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NPR 2011-04-08

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Scathing1 criticism today from Congress's Republican leadership as the White House stands firmly opposed to the latest stopgap measure to pass the GOP-led House today. House Republican Leader Eric Cantor argues GOP's been blocked at every turn in its attempts to avert2 a partial government shutdown this weekend.

"Let's be real. The adult thing to do here is to keep the government functioning. It is to pay our troops, and it is to get Americans back to work."

NPR's Audie Cornish gives us a closer look at this controversial bill that passed the House today.

This stopgap bill was approved on a House vote of 247-181. It would fund federal agencies for another week. It would fully3 fund defense4 operations and ensure that American troops would be paid in the event of a government shutdown. But it also proposes another $12 billion in spending cuts and controversial policy provisions related to abortion5 and other matters. Senate Majority Leader Harry6 Reid said he wouldn't pass it.

"It's a nonstarter over here, Mr. President. Doing that is a sure way to close the government. There are no more short-term extensions."

And the president has vowed7 to veto it. Negotiations8 on a long-term spending measure to cover the rest of the fiscal9 year continue. Audie Cornish, NPR News, the Capitol.

Prosecutors11 in Barry Bonds perjury12 trial are finished making their closing arguments against the former baseball player, who holds the game's home run record. NPR's Richard Gonzales reports prosecutors argue Bonds flat out lied in saying he didn't knowingly take steroids.

The main point of the prosecution13 summary is that it's implausible for Bonds to have been injected with steroids because there are records show that he hadn't in the system. It's implausible that he'd been injected with steroids and not knowing it. And the government is alleging14 that he knew he was getting steroids, and that he lied about it. And he lied about it because he wanted to salvage15 his career.

NPR's Richard Gonzales in San Francisco.

A couple of upbeat economic reports are out with evidence that more people are spending for the spring as fewer Americans put in for unemployment. More details from NPR's Tamara Keith.

The number of people making first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell again last week to 382,000. Economists16 say applications in the 375,000 range are a sign of sustained hiring, and it could be that improving jobs picture is helping17 retailers19. Wholesale20 club Casco posted a 13% rise in same-store sales in March, much better than analysts21 had been expecting. Analysts have been warning March retail18 sales could be anemic. It will still be some time before we know exactly how sales for the month turned out. Government data are due next week. Tamara Keith, NPR News, Washington.

US stocks losing ground before the close, Dow was down 17 at 12,409, and NASDAQ was off four at 2,796.

This is NPR.

Northern Japan is reeling from a powerful aftershock nearly a month after suffering a devastating22 9.0 earthquake. This latest quake measured at least 7.1, but no major injuries or damage were reported.

Six Kenyan leaders accused of committing war crimes in post-election violence are making preliminary appearances in The Hague to hear the charges against them. Teri Schultz reports on the International Criminal Court's first steps to bring justice in a case the Kenyan government itself is fighting.

The Kenyan government tried to stop prosecution by The Hague Tribunal, saying it would try the six suspects itself. But with no progress in Nairobi towards setting up such a court, the ICC was authorized23 to take over the case against the prominent Kenyans, who include former government ministers, a police chief and a radio broadcaster. They are accused of orchestrating crimes against humanity, including murder, rape24 and persecution25, causing many deaths and the displacement26 of hundreds of thousands of people in the violent aftermath of disputed 2007 elections. Judges will decide September 1st whether to hold a trial. ICC Chief Prosecutor10 Luis Moreno-Ocampo says the message he wants to send is that one cannot commit atrocities27 to gain or retain power, not in Kenya, not in Libya, and not in the rest of the world. For NPR News, I'm Teri Schultz in Brussels.

Responding to today's attack from Gaza, the Israeli prime minister says he won't "shy away from taking all necessary action, offensive and defensive28, to protect Israeli citizens." Banjamin Netanyahu is condemning29 a Palestinian missile strike on a school bus in southern Israel. At least two people were hurt, including a minor30. Israeli forces fired back. Palestinian medics say one man was killed and several people, including a child, were wounded.


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1 scathing 2Dmzu     
adj.(言词、文章)严厉的,尖刻的;不留情的adv.严厉地,尖刻地v.伤害,损害(尤指使之枯萎)( scathe的现在分词)
参考例句:
  • a scathing attack on the new management 针对新的管理层的猛烈抨击
  • Her speech was a scathing indictment of the government's record on crime. 她的演讲强烈指责了政府在犯罪问题上的表现。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 avert 7u4zj     
v.防止,避免;转移(目光、注意力等)
参考例句:
  • He managed to avert suspicion.他设法避嫌。
  • I would do what I could to avert it.我会尽力去避免发生这种情况。
3 fully Gfuzd     
adv.完全地,全部地,彻底地;充分地
参考例句:
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
4 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。
5 abortion ZzjzxH     
n.流产,堕胎
参考例句:
  • She had an abortion at the women's health clinic.她在妇女保健医院做了流产手术。
  • A number of considerations have led her to have a wilful abortion.多种考虑使她执意堕胎。
6 harry heBxS     
vt.掠夺,蹂躏,使苦恼
参考例句:
  • 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。
7 vowed 6996270667378281d2f9ee561353c089     
起誓,发誓(vow的过去式与过去分词形式)
参考例句:
  • He vowed quite solemnly that he would carry out his promise. 他非常庄严地发誓要实现他的诺言。
  • I vowed to do more of the cooking myself. 我发誓自己要多动手做饭。
8 negotiations af4b5f3e98e178dd3c4bac64b625ecd0     
协商( negotiation的名词复数 ); 谈判; 完成(难事); 通过
参考例句:
  • negotiations for a durable peace 为持久和平而进行的谈判
  • Negotiations have failed to establish any middle ground. 谈判未能达成任何妥协。
9 fiscal agbzf     
adj.财政的,会计的,国库的,国库岁入的
参考例句:
  • The increase of taxation is an important fiscal policy.增税是一项重要的财政政策。
  • The government has two basic strategies of fiscal policy available.政府有两个可行的财政政策基本战略。
10 prosecutor 6RXx1     
n.起诉人;检察官,公诉人
参考例句:
  • The defender argued down the prosecutor at the court.辩护人在法庭上驳倒了起诉人。
  • The prosecutor would tear your testimony to pieces.检查官会把你的证言驳得体无完肤。
11 prosecutors a638e6811c029cb82f180298861e21e9     
检举人( prosecutor的名词复数 ); 告发人; 起诉人; 公诉人
参考例句:
  • In some places,public prosecutors are elected rather than appointed. 在有些地方,检察官是经选举而非任命产生的。 来自口语例句
  • You've been summoned to the Prosecutors' Office, 2 days later. 你在两天以后被宣到了检察官的办公室。
12 perjury LMmx0     
n.伪证;伪证罪
参考例句:
  • You'll be punished if you procure the witness to commit perjury.如果你诱使证人作伪证,你要受罚的。
  • She appeared in court on a perjury charge.她因被指控做了伪证而出庭受审。
13 prosecution uBWyL     
n.起诉,告发,检举,执行,经营
参考例句:
  • The Smiths brought a prosecution against the organizers.史密斯家对组织者们提出起诉。
  • He attempts to rebut the assertion made by the prosecution witness.他试图反驳原告方证人所作的断言。
14 alleging 16407100de5c54b7b204953b7a851bc3     
断言,宣称,辩解( allege的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • His reputation was blemished by a newspaper article alleging he'd evaded his taxes. 由于报上一篇文章声称他曾逃税,他的名誉受到损害。
  • This our Peeress declined as unnecessary, alleging that her cousin Thornhill's recommendation would be sufficient. 那位贵人不肯,还说不必,只要有她老表唐希尔保荐就够了。
15 salvage ECHzB     
v.救助,营救,援救;n.救助,营救
参考例句:
  • All attempts to salvage the wrecked ship failed.抢救失事船只的一切努力都失败了。
  • The salvage was piled upon the pier.抢救出的财产被堆放在码头上。
16 economists 2ba0a36f92d9c37ef31cc751bca1a748     
n.经济学家,经济专家( economist的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The sudden rise in share prices has confounded economists. 股价的突然上涨使经济学家大惑不解。
  • Foreign bankers and economists cautiously welcomed the minister's initiative. 外国银行家和经济学家对部长的倡议反应谨慎。 来自《简明英汉词典》
17 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。
18 retail VWoxC     
v./n.零售;adv.以零售价格
参考例句:
  • In this shop they retail tobacco and sweets.这家铺子零售香烟和糖果。
  • These shoes retail at 10 yuan a pair.这些鞋子零卖10元一双。
19 retailers 08ff8df43efeef1abfd3410ef6661c95     
零售商,零售店( retailer的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • High street retailers reported a marked increase in sales before Christmas. 商业街的零售商报告说圣诞节前销售量显著提高。
  • Retailers have a statutory duty to provide goods suitable for their purpose. 零售商有为他们提供符合要求的货品的法定义务。
20 wholesale Ig9wL     
n.批发;adv.以批发方式;vt.批发,成批出售
参考例句:
  • The retail dealer buys at wholesale and sells at retail.零售商批发购进货物,以零售价卖出。
  • Such shoes usually wholesale for much less.这种鞋批发出售通常要便宜得多。
21 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • 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。
22 devastating muOzlG     
adj.毁灭性的,令人震惊的,强有力的
参考例句:
  • It is the most devastating storm in 20 years.这是20年来破坏性最大的风暴。
  • Affairs do have a devastating effect on marriages.婚外情确实会对婚姻造成毁灭性的影响。
23 authorized jyLzgx     
a.委任的,许可的
参考例句:
  • An administrative order is valid if authorized by a statute.如果一个行政命令得到一个法规的认可那么这个命令就是有效的。
24 rape PAQzh     
n.抢夺,掠夺,强奸;vt.掠夺,抢夺,强奸
参考例句:
  • The rape of the countryside had a profound ravage on them.对乡村的掠夺给他们造成严重创伤。
  • He was brought to court and charged with rape.他被带到法庭并被指控犯有强奸罪。
25 persecution PAnyA     
n. 迫害,烦扰
参考例句:
  • He had fled from France at the time of the persecution. 他在大迫害时期逃离了法国。
  • Their persecution only serves to arouse the opposition of the people. 他们的迫害只激起人民对他们的反抗。
26 displacement T98yU     
n.移置,取代,位移,排水量
参考例句:
  • They said that time is the feeling of spatial displacement.他们说时间是空间位移的感觉。
  • The displacement of all my energy into caring for the baby.我所有精力都放在了照顾宝宝上。
27 atrocities 11fd5f421aeca29a1915a498e3202218     
n.邪恶,暴行( atrocity的名词复数 );滔天大罪
参考例句:
  • They were guilty of the most barbarous and inhuman atrocities. 他们犯有最野蛮、最灭绝人性的残暴罪行。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The enemy's atrocities made one boil with anger. 敌人的暴行令人发指。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
28 defensive buszxy     
adj.防御的;防卫的;防守的
参考例句:
  • Their questions about the money put her on the defensive.他们问到钱的问题,使她警觉起来。
  • The Government hastily organized defensive measures against the raids.政府急忙布置了防卫措施抵御空袭。
29 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》
30 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。
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