2016年3月27日 星期日

roil, passage (LAW), fractious, scuttle the ideal, the party’s over


American democracy is in trouble. Is the two-party system part of the problem? One reader thinks so

Your assessment of the fractious condition of America’s political parties concluded that “it is impossible to imagine a big democracy staying healthy without them”
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Senate Clears Spending After Fractious Debate

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
The $410 spending measure was approved by a voice vote after the Senate voted 62 to 35 to close debate, with 8 Republicans joining Democrats to usher the bill to passage.



The Bush administration's landmark nuclear-cooperation accord with Russia is unlikely to gain passage this year, the latest sign of how Russia's offensive in Georgia has roiled the international scene.
Russia said it had pulled its troops back from Georgia, but its forces remained in heavily armed posts deep in Georgian territory. (Complete coverage) 12:04 a.m.




The final decision will be made by Dow Jones's fractious controlling family, the Bancrofts, which could still seek to scuttle the sale, people who have spoken with family members said. That point was underscored by the fact that two of the four Bancroft family members on the board did not take part in the vote.

scuttle
2. Informal. To scrap; discard: “a program [the] President . . . sought to scuttle” (Christian Science Monitor).

━━ vt. 底(または舷側に)穴をあけて船を沈める; (計画などを)だめにする.

adjective

easily upset or annoyed, and tending to complain:
a fractious child

fractiousness
noun [U]

roil
v., roiled, roil·ing, roils. v.tr.
  1. To make (a liquid) muddy or cloudy by stirring up sediment.
  2. To displease or disturb; vex: My roommate's off-putting habits began to roil me.
台灣新出爐防務計劃可能惹惱大陸
台灣發表了一份防務報告﹐呼籲台灣要求美國向其提供現代化軍事裝備﹐此舉有可能使正不斷改善的兩岸關係和美中關係複雜化。
v.intr.
To be in a state of turbulence or agitation.
[Origin unknown.]

Meaning #1: be agitated; of liquids
Synonyms: churn, boil, moil
Meaning #2: make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
Synonym: rile

passage (LAW) Show phonetics

noun [U] FORMAL
the official approval of something, especially a new law:
He again urged passage of a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion.

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