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美国国家电台 NPR 2012-11-14

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 President Obama’s first meetings in the wake of his reelection addressed the looming1 “fiscal cliff.” Those sweeping2 spending cuts and tax increases slated3 to take effect at the end of the year. Today he met with the heads of several labor4 unions, and tomorrow he’ll welcome business leaders to the White House, all in an effort to garner5 support ahead of difficult negotiations6 with Republican leaders in Congress. But the White House’s attempts at addressing spending and taxes are overshadowed these days by headlines of a growing scandal involving former spy chief David Petraeus, who tendered his resignation when word got out that he had an extramarital affair. Now the top US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, has become a figure in the scandal. He is under investigation7 for what the FBI calls “inappropriate communications” with a Florida socialite, who is also a friend of the Petraeus family. Allen denies he did anything wrong. The White House has suspended General Allen’s nomination8 to command US and NATO forces in Europe. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says so far there’s been nothing to indicate a breach9 of confidential10 matters.


"I don’t have any reason to think that there are any national security issues at stake in what has transpired11. I think some dishonorable things were done, and the honorable thing has to be to resign and not to go forward."


Separately, Pelosi says she will announce tomorrow whether she will continue in her current post, step down or retire after her party failed to gain the 25 seats it needed to reclaim12 a House majority.


The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to begin a closed-door briefing this hour about the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. NPR’s Craig Windham reports it’s the first of four such closed sessions scheduled this week by Senate and House committees. 


Lawmakers want to find out more about the security situation in Benghazi at the time of the attack and to look into the administration’s handling of the situation. At first, the president and other top administration officials portrayed13 the attack as a reaction to a Youtube video that had triggered protests across the Middle East. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says as more information became available, it became clear the incident was not spontaneous, but was the work of terrorists. Critics have claimed the administration’s initial mischaracterization of the attack was for political reasons. The White House denies that. Craig Windham, NPR News, Washington.


Gasoline rationing14 is over in New Jersey15. Governor Chris Christy, who ordered the restrictions16 about ten days ago in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, says supplies are back up and there are no more long lines at those gas stations. However, rationing is still set to be in effect in parts of New York City.


At last check on Wall Street, Dow’s up 19 points at 12,831. This is NPR News.


Eurozone leaders will give Greece more time to meet deficit17 targets, but will not yet release the country’s latest installment18 of bailout loans. Joanna Kakissis reports from Athens that the stalemate has forced the Greek government to issue short-term treasury19 bills for cash.


Greece must pay off the 6.4-billion-dollar bond that matures later this week. The Europeans are withholding20 40 billion dollars in aid, even though the Greek government passed tough new austerity measures last week. Public sector21 workers are on strike today to protest cuts to wages and jobs. Bailout loans come from the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary22 Fund, which Greeks call the "Troika." The Greek government predicts public debt will rise to 190% of GDP next year. But a draft report by the "Troika" is more optimistic, saying it will hit 144%. Eurozone leaders will discuss Greece again on November 20th. For NPR News, I’m Joanna Kakissis in Athens.


The Red Cross says it’s raising its death toll23 from yesterday’s earthquake in Myanmar to 26. The group says more than 200 people were injured in the 6.8-magnitude earthquake.


Small business owners in the US remain cautious in October about the future of the economy as they were waiting for the results of the presidential election. The National Federation24 of Independent Business has released the results of a monthly survey of its members. It reveals a slight 0.3% increase in optimism that has wavered since 2009.


At last check, Dow was up 14, NASDAQ off four.


This is NPR.



1 looming 1060bc05c0969cf209c57545a22ee156     
n.上现蜃景(光通过低层大气发生异常折射形成的一种海市蜃楼)v.隐约出现,阴森地逼近( loom的现在分词 );隐约出现,阴森地逼近
  • The foothills were looming ahead through the haze. 丘陵地带透过薄雾朦胧地出现在眼前。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Then they looked up. Looming above them was Mount Proteome. 接着他们往上看,在其上隐约看到的是蛋白质组山。 来自英汉非文学 - 生命科学 - 回顾与展望
2 sweeping ihCzZ4     
  • The citizens voted for sweeping reforms.公民投票支持全面的改革。
  • Can you hear the wind sweeping through the branches?你能听到风掠过树枝的声音吗?
3 slated 87d23790934cf766dc7204830faf2859     
用石板瓦盖( slate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Yuki is working up an in-home phonics program slated for Thursdays, and I'm drilling her on English conversation at dinnertime. Yuki每周四还有一次家庭语音课。我在晚餐时训练她的英语口语。
  • Bromfield was slated to become U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. 布罗姆菲尔德被提名为美国农业部长。
4 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。
5 garner jhZxS     
  • He has garnered extensive support for his proposals.他的提议得到了广泛的支持。
  • Squirrels garner nuts for the winter.松鼠为过冬储存松果。
6 negotiations af4b5f3e98e178dd3c4bac64b625ecd0     
协商( negotiation的名词复数 ); 谈判; 完成(难事); 通过
  • 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。
7 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。
8 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。
9 breach 2sgzw     
  • We won't have any breach of discipline.我们不允许任何破坏纪律的现象。
  • He was sued for breach of contract.他因不履行合同而被起诉。
10 confidential MOKzA     
  • He refused to allow his secretary to handle confidential letters.他不让秘书处理机密文件。
  • We have a confidential exchange of views.我们推心置腹地交换意见。
11 transpired eb74de9fe1bf6f220d412ce7c111e413     
(事实,秘密等)被人知道( transpire的过去式和过去分词 ); 泄露; 显露; 发生
  • It transpired that the gang had had a contact inside the bank. 据报这伙歹徒在银行里有内应。
  • It later transpired that he hadn't been telling the truth. 他当时没说真话,这在后来显露出来了。
12 reclaim NUWxp     
  • I have tried to reclaim my money without success.我没能把钱取回来。
  • You must present this ticket when you reclaim your luggage.当你要取回行李时,必须出示这张票子。
13 portrayed a75f5b1487928c9f7f165b2773c13036     
v.画像( portray的过去式和过去分词 );描述;描绘;描画
  • Throughout the trial, he portrayed himself as the victim. 在审讯过程中,他始终把自己说成是受害者。
  • The author portrayed his father as a vicious drunkard. 作者把他父亲描绘成一个可恶的酒鬼。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
14 rationing JkGzDl     
  • Wartime austerities included food rationing and shortage of fuel. 战时的艰苦包括食物配给和燃料短缺。
  • Food rationing was abolished in that country long ago. 那个国家早就取消了粮食配给制。
15 jersey Lp5zzo     
  • He wears a cotton jersey when he plays football.他穿运动衫踢足球。
  • They were dressed alike in blue jersey and knickers.他们穿着一致,都是蓝色的运动衫和灯笼短裤。
16 restrictions 81e12dac658cfd4c590486dd6f7523cf     
约束( restriction的名词复数 ); 管制; 制约因素; 带限制性的条件(或规则)
  • I found the restrictions irksome. 我对那些限制感到很烦。
  • a snaggle of restrictions 杂乱无章的种种限制
17 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。
18 installment 96TxL     
  • I shall soon pay the last installment of my debt.不久我将偿付我的最后一期债款。
  • He likes to buy things on the installment plan.他喜欢用分期付款法购买货物。
19 treasury 7GeyP     
  • The Treasury was opposed in principle to the proposals.财政部原则上反对这些提案。
  • This book is a treasury of useful information.这本书是有价值的信息宝库。
20 withholding 7eXzD6     
  • She was accused of withholding information from the police. 她被指控对警方知情不报。
  • The judge suspected the witness was withholding information. 法官怀疑见证人在隐瞒情况。
21 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。
22 monetary pEkxb     
  • The monetary system of some countries used to be based on gold.过去有些国家的货币制度是金本位制的。
  • Education in the wilderness is not a matter of monetary means.荒凉地区的教育不是钱财问题。
23 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。
24 federation htCzMS     
  • It is a federation of 10 regional unions.它是由十个地方工会结合成的联合会。
  • Mr.Putin was inaugurated as the President of the Russian Federation.普京正式就任俄罗斯联邦总统。
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