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NPR 2010-08-10

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A House ethics1 panel releases new details on charges against California Congresswoman Maxine Waters. We've got the latest from NPR's Audie Cornish.

In its reports, ethics committee investigators2 alleged4 the congresswomen's chief of staff, who is also her grandson, broke House rules and helping5 a bank called OneUnited get federal bailout funds during the financial crisis. At the time, Maxine Waters' husband owned stock in that company. And the committee claims Waters should have acted to stop her staff from getting involved when there was a conflict of interest. Waters says the charges are unfair, and that she will fight them. It was the congresswoman who called for the allegations to be made public, and the California Democrat6 also says the House Ethics Panel should move forward with her trial before the November midterm elections. It would be the second trial for the committee this fall. Along with that of New York Congressman7 Charles Rangel. Audie Cornish NPR News, the Capitol.

Significant budget cuts on the way at the Department of Defense8. Secretary Robert Gates says that the Pentagon plans to cut its use of contractors9 by 10% next year. DOD is also expected to eliminate one of its ten major military commands, which could affect nearly 5,000 employees.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is condemning11 the Taliban for the murder of ten aid workers in northern Afghanistan on Friday. As NPR's Jackie Northam reports, there're still some questions as to who was responsible for robbing and shooting the health care workers.

Although there is some debate in Afghanistan whether it was actually Taliban militants12 that killed the medical workers including six Americans in northern Badakhshan province, Secretary Clinton left little doubt who was responsible. She said Taliban militants stopped the unarmed aid workers on the road, led them into a forest and killed them. Clinton called it 'a despicable act of wanton violence'.

"We are heartbroken by the loss of these heroic, generous people, and we condemn10 in the strongest possible terms these vicious murders."

Clinton said the US condemns13 the Taliban's attempts to justify14 the murders by saying the aid workers were proselytizing15 or were spies for the CIA. Jackie Northam, NPR News, Washington.

President Obama is looking to come away from Texas with extra support for congressional Democrats16 this election year. Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Austin earlier today, the president took aim at the GOP for criticizing his handling of the economy. Mr. Obama poked17 fun at Republicans, saying after their time in power, there is no way they should be back in the driver seat.

"From now, you can't have the keys back cuz you don't know how to drive. You do not know how to drive and so you can't have the keys back."

The president at a Democratic fundraiser in Austin today.

US stocks are stilling gaining ground. At last check, Dow Jones Industrial Average up 45 points at 10,699, NASDAQ up about 17 at 2,306.

This is NPR News.

The third recall by Japanese carmaker Honda to repair malfunctioning18 ignition switches brings the total number of vehicles involved to nearly 1.5 million. NPR's Paul Brown reports there have been no deaths or serious injuries, but the problem could allow cars to roll away.

Honda says worn or broken ignition switches could let drivers remove keys without putting their automatic transmission vehicles in park. The latest recall of the popular Accord and Civic19 models and the multipurpose Honda Element covers 2003 and 2004 model years. Honda says it's only aware of what it calls 'a small number of related incidents' including one that resulted in a minor20 injury. The latest recall follows 16 complaints from users. Eleven of those allege3 the ignition key interlock failures resulted in rollaway crashes. Honda says it will put new interlock pins and levers into the switches for free. Paul Brown, NPR News, Washington.

BP says the cost of responding to the unprecedented21 oil spill in the Gulf22 of Mexico now tops six billion dollars. That includes its operations to stop the leak as well as compensation to affected23 Gulf Coast residents. BP says that as of Saturday, more than 145,000 claims have been submitted. More than 200 million gallons of oil is believed to have spilled into the gulf after April's oil rig explosion off the Louisiana coast.

A second escaped convict's been captured. Authorities say they arrested the fugitive24 this morning in Wyoming. However, police are still on the hunt for a third fugitive and a suspected accomplice25. The inmates26 convicted killers27 escaped from an Arizona prison last month.

I'm Lakshmi Singh, NPR News in Washington.
 


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1 ethics Dt3zbI     
n.伦理学;伦理观,道德标准
参考例句:
  • The ethics of his profession don't permit him to do that.他的职业道德不允许他那样做。
  • Personal ethics and professional ethics sometimes conflict.个人道德和职业道德有时会相互抵触。
2 investigators e970f9140785518a87fc81641b7c89f7     
n.调查者,审查者( investigator的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • This memo could be the smoking gun that investigators have been looking for. 这份备忘录可能是调查人员一直在寻找的证据。
  • The team consisted of six investigators and two secretaries. 这个团队由六个调查人员和两个秘书组成。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 allege PfEyT     
vt.宣称,申述,主张,断言
参考例句:
  • The newspaper reporters allege that the man was murdered but they have given no proof.新闻记者们宣称这个男人是被谋杀的,但他们没提出证据。
  • Students occasionally allege illness as the reason for absence.学生时不时会称病缺课。
4 alleged gzaz3i     
a.被指控的,嫌疑的
参考例句:
  • 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
5 helping 2rGzDc     
n.食物的一份&adj.帮助人的,辅助的
参考例句:
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
6 democrat Xmkzf     
n.民主主义者,民主人士;民主党党员
参考例句:
  • The Democrat and the Public criticized each other.民主党人和共和党人互相攻击。
  • About two years later,he was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter.大约两年后,他被民主党人杰米卡特击败。
7 Congressman TvMzt7     
n.(美)国会议员
参考例句:
  • He related several anecdotes about his first years as a congressman.他讲述自己初任议员那几年的几则轶事。
  • The congressman is meditating a reply to his critics.这位国会议员正在考虑给他的批评者一个答复。
8 defense AxbxB     
n.防御,保卫;[pl.]防务工事;辩护,答辩
参考例句:
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
9 contractors afd5c0fd2ee43e4ecee8159c7a7c63e4     
n.(建筑、监造中的)承包人( contractor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • We got estimates from three different contractors before accepting the lowest. 我们得到3个承包商的报价后,接受了最低的报价。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Contractors winning construction jobs had to kick back 2 per cent of the contract price to the mafia. 赢得建筑工作的承包商得抽出合同价格的百分之二的回扣给黑手党。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 condemn zpxzp     
vt.谴责,指责;宣判(罪犯),判刑
参考例句:
  • Some praise him,whereas others condemn him.有些人赞扬他,而有些人谴责他。
  • We mustn't condemn him on mere suppositions.我们不可全凭臆测来指责他。
11 condemning 3c571b073a8d53beeff1e31a57d104c0     
v.(通常因道义上的原因而)谴责( condemn的现在分词 );宣判;宣布…不能使用;迫使…陷于不幸的境地
参考例句:
  • The government issued a statement condemning the killings. 政府发表声明谴责这些凶杀事件。
  • I concur with the speaker in condemning what has been done. 我同意发言者对所做的事加以谴责。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
12 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • 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。
13 condemns c3a2b03fc35077b00cf57010edb796f4     
v.(通常因道义上的原因而)谴责( condemn的第三人称单数 );宣判;宣布…不能使用;迫使…陷于不幸的境地
参考例句:
  • Her widowhood condemns her to a lonely old age. 守寡使她不得不过着孤独的晚年生活。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The public opinion condemns prostitution. 公众舆论遣责卖淫。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
14 justify j3DxR     
vt.证明…正当(或有理),为…辩护
参考例句:
  • He tried to justify his absence with lame excuses.他想用站不住脚的借口为自己的缺席辩解。
  • Can you justify your rude behavior to me?你能向我证明你的粗野行为是有道理的吗?
15 proselytizing 73295a47af7149cade76e485339da3a8     
v.(使)改变宗教信仰[政治信仰、意见等],使变节( proselytize的现在分词 )
参考例句:
16 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • 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》
17 poked 87f534f05a838d18eb50660766da4122     
v.伸出( poke的过去式和过去分词 );戳出;拨弄;与(某人)性交
参考例句:
  • She poked him in the ribs with her elbow. 她用胳膊肘顶他的肋部。
  • His elbow poked out through his torn shirt sleeve. 他的胳膊从衬衫的破袖子中露了出来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 malfunctioning 1fad45d7d841115924d97b278aea7280     
出故障
参考例句:
  • But something was malfunctioning in the equipment due to human error. 但由于人为的错误,设备发生故障了。 来自超越目标英语 第4册
  • Choke coils are useful for prevention of malfunctioning electronic equipment. 扼流圈对于防止电器设备的故障很有帮助。 来自互联网
19 civic Fqczn     
adj.城市的,都市的,市民的,公民的
参考例句:
  • I feel it is my civic duty to vote.我认为投票选举是我作为公民的义务。
  • The civic leaders helped to forward the project.市政府领导者协助促进工程的进展。
20 minor e7fzR     
adj.较小(少)的,较次要的;n.辅修学科;vi.辅修
参考例句:
  • The young actor was given a minor part in the new play.年轻的男演员在这出新戏里被分派担任一个小角色。
  • I gave him a minor share of my wealth.我把小部分财产给了他。
21 unprecedented 7gSyJ     
adj.无前例的,新奇的
参考例句:
  • The air crash caused an unprecedented number of deaths.这次空难的死亡人数是空前的。
  • A flood of this sort is really unprecedented.这样大的洪水真是十年九不遇。
22 gulf 1e0xp     
n.海湾;深渊,鸿沟;分歧,隔阂
参考例句:
  • 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。
23 affected TzUzg0     
adj.不自然的,假装的
参考例句:
  • She showed an affected interest in our subject.她假装对我们的课题感到兴趣。
  • His manners are affected.他的态度不自然。
24 fugitive bhHxh     
adj.逃亡的,易逝的;n.逃犯,逃亡者
参考例句:
  • The police were able to deduce where the fugitive was hiding.警方成功地推断出那逃亡者躲藏的地方。
  • The fugitive is believed to be headed for the border.逃犯被认为在向国境线逃窜。
25 accomplice XJsyq     
n.从犯,帮凶,同谋
参考例句:
  • She was her husband's accomplice in murdering a rich old man.她是她丈夫谋杀一个老富翁的帮凶。
  • He is suspected as an accomplice of the murder.他涉嫌为这次凶杀案的同谋。
26 inmates 9f4380ba14152f3e12fbdf1595415606     
n.囚犯( inmate的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • One of the inmates has escaped. 被收容的人中有一个逃跑了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The inmates were moved to an undisclosed location. 监狱里的囚犯被转移到一个秘密处所。 来自《简明英汉词典》
27 killers c1a8ff788475e2c3424ec8d3f91dd856     
凶手( killer的名词复数 ); 消灭…者; 致命物; 极难的事
参考例句:
  • He remained steadfast in his determination to bring the killers to justice. 他要将杀人凶手绳之以法的决心一直没有动摇。
  • They were professional killers who did in John. 杀死约翰的这些人是职业杀手。
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