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NPR 2011-04-19

时间:2011-05-11 06:23来源:互联网 提供网友:seashell   字体: [ ]

The credit rating agency Standard and Poor's is putting Washington on notice. NPR's Zoe Chace reports that if Congress and the president don't agree on a long-term deficit1 plan by 2013, then the US may be a riskier2 place to invest.

US government debt is thought as one of the safest investments in the world. That's why the S&P note shocked finance professor Jeremy Siegel.

"It is the first time at least in my memory that a major rating agency has put US government bonds on a negative watch list."

US government bonds still have a AAA rating. That's the best you can get. But Siegel says the ratings agency is dubious3 about US credit rating is going forward because the government debt is growing so fast. S&P says if meaningful implementation4 of a solution to the deficit hasn't begun by 2013, then there's a one-in-three chance US bonds will be downgraded. Zoe Chace, NPR News.

White House spokesman Jay Carney's downplaying S&P's outlook.

"We think the political process will outperform S&P expectations."

But Wall Street is rattled5. The Dow tumbled more than 1.5% today before regaining6 some ground. At last check, the Dow was down just over 1% at 12,201. Investors7 are also reacting to Europe's growing debt crisis.

In other news, a Pentagon investigation8 clears General Stanley McChrystal and his former staff of violating military rules or standards of conduct. McChrystal was forced to resign as the top commander in Afghanistan after a disparaging9 profile in Rolling Stone magazine. NPR's Rachel Martin says a Pentagon report calls much of that article into question.

Pentagon investigators11 said they were unable to confirm the most damning statements and events described in the Rolling Stone article from last summer that got General McChrystal fired. In the piece, McChrystal and his aids are quoted, making negative remarks about top members of the Obama administration. The Pentagon inspector12 general tried to corroborate13 those statements, but said after interviewing more than a dozen people believed to be involved, was unable to attribute them. The editor of Rolling Stone defended the original article in an email to Pentagon investigators. Rachel Martin, NPR News, Washington.

North Carolina authorities say 67 homes are destroyed as a result of the powerful storm system that plowed14 through over the weekend, generating tornados15. The state reports at least 21 people were killed. And that accounts for nearly half of all storm-related deaths in six states.

Home builders are apparently16 less optimistic about the housing market in general. The National Association of Home Builders says today that its index of industry sentiment for April fell to 16. Any rating below 50 indicates negative sentiment about this sector17.

The Dow's down 140 points at 12,200.

This is NPR News.

The declared winner of Nigeria's presidential vote, Goodluck Jonathan, is appealing for calm. Today, riots broke out in northern Nigeria. The BBC's Caroline Duffield reports election observers are encouraging leaders of all opposing factions18 to condemn19 the violence.

They praised the Nigerian people for going out and voting peacefully. But they also have pointed20 political parties towards their obligations. And I think that really is a very strong message to Mr. Jonathan's main rival, the leader of the Congress for Progressive Change, Muhammadu Buhari. And Mr. Buhari's so far been silent about this violence. Political pressure is driving on him to actually condemn it. And so far his supporters have refused to do so.

The BBC's Caroline Duffield.

Trustees for Colombian University have announced the Pulitzer Price Awards for 2011. NPR's David Folkenflik reports large newspapers dominated the journalism21 categories, but for the first time one prize-winning project never appeared in print.

The New York Times won for its influential22 reporting from Russia, and Times economic columnist23 David Leonhardt took the commentary category. But the Los Angeles Times also took two Pulitzers: public service for its magisterial24 investigation of corruption25 in Los Angeles County and for feature photography. Among other winners were the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Notably26 under new rules, the investigator10 of an online outfit27, ProPublica, won for exposing how some hedge fund operators enrich themselves at the expense of other investors. That project was done in partnership28 with NPR's Planet Money and This American Life. Winners in the arts and letters include the poet Kay Ryan, Jennifer Egan for fiction, Bruce Norris for drama and Ron Chernow for his biography of George Washington.


1 deficit tmAzu     
  • The directors have reported a deficit of 2.5 million dollars.董事们报告赤字为250万美元。
  • We have a great deficit this year.我们今年有很大亏损。
2 riskier 4b337f01212613d2805f0ac853a3fd43     
冒险的,危险的( risky的比较级 )
  • Now they are starting to demand higher returns on riskier assets. 而今他们开始在风险更高的资产上要求更高的回报。
  • The problem with that: RIM's business is getting riskier every quarter. 不过问题也随之而来:RIM面临的业务风险正逐季增大。
3 dubious Akqz1     
  • What he said yesterday was dubious.他昨天说的话很含糊。
  • He uses some dubious shifts to get money.他用一些可疑的手段去赚钱。
4 implementation 2awxV     
  • Implementation of the program is now well underway.这一项目的实施现在行情看好。
5 rattled b4606e4247aadf3467575ffedf66305b     
  • The truck jolted and rattled over the rough ground. 卡车嘎吱嘎吱地在凹凸不平的地面上颠簸而行。
  • Every time a bus went past, the windows rattled. 每逢公共汽车经过这里,窗户都格格作响。
6 regaining 458e5f36daee4821aec7d05bf0dd4829     
复得( regain的现在分词 ); 赢回; 重回; 复至某地
  • She was regaining consciousness now, but the fear was coming with her. 现在她正在恢发她的知觉,但是恐怖也就伴随着来了。
  • She said briefly, regaining her will with a click. 她干脆地答道,又马上重新振作起精神来。
7 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
8 investigation MRKzq     
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
9 disparaging 5589d0a67484d25ae4f178ee277063c4     
adj.轻蔑的,毁谤的v.轻视( disparage的现在分词 );贬低;批评;非难
  • Halliday's comments grew daily more and more sparklingly disagreeable and disparaging. 一天天过去,哈里代的评论越来越肆无忌惮,越来越讨人嫌,越来越阴损了。 来自英汉文学 - 败坏赫德莱堡
  • Even with favorable items they would usually add some disparaging comments. 即使对好消息,他们也往往要加上几句诋毁的评语。 来自互联网
10 investigator zRQzo     
  • He was a special investigator for the FBI.他是联邦调查局的特别调查员。
  • The investigator was able to deduce the crime and find the criminal.调查者能够推出犯罪过程并锁定罪犯。
11 investigators e970f9140785518a87fc81641b7c89f7     
n.调查者,审查者( investigator的名词复数 )
  • 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》
12 inspector q6kxH     
  • The inspector was interested in everything pertaining to the school.视察员对有关学校的一切都感兴趣。
  • The inspector was shining a flashlight onto the tickets.查票员打着手电筒查看车票。
13 corroborate RoVzf     
  • He looked at me anxiously,as if he hoped I'd corroborate this.他神色不安地看着我,仿佛他希望我证实地的话。
  • It appeared that what he said went to corroborate my account.看来他所说的和我叙述的相符。
14 plowed 2de363079730210858ae5f5b15e702cf     
v.耕( plow的过去式和过去分词 );犁耕;费力穿过
  • They plowed nearly 100,000 acres of virgin moorland. 他们犁了将近10万英亩未开垦的高沼地。 来自辞典例句
  • He plowed the land and then sowed the seeds. 他先翻土,然后播种。 来自辞典例句
15 tornados 64f19dd0af7a26fe4bcdede94053f93c     
n.龙卷风,旋风( tornado的名词复数 )
  • And the national weather service reports several tornados touch down. 国家气象中心报告预测龙卷风将来袭。 来自互联网
  • They had stock footage of lightning, tornados, and hurricanes. 他们存有关于闪电、龙卷风和飓风的电影胶片。 来自互联网
16 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。
17 sector yjczYn     
  • The export sector will aid the economic recovery. 出口产业将促进经济复苏。
  • The enemy have attacked the British sector.敌人已进攻英国防区。
18 factions 4b94ab431d5bc8729c89bd040e9ab892     
组织中的小派别,派系( faction的名词复数 )
  • The gens also lives on in the "factions." 氏族此外还继续存在于“factions〔“帮”〕中。 来自英汉非文学 - 家庭、私有制和国家的起源
  • rival factions within the administration 政府中的对立派别
19 condemn zpxzp     
  • 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。
20 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
21 journalism kpZzu8     
  • He's a teacher but he does some journalism on the side.他是教师,可还兼职做一些新闻工作。
  • He had an aptitude for journalism.他有从事新闻工作的才能。
22 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。
23 columnist XwwzUQ     
  • The host was interviewing a local columnist.节目主持人正在同一位当地的专栏作家交谈。
  • She's a columnist for USA Today.她是《今日美国报》的专栏作家。
24 magisterial mAaxA     
  • The colonel's somewhat in a magisterial manner.上校多少有点威严的神态。
  • The Cambridge World History of Human Disease is a magisterial work.《剑桥世界人类疾病史》是一部权威著作。
25 corruption TzCxn     
  • The people asked the government to hit out against corruption and theft.人民要求政府严惩贪污盗窃。
  • The old man reviled against corruption.那老人痛斥了贪污舞弊。
26 notably 1HEx9     
  • Many students were absent,notably the monitor.许多学生缺席,特别是连班长也没来。
  • A notably short,silver-haired man,he plays basketball with his staff several times a week.他个子明显较为矮小,一头银发,每周都会和他的员工一起打几次篮球。
27 outfit YJTxC     
  • Jenney bought a new outfit for her daughter's wedding.珍妮为参加女儿的婚礼买了一套新装。
  • His father bought a ski outfit for him on his birthday.他父亲在他生日那天给他买了一套滑雪用具。
28 partnership NmfzPy     
  • The company has gone into partnership with Swiss Bank Corporation.这家公司已经和瑞士银行公司建立合作关系。
  • Martin has taken him into general partnership in his company.马丁已让他成为公司的普通合伙人。
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