The Hard Charger at Obama's Side Has His Hands Full
By PETER BAKER
Denis McDonough finds himself fixing the health care debacle he did not see coming, preparing for the next spending showdown with Congress and trying to rescue an imperiled presidency.
Mr. Obama told reporters Tuesday that a "lack of oversight" allowed what he called "wild risk-taking." He said it led to "very dangerous" conditions that imperiled the global economy.
Beyond their normally oblique and implicit competition for the last word and the first, the two fields share a number of other characteristics that trouble their relations with one another and make cooperation between them unnecessarily difficult. Most especially, both of them are porous and imperiled, fragile and under siege. They find themselves, these days, repeatedly invaded and imposed upon by interlopers claiming to do their job in a more effective manner than they themselves, trapped in inertial rigidities, are able to do it.
This kind of information is at the center of the debate unleashed after a contractor leaked the details of the National Security Agency's phone-data collection program. The NSA program wasn't used in the ongoing robbery investigation, but the concept is the same. The so-called metadata represents one element of the voluminous digital trail left by most Americans in their daily lives. Each individual crumb might seem insignificant, but combined and analyzed, this data gives police and spies alike one of the most powerful investigative tools ever devised.
Despite China’s robust technological abilities, its cyberdefenses are almost certainly more porous than those of the United States, American experts say. To cite one glaring example, even Chinese government computers are frequently equipped with pirated software from Microsoft, they say. That means many users miss out on security upgrades, available to paying users, that fix security breaches exploited by hackers.
A law took effect this month requiring that schools and hospitals be built to withstand quakes of magnitude eight, about the scale of Sichuan’s. This will be only a crumb of comfort to Juyuan’s grieving parents. They say local officials have banned them even from visiting the school’s weed-filled compound to mourn.
Syllabification: (hard charg·er)
IN BRIEF: Highly absorbent. Also: Having many openings.
You can have such an open mind that it is too porous to hold a conviction. — George Crane
- A very small piece broken from a baked item, such as a cookie, cake, or bread.
- A small fragment, scrap, or portion: eraser crumbs; not a crumb of kindness for you.
- The soft inner portion of bread.
- Slang. A contemptible, untrustworthy, or loathsome person.
v., crumbed, crumb·ing, crumbs. v.tr.
- To break into very small pieces; crumble.
- To cover or prepare with very small pieces of bread.
- To brush (a table or cloth) clear of small scraps or fragments of food.
To break apart in very small pieces: a solid cake that won't crumb.
[Middle English crome, from Old English cruma.]
Definition of crumbnoun
Origin:Old English cruma, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kruim and German Krume. The final -b was added in the 16th century, perhaps from crumble but also influenced by words such as dumb, where the original final -b is retained although no longer pronounced
Italian white bread made with wheat flour and yeast. The loaf is somewhat elongated, broad and flattish and like a slipper, should be somewhat collapsed in the middle. Since the late 1990s it has been popular across Europe and in the United States, and is widely used as a sandwich bread.
It is not clear where in Italy this kind of bread was first produced, and at least one type of ciabatta can be found in nearly every region of Italy. The ciabatta from the area encompassing Lake Como has a crisp crust, a somewhat soft, porous texture, and is light to the touch. The ciabatta found in Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche varies from bread that has a firm crust and dense crumb, to bread that has a crisper crust and more open texture. The more open-crumbed form, which is usual in the United States, is made from a very wet dough, often requiring machine-kneading, and a sourdough starter.
There are many variations of ciabatta. When made with whole wheat flour, it is known as ciabatta integrale. In Rome, it is often seasoned with olive oil, salt, and marjoram. When milk is added to the dough, it becomes ciabatta al latte.
A toasted sandwich made from small loaves of ciabatta is known as a panino (plural panini).
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- Full of or having pores.
- Admitting the passage of gas or liquid through pores or interstices.
- Easily crossed or penetrated.
[Middle English, from Old French poreux, poros, from Medieval Latin porōsus, from Latin porus, passage. See pore2.]porously po'rous·ly adv.
porousness po'rous·ness n.
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɛrɪl, -r(ə)l/Translate imperil | into German | into Italian | into Spanish