Ten Words from Today's NY Times - Feb. 27, 2013 10 words

  1. ideological
    of or pertaining to or characteristic of an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
    The decision, by a 5-to-4 vote that divided along ideological lines, probably means the Supreme Court will never rule on the constitutionality of that 2008 law.
  2. array
    an impressive display
    More broadly, the ruling illustrated how hard it is to mount court challenges to a wide array of antiterrorism measures, including renditions of terrorism suspects to foreign countries and targeted killings using drones, in light of the combination of government secrecy and judicial doctrines limiting access to the courts.
  3. surveillance
    close observation of a person or group (usually by the police)
    The plaintiffs’ fear that they would be subject to surveillance in the future was too speculative to establish standing, he wrote.
  4. incur
    make oneself subject to; bring upon oneself; become liable to
    “They cannot manufacture standing by incurring costs in anticipation of nonimminent harms,” he wrote of the plaintiffs.
  5. amended
    modified for the better
    After The New York Times disclosed the program in 2005 and questions were raised about its constitutionality, Congress in 2008 amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, granting broad power to the executive branch to conduct surveillance aimed at persons overseas without an individual warrant.
  6. abhorrent
    offensive to the mind
    “It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” said Mr. Goodlatte, who, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is running the House hearings on immigration reform.
  7. detain
    deprive of freedom; take into confinement
    “As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” the agency’s spokeswoman, Gillian M. Christensen, said in a statement.
  8. curtail
    terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent
    Mr. Bernanke, like many critics of sequestration, said the government could not ignore the need to reduce its annual deficits and curtail the growth of its debt.
  9. compensate
    adjust for
    Congress and the administration, he said, should “introduce these cuts more gradually and compensate with larger and more sustained cuts in the future.”
  10. subsidy
    a grant paid by a government to an enterprise that benefits the public
    He said Congress should focus instead on cuts to military spending, farm subsidies and health care programs like Medicare that he regarded as ripe for reductions.