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NPR 2012-05-11

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 The House Armed Services Committee is overwhelmingly supporting a 624-billion-dollar defense2 legislation it calls for construction of a mission defense site on the East Coast, and [to] restore ships and planes that were supposed to be retired3 early. However, the bill does not address the Pentagon's request for another round of cost-cutting base closings. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta criticized the move.

"By taking these funds from the poor, middle class Americans, homeowners and other vulnerable parts of our American constituencies, the guaranteed results will be confrontation4, gridlock and a greater likelihood of sequester5."
Lawmakers have challenged the savings6 from previous closings.
College affordability7 is turning into a hot-button issue this election season. NPR's Aswah Halid reports Vice1 President Joe Biden is stepping up the administration's appeal to students to speak out.
The student loan battle seems like a partisan9 relay race. On Tuesday, Senate Republicans shut down a Democratic bill to prevent student loans from doubling on July 1st. Now the vice president picks up the baton10.
"We're gonna see an interest rate jump from 3.4% to 6.8%. That's going to average more than 1,000 bucks11 a year."
Biden suggests Republicans are rich and just don't get it.
"I love these guys who think somehow 1,000 or 2,000 dollars more doesn't mean much. "
Both Democrats12 and Republicans support keeping the interest rate for student loans low. But they can't agree on how to cover the cost. Aswah Halid, NPR News, Washington.
The State Department official responsible for refugees says that the US has allocated13 40 million dollars to assist relief organizations aiding victims of the Syrian crisis. Dale Gavlak in Amman says the funds will be channeled through international and local agencies both inside Syria and surrounding countries, including Jordan.
Anne Richard, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration14, also confirmed that contingency15 plans have been developed with the escalating16 violence in Syria. She says that she discussed these plans with Jordanian officials but declined to provide details.
"Is there planning going on? Yes, absolutely. Is there a specific plan to share with you today? No." 
"Wise people make plans. It's clear to me that responsible people in the Jordanian government are doing that."
Richard says the safest place for Syrians was on this side of the border, seeming to rule out calls again by Senator John Carrie and others for safe heavens or buffer18 zones to be established for those fleeing the violence. Jordan hosts more than 110,000 Syrian refugees. For NPR News, I'm Dale Gavlak in Amman.
Meanwhile, the death toll19 from suicide bombings in the Syrian capital today is at 55, hundreds more wounded.
This is NPR.
Federal authorities are suing the Arizona man who described himself as "the toughest sheriff" in the US. The government accuses Joe Arpaio of unlawfully racially profiling Latinos and his patrols for illegal immigrants. The lawsuit20 comes after months of negotiations21 to resolve the dispute over actions by Arpaio's department.
British Prime Minister David Cameron's former press secretary has testified that the judicial22 inquiry23 into media ethics24 sparked by the phone-hacking25 scandal at Rupert Murdoch's now-closed News of the World newspaper. Before taking the Downing Street job, Andy Coulson was editor of the tabloid26. Larry Miller27 reports that questionings state clear of phone hacking.
Coulson was limited in what he could say because he's been arrested by Scotland Yard in connection with the hacking scandal, though he insists he knew nothing about hacking under his editorship. He says he enjoyed working for Murdoch, denying the paper's political endorsements28 were influenced by Murdoch.
"I don't feel, you know, sitting here now, that I was pushed or encouraged or certainly told to go a certain way."
British politicians have welcomed the support of Murdoch's papers, and the inquiry is looking into whether there was a quid pro17 quo. Cameron has defended his appointment of Coulson, who resigned over the hacking allegations. For NPR News, I'm Larry Miller in London.
Ford8 investors29 are praising the company's executives for the company's turnaround in a 45-minute shareholder30 meeting, the shortest on record for Ford shareholders31. Shower praise on the CEO and the executive chairman. They have overwhelmingly supported the company's executive compensation in a non-binding say-on-pay vote.


1 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。
2 defense AxbxB     
  • 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。
3 retired Njhzyv     
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
4 confrontation xYHy7     
  • We can't risk another confrontation with the union.我们不能冒再次同工会对抗的危险。
  • After years of confrontation,they finally have achieved a modus vivendi.在对抗很长时间后,他们最后达成安宁生存的非正式协议。
5 sequester Czhw5     
  • Everything he owned was sequestered.他的所有财产都被扣押了。
  • This jury is expected to be sequestered for at least two months.预计这个陪审团将至少被隔离两个月。
6 savings ZjbzGu     
  • I can't afford the vacation,for it would eat up my savings.我度不起假,那样会把我的积蓄用光的。
  • By this time he had used up all his savings.到这时,他的存款已全部用完。
7 affordability b765fd6126db9695d9d5b74d209e7527     
  • Performance-Based Logistics Affordability: Can We Afford Categorical Conversion to Performance-Based Acquisition? 基于性能的后期的可承受性:能否担负得起向基于性能的采办的无条件的转变?
  • There would be no crisis of affordability, as't for food or clothing. 就想食物与服装一样,因为供给没有危机。
8 Ford KiIxx     
  • They were guarding the bridge,so we forded the river.他们驻守在那座桥上,所以我们只能涉水过河。
  • If you decide to ford a stream,be extremely careful.如果已决定要涉过小溪,必须极度小心。
9 partisan w4ZzY     
  • In their anger they forget all the partisan quarrels.愤怒之中,他们忘掉一切党派之争。
  • The numerous newly created partisan detachments began working slowly towards that region.许多新建的游击队都开始慢慢地向那里移动。
10 baton 5Quyw     
  • With the baton the conductor was beating time.乐队指挥用指挥棒打拍子。
  • The conductor waved his baton,and the band started up.指挥挥动指挥棒,乐队开始演奏起来。
11 bucks a391832ce78ebbcfc3ed483cc6d17634     
n.雄鹿( buck的名词复数 );钱;(英国十九世纪初的)花花公子;(用于某些表达方式)责任v.(马等)猛然弓背跃起( buck的第三人称单数 );抵制;猛然震荡;马等尥起后蹄跳跃
  • They cost ten bucks. 这些值十元钱。
  • They are hunting for bucks. 他们正在猎雄兔。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 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》
13 allocated 01868918c8cec5bc8773e98ae11a0f54     
adj. 分配的 动词allocate的过去式和过去分词
  • The Ford Foundation allocated millions of dollars for cancer research. 福特基金会拨款数百万美元用于癌症研究。
  • More funds will now be allocated to charitable organizations. 现在会拨更多的资金给慈善组织。
14 migration mDpxj     
  • Swallows begin their migration south in autumn.燕子在秋季开始向南方迁移。
  • He described the vernal migration of birds in detail.他详细地描述了鸟的春季移居。
15 contingency vaGyi     
  • We should be prepared for any contingency.我们应该对任何应急情况有所准备。
  • A fire in our warehouse was a contingency that we had not expected.库房的一场大火是我们始料未及的。
16 escalating 1b4e810e65548c7656e9ea468e403ca1     
v.(使)逐步升级( escalate的现在分词 );(使)逐步扩大;(使)更高;(使)更大
  • The cost of living is escalating. 生活费用在迅速上涨。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The cost of living is escalating in the country. 这个国家的生活费用在上涨。 来自辞典例句
17 pro tk3zvX     
  • The two debating teams argued the question pro and con.辩论的两组从赞成与反对两方面辩这一问题。
  • Are you pro or con nuclear disarmament?你是赞成还是反对核裁军?
18 buffer IxYz0B     
  • A little money can be a useful buffer in time of need.在急需时,很少一点钱就能解燃眉之急。
  • Romantic love will buffer you against life's hardships.浪漫的爱会减轻生活的艰辛。
19 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。
20 lawsuit A14xy     
  • They threatened him with a lawsuit.他们以诉讼威逼他。
  • He was perpetually involving himself in this long lawsuit.他使自己无休止地卷入这场长时间的诉讼。
21 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。
22 judicial c3fxD     
  • He is a man with a judicial mind.他是个公正的人。
  • Tom takes judicial proceedings against his father.汤姆对他的父亲正式提出诉讼。
23 inquiry nbgzF     
  • Many parents have been pressing for an inquiry into the problem.许多家长迫切要求调查这个问题。
  • The field of inquiry has narrowed down to five persons.调查的范围已经缩小到只剩5个人了。
24 ethics Dt3zbI     
  • The ethics of his profession don't permit him to do that.他的职业道德不允许他那样做。
  • Personal ethics and professional ethics sometimes conflict.个人道德和职业道德有时会相互抵触。
25 hacking KrIzgm     
  • The patient with emphysema is hacking all day. 这个肺气肿病人整天不断地干咳。
  • We undertook the task of hacking our way through the jungle. 我们负责在丛林中开路。
26 tabloid wIDzy     
  • He launched into a verbal assault on tabloid journalism.他口头对小报新闻进行了抨击。
  • He believes that the tabloid press has behaved disgracefully.他认为小报媒体的行为不太光彩。
27 miller ZD6xf     
  • Every miller draws water to his own mill.磨坊主都往自己磨里注水。
  • The skilful miller killed millions of lions with his ski.技术娴熟的磨坊主用雪橇杀死了上百万头狮子。
28 endorsements dfbd0f1b5d6e20b7cae6a4e0d7aefd50     
n.背书( endorsement的名词复数 );(驾驶执照上的)违章记录;(公开的)赞同;(通常为名人在广告中对某一产品的)宣传
  • He must make much money on those tennis shoe endorsements he does. 他替那些网球鞋珍重广告,就赚了不少钱。 来自互联网
  • But celebrity endorsements remain an important promotional tool for marketers. 尽管如此,邀明星助阵仍是营销人员重要的推广手段之一。 来自互联网
29 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
30 shareholder VzPwU     
  • The account department have prepare a financial statement for the shareholder.财务部为股东准备了一份财务报表。
  • A shareholder may transfer his shares in accordance with the law.股东持有的股份可以依法转让。
31 shareholders 7d3b0484233cf39bc3f4e3ebf97e69fe     
n.股东( shareholder的名词复数 )
  • The meeting was attended by 90% of shareholders. 90%的股东出席了会议。
  • the company's fiduciary duty to its shareholders 公司对股东负有的受托责任
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