the condition of having good fortune
President Obama, seeking to put the
prosperity and promise of the middle class at the heart of his second-term agenda, called on Congress on Tuesday night to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, saying that would lift millions out of poverty and energize the economy.
perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch
The increase in the minimum wage, from $7.25 an hour now, was the most
tangible of a raft of initiatives laid out by the president, from education and energy to public works projects.
cause to move faster
Taken together, Mr. Obama said, these investments would
accelerate the nation’s recovery by helping those in the broad middle class.
an important or influential person
Mr. Obama took the podium after a rousing welcome from lawmakers and other
without ever expressing so clearly
Still, in selecting Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American from Florida, to deliver their party’s official rebuttal, Republicans
implicitly acknowledged the damage they had suffered at the polls from their hard line stance on immigration.
In May, soon after the pope made an address on the priesthood,
chastising those who sought to stretch the church’s rules and calling for “radical obedience,” Vatican gendarmes arrested Benedict’s butler on charges of theft after a tell-all book appeared, based on stolen confidential documents detailing profound mismanagement and corruption inside the Vatican.
a belief accepted as authoritative by some group or school
But after a seemingly endless series of scandals, the 85-year-old who so ably enforced
doctrine for his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, seemingly came to understand that only a new pope, one with far greater energies than he, could lead a global church and clean house inside the hierarchy at its helm.
the territory within which power can be exercised
The standoff drew scores of police officers and sheriff’s deputies from surrounding
jurisdictions, led by the San Bernardino Sheriff-Coroner Department.
speaking of yourself in superlatives
Mr. Dorner, a former reservist in the Navy, had
boasted about his sharpshooting and survival abilities.
a public declaration of intentions
In a 6,000-word
manifesto that Mr. Dorner published on his Facebook page, he complained that he had been dismissed wrongfully.