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NPR 2010-09-07

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Fighting words from President Obama in Milwaukee today as Democrats1 face stiff election-year competition over his handling of the economy. At the Milwaukee Laborfest in Wisconsin today, the president described his critics as “more talk than action”.

"Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time and they're not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog. That's not in my prepared remarks. That's just..., but it's true."

Confronted with a high unemployment rate, the president is proposing more infrastructure3 investments. NPR's Jeff Brady reports that ahead of the announcement, Labor2 Secretary Hilda Solis heavily promoted the plan on NBC.

The administration wants Congress to approve a huge new transportation plan to stimulate4 the economy. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was on The Today Show to talk about the plan.

"It's about $50 billion for highway, high-speed rail, transportation projects that we really need to concentrate on. That will put people back to work immediately."

The plan calls for rebuilding 150,000 miles of roads as well as 150 miles of airport runways and high-speed rail projects. Solis says individual elements already have been shown to have bipartisan support in Congress. Still, Republican leaders are skeptical5. In this midterm election year, they say more spending is not the solution the country needs to jump-start the sputtering6 economy. Jeff Brady, NPR News.

Labor protests are under way across France. They're over the government's plans to raise the retirement7 age. NPR's Philip Reeves in Paris says they're expected to cause widespread disruption.

France's labor unions hope several million people will turn out from streets to oppose the government's plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. Strikes across the country are expected to cause considerable disruption, especially to schools and public transport. The protests will last 24 hours. They began this evening local time, with mass demonstrations8 planned for tomorrow. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, appears unmoved by all this. He believes raising the retirement age is essential, if France is to plug massive future deficits9 in its pension system, yet this is a turbulent time for the unpopular Sarkozy. These strikes follow weekend protests across France over the government's repatriation10 this summer of hundreds of Roma people or Gypsies to Bulgaria and Romania. Philip Reeves, NPR News, Paris.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the coasts of Texas and Mexico in the Gulf11 because of Tropical Storm Hermine. Forecasters say the storm has top sustained winds of 60 mph and may grow into a hurricane before it makes landfall possibly by tomorrow morning. The watch issued today covers the area from Rio San Fernando, Mexico, northward12 to Baffin Bay.

This is NPR.

A bulldozer clears out what's left of a police station that was the site of a suicide bombing in northwestern Pakistan today. At least 17 people were killed including school children. The Pakistani Taliban is claiming responsibility for this attack. It was the third in Pakistan in under a week, adding to pressure the country's already feeling from the recent floods. The UN is appealing for hundreds of millions of dollars more in humanitarian13 aid.

A new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry14 claims that hallucinogens can be used to reduce anxiety in patients with late-stage cancer. NPR's Alix Spiegel has the story.

For decades, researchers have shied away from doing medical experiments with hallucinogens. The practice got a bad rap in the 70s. But according to the California psychiatrists15 behind this study, hallucinogens have promise and shouldn't be abandoned. This study, though, is small, very small—only 12 people. Patients with advanced cancer and high anxiety levels ingested either a capsule of psilocybin or a placebo16 and then were given psychological tests including a test which measured "oceanic boundlessness17". The patients were tested periodically for the next six months. According to the researchers, six months later, patients who took the real drugs scored lower on anxiety. Again though, the test is very small, so more research would be needed. Alix Spiegel, NPR News, Washington.

US markets are closed for the holiday, but trading overseas yielded some modest gains. Major indexes in Europe had risen a third of a percent today.


1 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》
2 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。
3 infrastructure UbBz5     
  • We should step up the development of infrastructure for research.加强科学基础设施建设。
  • We should strengthen cultural infrastructure and boost various types of popular culture.加强文化基础设施建设,发展各类群众文化。
4 stimulate wuSwL     
  • Your encouragement will stimulate me to further efforts.你的鼓励会激发我进一步努力。
  • Success will stimulate the people for fresh efforts.成功能鼓舞人们去作新的努力。
5 skeptical MxHwn     
  • Others here are more skeptical about the chances for justice being done.这里的其他人更为怀疑正义能否得到伸张。
  • Her look was skeptical and resigned.她的表情是将信将疑而又无可奈何。
6 sputtering 60baa9a92850944a75456c0cb7ae5c34     
n.反应溅射法;飞溅;阴极真空喷镀;喷射v.唾沫飞溅( sputter的现在分词 );发劈啪声;喷出;飞溅出
  • A wick was sputtering feebly in a dish of oil. 瓦油灯上结了一个大灯花,使微弱的灯光变得更加阴暗。 来自汉英文学 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
  • Jack ran up to the referee, sputtering protest. 贾克跑到裁判跟前,唾沫飞溅地提出抗议。 来自辞典例句
7 retirement TWoxH     
  • She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.她想享受退休生活而不必为金钱担忧。
  • I have to put everything away for my retirement.我必须把一切都积蓄起来以便退休后用。
8 demonstrations 0922be6a2a3be4bdbebd28c620ab8f2d     
证明( demonstration的名词复数 ); 表明; 表达; 游行示威
  • Lectures will be interspersed with practical demonstrations. 讲课中将不时插入实际示范。
  • The new military government has banned strikes and demonstrations. 新的军人政府禁止罢工和示威活动。
9 deficits 08e04c986818dbc337627eabec5b794e     
n.不足额( deficit的名词复数 );赤字;亏空;亏损
  • The Ministry of Finance consistently overestimated its budget deficits. 财政部一贯高估预算赤字。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Many of the world's farmers are also incurring economic deficits. 世界上许多农民还在遭受经济上的亏损。 来自辞典例句
10 repatriation efc8b0769e13d125d7e05d6422dd8e59     
  • The Volrep programme is the preferred means of repatriation. 政府认为自愿遣返计划的遣返方法较为可取。 来自互联网
  • Arrange the cargo claiming and maritime affairs,crews repatriation,medical treatment,traveling so on. (六)洽办货物理赔,船舶海事处理,办理船员遣返,就医,旅游等。 来自互联网
11 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。
12 northward YHexe     
  • He pointed his boat northward.他将船驶向北方。
  • I would have a chance to head northward quickly.我就很快有机会去北方了。
13 humanitarian kcoxQ     
  • She has many humanitarian interests and contributes a lot to them.她拥有很多慈善事业,并作了很大的贡献。
  • The British government has now suspended humanitarian aid to the area.英国政府现已暂停对这一地区的人道主义援助。
14 psychiatry g0Jze     
  • The study appeared in the Amercian science Journal of Psychiatry.这个研究发表在美国精神病学的杂志上。
  • A physician is someone who specializes in psychiatry.精神病专家是专门从事精神病治疗的人。
15 psychiatrists 45b6a81e510da4f31f5b0fecd7b77261     
n.精神病专家,精神病医生( psychiatrist的名词复数 )
  • They are psychiatrists in good standing. 他们是合格的精神病医生。 来自辞典例句
  • Some psychiatrists have patients who grow almost alarmed at how congenial they suddenly feel. 有些精神分析学家发现,他们的某些病人在突然感到惬意的时候几乎会兴奋起来。 来自名作英译部分
16 placebo placebo     
  • The placebo has been found to work with a lot of different cases.人们已发现安慰剂能在很多不同的病例中发挥作用。
  • The placebo effect refers to all the observable behaviors caused by placebo.安慰剂效应是指由安慰剂所引起的可观察的行为。
17 boundlessness 8e1feb5e20f9559101ea321b0c864c45     
  • Endures to be uneventful for a while, back step the boundlessness. 忍一时风平浪静,退一步海阔天空。 来自互联网
  • The stone glares down at us out of the black boundlessness, a memento mori. 石头从黑暗的无垠俯瞰着我们,一个死的象征。 来自互联网
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