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NPR 2012-12-10

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  From NPR News in Washington, I'm Nora Raum.
  Some Senate Republicans are saying they might accept higher tax rates for the wealthiest Americans if there is also agreement on overhauling1 the entitlement programs. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is one of them. He told ABC's This Week they must come up with a plan.
  We are spending money that we don't have on things we don't absolutely need and there is no grownups in Washington that will say "timeout, stop the politics, let's have a compromise rather than continue to play the game through the press and hurt the country".
  When asked what it would take to sign on to a tax rate increase, he said significant entitlement reform.
  There will be large federal spending cuts and the Bush-era tax cuts will expire for everyone unless Congress and the White House agree on the legislation by the end of the year.
  In Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi has rescinded2 a series of decrees that gave him sweeping3 powers, after more than two weeks of demonstrations4. Merrit Kennedy reports this concession5 is unlikely to satisfy the opposition6.
  The announcement came in the wee hours of the morning after a marathon national dialogue session that most major opposition leaders refused to attend. Rescinding7 those powers was a major demand of Morsi's opponents. At the same time, the president is not backing down on holding a nationwide vote on a controversial draft constitution in less than a week. Last night statement said that by law he is required to hold the vote on 15th. Critics say the draft constitution was pushed through by an assembly of mostly his political allies and doesn't represent the interests of all Egyptians. For NPR News, I'm Merrit Kennedy in Cairo.
  U.S. and Russian officials met in Geneva today to discuss the civil war in Syria. The mediator8 of the talks, Lakhdar Brahimi, issued a statement that both nations agree the situation is bad and getting worse in Syria, and they are committed to finding a political solution.
  Nearly 200 countries attending a two-week climate conference in Qatar have agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol9 until the year 2020. Lisa Schlein from Geneva reports.
  The Kyoto Protocol obliges 35 industrialized countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions10, it was due to expire at the end of the year. The U.S. never ratified11 the pact12 because it doesn't impose binding13 commitments on China and other emerging economies. Environmentalists argue the new climate deal will fail to slow rising temperatures and avert14 extreme weather events such as floods and drought. They note big financial promises to help poor countries cope with climate change are inadequate15. The UN's goal is to keep temperatures from rising more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit16. But the World Bank projects temperature increases will be twice as high by 2,100. For NPR News, I'm Lisa Schlein, in Geneva.
  You are listening to NPR News from Washington.
  Authorities in the Philippines now say at least 800 people are missing after last week's typhoon. That number has gone up after hearing from families and companies that hundreds of fishermen are missing at sea. At least 540 people are confirmed dead.
  In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez said the cancer he'd beaten earlier this year is back. NPR's Wong Ferrera reports Chavez says he will undergo a fourth operation in the coming days.
  In making his announcement in a national broadcast, Chavez for the first time said that if his health worsens, he would be succeeded by vice17 President Nicolas Maduro. Chavez said he flew(fly) back today to Cuba where he's been undergoing treatment since his first operations in June of last year. The populist leader said doctors found new malignant18 cells in the same pelvic region where the first tumour19 was discovered. After last year's operations, Chavez underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments but then he underwent another operation in February when a recurrence20 was detected. Chavez later declared himself cured and won re-election in October, receiving another six-year term. If Chavez stepped aside though, a new election would have to be called. Wong Ferrera, NPR News.
  Some court houses are open in Washington state today to accommodate gay and lesbian couples who want to get married. The state voted last month to legalize same-sex marriage. The new law went into effect Thursday and a three-day waiting period expired at midnight. Washington joins six other states and the district of Columbia in allowing same-sex marriage. Couples legally married in other states found their marriages are now valid21 in Washington and they won't have to get remarried there.
  I'm Nora Raum, NPR News, in Washington.


1 overhauling c335839deaeda81ce0dd680301931584     
n.大修;拆修;卸修;翻修v.彻底检查( overhaul的现在分词 );大修;赶上;超越
  • I had no chance of overhauling him. 我没有赶上他的可能。 来自辞典例句
  • Some sites need little alterations but some need total overhauling. 有些网站需要做出细微修改,而有些网站就需要整体改版。 来自互联网
2 rescinded af55efaa19b682d01a73836890477058     
v.废除,取消( rescind的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Rescinded civil acts shall be null and void from the very beginning. 被撤销的民事行为从行为开始起无效。 来自互联网
  • They accepted his advice and rescinded the original plan. 他们听从了他的劝告,撤销了原计划。 来自互联网
3 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?
4 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。
5 concession LXryY     
  • We can not make heavy concession to the matter.我们在这个问题上不能过于让步。
  • That is a great concession.这是很大的让步。
6 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
7 rescinding 2680d617588e1023372de45e064b33ba     
v.废除,取消( rescind的现在分词 )
  • You realize this effectively kills any chance we have of rescinding that order. 你意识到了这样我们就没机会废除这一命令? 来自电影对白
8 mediator uCkxk     
  • He always takes the role of a mediator in any dispute.他总是在争论中充当调停人的角色。
  • He will appear in the role of mediator.他将出演调停者。
9 protocol nRQxG     
  • We must observe the correct protocol.我们必须遵守应有的礼仪。
  • The statesmen signed a protocol.那些政治家签了议定书。
10 emissions 1a87f8769eb755734e056efecb5e2da9     
排放物( emission的名词复数 ); 散发物(尤指气体)
  • Most scientists accept that climate change is linked to carbon emissions. 大多数科学家都相信气候变化与排放的含碳气体有关。
  • Dangerous emissions radiate from plutonium. 危险的辐射物从钚放散出来。
11 ratified 307141b60a4e10c8e00fe98bc499667a     
v.批准,签认(合约等)( ratify的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The treaty was declared invalid because it had not been ratified. 条约没有得到批准,因此被宣布无效。
  • The treaty was ratified by all the member states. 这个条约得到了所有成员国的批准。
12 pact ZKUxa     
  • The two opposition parties made an electoral pact.那两个反对党订了一个有关选举的协定。
  • The trade pact between those two countries came to an end.那两国的通商协定宣告结束。
13 binding 2yEzWb     
  • The contract was not signed and has no binding force. 合同没有签署因而没有约束力。
  • Both sides have agreed that the arbitration will be binding. 双方都赞同仲裁具有约束力。
14 avert 7u4zj     
  • 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。
15 inadequate 2kzyk     
  • The supply is inadequate to meet the demand.供不应求。
  • She was inadequate to the demands that were made on her.她还无力满足对她提出的各项要求。
16 Fahrenheit hlhx9     
  • He was asked for the boiling point of water in Fahrenheit.他被问到水的沸点是华氏多少度。
  • The thermometer reads 80 degrees Fahrenheit.寒暑表指出华氏80度。
17 vice NU0zQ     
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
18 malignant Z89zY     
  • Alexander got a malignant slander.亚历山大受到恶意的诽谤。
  • He started to his feet with a malignant glance at Winston.他爬了起来,不高兴地看了温斯顿一眼。
19 tumour tumour     
  • The surgeons operated on her for a tumour.外科医生为她施行了肿瘤切除手术。
  • The tumour constricts the nerves.肿瘤压迫神经。
20 recurrence ckazKP     
  • More care in the future will prevent recurrence of the mistake.将来的小心可防止错误的重现。
  • He was aware of the possibility of a recurrence of his illness.他知道他的病有可能复发。
21 valid eiCwm     
  • His claim to own the house is valid.他主张对此屋的所有权有效。
  • Do you have valid reasons for your absence?你的缺席有正当理由吗?
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