"These traits were particularly evident during her tenure5 as dean. At a time when many believed that the Harvard faculty6 had gotten a little one-sided in its viewpoint, she sought to recruit prominent conservative scholars and spur a healthy debate on campus."

The battle lines are already being drawn7 on Capitol Hill, with Republicans saying they'll withhold8 judgment9 about her nomination10 before they decide how to vote or whether to filibuster11, and the Democrats12 are already pushing for an up-or-down vote. Mara Liasson, NPR News, Washington.

At least 85 people are dead and nearly 300 others wounded in Iraq after a day of militant13 attacks and bombings across that country. NPR's Peter Kenyon in Baghdad reports two car bombs were detonated as workers were leaving a fabric14 factory in the town of Hilla.

It was the worst attack in a day that saw the toll15 of dead and wounded climb by the hour. In Baghdad, the day began with cars of gunmen racing16 up to several checkpoints and opening fire on Iraqi soldiers and policemen. The police were also targeted in a series of bombings in western Anbar province. From shootings in the northern city of Mosul to three bomb attacks in the southern oil hub of Basra, Iraqis bore the brunt of a raging day of violence that officials called an effort to destabilize a country already struggling to form a new government. Peter Kenyon, NPR News, Baghdad.

The BP oil corporation is trying new ways to stop the oil gushing17 into the Gulf18 of Mexico. Chief Executive Tony Hayward tells NPR’s "All Things Considered" that one approach involves trying to jam debris19 into valves at the wellhead.

"What we're doing is lining20 up to pump material into it to seal it, something that is referred to as a top kill or junk shot."

Hayward says crews are also preparing to lower a new more compact containment21 dome22 over the wellhead.

The White House is praising steps taken by the European Union nations to ease concerns about the debt crisis that sparked a rally on Wall Street. The Dow up nearly 400 points.

This is NPR.

Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he will step down by September at the latest. It's a move he hopes will pave the way for his Labour Party to work out a deal with the centrist Liberal Democrats to form a governing coalition23. Britain's Conservative Party won the most seats in recent parliamentary elections but fell short of a majority. The leaders of both the third-place Liberal Democrats and the Labour and Conservative parties have been talking.

A leading Roman Catholic cardinal24 in Austria is accusing another cardinal of blocking investigations25 into alleged26 sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli has the story from Rome.

Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn has told journalists that in 1995, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then top Vatican doctrinal watchdog and now Pope Benedict XVI, wanted to investigate Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer widely suspected of being a pedophile, but he was blocked by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, then second-in-command to Pope John Paul II. Sodano, now dean of the College of Cardinals27 and still highly influential28, has not commented on the charges. Last month, the National Catholic Reporter ran a series of articles that accused Sodano of turning a blind eye to another case of clerical sex abuse. That one involved Father Marcial Maciel, founder29 of the Legionaries of Christ, later discovered to have been a serial30 sexual molester31 and to have(having不符合语法规则) fathered several children. Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome.

A jury in San Diego County, California has convicted a man of killing32 his girlfriend after finding flirtatious33 text messages on her cell phone from a stranger. The woman's body was discovered by her teenage son. The man faces a sentence of 26 years to life in prison.

Rechecking Wall Street, the Dow up 4% today, the NASDAQ was up 5%.


1 nominee FHLxv     
  • His nominee for vice president was elected only after a second ballot.他提名的副总统在两轮投票后才当选。
  • Mr.Francisco is standing as the official nominee for the post of District Secretary.弗朗西斯科先生是行政书记职位的正式提名人。
2 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。
3 solicitor vFBzb     
  • The solicitor's advice gave me food for thought.律师的指点值得我深思。
  • The solicitor moved for an adjournment of the case.律师请求将这个案件的诉讼延期。
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 tenure Uqjy2     
  • He remained popular throughout his tenure of the office of mayor.他在担任市长的整个任期内都深得民心。
  • Land tenure is a leading political issue in many parts of the world.土地的保有权在世界很多地区是主要的政治问题。
6 faculty HhkzK     
  • He has a great faculty for learning foreign languages.他有学习外语的天赋。
  • He has the faculty of saying the right thing at the right time.他有在恰当的时候说恰当的话的才智。
7 drawn MuXzIi     
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
8 withhold KMEz1     
  • It was unscrupulous of their lawyer to withhold evidence.他们的律师隐瞒证据是不道德的。
  • I couldn't withhold giving some loose to my indignation.我忍不住要发泄一点我的愤怒。
9 judgment e3xxC     
  • The chairman flatters himself on his judgment of people.主席自认为他审视人比别人高明。
  • He's a man of excellent judgment.他眼力过人。
10 nomination BHMxw     
  • John is favourite to get the nomination for club president.约翰最有希望被提名为俱乐部主席。
  • Few people pronounced for his nomination.很少人表示赞成他的提名。
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 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》
13 militant 8DZxh     
  • Some militant leaders want to merge with white radicals.一些好斗的领导人要和白人中的激进派联合。
  • He is a militant in the movement.他在那次运动中是个激进人物。
14 fabric 3hezG     
  • The fabric will spot easily.这种织品很容易玷污。
  • I don't like the pattern on the fabric.我不喜欢那块布料上的图案。
15 toll LJpzo     
  • The hailstone took a heavy toll of the crops in our village last night.昨晚那场冰雹损坏了我们村的庄稼。
  • The war took a heavy toll of human life.这次战争夺去了许多人的生命。
16 racing 1ksz3w     
  • I was watching the racing on television last night.昨晚我在电视上看赛马。
  • The two racing drivers fenced for a chance to gain the lead.两个赛车手伺机竞相领先。
17 gushing 313eef130292e797ea104703d9458f2d     
adj.迸出的;涌出的;喷出的;过分热情的v.喷,涌( gush的现在分词 );滔滔不绝地说话
  • blood gushing from a wound 从伤口冒出的血
  • The young mother was gushing over a baby. 那位年轻的母亲正喋喋不休地和婴儿说话。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 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。
19 debris debris     
  • After the bombing there was a lot of debris everywhere.轰炸之后到处瓦砾成堆。
  • Bacteria sticks to food debris in the teeth,causing decay.细菌附着在牙缝中的食物残渣上,导致蛀牙。
20 lining kpgzTO     
  • The lining of my coat is torn.我的外套衬里破了。
  • Moss makes an attractive lining to wire baskets.用苔藓垫在铁丝篮里很漂亮。
21 containment fZnyi     
  • Your list might include such things as cost containment,quality,or customer satisfaction.你的清单上应列有诸如成本控制、产品质量、客户满意程度等内容。
  • Insularity and self-containment,it is argued,go hand in hand.他们争论说,心胸狭窄和自我封闭是并存的。
22 dome 7s2xC     
  • The dome was supported by white marble columns.圆顶由白色大理石柱支撑着。
  • They formed the dome with the tree's branches.他们用树枝搭成圆屋顶。
23 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。
24 cardinal Xcgy5     
  • This is a matter of cardinal significance.这是非常重要的事。
  • The Cardinal coloured with vexation. 红衣主教感到恼火,脸涨得通红。
25 investigations 02de25420938593f7db7bd4052010b32     
(正式的)调查( investigation的名词复数 ); 侦查; 科学研究; 学术研究
  • His investigations were intensive and thorough but revealed nothing. 他进行了深入彻底的调查,但没有发现什么。
  • He often sent them out to make investigations. 他常常派他们出去作调查。
26 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
27 cardinals 8aa3d7ed97d6793c87fe821585838a4a     
红衣主教( cardinal的名词复数 ); 红衣凤头鸟(见于北美,雄鸟为鲜红色); 基数
  • cardinals in scarlet robes 身披红袍的枢机主教
  • A conclave of cardinals was held to elect the new Pope. 红衣主教团举行了秘密会议来选举新教皇。
28 influential l7oxK     
  • He always tries to get in with the most influential people.他总是试图巴结最有影响的人物。
  • He is a very influential man in the government.他在政府中是个很有影响的人物。
29 Founder wigxF     
  • He was extolled as the founder of their Florentine school.他被称颂为佛罗伦萨画派的鼻祖。
  • According to the old tradition,Romulus was the founder of Rome.按照古老的传说,罗穆卢斯是古罗马的建国者。
30 serial 0zuw2     
  • A new serial is starting on television tonight.今晚电视开播一部新的电视连续剧。
  • Can you account for the serial failures in our experiment?你能解释我们实验屡屡失败的原因吗?
31 molester 6d9987ea965a3efa9c2505d9f4c3eeec     
  • A nationwide manhunt for an alleged child molester is over. 一个全国搜捕骚扰儿童的行动告一段落。 来自互联网
  • Did the molester penetrate the child? 这名性骚扰者插进小孩的身体了吗? 来自互联网
32 killing kpBziQ     
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
33 flirtatious M73yU     
  • a flirtatious young woman 卖弄风情的年轻女子
  • Her flirtatious manners are intended to attract. 她的轻浮举止是想引人注意。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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